Only the most utterly recent bit, actually, but the pictures are cute.

Meet Louie:louie

He’s about 8 weeks old. Don’t know what happened to his mother, he was found in Windsor, desperately and unmistakably looking for someone to take care of him. He was dehydrated and starving when we took him in, but he’s recovered now, growing lots of long grey guard hairs, and there’s no reason he can’t be released to live a happy, normal squirrely life once he’s old enough.

newfriend

Except for the part where his best friend is a cat, yes.  Right now they are rolling around together on the floor – Velcro outside Louie’s cage and Louie inside, but still – nose to nose and paw to paw.  And just my luck, the camera is down on the front porch.  But, Velcro looked after the bunnies too, and that didn’t seem to do anybody any harm.  I’m sure it’ll be fine.  Anyway, it’s the chickens he’ll need to watch out for!

Speaking of chickens, we had seven hatch on Mother’s Day.  MommaHen is doing a great job, although I think she’ll be cutting out as soon as they’re old enough, rather than hanging around as some do, just so she can get some sleep!

the_chickie_gang

I love that picture.  I think it should inspire a movie about the Chickie Gang.  I’m thinking something like The Dubliners, only with five yellow chicks, one black chick and an egg.

I did rip back the sweater, BTW.  You’re a tough crowd.  It’s knitted back a bit past where I was when I frogged it, seems to be going ok.  It’s going slow, but so is everything else I’m working on.  It is spring.  You may recall from last year that “spring” does not involve a lot of sitting on the deck sipping lemonade.  We’re even building fences again; we have some new pasture for the woolly darlings.

And here’s the sweater that I’ve been meaning to show you since last time:

I love this sweater.  It is Ysolda Teague’s Vivian.  It may or may not be the best sweater in the world, but it is by far the best sweater in my closet.  The shaping is flattering without being too extreme, the cables are great, the fit on the sleeves is great, I love this sweater.  I may actually knit it again so I can have two, is that weird?  With so much knitting to be done in the world… ok, maybe, maybe not.  But I still totally recommend this pattern.  If you’re on Ravelry, you can look it up and you will see that it continues to be flattering on a wide range of figures, too.