Speaking of Baby Chickens

If I had $1 for every time I catch one of these little dudes and put them back in the pen, I’d be able to order myself some more yarn!  :)

Mom and Four Babies

Three little black/white Dominiques and 1 little yellow Silkie.  That poor little Silkie must be one tired little chicken at night.  He has to run all day to keep up with the other three.  Having just one bantam hatch with three full size chickens was probably a bad idea but . . it is what it is at this point.  At least twice a day I go completely around their pen which is about 30′ x 40′, and I try to fill in any holes.  They’ve all grown enough that they can’t get through the wire but they’re going under the wire.  They’re just as happy as they can be out running around without mom but when they see me coming, they panic and start trying to figure out how to get back in the pen.  Do you know how fast these little chickens are . . especially when I’m trying to catch one by myself.

The funniest thing is to watch mom teaching them to scratch and forage.

Foraging

Mom will scratch and then the babies will run to see what she’s uncovered.

Foraging

They are so fun to watch!

Hoping for Bugs

These pictures were taken at the end of the day and the little yellow chicken was completely tuckered out.

The Hiding Spot

The water for the big chickens sits up on these concrete blocks.  The babies love to hide out in these holes.  I’ve gone into full panic mode looking for them, only to have them come strolling out of these holes.

King of the Hill

They love to stand on anything they can stand on to be bigger.  This little guy stood on this stump for the longest time this afternoon.

They’re so fun to watch!

More Chicken Babies

Louise is quite prolific.  She barely has one batch hatched and she’s ready to begin sitting on the nest again.  It was in April, as I recall, that Houdi and Gracie hatched and we kept them all in the “nursery” for at least a month.  When they were big enough and we put them all back in with the other chickens, within a week or so (it seemed), Louise was back on the nest.  I’ve given up counting days and waiting for the first babies to hatch but today I went out to check on her and was surprised to see this.

A Black Baby

She must have 7 or 8 eggs still under her but only one has hatched so far.  This is it .. after these, we’re not going to let her hatch any more.  We’re going to be over run with chickens at this rate!  They’re cute and fun to watch but we have too many as it is .. no more . . please remind me I said that!  :)

Sock Knitting

Once again I’ve had a request for my favorite sock pattern.  It’s almost impossible to find it on the blog unless you know the name of the pattern . . which is Classic Socks for the Family.  I talked about it in this blog post .. which is the post I wrote when I first began knitting socks back in 2006.  Can’t believe it’s been that long!  Every day I am thankful that Susan sent me that little knitting kit and got me started knitting again.  Otherwise, I’d probably still be sitting here saying “I wish I could knit socks!” and I wouldn’t know about The Loopy Ewe and . . I’d have a whole bunch of money that TLE now has and I wouldn’t have 50 buckets of yarn sitting around.  So . . thanks again Susan!  :)

The Classic Socks for the Family pattern is a bit difficult to find but I’ve searched Ravelry and found this free pattern that’s very similar.

The only differences are:

  1. I dislike knitting ribbing so I knit 2 – 2-1/2″ of ribbing and then do the rest in stockinette unless it’s a pattern.
  2. For the toe, I get down to 6 or 8 or 10 stitches on each needle and do the kitchener stitch.  If you aren’t sure how to do the kitchener stitch, google it (as Helen would say).  There are videos and written drawings . . it’s real easy once you get the hang of it and it grafts the toe together very nicely without any bulk.

Start now and you’ll have warm socks to wear before winter or you can give socks as gifts to everyone on your Christmas list!

Piecing Outside the Box Part 2

The piecing that I do is so basic and so easy that I sometimes feel a bit silly even writing blog posts about how to make it easier.  And then there’s the issue of how many times in one week I can show this particular drawing! :)

Nine Patch Border

As I was drawing the border, I drew it as a rail block (three strips), a nine patch, a rail, a nine patch .. and so on.

Nine Patch Border

In order to get rid of some of the seams, I decided to piece it as three separate borders so that the middle row, with the white/red fabric won’t have all those extra seams.

Nine Patch Border

The finished border will look the same but it will require less matching up of seams.  If this had been sewn as nine patches and rails, in order to butt the seams against each other for a better match up, I would had to have pressed the seam allowances on the rail blocks towards the white strip and on the nine patches away from the white strip (which is how I would have done it anyway) but by sewing the three strips as separate borders, at least to me, it seems like an easier way to do it and less chances for a seam that’s off and not matched up with its neighbor.

When piecing, don’t be limited by what the pattern says, or by doing it the way you’ve always done it.  Sometimes there’s an easier way and it’s so obvious, I often overlook it.