it has been a very dry here in Durango which is quite scary because all of our water comes from lake lemon a couple miles north and it was incredibly low last year. above is a picture of some of the sheep and chickens running around and trying to find something not frozen to eat! in the back you can see the cage we built attached to the green metal barn to keep the sheep safe at night from all the predators we have here. I have one ewe (female sheep) that looks like she is going to poop a baby or two out any day now so they are in the new barn my hubby built.
the window is for warmth from the south and to allow our seeds to germinate early spring. we also added a little closet in the back with a window for storing hay since these sheep eat a lot!
inside the barn we set up two lambing jugs. we used leftover horse paneling and attached it to create a separation then collected some pallets to make a wall and a little gate. my order from premier arrived and I now have heat lamps, lots of straw and molasses lick with minerals for the two mamas that are hanging out in there. I need to get an updated picture because these were mid-project!
there is my little farm girl. she loves the animals and helping collect eggs from our flock of 33.we have so many plans and dreams for this place. we are pretty sure we will raise two butcher pigs from spring to fall. we have a friend who does not use the hormone to force the sow into heat which is a crazy dangerous hormone and I wouldn't want to eat meat that was conceived on this hormone. we also have a foundation on our property that goes down a couple feet into the ground but then has earth instead of cement. we hope to save the money up to turn it into a 1200 square foot greenhouse!
until then...I have been knitting. I made so many things the last few months. Below is a favorite that I made for my sister who will have a baby boy this month. it is the
100% Cashmere Cache-cœur and two Baby Beanies by schneckenstrick
I made a few of these for some other little ones that have arrived recently. it is the Plain Cardigan by Anna & Heidi Pickles
here's another one...
i knit this little sweater for my daughter because she loves our sheep so much. it was my first attempt at fair isle knitting Welcome to the Flock by Julia Farwell-Clay
and this red shawl was a gift for my mom for christmas. it was my first shawl, my first lace knitting and my most favorite project ever. i was afraid to begin it but found that i loved the challenging pattern and the tiny stitches. it is Sempervivum by Jared Flood
well, there are other project i want to share but dinner isn't going to make itself so i will return another time. happy knitting!