To the left is a picture of our beautiful peacock, Morgan, who is no more. On Monday night he insisted on staying in his outdoor pen. He was warned that his feet would get cold, but he insisted on staying out, he was so insistent in fact that he was quite ugly and attacked us. We gave up and went in--thinking that the pen he was in was secure. About an hour later we heard a rumpus in the chicken house--where Morgan should have been. It lasted a few seconds and stopped. We thought nothing of it. The next morning when we got up-we saw that there had been a rumpus, but in the outdoor pen. Morgan (I can hardly write this) was lying dead in a corner of the pen, no head and feathers everywhere; sitting on his perch was a great horned owl (we think that is what it was--see pictures below ). The owl, a huge bird, looked to be about 2 feet tall. Apparently he flew into the side of the outdoor pen so hard that he knocked the staples holding the heavy plastic mesh out of a section big enough to get in and kill Morgan all with one fell blow. There was nothing for it but to let the owl out of the pen, then pick up what was left of Morgan and bury him. We re-stapled the wire, but now are worried about the strength of the sides. We plan on getting boards and screwing them over the joins so that the net will be held with screws on a long board rather than staples, so hopefully, we can protect the other birds. The good news is that the owl didn't get in the chicken house and kill all the birds. It was, and still is very sad to watch poor Merlot, the peahen. On Tuesday morning she went from feather pile to feather pile and made piteous, moaning perk sounds. She has been sitting all by herself on the heated perch the last two days. It is clear she misses Morgan. She was well enough, though, to eat a fig newton cookie (her favorite treat) when it was offered to her.
Paqu Pura is one of the new yarns we have just gotten in from Mirasol. I assume Paqu Pura means pure alpaca, but I don't know. ( If some of you Spanish speakers can set me straight please let me know.) Any way getting back to the subject--PaquPura is a pure Peruvian alpaca, self striping yarn that knits 24 stitches and 32 rows to 4 inches on a US 3. Each skein has 39 yards.
In addition to the beautiful yarn we have 8 different leaflets each with a pattern specific to PaquPura and featuring a different color, so you can get an idea of how the yarn looks when knitted up. See photo to left.
The yarn is indescribably soft and lovely to touch and look at. I am having a hard time deciding what I want to make with it. AND, really odd, I have chosen the blue and yellow (upper right corner of photo) to make my garment. I am thinking of making the sweater in the upper left. I cant believe it is me--the red or the purple should be calling. I am holding back for a day or two to make sure I still want the blue and yellow.
Fall is here and the new yarns are arriving every day. There are so many beautiful yarns, it is hard to know where to start. Since I have had so much fun with it, I have decided to feature the new fake fur from Louisa Harding. I made the little neck scarf in one evening with two balls of yarn. The yarn is knit on a size 11 and goes very quickly. I love the feeling and look of this new fake fur. We have four colors. The yarn is $25.00 a skein, but if you mention this blog you get the yarn for $20.00 a ball. Items made from this yarn will make quick, novel and lovely Christmas gifts.