Friday, November 11, 2011
Easing my way back
So Thursday night, I took off from craft sewing and spent a little quality time in the workroom. The results will bemade public soon - I have a little bit of finish work left before I introduce my new creation. Let's just say I took that black and gray ruffled sweater knit and did terrible, wonderful things with stripes. I do love a stripe, I just tend to love them running in all directions at once, which may or may not be a problem.
My plaid jacket is still languishing on the dress form. I'll get back to that soon; after a substantial break, I wanted to ease my way back in with something a little less structured than a fitted, lined jacket with plaids to be matched.
With my head cleared of all that backed up sewing, I was able to dive back into the craft show sewing and finish doing a beaded edging to scarves that, at least for the last 2 years, have been the quick-to-sew and quick-to-sell item on my table. Fingers crossed it will be the same this year, or else everyone I know will be getting a pretty similar gift at the holidays . . .
Chicken FYI: for Kathi Rank (and anyone else) who wondered about Bonnie losing her feathers. Molting is normal, though she is doing it a bit later than she should. Most chickens lose feathers once a year and grow new ones, and during the molting period they stop laying eggs. The logic there is eggs are mostly protein, and so are feathers; if she's going to produce feathers, she needs to stop producing eggs.
As far as getting out in the yard for exercise, it never happens intentionally. These girls can fly, I've seen them do it, and if I let them out, they'd be gone in a blink. Once they settled in, they seemed not to mind the reduced quarters, and in the winter, it'll be a benefit. Their little upstairs coop is just big enough for them, a perch and their nesting box. Their body heat and the heat of their droppings (otherwise known as the best compost activator on earth) will keep them toasty.