Calvert...It may be the death of me, but then to, that which doesn't kill you makes you stronger, so maybe it will put me on the fast track to "Super Knitter", but either way, it seems to desire a profound effect on me.
I seem to have knit the fronts longer than the backs. I didn't realize this when I was stitching one front to the back, but when I stitched the other side, it seemed a bit off. I thought it was how I stitched it. But after it was all put together one side seemed about 1" longer than the other. It didn't lay quite right...Well, my friend Kim, wise and experienced knitter of something like 25 years, suggested I pull out the side stitch, count rows, then cut the extra length off. Sure, I'm brave I can cut my knitting. So I did just that. When doing this, I found that I had gone about 3" too long, not 1", as I thought! How did I do that? I have no idea. But as I was looking at the other side, next to this newly shortened side, it appears I made that one too long, too. Hmmm....
This means counting and cutting that side too....or counting the one intact side, then cutting the back and bringing the cut side and the back to the same length as the intact side...Either way, a lot of work, and time consuming. Worth it of course, because the sweater is gorgeous, the yarn is beautiful, great drape and color (and kinda pricey). So I shall make this right, but not today. No today I will work on a summer t-shirt style sweater for me, and a couple new soakers for the baby. I will pick Calvert back up closer to the season for wearing. Small, fun summer projects can now begin! I think maybe my mama brain needs smaller bite size projects for now.
Buttercup is coming along very nicely. I love the color, dark (flattering), but not black. The same yarn I used for Calvert, so it has a nice drape, and should make a nice summery top.
I commented before about wanting flowers for the garden, for attracting pollinators like bees, as well as for shots of color in my otherwise mostly green landscape. I want them to be organic, especially since they will be sharing space with my food plants, so I've been not sure what to do about obtaining plants...until I saw a listing on Craig's list. Right in Gonic, which is this little sliver of a town between Barrington and Rochester, there is a farm that supplies organically grown veggies, herbs, annuals and perenials! Whoohooo. I took a trip over with my mom. Well worth the trip. Freya, the very knowledgable owner of Leap Frog Farm was super helpful. I told her what I wanted the plants for and she walked me around her fabulously full plant yard pointing out the options she thought would be best. I packed them up and will be putting them in bucket to be spread throughout the garden. If you are local and looking for herbs, veggie plants or flowers, head on over to her place at 65 Gear Road in Gonic.
Phew, you still with me? I had a lot happen today, because there is still more!
The big pros are:
- Their watchdog ability. They have a very loud screech/call when the unknown enters the barnyard. Great for alarming the other animals and their caregivers of danger, whether that is the neighbor dog off their leash, or a fox sneaking up on the hens.
- They are also avid bug eaters. Bugs make up about 90% of their diet, if they are allowed to forage for their food. Especially fond of ticks, they have been in high demand lately, and some municipalities are using them to help keep the tick population under control, as Lyme disease becomes more and more prevalent.
- They love to eat weed seeds! Great for help in the garden. They are animals, so they can on occassion eat your plants, or fruit, but mostly they stick to bugs and seeds if they can get them.
- They are so stinken cool looking. I guess that is a matter of opinion and there are really two camps, folks that thinks they fabulous to look at and those that think they are ugly. Not many people are indifferent to their appearance. I find them fun to look at and watch.
- They can be used for meat, and if you are lucky enough to have them lay in the nesting boxes, with the chickens, or you can find where they are nesting you can eat their eggs too.