Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Battery Hen Update

The hens from the battery farm have been home for nearly three weeks now, and I can say that it took most of the first two for them to settle in properly. Just this week they're starting to behave like normal chickens. Their personalities are showing, they're running to the door when they see me coming, and they're starting to form a pecking order.

The only thing they're not doing yet is laying. When we first brought them home, I was collecting eggs from them for the first few days. But then the eggs stopped, and for a good reason. The hens weren't eating much. They were pecking at the greens in their pen, but were completely disinterested in the grain I was offering them. They didn't even react when I threw or scattered it in front of them. They didn't know what it was.
Needless to say, as the days went on I was getting stressed about the lack of food they were consuming. These girls would require more energy than other chickens, due to their egg-a-day breed characteristics. They were loosing weight and still showing no inclination to even try the food.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cast On | Vintage Intarsia Flower Cardigan

It's time to cast on another cardigan from Knit Vintage. I've said before that there are many patterns from this gorgeous book that I want to knit, so I decided I'd cast one on, and I hope to have this one done this year, unlike my last 3-year sweater.

I've chosen a cardigan this time, because that is what is lacking in my winter wardrobe, and something I find very hard to get at the shops. Am I the only one who can't seem to find a cardigan that's suitable for both skirts, dresses and jeans?
It can be easy with handmade clothes to simply make something because you want to, rather than approaching it like shopping - knowing what gap in your wardrobe you are there to fill, and not being distracted with other purchases. I think the same goes for handmade clothes.
That's not to say that I don't want to knit this cardigan. I think it's gorgeous, and it features a panel of intarsia flowers up each side on the front, and colourwork is my favourite kind of knitting. But my head was very nearly turned by a pretty lacy top, however I already own a white lacy top and therefore I don't need to make one.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

My Yarn Shop + The Hazel Cardi

Yesterday was a long day of photographing yarn, and uploading them to my website. But the good news if that my yarn shop is open!!
It feels a little surreal, to be honest, to think of all those lovely yarns sitting in my shop right now.
They are truly so, so beautiful in person. I've got a pair of socks in this colour on my needles right now, and they are supposed to be a gift but I'm not sure I'll be able to let them go!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I'm Opening a Yarn Shop

Do you remember that secret pink yarn that I shared a little while ago? I said on Instagram that it was probably the smallest, but most exciting, order of yarn I had received in the post.
The reason for this is, that I am going to be opening an online yarn shop!! I really cannot quite believe that I have just typed those words.

I'll be adding the section to my already existing shop, and so very soon alongside my knitting patterns you'll also find delicious yarn too. It's something I've wanted to do for quite a long time, and I had it on my mental "one day I'll do that list". For some reason, at the very end of 2016, I decided to pull that dream off the one day list and put it onto the "this year" list. I began plotting, planning and researching. And here we are. Nearly at opening day.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Here & Now | March 2017

Welcome to this month's Here & Now! What's happening in your world lately? Write a blog or Instagram post all about it and join us here!

This link up is open from today until midnight on the 17th. Remember you can now join in two ways - either on your blog, or share your Here & Now on Instagram! The instructions on how to Instagram your Here & Now are below, along with the guidelines for blogging.

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Maira Gall