March 16, 2017

Winter Round 2 and Baby Goat Coats

Lini with her bucklings Conner (purple coat) and Jack.

After January's snow our weather turned mild and with just enough rain to get things growing. Then came March. We've had a few nice days but also snow, hail, sleet, heavy winds, and icy temperatures. Looking on the bright side, it has meant all my knitting was not in vain. The only trouble is, the kids have almost outgrown their baby goat coats!

Beau at the mineral feeder. I keep a cinder block there
so the kids can reach the minerals as well as the adults.

Lady

Conner. Those "airplane" ears are a Kinder trademark. :)

Jack

Windy. She's managed to wiggle her way out of three coats!

Lini's triplets: Lady (front), Jack & Conner (ears)

Ellie

Violet and Sky

Sky, Lady, and Jack

Beau and Sky

Beau and Windy

Other ways to stay warm:

Sleeping pile in the sun.

Cuddle up with your Maa (Windy and Violet).

At least they still fit, which is good because some of them are being separated at night so that I can milk their mothers in the morning. But I can also see where I'll need to make pattern adjustments in future coats.

22 comments:

  1. I love the sleeping pile and the airplane ears lol...Leigh you put so much work into those goat sweaters. They look so smart! I'm glad they're all keeping warm and growing nicely!

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    1. Well, knitting those sweaters was a good way to keep my hands busy in the evenings. :) I have to say this bunch has been pretty rough on them and a couple of them seem to know how to get them off! I adapted the pattern because Kinders are smaller than regular breeds, but I see now that I adapted the wrong end. :)

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  2. arghhh, baby goats... must control myself... so sweet.

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    1. The are only babies for such a short time that I definitely want to enjoy!

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  3. How could baby goats be cuter? Put them in hand knit sweaters! Love the colorful yarns you used. For those little rascals who keep taking them off . . . for the girls you could put a strap of some sort under their bellies right in front of their hind legs. For the boys . . . ? That probably wouldn't work!

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    1. Well, that's an idea. My first kid coats were from a dog coat pattern but the boys kept peeing on the, so that didn't work. This design is better for that, but how in the world they get them off is a mystery! They are very rough on them too. Tomorrow it's supposed to warm up, however, so they won't have to endure them longer than that!

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  4. Leigh,

    They're just so adorable. You need a runway for each to show off their lovely sweaters :-)

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    1. Actually, they love to play on a couple of logs Dan has down in the woods. If I could put together a fashion show script it would be a lot of fun!

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  5. I just love everything about this!! The goats, the knitting (I knit, too!). A great start to my morning! Give those cuties some love from me!

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  6. That's a lot of knitting! They are so cute in their coats. I love the ears too!

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    1. Those are trademark Kinder ears! I have to say that I never minded the knitting. It's a great way to keep one's hands busy in the evening while watching a movie or while listening to a book. :)

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    1. Unfortunately they've really been hard on them and being acrylic, the straw loves to get stuck in it. But they were fun to make, look cute, and kept the kids warm.

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  8. What a fun fashion show! So glad you shared. They're totally adorable!

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    1. Too bad they grow up so fast. :)

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  9. Goats in sweaters are so adorable!

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  10. I'm not sure I've ever seen this before. I know some horses get coats when it's cold or rains but I really chuckled looking over this post.

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    1. Doug, good to hear from you! Yeah, we goat owners love our baby goat coats. :)

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