Friday, May 23, 2014

The grass is green(er)

The ewes and lambs haven't been able to keep up with the middle pasture, so the other evening I turned the horses out there to eat some of the tall stuff. I took this photo from the deck; I'm not sure Breezy would have been visible at ground level!

The next morning during their usual walk-about, I spotted the lambs (barely) in the upper pasture that the horses have been in:
The grass may be green everywhere, but it seems to be animal nature to want to be where you aren't!

I stopped to get our mail on my way to town yesterday evening and snapped this:

Today, the mountains and valley are obscured by clouds, and it's drizzling. Figures; we getting ready to go horse-camping at Mt. Adams this weekend. However, the forecast for the nearest town doesn't look too bad:

Mr. Brownjeans is going along as my traveling/camping project. Yesterday I had to rip out the sleeve and start over with a needle two sizes larger; just goes to show you how different gauge can be between knitting back and forth and knitting in the round!
Knitted with the same size needle, the sleeve really constricts (taken with flash)
Knitted with a needle two sizes larger; much better (no flash)

That's it until after the weekend, from . . .

10 comments:

Tombstone Livestock said...

Oh how I envy your lush green grass, I won't see anything like that until maybe next November.í

Sandy said...

Michelle,

You can say the grass is greener over in that field. Nice vibrant green, the animals must be enjoying it thoroughly.

Gorgeous view of the mountain with the snow!!!!

farmlady said...

Boy, that sure is a textbook example of "gauge". What a difference. Looks much better in the second photo. I have "lush green grass" envy too. Our hills and fields are going brown very quickly down here. Sad...

Jody said...

What an incredible 'view' you have.

Tina T-P said...

I have a similar (but not quite as spectacular) view of Mt. Baker on the way to work - still takes my breath away sometimes - it is so beautiful :-) T.

Tina T-P said...

Oh, and according to our lambs, the grass is greener on the lawn side of the fence - 6-10 inches of grass in the pasture - newly mowed lawn on the other side - they'll have their noses stuffed through the fence as far as they can - silly sheep! T.

Mama Pea said...

You live in such a lush, lush climate!

I wonder if the difference in your knitting gauge using straight needles versus round could be the particular yarn? I've never noticed a difference like that.

Hope you are having wonderful weather for your camping weekend.

Nancy Kay said...

Oh yeah, the grass is always greener ... elsewhere. Ha. I am amazed at the difference in knitting...I guess I've never experienced that.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Sweater looks great! Mountain is awesome. Will they eventually eat all that grass or do you have to mow it? Hoping you are having a fun weekend!

Michelle said...

I'm sorry, Audrey; I wish I could share!

Yes, Sandy, the horses and sheep LOVE this time of year. Unfortunately, it won't last all summer....

It was a surprise to me, farmlady, and will make me rethink my swatches!

We used to be able to see Mt. Hood from our house, Jody, but the trees have grown taller now. But from our mailbox we can actually see FIVE peaks – Rainier, St. Helens, Adams, Hood and Jefferson.

Those magnificent volcanoes never lose their beauty, do they, Tina?

Mama Pea, I used the same Addi Turbos for knitting back and forth as I did when I started knitting in the round. Others have told me this is a common difference in the two methods, so it's not just my yarn.

It was a first for me, too, Nancy Kay!

Sara, we wait until the grass is heading out to let the horses eat it, so they do leave some of the tall, tough stalks. Rick hasn't always mowed the pastures, but it sure looks better if he does!