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Friday, April 14, 2006

Random Fridays

I'm not sure who started Random Fridays, but a lot of knitbloggers are doing them and today it just works, so I'm doing Random Friday. Yesterday Caleb was playing with his LEGO's and had built a really big tower, but when I looked again (going back and forth doing laundry yesterday) I saw this: He had built an entire city! In the tallest tower there is a restaurant (or resteryknot as he says) and a toy store. I have no idea how he came up with this idea but I love it. The fact that he knows at least some of the businesses in the buildings cracks me up. This is the first time he's built something this big with the LEGO's and its also the thing most unrelated to the LEGO kit things we've gotten him. He owns quite a few of the Star Wars LEGO kits as well as some cars/trucks and dinosaur kits. The kits are fun, but I really think LEGO's should be used to build random things and not just follow the directions and Caleb really did that this time. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next!

In other random news, I have reserved my first fleece! Its for the 2007 shearing so I'm not getting it any time soon, but the sheep (ram actually) is growing it right now - grow, baby, grow!) I had purchased a bunch of Finn roving from Kary that came from a sheep named Emmi from Firefly Fields Finnsheep. I haven't spun it yet but its absolutely gorgeous stuff. I have been wanting to do something for Mickael and being male, I knew he would appreciate a dark gray or black something. (I'm leaning towards a sweater something but I'm not sure if I have the intestinal fortitude to do one this big - he's 6'3" and wears a size 52 suit. You haven't seen gorilla arms until you've seen his arms.) So I looked at her colored sheep. I finally narrowed it down to Bo or Usko. Both are black rams. Despite the fact that Usko can apparently fly (scroll down to the bottom picture on his page if you don't believe me), I decided to reserve Bo's fleece because Bo Duke was my very first crush ever! All of the really knowledgeable spinners who have written books on how to pick a fleece will tell you to look at the crimp, the strength of the individual locks, the amount of VM, the amount of grease and other really important things. None of them really address picking a sheep's fleece because he has the same name as your first crush. I could rewrite fleece picking guidelines for spinner's everywhere! Well, anyway (yes, there's more to this story) Tracy - the sheep's human mommy - emailed me and apparently, due to the fact that they had a chocolate colored male lamb born this year (chocolate lamb's are huge for Finn sheep in the US) and because she has limited space for wintering rams (sheep are like teenagers on a church retreat - must keep boys and girls separate), she is going to sell Bo so I will probably be getting Usko's fleece after all. Have a great weekend, and if you have any other helpful fleece picking tips that the experts might have missed, feel free to leave them in the comments!

4 Comments:

Blogger Bruce said...

Hi,

Just happened across your blog while looking for LEGO stuff. You may or may not be surprised to know that there is a whole hobby community of LEGO builders and collectors. You might want to show your son Brickshelf, a website that allows people to share LEGO photos. Your son's city reminds me of this New York City by a builder named Ersh777. What I found neatest about your son's creation is that he has independantly discovered SNOT (Studs Not On Top) - the fact that all of the bricks don't have to face the same standard way. Very creative for a young child. Have fun with LEGO - it's a hobby that can really spur creativity, even as he grows older.

9:46 AM  
Blogger EvaLux said...

Okay... why are those sheep wearing coats???? Isn't their fleece warm enough LOL!!! I find it very confusing to see sheep wearing coats LOL.

Cheers Eva
sweetpea at sweet-p dot net

1:13 PM  
Blogger Kary said...

YAY Melanie!
Bo is beautiful - congrats on reserving him!! Terrific Lego city too! Hugs!

1:46 PM  
Blogger Abigale said...

Hi Melanie,

I actually met John Schneider, he came into a restaurant that I was working at (this was years ago!) I was new - and flustered - he was awfully nice, even shook my hand. Much much better looking in person than on TV (if you can imagine that!). He lives in a small town up in the mountains, used to drive around in a beat up old station wagon - never wanted anyone to make a big deal that he was "somebody". My ex-MIL ran into him at the hardware store and he shared his top tip for getting the lime scale off of his toilet with her. LOL

Love your blog - I visit regularly, just haven't commented before now. Have fun!

12:28 PM  

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