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Olio – February 2, 2016

Olio: a miscellaneous collection of things.

After a few spring like days, the lower field looks like a tonsured head with the fringe of snow around the edges of the bald field.  Yesterday was rainy but warm, today gray, drizzly and chilly.  The kind of day where I want to read and knit and so that it mostly what I did, along with a brief nap as I am still coughing and somewhat congested, a week and a half after contracting this latest round of winter crud.  Having 2 school aged kids, a daughter that works in a school and a SIL that works in a hospital, someone is always bringing home a new variety of it.

I finished one sock of the Unplanned Peacock Twisty Sock yarn, Rainbow and it fits.  Maybe a tad looser around the leg than I need, but at least it goes over my heel and high instep easily.  Sock #2 is in process, my carry along knitting, the cuff done and the leg well on the way to the heel flap.

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Because the socks are my carry along knitting, I started my latest sweater two nights ago.  The socks on tiny size 1 double pointed needles, the sweater on a huge size 10 circular needle.  The pattern is Shalom cardigan, the yarn, my own handspun.  Last February at the spinning retreat, I purchased a pound of beautiful Coopsworth overdyed fiber.

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Off and on, I spun this fiber into a heavy worsted weight yarn for me.

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The fiber was all spun, the yarn washed and measured and it isn’t enough to make me a full sweater.  Shalom is a cap sleeve cardigan, I have knit it before and added 3/4 sleeves.  As luck would have it, Hearts of the Meadow Farm where I purchased the fiber, still has some of last year’s in that color and she has set aside another 8 ounces for me to purchase at this month’s fiber festival.  My plan is to not bind off the cap sleeve, but put them on holders, knit the body and see what I have left over.  Purchase the additional fiber and spin it and hope to have enough to put long sleeves on this one.  Since the yarn is heavy, a full long sleeved sweater would be best.

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Shalom is a triple yoked sweater with a single button.  I loved the pattern the first time I knit it, but ended up hating the yarn as it pills terrible.  This yarn shouldn’t do that and I am loving the teal and gray.

The longer days as we march toward the Vernal Equinox has stimulated the Buffy’s desire to lay for us.  Where I was getting one egg every two or three days and always from the same hen, I am now getting 2 to 3 per day and they are coming from various hens as seen in the variation of color and size that I am bringing in each day.

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Only one of the Americaunas has ever laid an egg.  I haven’t figured out which of the two it is, but as they are already the odd gals out, I will keep them both to hang out together.  Perhaps both will lay come full on spring.  I have 6 Buff Orpington hens, 2 Americaunas, and two young roosters.  I hope we have success raising chicks this year, as I want to increase my flock back up to 14 from the current 10.  The young rooster who has recently found his voice is practicing more and getting better and more vocal each day.  I still haven’t heard the other one try to crow.  Yesterday, the flock finally left the small area of hay in front of the coop and ventured across a band of remaining snow to the bare spots in the garden.  Today, most of that snow is gone and the garden open for their scratching and digging.

Our spring like days have ended and we are again looking at seasonal temperatures, frigid nights and possibly more snow in the next week.  Phil may have predicted an early spring for Pennsylvania, but I doubt we will see it here.