Lots of things need to be done around the farm before winter sets in… but one of the most important is making sure there are no cold feet! I have been knitting wool blend socks on my circular sock machine. These socks are a basic pattern with a ribbed top and short row heel. Knit on my Erlbacher Gearhart circular sock machine with a 54 cylinder.
Yes, there is more going on than just sock knitting. The cooler weather means lots more trail riding!
The last thing you need in the summer is a blanket, right? Well, this was a special little blanket I knit for my nephew. Knit on Passap E6000 4 color double jacquard and designed with DesignaKnit (DAK) software. I have had quite a few people ask me how to design something similar using DAK. In DAK, I open a blank stitch pattern in Stitch Designer. I resize the pattern to whatever size (stitches and rows) I am wanting to make. I then make my design on the blank canvas or import elements via Graphic Studio (DAK). I know it is said DAK is very hard to use. If you print out the instruction manual and work out using the tools, it is possible to teach yourself how to use it. It just takes time and practice.
I bought some bright lights for my AVL loom. They are a long strip of LED lights. The strip of lights is sticky one one side. You stick them on and cut off the excess. They have a dimming switch which is really nice for times I don’t need the lights to be extremely bright. I took the photo below with all the room lights off except the loom lights.
It has been quite a hot summer which means getting up even earlier to ride. This is Atarah, my Paso Fino mare. She has only been on trails for the last couple of months (former show horse) and she is doing quite well.
My Cormo ram, Pyt, has found a new home. He left along with my beautiful silver 98% Wensleydale ram and 2 of my 93% black rams. These are all excellent rams with great fleeces and confirmation. I have had lots of really nice lambs by them. I will be introducing new genetics next fall. These ram will continue to put beautiful lambs on the ground at their new home.
Shop news: I have added some washed locks to the shop. I will be adding some dyed Wensleydale roving and locks in the next few days.
I have added another horse to the herd! Atarah is a beautiful 4 year old Paso Fino mare out of proven show lines (La Conga X Dali). She has been shown successfully in regional shows (in GA 2014/2015) and also placed well in the 2015 Grand National Paso Fino Horse Show. She has lots and lots of brio! 🙂
Finally, it has cooled off a bit and I can get back to driving! I got the marathon carriage out and gave it a good scrubbing. My harness is super clean. Now I am ready to drive! The National Drive and the Kentucky Classic CDE are both coming up soon!
Everyone hates being stuck behind a Sunday driver, but it isn’t all that bad if you are the one driving! 🙂 The weather has been really nice lately. This is the best time of the year for trail riding and driving.
I spent 5 days in Lexington, Ky to attend the World Equestrian Games. I had tickets for the driving series. The driving consists of 3 parts: dressage, marathon, and cones.
The first part of the driving series was the dressage driving. The dressage took place over two days. The judges look for a good turnout (how good everything looks) and how well the dressage test is driven.
The marathon driving was day three of the driving series. The marathon tests the stamina and fitness of the horse The marathon usually consists of 3 to 5 sections. The section E is the hazard/obstacle section. The hazard section of the marathon draws the biggest crowds.
I was lucky to find a spot in the front row at the Head of the Lake hazard. Marathon hazards include water, tight turns around trees or man-made obstacles, hills, or fences and pens. Drivers are scored on how quickly they can negotiate through the hazard. They also must find the fastest way throught the hazard. Points are deducts for too much time spent in a hazard.
The last phase of the driving is the cones. The cones is an timed obstacle course. The course must be driven with the red cone on the right and the white cone on the left. The cones are just a few centimeters wider than the wheels of the cart. Each cone has a ball balancing on the top. Points are deducted for knocking the ball off the cone.
The scores from all 3 parts of the driving series are combined to give a final result. In all three parts, scores and times are converted into “penalty points”, which are then added together. The competitor with the lowest penalty score is the winner.
For more information about the World Equestrian Games, visit www.alltechfeigames.com and www.usef.org
Here is a video of Chester Weber on the cones course.