Strega's Needles & Hooks

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

I wanted to mention my progress of another knitting project on my last post but.... like everything else these days ... it completely slipped my mind, till now.
So, here is my progress pic!

This is the front and both sleeves of this ribbed pullover. I only have about 2" done on the back so far. Two days of no knitting will accomplish nothing! Have to get my butt in gear cuz I really want to wear this sweater. When the back is done, I'll still have to pick up all the stitches around the neck and knit a few inches of ribbing, then sew it up.
It's really disappointing that my camera never gets the colour right! The real colour is a very pretty dark steel blue.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007
A while ago I got my first fiber from the Yarn Yard Fiber club. I spun up about 50 grams (a little less than 1/2 of what I received). It's BFL superwash and it's so soft. I knew I wanted socks from it but didn't want to use it all up so I plied it with some dark chocolate wool, also very soft, that I purchased at a local hobby shop here in central Switzerland.

I don't have a picture of the plied yarn, sorry! It just skipped my mind to take one, which happens a lot the older I get... forgetting, I mean. I need a string around every finger to remind me of things. But how can you knit with fingers full of string? At least I know I'm not alone with this malady so I take comfort in that.

I once started a pair of Pomatomus for me but they ended up going to a friend. In fact, I've knit this pattern 3 times already, with all 3 pairs going to friends. I wanted a pair of my own!
I didn't want to run out of yarn, so I only did 2 repeats of the leg pattern rather than 3. This one turned out okay and feels really nice on my foot. Now to knit the mate.

It's not an easy task to fling your foot up on a table and then contort your body to take a picture of your foot! Hmmm.. I guess I should change the tablecloth now before we eat on it, huh. ;o)

Saturday, September 15, 2007
No knitting content but just look at these cuddley creatures!
I just took these pictures from our window. These little cuties passed right down our street on their way home from spending the summer grazing in the hills.
Just look at that adorable black & white one!! Wouldn't his fleece be totally awesome to spin! :o)
All these cuties will get a shearing now before being put into pasture near their winter home. The sheep farmers around here shear their sheep twice a year. However, as a rule the fleeces are not sold. Every so often a farmer will take his fleeces to the processing plant in Bern, but it's so far from here and the payment doesn't even cover the cost of gas. As a result of this, the fleeces are usually burnt at a specific location nearby. What a shame!!
Every sheep gets the initial of his owner painted on his back after shearing. This helps to distinguish whose sheep belong to Farmer Fritz and whose to Farmer Johan.
There were at least 80 of them!
UPDATE: I was just told there were over 200 in this flock!

Their little bells tinkled away as the two dogs keep them all together, quite a job!

The cars pulled over to the side to let the sheep pass, not that they had much choice. ;-)