And breathe…..

Coming up for air… where has the last month or two gone??

They are clearing trees * read butchering forest, my snowshoe trail and this little Moosey’s home* across the road from us. Yesterday this poor discombobulated Moose was peering over our fence trying to figure out how to get in. I’m sure the poor lad didn’t know what was going on and was just trying to find safety. It was with a sad heart that I watched him climb back up the hill and into the trees. I hope he was smart enough to figure out that he could get to our clearing in just a few more feet to the right and then he would be safe.

I cut the grass for the first time this season on Sunday ,clearly it has been a few weeks since I wrote this post, in my winter coat and hat…… What the deuce??? It has been a coooold Spring, everyone still has the heating on and there is a frost warning. Not cool! I’m so glad that summer is slowly arriving and hopefully things warm up.

Things have been super busy around here, hopefully I can fill you all in on that shortly but until then I have some new projects on the go.

I’ve been doing a lot of purging around the house and and getting rid of things. I had previously purged the stash of things I would never use but there seemed to be a mountain  of leftovers accumulating that needs to be dealt with. My thought is the quickest and easiest way for me to use up these leftovers is definitely to knit a blanket but that lead to a whole other bunny trail of which blanket and do I have colours that go and so on and so forth.

Romi swooped in and saved the day when she offered a coupon for one free pattern. Her Carson Throw jumped out at me and I immediately wanted to cast on.

I grabbed some co ordinating colours and cast on. It is coming along nicely and I’ve just started using a second colour. I can’t wait to add more colours to the mix and see it progress.

More stash diving is on the go because Rachel Coopey is doing a MKAL *mystery kal* for Unwind Brighton.  Solid or semi solid yarn is what Rachel has suggested for these socks so I’m knitting mine with Wandering Cat Yarns BFL in English Toffee.

This is my progress after completing the second clue. The third and final clue was released a week ago and I’m still trying to find the time to get caught up…. soon!

Before I could even start my MKAL socks I need to clean off my sock needles. They were  housing my half finished 2nd Patina sock. Poor Patina’s they got left by the way side while I was involved in a huge project but now its time to finish them up. I’m really enjoyed this Tanis pattern and even though it has been slow going, when I do have the time to knit on them it just makes them last all that much longer. Look for an FO picture soon!

So those are the stash projects I’m working on right now and I’m holding myself back from casting on more…. I need to get something off the needles first me thinks.

What are you working on? Do you have a queue the length of your arm that you need to cast on RIGHT NOW??

Talk to me, I’ve really missed chatting with you all.

Mr. Beaver

I have been trying to get pictures of this little fella for weeks now.

At the beginning of Summer we began to notice wood slowly being piled up just before the bridge at The Pond at the bottom of The Ridge. People call it the Beaver pond but we had yet to see any signs of beavers there. Throughout Summer the shallow pond seemed to be getting higher and higher as the Beaver piled more and more wood, building himself a nice little Beaver Dam.

Apparently beavers hate the sound of running water and that’s what stimulates them to build. Although the Dam is the beaver’s home they are often trapped by the forest rangers and taken else where if their dams cause flooding and property damage. I’ve been hoping this won’t be the case for our Beaver, the water is quite high right now but I think he should be ok as long as he doesn’t decide to put an addition on.

Beaver Dam’s are beneficial by restoring wetlands. Wetlands are beneficial for water animals, salmon, frogs, toads, wetland birds as well as providing  meadow land around the pond area providing grazing lands for animals who otherwise wouldn’t have access to it. Eventually the beaver dam will break the water will drain and the cycle will begin again. Truly an amazing process!

I think Mr. Beaver liked my company. He pulled out a snack of twig, or he just might have been busy at work chewing that twig for a special spot in his Dam. Nevertheless he chewed away happily while I snapped some pictures of him. Look at his little paws holding onto the stick, isn’t he adorable?

Then just as I was getting up to go he looked right at me as if to say “You’re leaving already?” So I told him I’d really like to get some shots of him swimming and as if he was obliging he swam back and forth in front of the the Dam making sure I got both sides!

He then swam up onto the bank for a rest. I wasn’t able to get a picture of his tail but I’ll be back again to visit and hope to get one then. I drive by the pond when we come down off The Ridge and I make sure to have my camera with me just in case.

T was sleeping in the truck when I took these pictures but she LOVES looking at them over and over.

She says “See Beeva again!”