Decreasing Numbers of Chickens

It wasn’t a great day for the chickens . . could have been worse . . at least it wasn’t dogs this time.

We still had 4 old hens from the original group of about 17 or 18. Only 2 of those 4 are still laying much and we’ve talked about doing away with them . . we’re just feeding a bunch of chickens/roosters and getting nothing in return from the roosters and the non-laying hens but I’m still enough of a farm girl to be able to do that.

This evening when we went out to put fresh water and food in the coops, one of the original red hens was dead. No obvious injuries (like a dog attack) but Vince thinks she fell off the 2nd floor roost and injured herself.

Then, as I was putting the lemon trees in the shop tonight because it’s going to be 36 degrees tonight, I looked over in the tub that has the 6 babies that hatched while I was in MO and . . there were only 5 babies. There’s a wire lid on top of the tub so the only way she could have gotten out was when Vince was putting in fresh water but we looked everywhere and couldn’t find her. 

So, tonight, we’re down 2 chickens. I’m not heartbroken . . we have too many chickens but I still hate for any of them to get injured or hurt or lost and scared.

Nope, I still don’t have a clue how many chickens we have, I don’t want to know how many we have but I do know, we have 2 less than we had yesterday!  :(

Yarn Report – Week 44, 2014

I couldn’t stand it . . I went back and figured out where I got my numbers screwed up and I think I have it right now.

This is what it should have been before last week:

Used this week: 0 skeins
Used since 1/1/2014: 81 skeins
Added this week: 38 skeins
Added since 1/1/21014: 322 skeins
Net Used since 1/1/2014: 241 (You all know Red means I’ve added more than I’ve used!)

Then last week I added 11 skeins, except I really added 14 because I ordered 3 more skeins of the Buckle My Shoe yarn, so this is what it would have looked like last week:

Used this week: 0 skeins
Used since 1/1/2014: 81 skeins
Added this week: 14 skeins
Added since 1/1/21014: 336 skeins
Net Used since 1/1/2014: 255 (You all know Red means I’ve added more than I’ve used!)

Now . . this week!

Hay Cove was finished and that used 9 skeins.

As far as added .  . 

Madelinetosh DK Twist

Madelinetosh DK Twist

I don’t even know why I’m showing you this picture because the yarn is the deepest, richest brown and I’ve taken 3 pictures and they all look gray! The color is Pecan Hulls and I love it. 9 skeins!

Yarn Kits

Yarn Kits

Yarn Kits

Yarn Kits

Madelinetosh has these “yarn kits” of the DK Twist. I want to make Mimi’s Chevrons for Addie.

Mimi's Chevrons

Mimi’s Chevrons

I was thinking I could make it with a couple of each of these kits. I’m not going to count them because I don’t know how to count them but I won’t count them when I use them either.

This is where we stand (I think):

Used this week: 9 skeins
Used since 1/1/2014: 90 skeins
Added this week: 9 skeins
Added since 1/1/21014: 345 skeins
Net Used since 1/1/2014: 255 (You all know Red means I’ve added more than I’ve used!)

At least the net number did change  . . 9 in and 9 out!

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On the Needles – October 31, 2014

Hay Cove, the test knit for Laura Aylor, is off the needles! Last night I got most of the tail weaving done but still have part of one sleeve left to do. The pattern is not yet available but I will let you know when Laura releases it. 

My sweater has not been blocked yet. This morning I’m going to run to town and see if I can find buttons, then I’ll soak it and block it and it will be so beautiful. We have cold weather coming next week so I intend to find a shirt that I can wear with it and start using it right away!

I would like to add a huge thank you to the elves at The Loopy Ewe. With the great Project Planner, TLE now offers, I was able to get some yarns that thought would work but needed a little help. The folks there were so nice and helpful and they’re the ones who put the final colors together for me.

Hay Cove

Hay Cove

Until it’s time to cast on the new Carabe, I’ll be working on Father Time, which is my cowl for Loopy Academy.

Father Time

Father Time