September 13, 2008

Magical Maze Mosaic Socks

Well, I ended up frogging the checked socks : the gage was a bit off, so I decided to bite the bullet and rip away! Oh well, better that than spending a lot of time on socks that won't fit. I will be going back to that project later .... but in the mean time I started a new pair of socks.
This pattern comes from Charlene Schurch's Sensational Knitted Socks (Martingale & Company, 2005). I love mosaic knitting patterns : it's a technique that creates 2 color knitting patterns using slipped stitches and only using 1 color at a time.
For this pair of socks I'm using 2 ply yarn (15 wpi) ; gage 7.5 stitches per inch. Natural black ouessant and white ouessant yarn space-dyed to create a multi-colored yarn. Also, note that I'm knitting 2 socks at one time on one circular needle. I love this technique. For more information check out Melissa Morgan-Oakes book, 2-at-a-time Socks (Storey Publishing, 2007).

Magical Maze Socks with Ouessant yarn!
So what do you think?
I'll post additional photos as I progress!

September 11, 2008

Finally finished ....

Whew!!! I can hardly believe it! I've finally finished the fencing at Lonlay.
I started this project in June ... and here it is September! You know how it goes, some projects just take a lot longer than you think!
I just moved my little breeding group over today. The grass was getting pretty thin and overgrazed at La Petite Lieudière .... but au Grand Pré there's grass and clover enough for everyone!

Au Grand Pré : Shoulder deep in a green pasture!

So now they are all "heads down", munching away!

Heads Down : Munching Away!!

As for Praline and Nougatine, my little brown ewes, they will be staying with me here at La Petite Lieudière, awaiting their rendez-vous with a lovely little brown ram later this fall. I have to admit that I'm ever so excited about the thought of having some brown lambs next spring!
In the mean time, I'll be working on dividing, reseeding, and cleaning up the pasture here!
Whew!!! Pasture management! Lot's to learn .... but I think that I'm making some progress!

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