Setting aside the needles for a bit, I've been working on a couple of crocheted lace shawls. Using beads with crochet is much easier than when knitting; you don't have to pre-string them on the yarn, just add them as you go. This is Brown Sheep sport weight, with #6 hex seed beads. The beads match the yarn a bit too perfectly, and they are too small, so they don't show up quite as much as I'd like, but overall I'm pleased. I'm doing another one with a laceweight mohair and slightly larger beads, which is coming out better.
I'll get better pictures tomorrow, but here are our brand-new baby chicks. I think they hatched last night. The hen, Gabrielle, is sitting on 15 eggs; three have hatched so far.
Other Pocket Meadow Farm news: we have another baby. He's a 9 week old Shetland Sheepdog. Does it get any cuter than this? His name is Macintosh, Mac for short.