Of course, I am operating on almost no sleep.....so be kind...LOL. Believe it or not, having a litter of puppies is almost as tiring as having an infant. I don't go to bed for approximately 10 days, especially when there are puppies as tiny as the 2 girls in this litter. I am checking on the puppies constantly making sure that Mum hasn't inadvertently sat on one and suffocated it. I also rotate the little ones at the milk bar, to make sure that they are getting their fair share.
As you can see from the picture, there is a HUGE size difference in these puppies. Both girls were only a tiny 3.7 oz at birth and the other 2 were 6 and 7 oz. I am not sure how this happened as Breeze was a great eater throughout her pregnancy, so it is not from lack of good nutrition on her part, however in speaking to a long time breeder friend, she mentioned that it could have been that the 2 girls were in one horn of the uterus and the 2 boys were in the other and perhaps the horn that the 2 girls were in, was nutritionally deprived somehow.
Needless to say, I am very concerned about the "wee" ones. They are very very tiny, but they both seem to be fighters. In looking at the above picture, you can imagine how easy it is for the big boy to push the little girl away from the milk bar, so I have been spending a lot of time holding him while the 2 little girls take their turns.
Say a little prayer for the 2 little girls.......I have been doing this long enough, that I realize that losing them is a real possibility. The hard part of breeding.
Well, if one has to stay up all night.........one might as well be productive. (grin). I took a few days off from knitting and concentrated on spinning. The roving is hand dyed, blended fiber from my rabbits here. When I had my last batch of rovings processed, I pulled this colorway out and kept it for myself. After working on some scratchy romney earlier last week, it was a treat to come back to the soft angora/merino blend.
This bag full of roving is destined to
become this vest. The pattern is from Mountain Colors. It is nice to have a finished object out of my rovings, so that people can see what it knits up like. Angora is so very warm that I don't know that I could stand wearing a sweater, so this lacey vest should be a nice choice
The new sock for the Six Sock KAL was announced this week and I have to admit that I was not in love with it....in fact, I am not sure that I like it enough to put that much effort into it as I am not a real fan of spiral knitting. It is lovely, just not my cup of tea.........so...........I decided to work on another sock that caught my eye in my blog surfing.
Marguerite from Stiches of Violet , created this great pattern. You can get the free pattern here. I have to say that I am really loving this sock! The yarn is Lang Jawoll superwash and I am working on size 1 doublepoint needles.
I am also plugging away on the X and O vest from Folk Vests. I am enjoying the pattern, but still not loving the black abbey yarn, although, the yarn does give the pattern alot of definition.
Ribby Cardi is taking a break, due to the fact that I have to rip out the sleeves..ggrrr, so I thought that I would work on this vest instead. Who knows.......with all of this midnight knitting, I just may get them both finished by the time I make it back upstairs to my bed....LOL.
In parting, I just want to say............GO PATRIOTS!!!!!!!! WOO- HOO!!