Though we experienced a frost here in west MI last night, almost all of my vernal seedlings are coming along well. The potatoes were bitten pretty well, but I can see that there is still nice thick growth of foliage under the frosted leaves, so they'll perk up soon enough.
The garden this year is focused mainly on medicinal herbs. There will still be, of course, plenty of vegetables, but just not as many as in previous years.
Oh, I dream of sheep! I love everything about them -- their wool, their portly bodies, the cheeses made from their milk...
I also love their babies, and I was very pleased to find out that I have a second cousin who keeps a flock of Shetland sheep just northeast of where I live. My grandmother and I took a trip to his farm together to look at the sheep and we spotted a mother who had just given birth to twins! They were so sweet -- their spindly little legs were so wobbly and unstable and their faces were just the cutest things ever.
When mama sheep stepped away from one of her napping babies for a moment, I swooped in and scooped one up. He was a little ram and I had a hard time giving him back to his mother!
I am bubbling over with excitement and therefore could not wait until it was published to show y'all this new hat! Avena, named for the little oat-like bobbles that border the brim, is knitted with some some yummy yarn of silk and mohair.
I will be out of town for school for the next week, but as soon as I'm back, Avena will need to be tested and prepared further for publishing. Interested in testing for me? I will be sure to post when the test will be ready so that anyone who would like to test has the opportunity to do so. The test will be through the group "Free Pattern Testers" on Ravelry.
I am so excited to announce that my first knitting pattern has been published! It has been tested over the last couple of days by some amazing Ravelers and it was decided that there were no errors and that the pattern should be sent forward for publishing. Well, here it is! Meet Stellaria, the star of spring!
These little babies have been all the rage, and ever since I made this one last year (I haven't posted any of my own photo projects of it...), I've been wanting to make more. They're great to use up any leftover skeins and are easy and fast enough to pump out two in a day.
Winter has been good. Busy, yes, but quite good. The weather has finally turned to real winter, and it is the best. Last night's winter storm produced 12-16 inches of snow on top of the snow we already had, so this area of MI has officially welcomed the snow season. Perhaps I'll measure the snow tomorrow -- it is impressive!
Well, for as crazy as I was going with my fiber fanaticism, it did come to an end and not by choice. Part of training to be a naturopath involves other co-requisites like human anatomy and physiology, and so that is now taking up my life. Don't get me wrong -- I absolutely LOVE A&P. In fact, it is one of the only studies that I can easily and happily read the textbook in. Yes, I am talking about those boring textbooks that cost way too much and have 1000 pages in them. Somehow (thankfully), I love my A&P book. It also happens that I love learning about the human body, so I think that that definitely helps. Regardless, not having time to play with fiber has been challenging. I spent a good hour and a half last night knitting further on my fingerless mitts I've been working on, and boy, did that feel nice! It was definitely a treat to be touching mohair and silk, that's for sure.
On a separate note, I've been making lots of teas! They've been an absolute blast to make, and they're super fun to drink, too. Here are a couple of pictures of my latest teas that I've added to the Apothecary section in my Etsy shop.