8th calf 2020

Hooray! Our final calf for 2020 has arrived!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Seems like we’ve been waiting f-o-r-e-v-e-r for Gluey to have her calf.๐Ÿ™„ She’s notorious for having late calves, but once we hit the two-week late mark, we started to get concerned. She wasn’t acting sickly, and her udder never really got huge – so we began to wonder if we had calculated her due date wrong…๐Ÿค”

YEP!๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ (Record keeping is a good thing when done correctly, lol.๐Ÿ˜)

Her new due date became 7-2, but her calf actually arrived today, 7-1.

Paul actually was the one to find him. He had gone up on the hill to mow the campfire area he and Michael had made. The cows were up there staring at him, and so was an extra little guy, lol. Here is the pic he txted me. (Gluey is the light one with the goofy face, and Nat is the other one. Notice how the calf is drifting toward the one NOT his momma.๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ)

And of course, Mike had JUST LEFT to go get some farm supplies, so it was just me and Paul.๐Ÿ˜ณ

Here’s what I saw after I made my way to Paul.

Here’s Gluey trying to figure out if the calf is hers…๐Ÿ˜†

And here’s Nat arguing with her, lol…๐Ÿ™ƒ

At first, Paul & I were going to let them all hang together and wait for Mike to return…

BUT. The calf had other plans, and promptly went under the electric fence. Which of course stressed ALL the mamas out.๐Ÿคจ

After I fumbled around a bit, I was able to get a halter on the calf, and I know I breathed a little sigh of relief!

Meet Christopher. He is Gluey’s 10th calf. <Click here to ready about her calf from last year.>

(He wasn’t too happy about the halter at first, lol…)

Then he decided to chill and rest…

Once Mike returned, he met us and we all walked down together.

Mike decided to hand-milk Gluey since we only needed a half gallon to feed Christopher this afternoon. It didn’t take long and we had plenty…๐Ÿฅ›๐Ÿฎ

And Christopher took to his bottle perfectly. Thank You, Lord!๐Ÿฅฐ

Ahh. 2020 calving season is now officially over! The 6 older calves are growing really well, and Winnie and Christopher are off to a really good start. PRAISE THE LORD.โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

Final tally is 4 boys and 4 girls.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Father, thank You for this season that is now complete. And thank You in advance for the new one that is beginning. Prepare us to handle the ups and downs with grace and mercy. Continue to grow us more dependent on You each day. Use the circumstances of our lives to reveal more of Your Truths, and strengthen us by the power of Your Word…๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

7th calf 2020

Here we are again – finally time for another new calf post!โค๏ธ

Yesterday morning, Mike thought it looked like Rosie might have had a calf. (The cows are in a field not far from our house, so he was looking from our back yard.)

After feeding the older batch of calves, we headed out to the Shire to check things out.

Yep – Rosie had her first calf unassisted and all cleaned up. Thank You, Lord!โœ๏ธ

Meet Winnifred.โค๏ธ (Gonna call her Winnie…๐Ÿ™ƒ) She has beautiful markings and did a good job moving with her mama into Green Dragon so they could spend the day and night together. <Click here to read about when Rosie was born.>

This pic cracks me up – it’s like Rosie is saying, “Wait – you mean I need to stay here by myself with this thing??”๐Ÿ˜†

Here we are this morning – it was a misty-humid, typical Ohio, summer morning.๐Ÿฅต Since I couldn’t keep up with the fast pace, zooming in made for lots of blurry pictures.๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ฌ Winnie shot up and stuck with Rosie all the way out the gate. BUT – then she stopped and came toward Mike, lol. She patiently waited for him to get the halter on her and then headed toward the barn.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

We were grateful Michael was with us to help get Winnie into the barn before he headed out to work down the road.โค๏ธ

Now our tally is 4 girls and 3 boys. Only one more to go!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Gluey should be having her calf any day now…

What a beautiful season this has been!โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Uniting the calves

Not sure why the video shows sideways on my phone…๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Was a beautiful morning to move the three youngest calves over to join the others. Always a delight to watch them interact with one another and try out those running legs!๐Ÿ˜†

First one to make the trip was Hank – the baby…who is actually bigger than all his older siblings, lol. His longer coat really makes him look fluffy!๐Ÿ™‚

Next up was Sam…๐Ÿ˜Š

And then, April. She pretty much ran over like she knew what she was doing…โ˜บ๏ธ

This afternoon’s feeding will be interesting… Probably some chaos will be involved, but normally it doesn’t take too long for them to catch on to the routine.๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

6th calf 2020

We knew there was a high probability that today would be the day calf #6 arrived. So we can’t say we were shocked, lol. It was 44ยฐ and the wind made it feel like it was 29ยฐ. Typical Ohio spring day!๐Ÿ˜†โ„๏ธ๐ŸŒท

When we got up to Mordor to do our calf check, no animals were in sight. (The last couple days, they were all close to the gate at the water trough, BUT NOT TODAY.๐Ÿ™„) So in we went to about as far back as the large field goes…

And there was Ruby with her fuzzy calf.๐Ÿ™‚

This is Ruby’s second calf for us. [Click here to read about her calf from last year.] [Click here to read about when Ruby was born.]

It’s a boy! His name is Hank. (brainstormed through other characters from Avengers movies to go with Bucky and Sam๐Ÿ˜‰)

Wasn’t too bad getting him on a halter since the fence was right there.

Then, of course, the others needed to come over and meet Hank…๐Ÿ˜‚

Ruby wasn’t the best leader, and it didn’t take long to see walking them both all the way down to the barn wasn’t going to work. Hank is HUGE, and Mike didn’t really want to pick him up…๐Ÿ˜ฌ BUT – that’s the only way to get him onto the four-wheeler, so…๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ

Sadly, Hank was not cooperating very well, and there was no way for Mike to get a good hold of him walking behind the four-wheeler.๐Ÿคจ So back down to the ground he went.๐Ÿค”

Only other option was to shake the dust off the limo. It’s been a few years since we’ve used the farm truck to bring down a calf, but today it was just what we needed…๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Now I’ll be truthful here – it was scary for me, staying up with Hank & crew while Mike scurried down to get the truck. Remember – I’m the weirdo farmer chick who is afraid of animals…๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ I’m happy to report that nothing crazy happened with the animals – no one tried to attack me, lol, and Hank didn’t pull me all over with his halter. Thank You, Lord!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Endured a few snow squalls before Mike returned…๐Ÿฅถ

Once Mike got back, he lifted Hank onto the bed of the truck. I helped him get a good hold of two legs on each side of him and we started down to the barn. Hard to take pics with just the two of us, but I managed to get a couple. They aren’t very good, but you get the idea.๐Ÿ˜‰

Here is Hank all safe & sound in the barn.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Next we headed back up to Mordor to walk Ruby down. Our approach was to call the four cows to us, get them to come to the gate, weed out Ruby, and head down. Three cows cooperated with our plan. ONE DID NOT. Guess which one?๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Here is the group hearing us calling them and considering heading toward us…

And in this pic, if you zoom in, you can see Ruby leaving the group and heading the opposite direction…๐Ÿ™„

So now my job was to keep these guys away from the gate while Mike rounded up Ruby on the four-wheeler.๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Mission accomplished!๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

Didn’t get done with morning chores until after noon today. Definitely a long morning, but also such a blessing.โค๏ธ

Our first six calves have arrived safe and sound! We’re expecting two more in June sometime, so we’ll have a little bit of a break with calving until then.

Our count is tied up now: three boys and three girls.โ˜บ๏ธ

5th calf 2020

Mike found our 5th calf with its mama this afternoon after coffee break.โ˜•๏ธ So back up to Mordor, we headed…

Finally – Nat had her calf!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ With as bossy as she was when trying to steal Sarge and LilRed’s calves, we expected this to be a pretty easy time bringing a well-bonded duo down to the barn…๐Ÿ™„…well…๐Ÿ˜ฌ…not-so-much.๐Ÿ˜ณ Not sure what her problem was, lol. Perhaps she was disappointed it was a boy??๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

We named him Sam. (Another Avenger name, to go with Bucky.๐Ÿ˜‰)

This is Nat’s second calf for us. [Click here to read about Nat’s calf from last year.] [Click here to read about when Nat was born.]

As we entered the field, Sam ran from us but got stopped by the electric fence. (Praise the Lord – otherwise we might still be out chasing it, lol!๐Ÿ™ƒ) We were able to get the halter on him as Nat tried to leave the area.๐Ÿคจ

Mike stayed with Sam and I scrambled to get in front of Nat to steer her back toward the gate.๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

It eventually worked, and she and Sam made the trek down to the barn aok. They didn’t really walk as a “team,” but at least the mission was accomplished and Mike never needed to carry Sam. He’s pretty good sized, so Mike’s body really didn’t want to lift him onto the four wheeler.๐Ÿ˜‰

Now our tally is three girls and two boys.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Lord willing, three more to go!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

4th calf 2020

In anticipation of calf #4, we brought the three oldest calves over from the white barn on Thursday. Heidi went first, then Bucky, and lastly Roni. It is a delight to see them running around over here from our back windows.๐Ÿ˜

It was nice having the stalls in the white barn already emptied this morning. What a gift it is when you can actually be ready and prepared for something!โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ™‚

After feeding the calves this morning, Mike & I headed up to Mordor to do a babycheck.

Got to the gate and saw a calf up by the water trough.โค๏ธ

Couldn’t tell yet who the calf’s mama was…๐Ÿง

Upon closer inspection, it was revealed that LilRed was the mama, and Nat was just trying to steal it like she did with Sarge’s…๐Ÿ™„

We didn’t want to lose the opportunity to halter the calf and/or they all walk to the back side of the field before we could get the fences ready for the walk to the barn…

It’s a girl! She is LilRed’s 4th calf for us. [Click here to read about her calf from last year.] [Click here to read about when LilRed was born.] We decided to name her April because…well…it’s April, lol.๐Ÿ˜‚

Mike sent me down on the four wheeler to get all the gates and fences ready while he stayed up top with the herd.

Thankfully, I got things lined up without issue since on my way back up I met Mike already walking down with LilRed and April!๐Ÿ˜ฒ

So I turned around, headed back down and got a couple pics of them coming towards the barnyard…๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Sarge and Uno were excited to gain another roomie…๐Ÿ˜†

A beautiful morning for a parade of our own here on Palm Sunday.โœ๏ธโค๏ธ

New tally is three girls and one boy. Lord willing, we are expecting four more calves this year.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

3rd calf 2020

Mike found Sarge with her new calf this afternoon, and we had quite the cow-drama getting them down to the barn.๐Ÿ˜ฌ

This is Sarge’s 5th calf for us. [Click here to read about last year’s calf.] [Click here to read about when Sarge was born.]

Mike came down to the barn to set up another calf pen and finished feeding round bales before we went up to bring down Sarge and her calf. We weren’t expecting to find Nat trying to steal the calf from Sarge.๐Ÿ™„ Nat is actually Sarge’s first calf from 2016. [Click here to read about her story.] Nat is due to have her own calf soon, so she must have thought she already had it, LOL.๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ She was very aggressive (no one got hurt, but she was running around like a crazy mama), and so-much-so that Sarge pretty much gave up trying to take charge of her own calf. Ugh.๐Ÿ˜ก

Poor calf was pretty confused. She wouldn’t walk with Nat, and Sarge went back to eat…so I walked all the way back to the 4-wheeler to give her a lift. (Of course – the ONE time you DON’T bring the 4-wheeler in with you…๐Ÿ˜†)

Anyways – through all this, for some reason the childhood story of Heidi popped into my mind…an orphaned little girl raised by extended family up on a mountain… (I know, I know – no mountains here, but my legs felt like they had hiked up one after so much walking through pockets of mud.๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿผ) I mentioned the name to Mike. He politely agreed, and there you have it: Heidi.๐Ÿ˜‚

Not too many pictures of all this craziness, as I was afraid I’d drop my phone during my quest for remaining balanced.

Next we tied Heidi to a post outside of Mordor and then headed back in to get Sarge.

Once we got back to Sarge, she proceeded to zig zag us through the field. Thankfully, we were able to eventually guide her through the gate.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ HOWEVER. She never even stopped to reunite with her calf.๐Ÿ˜ณ

So for the first time, I herded a mama cow down to the barn on the 4-wheeler, while Mike waited with Heidi for me to return.๐Ÿ™ƒ

Once Sarge was in the barnyard, I closed the gate and headed back to Mike & Heidi.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

All went well, and after we milked Sarge, Heidi enjoyed her bottle. Mission accomplished. Thank You, Lord!โค๏ธ

New tally: two girls and one boy. Lord willing, 5 more to come.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

2nd calf 2020

 

Found this guy with his mama during our morning calf check.โค๏ธ

Peggy calving again for us wasn’t actually a part of our plan…๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Last year she had her first calf, but she didn’t make the cut to stay in our dairy herd. [Click here to read about her calf from last year.] [Click here to read about when Peggy was born.]

BUT – when you are sorting cows when the bull is in with the herd, and it takes a little longer than you thought it would – there’s always that slight chance…๐Ÿ™„

We noticed Peggy bagging up a couple weeks ago, so we knew then that she had gotten bred.๐Ÿ˜‚ No worries, though, a healthy calf that arrives unassisted is always a blessing!โค๏ธ

This pic is fun because it features Peggy’s first calf on the left – Steve. He was pretty curious about his new little brother. Continuing the Captain America themed names for this family group, this new bull calf has been named Bucky.๐Ÿ˜†

Since Bucky was eating, we decided to leave them together for breakfast, and come up after milking and feeding round bales to the two groups of cows.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Plan was working well until Mike happened upon an “extra” calf in Mordor…๐Ÿ˜ฏ He knew it wasn’t one of ours as it was too large to be a newborn, and it was all black.

A neighbor’s calf had gotten on our side of the fence, and Mike could see and hear its mama crying in the distance.๐Ÿค”

You can see our dairy girls didn’t seem phased by any of this, lol.๐Ÿ˜‰

Fixing this now became our next order of business.๐Ÿ˜‰

I was to make sure the mama and the rest of the herd didn’t make a run toward the open gate while Mike went behind the calf and herded him toward the gate. Thankfully, it worked!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Mike thinks he found a low spot in the woods by a creek where the calf may have gone under the fence. He’ll probably attach a cattle panel to patch it up as we move forward.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Next up: bringing down Bucky. The timing was perfect because he was sound asleep!๐Ÿ˜ด

Mike was able to slip the halter on him before he even got up.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Peggy escorted Bucky to the gate, and we were pleasantly surprised that he followed Mike as far as he did outside of the gate. Then Mike loaded him on the 4-wheeler for the remainder of the trip.๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ

Made it to the barn, safe and sound!๐Ÿ˜„

Roni seemed pretty happy to have a new neighbor…๐Ÿ˜‰

Tally now is one girl, one boy. Lord willing, 6 more to go…๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Meet Roni – 1st calf 2020

Not gonna lie. This one caught us off-guard.๐Ÿ˜ฏ Yes – we knew calving season was approaching. But it just didnโ€™t โ€œfeelโ€ like it was gonna be this soon, lol. We were thinking next week would be the earliest…๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ But God knew. And today we started our 2020 season with a beautiful heifer from Uno. This is Unoโ€™s 5th calf for us. [Click here to see the post from her calf from last year.] [Click here to read about when Uno was born.]

Mike txted me this when he went up to feed hay this afternoon.

After the shock wore off, we stopped working on our current projects, made a list of things to do before we could bring them down, and got to work: cleaning up the milk house (which had recently been serving as a maple sap rendering station), creating temporary calf pens in the top of the milking barn, checking runway fencing, and hooking up some electric wire along the field up on top of the hill. An extra bonus was that Michael was home from work to be extra hands if we needed him.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ

We’ve been getting A LOT of rain here lately, so everywhere is pretty yucky.๐Ÿ˜ฌ Thank You, Lord for boots that can handle wet and slimy mud!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Uno did a great job cleaning her calf up. We decided to name her Roni. (Sounds like the end of macaroni. Think: short and slang for Corona. Because – well – that’s how my brain works – I think about what’s going on around me…๐Ÿ˜‚)

She allowed Mike to walk right up to her to get the halter on.โค๏ธ

And off we headed out of Mordor and to the milking barn.

Uno dropped her afterbirth on the way down…

We decided to keep them both together until tomorrow, so Roni came with us into the milking barn while we did a quick check on Uno. All was well, and back out into the field, we went.

We should have 7 more calves to arrive this year. They will be spread out longer than our normal six week window, as we had problems getting our girls bred last year.

2019 was a challenging season for us. It had been another wet year, and our ground really suffered. That, in turn, had consequences in the fertility of our soil, which led to pastures that did not thrive, and health issues for both our dairy girls and our calves. It got bad enough, that we ended up shutting down our herdshare dairy in October. Severing ties with over 30 families made it an emotional end-of-milking for us, but the Lord could not have made it more clear that that chapter needed to end.๐Ÿ˜”

So 2020 will be the beginning of a re-boot here. We’ll be reducing the sizes of our herds so we have less animals on the land. That way, we can amend the different pastures with what they are deficient in, so they can recover and thrive again. Depending on the quality and quantity of our milk this season, we’re prayerful we’ll have enough to feed our family and perhaps to even feed out a couple pigs. We sold our bull the end of October, so any breeding we do will be artificial breeding as we move forward. Our desire would be that in a few years, this land will be able to support more animals again and that we’ll be able to continue providing food for our family and others.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

The Lord will use t-i-m-e to show us what is next here. Something new He introduced for 2020 is the rotation of harvesting timber from some of the farm’s wooded areas over a pattern of years. Mike has enjoyed walking the woods with the forester and learning more about better timber management.๐ŸŒณ (And drooling about a future sawmill some day.๐Ÿ˜‰) This avenue fits in perfect with the firewood harvesting we do each year, and the woodworking Mike enjoys dabbling in when he can.โค๏ธ

Our prayer is that we honor the Lord with each of these decisions alongside Mike’s parents. We recognize that He is moving us in the direction He wants us to go, and we cling to Him each step of the way. There will be seasons where we work off-farm for a bit, and there will be others where we get to stay here. If we focus on what we don’t know, it can be overwhelming. But when our focus remains steadfast on Christ, He is faithful to direct our paths. We wouldn’t have it any other way! Been there, done that.๐Ÿ˜‰โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

We are so grateful for the support we’ve had since day one, and we appreciate all the encouragement and prayers we continue to receive in this farming journey!๐Ÿฅฐ

Stay tuned!โ˜บ๏ธ

Four years in the making…

It all started with this picture that came up on my social media feed back in January of 2015:

I LOVED how it looked like a sewn quilt, but was actually crocheted. I did some research and I think the pattern was called Grandmother’s Flower Garden… At that time, I was looking for a project that was portable with the potential to be connected into something bigger. Also, our down comforter seemed to be losing some of its warmth, so the thought of making something functional AND pretty was intriguing.๐Ÿงถ

I decided to create my own pattern since I wasn’t finding what I wanted as I searched. We found some hexagon graph paper, and Mike helped me map it out.๐Ÿค“

After researching all about different fibers, we decided to use wool.๐Ÿ‘

And even though I knew the cost to make it would be higher, I really wanted to use yarn from a smaller company. I was excited when I learned about Brown Sheep Yarn, and that a small, local yarn shop had it in stock.๐Ÿงถ

In October of 2015, we started acquiring skeins. (I could crochet 21 hexagons from each skein.) Each one was $8, so we just purchased them for the flower petals as we had the funds. We waited until we had a larger chunk saved up to purchase all the yellow at once. A benefit to this kind of patchwork project is that dye lots are really not that important. Any slight color variations wouldn’t really be noticed. We also did not assign flower colors on our graphed pattern until after I had most of the flowers done. I had no color preferences for the flower petals going into the project, but I wanted the middle of each flower to be the same yellow. I wanted the flowers to be random. (In reality, it is more like planned random, lol.๐Ÿ˜‚) I wanted there to be enough flower colors that when I laid them all out, I wouldn’t have two of the same color next to one another.๐ŸŒธ

Next, I found a hexagon pattern I liked. I didn’t want something that used a ton of yarn (like the one in the original picture), or that was complicated to make. The one I settled on only had 3 rounds, and I could complete one in under 8 minutes. It was perfect.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ (I used a size “F” hook.)

Click here for the link to its pattern.

In September of 2018, it was nearing the time we’d need to make the biggest purchase – all the green. We learned of an online warehouse inventory sale that Little Knits was having for Brown Sheep Nature Spun yarn, so we investigated the price for the 30 skeins. To our amazement, each one would only be $2.65!! We did a quick inventory of how many other colors we needed to complete the remaining flowers, and placed an order for what we needed. It was so exciting to actually have all the supplies here to complete the project!โค๏ธ

It took 16 months from that point to finish those remaining flowers, all the green hexagons, and then connect everything.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

When this project started, our boys were in their junior year of high school.๐Ÿ˜ฏ I crocheted as we watched their final two years of baseball gamesโšพ๏ธ, it’s been my travel companion in the car wherever we’ve driven for the past four years๐Ÿš—, and it was in my hands during many evenings of the colder Ohio seasonsโ„๏ธ. Many prayers, tears, laughs, and even irritations have all gone with this project. I’ve learned much about my creative abilities AND its limitations, lol. Creating the hexagons and flowers was easy. Making the flowers was easy. Connecting it ALL together was NOT. Ugh.๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Once the connecting got to the point of long, heavier strips of blanket, it was easy for me to get lost where I was on my pattern. Straight lines became “bendy,” and well…I often didn’t know which end was up!๐Ÿ˜ณ I’ll just say I’m very grateful the Lord gave me Mike to double check my work and help dig me out of messes.๐Ÿ˜† I became an expert on how to disconnect hexagons without ruining them.๐Ÿ™„ <For those who are not familiar with crochet – one wrong snip of the yarn and the entire hexagon could unravel.๐Ÿ˜ฌ>

I’ll end with the funniest mistake I made the day before completion. I was down to my final group of flowers to connect to unite the two sides of my blanket. <In hindsight, with my connecting-challenged abilities, I SHOULD have just worked from left to right.> Mike helped me line up the first flower, and went to bed. Some time between picking up both sides of the blankets and getting situated on my chair to crochet it, I must have moved the flower’s position to the wrong set of green hexagons. AND I NEVER DOUBLE CHECKED ANYTHING UNTIL I WAS DONE. I had decided I was going to stay up as late as it took since the end was so close… So at 12:30am, everything was connected, all my ends were tucked in, and I was ready to lay it out and admire its beauty…๐Ÿ™ˆ

Ugh. I couldn’t believe it.๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜‚

Needless-to-say, it was NOT finished that day.๐Ÿคช I spent Sunday afternoon, evening, and late night disconnecting the entire strip, fixing all my ends, and re-attaching to the correct location.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Last night was the first night we had it on our bed. LOVED IT! It was toasty warm and didn’t slide off the down comforter like other blankets have.โค๏ธ Now I’ll be on the lookout for a bed-skirt when we hit the estate sales. I think that would be a nice finishing touch.๐Ÿ˜Š

I’m excited to crochet some new projects now – but I think it will be awhile before I do another BIG one, lol.๐Ÿ˜Ž

Might as well end with my nerdy details๐Ÿ˜:

53 full flowers and 14 half flowers

Grand total of 875 hexagons.

875 x 7.75 minutes each = 113 hours in crocheting hexagons, and no idea how many hours in connecting everything…๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thank You, Lord, for giving me the ability to crochet. What a fun activity to keep my hands from being idle! I’ll always treasure the time that was invested in this blanket. Thank You for giving me Your Word to meditate on, personal circumstances to talk to You about in prayer, conversations I was able to have with others as I worked on it, and for the activities I was able to watch while crocheting. May the warmth of Your love be felt by each person who is wrapped up in it, for however long it lasts. Amen