Camp Runamuck, where dogs, cats, horses, and looms all run amuck!
Friday, August 24, 2012
Which is what this little Japanese cotton batik piece was titled when I found it years ago on Etsy. It had been just waiting in my stash of fun things for a eureka moment. During the "clean the bolt off" sale at Fabric of Vision, I brought it with me. It had stayed far too long folded up on the shelf and was at the top of my "use or lose it" list. Sandi found the basket weave printed cotton and the match was made.
The wedding could finally move on! The pattern was an easy choice. Sewing Workshops Quincy top because it has a nice narrow back panel providing a suitable showcase and keeping the panel intact.
Those of you who follow my blog may remember that I collect foxes in almost every medium. So one fox moved on and within days another one arrived.
This is a lovely and thoughtful gift from a friend who saw it and knew just the right home for it. It came with wrapping and stickers and ribbons and bows!
A casual meet up for dinner felt more like a mini birthday celebration. Thank you Dear Friend for seeing that and thinking of me.
Meanwhile, back at the barn, the Nick project moves along slowly.
I got him out 3 days in a row. Two of those days we took long walks in hand off the farm. He needs to get out and experience events away from his companions. Nick is always willing to leave but has been more cautious and worried about his surroundings than he use to be. Use it or lose it, I need to get him out more for sure. The last day we walked miles, literally, both of us. He did surprise me by willingly going into the a stream the first time when I sent him forward. He didn't surprise me when he wiggled and jiggled and rubbed off half of his bridle while tied to a tree.
The walk back home is all uphill. Just like when he was a youngster I tailed him (holding his tail as he walks using some of his power to pull me along), most of the way. He stayed steady in his pace, listened to my voice and got to feel brave being the leader while I stayed fairly safe on the ground should there have been any upsets. What also surprised me was how tall he got!
Cooper and Dandy are both compact horses, Dandy barely 14.3 HH ( in horse speak that is measured at the withers and each hand is 4" making Dandy 59" high at the top of the shoulder. HH = hands high.), and Cooper 15 HH. Nick is certainly 15.2 plus and has filled out enough that the medium wide Tucker saddles fit him. It doesn't sound like a lot but it is when the overall horse is two to three inches taller everywhere. Trust me on this. It's a good way down should you part ways and Nick really isn't considered a tall horse by comparison to many.
In weaving, the Murphy loom is lying in wait for me to start. I've been so dang busy! Plotting and planning on the porch and deck,
staying cool on hot days, dog walking and just stuff. Seems schedules go to seed in late summer! But here is the pattern it is threaded for. Basket Weave & Herringbone.