Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Yarn Along - Vest and Goats and Sheep...

Joining a favorite blogger today in her weekly Yarn Along.  Ginny says:

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~

Joaquin (the cutie-pie with the digger trucks) helped in choosing the yarn colors for his vest and now I just need to put it together and knit the arm and neck bands. I am always scared to do that part so have distracted myself by starting a new knitting project. I'm not alone in this approach, am I? Isn't that one of the paths to starting so many projects before finishing the one at hand?  
I do love the Lucinda Guy book "And So To Bed".  If you haven't seen it, it's a visual treat.

I am reading about Sheep because we just got the oh-so-adorable goats. (My brain just works this way so you have to have some patience.) Turns out, the goats aren't quite the mowers we had envisioned. Of course, they have other really valuable qualities so they are still "keepers". They are mini-dairy goats, age 1, twin girls named "Mocha" and "Latte". Mocha has the brown eyes (of course) and Latte has blue that actually look white (like the foam on a latte) Sometimes I call her "Caramel Latte" because she has caramel drizzles on her cute little face.

Now I want mini-sheep too so they can mow our lawn and keep us amused with their cuteness. I found out AFTER acquiring the goats that sheep are better "mowers".  In addition to mowing, there is the wool factor--so perfect for all my plans for making Waldorf dolls and toys. I am looking into the Babydoll breed of miniature sheep. Isn't that name too, too precious? I can make baby dolls out of Babydoll wool and include a tag with a picture of the actual sheep who provided the wool. Well, that's the dream anyway.  We'll see what our landlord has to say (no pressure, Scott)...

I am enjoying the "Sheepish" book tremendously. Easy and entertaining read.  What are you knitting and reading?


  1. How did you get Mocha and Latte onto those chairs???? Too cute!!! (as is the vest!) Sheepish is my read this week, too!!! (Great choice in lit, huh??)

  2. Sheep! Goats! Awesome... Now I want sheep too... Fairly sure my lawn isn't big enough though... And I'm with you on the project starting. ;)

  3. I dream of having a small flock of sheep.....We do have fields around us full of other people's sheep so at least I can imagine! I love the plans you are making. So fun, and your goats are beautiful.

  4. I love goats! I wish we could have them in town, but I will have to be happy with my chicks. The vest is gorgeous! And I always tend to hold off on weaving the ends, my least favorite part of knitting :)

  5. Your goats are amazingly adorable! I hope that they'll be excellent additions to the family. :)

    And Joaquin has excellent taste, that vest is going to be lovely. (And I definitely do the "start a new project when the current one gets scary!" thing, too.)

  6. Yours is the second recommendation I have had for Sheepish. I think sheep would be a great addition. Love all of Joaquin's trucks.

  7. I too would like a sheep or 2 for the fleece. Love the vest you have knitted for your very cute son. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  8. Glad to know that I'm not the only one who avoids seaming by casting on a new project! What lovely goats. I'm jealous!

  9. Oh, you are funny! We want goats too, not for their mowing, but for their brush eating. AND my eldest daughter and I want sheep as well. Not entirely sure of her intentions, but I want them for the same reasons as you. It's a ruminants thing :-)

    I love the stripes and colours of your vest. And I'm scared of those type of finishing parts too.

  10. Your little man is adorable and his smile brought a smile to my own face! I love the colors in his vest. I do not like picking up vest stitches. You are not alone in casting on a new project as a distraction...I do that more times that I can mention. Kindred spirits, indeed! Thanks for stopping by my blog-it meant alot and thanks for your advice on a handsewing book--I will pick it up as soon as I can. It looks like just the book I need!

  11. Awww - what a GRIN on that boy! The only problem with that method of avoiding the neck/arm bands is that they don't ever seem to do THEMSELVES in the meantime. Which I feel is REALLY unfair of them, because can't they see how busy I am with the NEW project? The LEAST they could do is pick up their own stitches and do their own bands, doancha think?!

    I am trying to figure out how I can sneak sheep or three in here without Tim (a.k.a., Mr. I Don't Mind Any Amount Of Gardening But I Draw The Line At Livestock) realizing it.

    Of course, they would have to be the size of RABBITS to FIT here, but I am not one to be daunted by something as pedestrian as FACTS...

  12. Oh your goats are so sweet! They are really good, though, in a brushy area - you can fence it in and get it cleaned up pretty well.
    Thanks for your kind comment:)
    Thinking of you.
    warm wishes,