Traversing sun leads to a new season,
Vernal breath attunes the leaves
When the sun begins its new pattern, spring follows. The air warms, and the world rejoices. A new breath comes over all things, and even the trembling leaves are attuned to the vernal rhythm. Turn your face to the sun, as flowers know how to do.
Winter this year, has been a difficult season for me......and I am not even sure why. There has been a looming cloud over my mind and spirit. I have had a hard time getting out of my own way and have not found much joy in things. I wouldn't say that I have been depressed, yet, something has been out of kilter.........stagnant.
Saturday was a mild day, with a hint of Spring definitely in the air. I spent the day in the barn, cleaning rabbit trays and clipping down a few rabbits. With the windows wide open, fresh air and yes......even birds chirping, I felt a breath of life that I haven't in some time.
As I was working, many thoughts crossed my mind. Going back to my Spring cleaning post, the need to simply was definitely one of them. My health and the way that I view myself was another. One of the things that I let lapse this year was my weight. I am not obese..<grin>, but I need to loose a good 35 pounds (ouch). So, along with simplifying, I am also determined to become fit again. Of course, the first week of eating right, sets the sugar cravings screaming. It has been a long few days, but the cravings are quieting a bit and I can get my thoughts straight again. When a person quits smoking......they stop smoking, however, you can't stop eating, therefore the temptation is always there in front of you. What I need to discover, is why food is such a crutch for me. I don't know if I will succeed this time either, but I am going to turn my face towards the sun and contemplate the new season. ~
After the cold winter, it was nice to be in the barn and not freeze. Because the winter was so blessed cold, some of the rabbits went too long between haircuts. I thought I would start with the few rabbits that are to be bred this Spring, move to the ones with salvageable coats next and then do the matted few last. Sunday, I clipped 2 down and bred them. Even though I thought that one of the coats had gone too long, I was pleasantly surprised at the good condition of the fiber
As soon as I started clipping, I knew I was in for trouble. DRATS!! Darn pesky mites!!!
I don't usually have too many problems with mites, but every now and then I will have a rabbit who becomes home to these nasty pests. Fortunately, humans are not a host for this type of mite. However, dogs can be, so I am careful to remove my clothing and toss them right in the wash.
If you click on this picture, you can see evidence of the mites. Rabbit mites are often called "Walking Dandruff" Treatment for mites is 1% injectable ivermectin. I do however give it to my rabbits (and dogs) orally and the problem is quickly resolved. I usually dose all of the rabbits not being bred at this spring clipping and then again in the fall.
Sambuca was slated to be bred this week, but I will hold off now for at least a month, as I had to treat her with Ivermectin and I do not give this to animals that are going to be bred.
She is much happier now with that itchy coat off!
It is finished!!!!!!!!!!! All that is missing are the buttons. I wasn't going to put the picture up without them, but it will be at least a week before I get down south to buy proper buttons for this vest. I have to say that I did NOT enjoy this process at all. (if you hadn't guessed...LOL). I know that everyone in blog land seems to be on a BWA kick, however, I can honestly admit now, even after washing, I HATE this yarn. I guess that it just goes to prove.....truly......different strokes for different folks.
No sooner did I finish blocking the XO vest, did I pull out the Peruvian Highland Wool that I ordered from Elann earlier in the winter. (there's that paprika color again) Now........this is LOVE! All's I can say is Wow, Wow, Wow. This yarn is so soft and cushy, but still gives nice definition to cables. I am working on the sleeve of this pattern. I can easily tell that I am going to thoroughly enjoy this process...........and I will be visiting Elann in the very very near future again!
I am also working on another Opera Scarf. This time it is for my daughter's college roommate. Her roommate has admired Ashley's seaman's scarf from Woolen Rabbit yarn so much, that Ash asked me to knit Sonya up something lacey in my angora blended yarn for her birthday.
This is such a fun, easy pattern!
Betcha' thought I wasn't going to ................ I really wasn't......but here they are. It is getting hard to get a picture of all of them together.......they are busy enjoying life!