Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Knitting and Bunnies

I have been doing a lot of knitting and crocheting, but don't have anything to show yet. One is a test that I can't share until the designer releases the pattern. Though you can't see it yet, rest assured that it is adorable. The rest is just more progress on the Hue Shift afghan (it's getting boring, not gonna lie) and on yet another NB Vertebrae. FO pics coming soon on that one.

I do have some bunny pictures to share, though. I had a litter of 5 Rex born on the 13th, a litter of 5 Jersey Woolies born today (1 was stillborn, sadly), and have another Jersey Wooly building a nest right now! Lots of babies! I have 4 more due before the end of the month, and 1 more on March 2nd! It's babyland around here!



Thursday, February 9, 2017

CavySaurus Rex

Ok, maybe more Stegosaurus than T-Rex, but CavySaurus Rex sounds cute!




Arthur wanted Pete the Cat to have a dinosaur costume. I just couldn't resist! I did use a pattern from Ravelry as inspiration, but I changed everything to suit my needs. I used different cast on numbers, stitch pattern, construction, etc.

Pete the Cat actually doesn't mind wearing it. I thought that he would be frozen in place with it on, but he went about his usual piggy business. I used KP Stroll Tweed.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Dyeing

I haven't dyed any yarn in a long time, close to a year. I got an itch to bring out the food coloring and kool-aid the other day, and this is what come of it:


KP Stroll Bare, dyed in the crockpot with food coloring. I absolutely love how it turned out.


2 hanks of KP WotA SW Bare, crockpot with food coloring.


1 hank of the WotA SW Bare, using kool-aid and a tiny bit of food coloring.

Overall, I'm pleased with the results. I need to start dyeing more often... I have a lot of bare yarn just waiting for color!

I also have a few WIPs and an FO to show off:


Newborn Vertebrae in KP Felici (Gummy Bear). This is turning out super cute. The cuffs and buttonband will be in Stroll (Rouge). I think I can get a hat out of the yarn, too.


The Hue Shift Afghan has been started! My plan is to do a square a day, then one round of border a day. That will make this take 120 days to complete, plenty of time before the October wedding without it being stressful. It's really fun and the squares go by quickly.


I finally got the woven scarf off the loom! It still needs a bath. This is 2 skeins gone from deep stash (KP Imagination).

For my stashdown challenges, I'm doing pretty well. I knit 525g this month (this is minus the 500g I purchased), 373g of which is fine yarn. I want to have 6000g gone by the end of the year, with 3000g of that being fine.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Bunny Show!

This weekend was the Augusta Masters of Rabbits and Cavies on the Green show in Grovetown, Georgia. It was a blast! My grandparents live in Augusta, right down the road from the show venue, so we got to stay with them for the weekend.

I showed 2 Jersey Woolies and a homebred Himalayan. Arthur took 2 Mini Lops and his cavy (guinea pig). We did well!





CCR's Perry, a ruby-eyed white senior buck, took Best of Breed in show A, and Best Opposite Sex of Breed in show C! I was so surprised by his wins. I knew he was a nice little buck, but WOW!



Hannah's Hop Hops Pine Lake, a ruby-eyed white senior doe, took Best Opposite Sex of Group in shows A and C, Best of Breed in show B! She's a gorgeous doe that I can't wait to show more over the next few months.



Arthur's cavy got good comments, and his Mini Lops did well. No big wins, but good comments in very competitive classes. It feels good when the judge says that there isn't an ugly rabbit on the table, he's just picking which is the prettiest. He likes the actual showing part, but not so much the waiting between breeds thing. He ate a lot of snacks, ha!


There was a costume contest. Of course, Sugar's Diggle, his Mini Lop buck, had to be Spiderman! Unfortunately, the judge didn't pick Diggle as the cutest, funniest, or the most original, but we had fun anyway. I personally think that he should've won something (the winners all had commercially made pet costumes; a duck, an energizer bunny, and a cowboy), but then again I am quite biased! There is another costume contest coming up in March so we will just have to try again!


My Himalayan doe, Knoll's Pink Lady, was the only Himi shown at all. They aren't very common down here, so there's usually just a few of us at most. I did get great comments on her, though! All 3 judges said that she's a great example of the breed, so at least I know that I'm going in the right direction with them.







We did come home with 3 new additions. Can't go to a show and not bring something new home! Arthur got a new little junior sow, which he named Daisy. She's an American Satin and such a cutie pie! She will be shown and eventually bred to Pete the Cat. Arthur really loves the cavies since they are so gentle and easy to handle. I have a feeling that he will eventually move away from his Mini Lops and get more focused on his cavies, which is fine by me. I'm letting his discover what he's truly interested in.






My new additions are Barron's Robbie (red) and GC Barron's Connie (castor). They are Rex, and are gorgeous. They are part of my foundation in this breed. Both have had major wins. Connie is now retired to the breeding pens and Robbie is still being shown.

Speaking of the breeding pens, I bred 6 does 2 weeks ago and I believe that all 6 are pregnant! There are 2 that I'm iffy on, but I'm leaning more yes than no. Another few days will tell, when the babies are bigger and easier felt.

Well, that was our weekend. It was full of fun, rabbits, and good friends. The next show is February 18th, so hopefully there will be more wins to report soon! Until then, we will be back to knitting news and updates :)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

FOs

 I've been cranking out the FOs lately. Since my momma and I do the craft show thing in fall, we really have to focus on knitting a lot during the rest of the year. I mostly do baby and kid knits, so have been working on them first:


Isn't this the cutest!? It's a Newborn Vertebrae with a matching hat. I used KP Stroll, the speckled being some that I dyed a few years ago. I had been hoarding it, but I'm trying to knit my too-precious-to-use yarn this year.


I went up a needle size to make it more 0-3 months. I added the stripes to add some visual interest and to break up the speckle yarn (I was afraid that it would look too muddy on its own). I'm really pleased with how it turned out.


Booties! I make a ton of these. They do well at the shows, and are the best shower gift so many go into the gift pile. I love using KP Chroma Fingering for these.


I recently made these, hoping that they are more masculine for little boys. I just kind of winged the leg portion and like how they came out.

I'm really trying to plow through the smaller quicker projects, so I have a lot more booties in my near future!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Notebooks

This is a post about notebooks, but first let's welcome these 8 cuties into the world:


These little ones were born this morning to Samantha, my sweet New Zealand doe. Their daddy is Julius (also NZ), who is leaving next week to live with another breeder. I'm happy to have a final litter out of him! These guys are part of my meat rabbit program, but they are all loved as much as possible until then. Samantha made a beautiful nest for her litter! In other bunny news, I have had a successful breeding week, which is a nice change for once. CCR Perry x Southern Fluff's Sollya (Jersey Woolies) and also Barron's Ollie x Barron's Octavia (Rex).

Now, on to the notebooks, which is what this post is really about:

I love stationery. Notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, pretty washi tape, anything to do with stationery and I love it. I wanted to start recording my knitting on paper as well as on Ravelry, so when I saw a fellow Raveler post about her knitting notebook, I actually did something about it. I looked at several different types and considered building my own, but finally settled on this one. I had a tiny amazon credit from a book settlement or something, so with that the final cost was just over 10.00, shipped. It was "used," which made it significantly cheaper.

It arrived today, just in time for me to cast on for my next project.


I really like how structure it is. There's no messing around or stressing about it being artsy/beautiful enough. It really does make me want one of those little polaroid-type cameras even more though.

I also started a bullet journal. I had heard the term thrown around here and there, but had no clue what it was. This Buzzfeed post really made it simple. I found a good notebook for it at Walgreens, and immediately got started.



I'm not being super creative with it. I know myself. I would get creative, then either mess up or get burnt out on it and never touch the notebook again. I have a few different "modules" for different things, like reading and knitting. I also have a monthly habit tracker like in the Buzzfeed post, but am not showing it since my habits aren't that great (I've walked at the track one day this month).

I really like this BuJo thing (see, I'm all up on the lingo and everything, ha!). It's easy and it really does keep me more accountable. In the daily sections, I write out things that I really ought to do. Seeing them there and wanting to X it off the list has made me cook more this week, keep up with the laundry, do yoga every day, and stop drinking soft drinks. The habit tracker is really great for this.

Does anyone else journal? A knitting notebook? A diary of secret crushes and sexual escapades?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Free At Last!

I've been swamped with commission knitting, and I am finally free!






This Little Coffee Bean Cardigan was my last deadline knit, yay! I still have to wash it, then it will be on its way to its new owner.

I immediately began working on some charity crochet. These teeny tiny little hats are going to be donated to Atlanta-area NICUs in memory of a friend's grandson that passed away recently. I will be making things to donate throughout the year, and encourage anyone looking for a good cause to do that same. I can provide some general guidelines for sizing, colors, etc if anyone needs it.