I started, in January, attempting to make a pair of socks, for myself, each month. I only made one knee high in January, but did complete February, March, April, and today I finished my favorite so far, my May socks. This may be the last pair for this monthly challenge. The other knitter that was doing this has stopped, so the idea isn’t as fun…besides knitting socks has taken up a lot of my less abundant knitting time, and I have sweaters to make to keep my growing girls cozy this Fall, which is just around the corner. I figure if I look at it that way, I won’t be so focused on the oppressive heat that is descending even sooner.
Back to the socks, they were completed on the trip to bring Nellie home. So I think they might be a bit overshadowed, in the big picture, but they are wonderfully comfortable, I love the colors and they fit perfectly. Aaaah.. Happy feet. The yarn is Claudia, from my favorite yarn store. The pattern is free on Knitty, and is titled Java Socks. What inspired me to make them was how stretchy the description indicated they were. I find it hard to hand knit socks and have them fit properly. These do.
We have a cow. I waffle between excitement, and the haunting thought that I might be in over my head. She is about as sweet and gentle as a few hundred pound animal with horns and a will, can be. But that is the point. She weighs a few hundred pounds, has horns and an idea of what she wants to do.
My friend Wendy and her husband John came with us with their livestock trailer. It was perfect, Nellie was loaded up with a little convincing, but she did alright. We chatted with her current owners, who were fabulous. Very helpful, and were clearly happy to see her join our little homestead. Her travel home was uneventful, and she was greeted by little people with fists full of grass. John took the lead and brought her out of the trailer and down the driveway.
I was given some tips for working with her. Hold her halter, or the leash close the halter, to control where her horns go. That, and keeping her feet off mine, seem to be the greatest goals. She responds well to a firm and kind manner. I, on occasion, had to use my weight to get her to move where I wanted…making this one of the few times in my life that I’m happy I’m not a little woman. She was thrilled with the grassy spot, and happy to graze.
After grazing we wandered over to the barn ( I use this term loosely and wantingly…this barn I refer to is an 8×8 shed, and I so long for a real barn. One where I can store straw and hay, where the cow will have a stall and the chickens can have pens…but I digress). Once at the barn, she came in pretty easily, without the bribe of grain. My dad and father-in-law built a fabulous ramp for her while we were gone, and it was perfect! She was introduced to the broody Muscovy who is in a nest box on the wall. Neither seemed interested in the other, so I’m hoping they do okay together.
Nellie was left with some water, hay and grain, the door half open so she can survey her new surroundings, as she prepares for sleep, in her new home.
I think I was pretty well prepared for her arrival, for a girl who has never really been in the company of cows. Curling up with Keeping A Family Cow, a cup of tea, a blanket and cozy feet. Today is a good day on the homestead. Especially when we went out to put in the ducks and though we needed to herd them, they did herd easily into their new house!! That was a relief.
While we were gone the rabbits had some new arrivals of their own. Josie kindled 7, of which 5 lived. One of the sister’s kindled 4 in the nest box, of which 2 lived, which was her first litter. The other two seemed to have wiggled away from the group. Her sister is due tomorrow, with her first litter.