Joining Ginny’s YarnAlong, sharing what I’m knitting and reading.
I finished the tiny Aviatrix hat for a friend’s new baby. I got stuck at a few spots and as a new knitting pattern always is: it was a good learning experience. The lovely organic merino yarn is from Brambleberry Yarns. I had an idea of a button I wanted for this hat, but the buttonhole turned out so very tiny. I looked for a tiny button and found just the perfect one! A little yew wood button Jeff made, like these ones. The tiny buttons are more rare for him to make because he has to be so careful when sanding them not to sand his fingers. The yew wood is from our yard and is special to us. I can’t wait to get this hat in the mail and surprise our friend!
I got three chicken books from the library. ‘Chick Days’ by Jenna Woginrich, ‘Keeping Chickens’ by Ashley English, and ‘Reinventing the Chicken Coop’ by McElroy & Wolpe. We’ve really missed having chickens on our little homestead here, and plan on getting chicks this spring. We’re really excited to be getting chickens again! We’ve got a lot of work to do to get ready for them and I was in the mood for some chicken reading. I picked up ‘Reinventing the Chicken Coop’, thinking that it probably wouldn’t be that practical for us (since we’ll be making a very inexpensive coop), but thought it might be inspiring. Jeff and I both flipped through it. The designs are mostly for keeping a few chickens, but there were some fun ideas: a coop made out of pallets, a coop with a garden on the roof, and another with a roof set up for collecting rainwater to water the surrounding garden. It was just fun to look at. Then I started reading ‘Chick Days.’ I’ve even read some of it aloud to Bracken and he pointed excitedly to the egg pictures. I’m a little ways in.
I’ve read both Jenna’s blog: Cold Antler Farm and Ashley’s blog: Small Measure, on and off over the years and enjoy reading both of their writing.
How about you? Knitting? Reading?