...and then we're back on track...
Sorry for the late "next post"! I've been busy with what they call "life"! We delivered some of the sheep to the slaughterhouse nearly two weeks ago, and it took some time to mark them and prepare them for sending off. Last weekend I also had a date with hubby, he flew in to Oslo on Thursday night, I took the bus down and arrived Friday morning, and we spent the weekend on a hotel, including a spa-treatment (ouch- I HATE the massage, it hurts! Hubby of course loved it!) We went to a show Friday night- Ylvis 3- two young brothers who had a great show), and out for dinner. On Saturday we did a little shopping and spent the evening listening to a singer/songwriter in the hotellobby (she was really good! She has a webpage that I haven't checked out yet, you'll find it here.
I took the bus down, as I said, and tried to knit some. The Koiguhat, the beanie, is too small, but I haven't decided whether to rip it all out(beanies are not my type of hat...) or just reknit the top of it, since I really like the band around the head. Anyway, I decided to make another one, more slouchy, still using Cassie's Loksins! pattern. With my own twist, that is.
I also need more angels...these are knitted in Mor Åse- yarn,on 4mm dpn's, and will be felted. I found the pattern in Familiens Juleideer 2007.
On the bus from Oslo last Sunday, I finally started Ripples, the Novemberpattern of Sockamania. This is how far I got (the busride is 12 hours...), but after a few hours I kept dozing off, losing both stitches and needles, so I stopped knitting- and haven't picked it up again... Mr.Black is trying his best to help me with the writing, he lies in my lap with his feet up, trying not to fall off.
We've also sheared the sheep, so they all look neat before winter!
I also had to make an unpleasant, complaining phonecall this morning. As I said, we delivered the sheep to the slaughterhouse a week and a half ago. We are not allowed to slaughter at home and sell the meat, and almost everything goes through cooperations. Well, I had a few sheep, a decent number of lambs, and a few castrates. We often castrate the male lambs in the fall if they are too small to deliver. Then they get an extra year up in the mountains to gain weight. I had 10 to deliver, and they looked good. I also had three that I slaughtered at home on Saturday to keep myself. Anyway, I got the payment for these on Friday... The castrated ones had been classified as rams, and we got NOK 1,71 per kilo... That is not much... To make it even more confusing- two of the castrates were classified "lamb", which is good, and being paid NOK 31,05 and 35,77 per kilo...a third was classified "young sheep"( which would have been correct for all of them) and paid NOK 24,91 per kilo.... And to top it off- we delivered all of the sheep as ecological, but it turns out the wildsheep should NOT have been marked with the "eco"label...the prizes would have been better if delivered as "wildsheep"!!! Confusing??? I'm mad! And disappointed. The prizes are too low, there are too many "if's" and "but's" and "maybe's", so I've been a nasty lady on the phone today...Sorry!!! This is supposed to be a knittingblog-LOL- but sometimes this socalled life interfere with my knitting:-)
I've just salted 5 sheepskin that will be "garvet" sometime in the future...but I doubt if I do it myself, I'm more likely to send it off to a garveri ( for those of you reading Norwegian...but there are pictures,so all of you will see what I mean- unfortunately I STILL haven't bought a book of translations between Norwegian and English!)
Enough of that. It turns out to be a great day here on the westcoast, the sun is up, and it is not too cold. Have a beautiful day!