I promised yesterday that I would make another post and here it is. As I said, we have been in Colorado for over a week. We made it in time for us to go to Estes Park for the Estes Park Wool Gathering. We got there late in the day and went through the sheep barns and then the market barn and that was all. I picked up a couple of spindles and some fiber for spinning, which I didn’t take pictures of, for some reason, but I did get some pics of a couple of the sheep:
This little guy followed me around his pen. He wanted to nibble on everything that I had, my purse, my camera bag, my tee shirt, just everything. But he had the most incredible brown eyes.
After spending some time with the owners of these Jacob Sheep, we decided that we are going to own some. Their fleece was just incredible and the coloring was gorgeous. Not only that, the breeders of this particular group of Jacob were just the nicest people. They were willing to spend time talking to us and give us some pointers about them and gave us a card so that when we get our house built, we can call them and get a couple. This group of sheep was a mama and her babies. I don’t know what kind they are because there wasn’t anyone there to answer questions.
As we were going up the mountain from Westcliffe to my Mom and Dad’s I was able to get DH to stop so that I could share the incredible view that we will have from our land…..
This is actually the view of the mountains that we have from our land. These mountains are surrounding us and no matter which way we look, we can see mountains that are over 14,000 feet high.
Here are some gratuitous sunset pictures:
Some sunrise pictures because my DH is working for a local builder so that he can learn to use the system that we are going to use to build our house and that entails him getting up at 0’dark thirty in the morning and he was able to catch these:
this is a sequence of the sunrise out the front of the house where my parents live.
And finally, here are some of the local flora and fauna:
And then, because there are so many little ranches and ranchettes, we see quite a few of these:
And because I have joined the unsocialized Knitters homeschooling group I have to report that we have not been doing any school this week or last week. It’s probably the only break that ds will get this summer, but I figured that he is going to be busy with his papa and that is more important than doing school is right now.
Have a great day and I promise to post again soon…..
We have made it to Colorado…actually we got here Friday night, but things have been going on, and I haven’t had time to post, or more accurately, haven’t taken the time to post.
A couple of weeks ago, I sent my secret pal 10 pal her last box…she really liked the things that I had sent to her. If you want to check out her blog, go here and you can see the pictures.
We got to my folks house on Friday evening, just in time to have a snack and go to bed. We had spent most of the day in Denver doing fun and exciting things like getting tires for the big truck and taking showers and then fighting the Friday afternoon traffic through Colorado Springs. Then we had to go to the little town near where our land is to drop the trailer and then we drove the tractor up the mountain…that’s 14 miles of dirt roads that lead up to the development that my folks live in. We have land 2 miles outside of town and are just off of the paved part of the road. We came past our land and can’t believe how green it is. The moisture up here has been needed and well received by all. The further up the mountain we came, the greener it got. Now our land is a 40 acre plot that has 8 trees on it. Yup, that’s right, 8 trees. If I take a picture of our land from the road, because you can’t actually see the property lines, you might actually think that we have a nice little patch of trees…nope. Those are just on the other side of the line…don’t belong to us….can’t use ’em. Makes for a kinds of barren piece of land. But that is okay…you can buy a LOT of trees for the 25 or 30 thousand dollars that a piece of land with trees cost more than our land cost us.
I will have to post again later, probably later today the 25th, when I get my pictures edited, burned to a CD and then uploaded to photobucket so that I can post them to my blog. We have been on vacation at my parents house for the last week and I can’t get my mother’s internet connection to work on my laptop, so I am posting from her computer and didn’t have enough gumption to upload the pictures just yet. I will have some incredible sunset pictures and some gratuitous animal pictures and I will have some fiber porn that I picked up at the Estes Park fiber festival.
Be back later….
I was going to post these for Eye Candy Friday, but I couldn’t get Blogger to upload my pictures, so here are the pictures I was going to post.
Most people call them weeds, and I wouldn’t want to cultivate them, but I love to see these. My husband took the pictures that I am posting because he didn’t want to pick the flowers. He wanted me to have them, but I don’t have any way to keep them in the truck.
The final picture is of our truck as taken through a patch of long stemmed grass that was in the field in front of the truck….you can also see the boy standing next to the truck. Any time we a stopped somewhere that there is a place that he can, he is out of the truck running around and playing. Most time he will
We had stopped for the night in Amarillo, TX (yes, in Texas again) and were planning on going to the Quarter Horse Museum, but it was closed until the 9th, when they were having their grand re-opening from the grand remodel. Bummer….we’ll catch it another time. We are sitting in Las Vegas tonight with a broken air conditioning. We just had this fixed the other week and it really burns me that the air is broken again, but thank God for Idleaire and a hubby that will let us sign up and use it. In the last post, I showed you pictures of a wad of yarn. I have been working on that wad, on and off since then, but it is still a wad of yarn. I have much more wound on the two little balls that are part of the yarn, but it still sits on my dash looking like a wad of yarn. I will prevail though. I will get it all untangled.
I have started the socks for this month’s Six Socks KAL – the Victorian Lace Socks that are going to be beautiful. I am using some yarn that I picked up at Stitches West from Webs called Kangaroo Dyer wool. It is wonderful, but it isn’t in spring colors. When I went through the stash that I have in the truck, there was nothing that was appropriate, but I am loving this pattern for my first lace project sock.
I am still working on DS’s socks and have a couple of dishcloths planned, but no progress to show.
Have a great week…
in Nashville, TN. Now normally that wouldn’t be a bad thing, but I can’t even get to a yarn shop. I did get to the post office today and mailed the final package for my SP10 partner and the packages for my Tea Swap III partner. I have enjoyed both of the experiences, but I think that I will wait for a bit to do another one, unless it’s a dishcloth swap, or something of that nature. I loved getting the ideas and the packages together for them, but because of the nature of our business, finding a post office is not an easy thing. Then my DH gets cranky because of the packages on the truck….you know men….and he told me I can’t do another one until next year. He’s mistaken, LOL.
We sat last weekend on the border of Missouri and Kentucky, in Charleston, MO. In the truckstop there was this cute little pond that actually had a pair of ducks on it. I don’t know if they have a nest or not, because I didn’t want to disturb them too much, but they wandered from one side of the pond to the other and only really got upset if we took the dog outside on the grassy area that was their lawn. If you look behind them you can see the highway behind them. That’s where they live, right next to the highway in the land that is the truckstop. The weather was beautiful and the boy and the dog got to go out and play…should have gotten some pictures, but I didn’t.
If you have children, you are ever hopeful that they will be able to help you when you really need them to. The other night when we were sitting somewhere, I asked the ds to help me wind some yarn. I needed him to act as the yarn swift and hold the yarn for me while I wound it on the cake… This is what we ended up with…and the picture shows you after I have spent several hours trying to unravel the mess and get back my whole skein of yarn. This is what we should have ended up with:
I didnt realize until too late that maybe this wasn’t a job for an 11 year old. He’s too fidgity and while he does take direction well, this might just be beyond him. Oh and this cake…husband acted as my swift, as he did for the following yarny goodness.
This is Malabrigo…it is hand spun in Uruguay. It is some of the softest yarn (well, natural fiber yarn) on the planet. I am lucky enough to have 3 skeins of it in these absolutely wonderful reds and browns. The color is called Stonechat and it is some of the nicest yarn I have. I think that I am going to make a felted bag out of it, but that almost seems like a sacrilege for as soft as it is. I still think that i will because it will make a beautiful bag. I can alway get more if I want to.
I also got some Shaeffer Anne…this is another one of those beautiful sock yarns that has wonderful colorways. I kept looking at this one and thinking that it was all greens and purples and stuff, but when I had hubby help me wind it the other night, I realized that it was all different shades of green and teal. It is loverly and will make someone some nice socks. The colors that are showing up here are not even what I took on my camera, but they show you the gradations…just think more green and less blue.
I just realized something. I don’t have much for knitting progress to show you, because I have been untangling yarn and spending way too much time online looking at knitting and knitting related things than I have been knitting. I need to stop that. It becomes dangerous. I was reading a couple of blogs the other day, and while doing so, you know, I looked at some of their FO’s and found this sweater. I showed it to hubby and he said that I should knit it up. I started looking at yarn and found out that Francis Patrick not only has gorgeous sock and shawl yarn, but they do a bulky yarn and will do special orders in the colorway of my choice. Hubby said to order it and work on this sweater so that I will have a gorgeous sweater to wear this fall and can practice for making this sweater, which I bought the yarn for at Stitches West.
We finally got a load and will be going to Las Vegas for the weekend. We are picking up a load that delivers outside of Las Vegas, and this weekend is the Las Vegas Trucking show, so we may get to go. I will have to have a small project to carry with me for those down times of waiting while hubby talks. He does like to do that.
Oh, and lest I forget…I promised Enid, who left a comment about the wedding we went to a couple of weeks ago, that I would post a picture of our youngest son. I had posted several of the older boys(men) and there weren’t any of ds.
He isn’t here by himself, but here is all of he boys, and I can still call them that cuz I am the evil wicked stepmother. The youngest thinks his older brothers are pretty “cool”.
Here is one of hubby too…he actually smiled for me, although it did take me three shots to actually get a smile out of him. For some reason he thinks that he can’t smile for a picture. My mother has to threaten him with bodily harm to get him to smile.
I hope that everyone is having a great week and I will post again later…Ciao