I made this hat!!! I seldom make things for myself, but I just could not resist having a hat of my own. Last spring, I went to the wool festival with my friend Linda, it was great fun (hope to do it again next year!!!!) and I bought a few things. One was the pattern for this hat (which I wasn't so sure I could do, but obviously I can!!!) and the other was a beautiful skein of grey wool. Then as a gift, Linda gave me a skein of alpaca wool that came from her alpaca and that she had hand spun!!! So.. I thought I would "spoil" myself and make a special hat just for me!!!! I combined the wool with the alpaca wool!!! Not only was it GREAT fun to make, but it came out really well.... and talk about being warm!!! It was wonderful on day such as this!!! At first it felt so light weight that I wasn't sure how warm it would be... but it was very warm..... so, Ed has his "silly"hat.. I guess this one is my "silly hat"....
Now, my friend Barbara had asked me if I could come and help her when her Aussie Lula had her puppies... of course I said...SURE!!! Then I found out that the puppies were due around Christmas eve... yikes... we have so much going on, but I told Barbara to call me just the same, and if I could come I would. Well, first came the ice storm last weekend, and then two snowstorms this past weekend, and I worried that Barbara would be calling during one of those times... but she didn't.
She called me around 11:00 this morning, saying that she was pretty sure that Lula was beginning labor. I told her I would pop over (she only lives the in next town) but not to get too excited, because I have never delivered a litter of puppies during the day... they ALWAYS have them in the middle of the night. Well, when I got there, Lula was in "serious" labor!!!
What perfect timing.... no stormy weather to drive in, I was bright and "with it" because I had a good night of sleep, and plenty of daylight to see by..... Miss Lula was quick to boot!!! Her first puppy came at 1:15 and the last one somewhere around 5:00...... 7 beautiful Aussie puppies, five boys and two girls!!!!
This little chap is ready for a good meal... he is about 3 minutes old in this picture!!!!
Here's the proud Mama and her litter!!!