the Intrepid Fiberwizard

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Monday, December 26, 2005

Socks complete! (and some new baby goats!)

I'm posting a photo of the socks as they were almost complete - I did succeed in finishing and blocking them before Christmas! I was down to the wire - and did not take a photo of both together. They turned out great. I am hooked and will knit more! This was done with the colorway abalone.
I had to concentrate pretty hard to remember the pattern throughout the first sock, but then by the second one I was on a roll!

I'm joining a small group who
are doing a sock exchange - yeah! This will be fun!
I just hooked up with this great group of folks, and can't wait to get to know them better!

Since December 16th, we've had 19 new baby goats born to our farm. Now, some of you might not know, but this is not normally the time of year one plans to have baby animals arrive. The operative word here is plan. Like all good shepherds, my husband kept the male goats (billies) away from the female goats... until one day (or maybe two) last July when one of our illustrious billy goats decided to play houdini.
He dutifully led him back to the males quarters, and thought nothing more of it.... "the books say that goats do not come into heat until the days grow shorter.." Hah! (as we all roll around on the floor laughing!) Four of the 14 females must have known it was still technically summer, and they have "waited". We expect they'll give birth sometime in March :-)
We've had several first time mama goats this year. Most of them did pretty well, and followed the more seasoned Mama's to the barn and gave birth there. Yet a few did not.
We were fortunate to have arrived just as this young new Mama was licking her newborn. We watched, and were applauding her success.. when suddenly we heard a small noise out in the middle of the field... oh my... she had two! My dear shepherd walked out, and wrapped the other baby in his fleece coat. He brought her to me, and I rubbed and rubbed her to warm her up. We coaxed the new mama into the barn cubby with her babies, and helped the little ones to begin nursing. fortunately they both lived and are now merrily bouncing around the big nursery section of the barn with the other babies!

The other exciting adventure occurred when my husband went to the barn for afternoon feeding and discovered one of the mama goats struggling to give birth - and lying on top of a newborn goat.. he rescued the one underneath, again wrapping it in his coat, and then delivered the baby goat from the mama. He thought he was done, but then out popped one more! This gal had triplets! whoa. Mama and all the babies are doing well and growing fast!
It was a rainy day when I tried to snap my photos, so there aren't too many yet. My daughter took a bunch more on Christmas day - which we will post on our website under the photogallery section about our farm. Stay tuned over the next week for updates! Baby goats are the best!


At December 27, 2005 at 2:54 AM, Blogger Jane said...

What a delight! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful tale. Happy, healthy New Year to you, and I hope all the goaties will stay well and happy, too.

At December 27, 2005 at 5:36 AM, Anonymous Esther said...

Oh my gosh how wonderful - the goats are so adorable!!!! Thanks for sharing (and the sock looks great - beautiful colors).

At December 27, 2005 at 11:41 PM, Anonymous Monica said...

Twins and triplets, oh my! Must be such fun to watch them.

At December 31, 2005 at 8:11 PM, Blogger amanda said...

Teyani---what great looking socks! I love the colorway! If you don't mind my asking...which pattern is that?

Cute goats! Do you guys drink goat milk, make cheese, soap or anything of that sort?

Wishing you a wonderful New Year!

At January 1, 2006 at 7:21 AM, Blogger Momo said...

Lovely socks! Is that Chutes and ladders?

The baby goats are so cute. I'm glad most of the birthing went smoothely. Do goats usually do such things as lay down on top of their new born kids?

At January 1, 2006 at 11:03 PM, Blogger Teyani said...

the goats typcially are very careful of their young - that's why it was so strange. but that Mama had tiplets, and a difficult birth - so it was unusual. Mama and babies are all great now!
The fiber goats (that we have) aren't very big milk producers. It seems that they do one or the other "best" - we chose the fiber! (no kidding!) :-)


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