I'm afraid there's no finished item for the October addition to the hope chest. But in between big chickens going out and getting baby chickens back in, freezing wonderful garden veggies, selling calves and wrapping up the last of the hay season, I do have something started:
paper pieced string blocks for a quilt. Their finished size will be 4 1/2 inches, and I have estimated that I will need at least 300 of them to make a big quilt; I have 90 made. When the chance to work on them happens, I try to piece 10 at a time, keeping them in numbered groups of ten so I'll know when I reach that goal of 300 (or more).
So, if they never get put together into a quilt by me, maybe the person who gets them will have the joy of finishing it or can give the blocks away. It seems no matter how many strings I use, the pile never shrinks.
This morning came with a beautiful red sunrise. The whole area was clothed in red. We were up early to load the calves for market.
This afternoon I'm very, very sad, and SO angry! Remember the baby calf I was feeding on the bottle? She was growing, very healthy, and eating sweet feed and hay. Right before noon, the neighbor's two big dogs attacked her; she was in a pen beside the barn eating grass. The farmer saw them and ran them off, so there's no denying whose dogs they were. Good thing the only weapon he had with him was a rock! I took pictures, which I won't show here, but it's bad. I know she must be in a lot of pain from the gashes. Hopefully she will recover.
I'll try to do better for the month of November; the weeks go by so quickly ----