I’ve been everywhere

just realized some pictures are duplicated and out of order, forgive me. I updated from my phone, and will fix them tonight

Phew never ending, just got home from a trip to Ohio. Toph’s grandmother passed away last year and her house is being put on the market. So we drove over for one last family reunion, as chances are with starting a farm (sooner rather than later), we won’t be going anywhere far from home.

I’ll give you a quick update on the fiber I re-dyed, and then a picture of what I have been working on.

Dyeing with food coloring take two

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The colors aren’t quite the same, but in the end it turns out that it didn’t matter

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You see, I went into it all wrong, sure I read about dyeing with food coloring, but I didn’t read that parts where plant based fibers dye differently then animal fibers. I need acid based dyes, I don’t have any, however I do like the turn out of this (bamboo/silk/merino), so I think I’ll spin it and see what happens.

I may have mentioned on our last trip, that my husband’s driving scares me…okay well it’s the other drivers on the road that scare me, he just has a habit on getting on people’s butt when they cut is off.
To cope I made this

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I LOVE knitting gloves, sure the middle finger is one stitch too wide oops, and the thumb is a little wonky, but this was fun. I overcame my fear that I would suck at knitting gloves! Now I have all these ideas for patterns running through my mind.

I checked my wool when I got home last night

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Hello algae, you were not expected. After talking it over with one of my guild mentors & friend, The conclusion is that the algae arrived due to the translucent tub. I will use a different one next time.

Here are a few pictures from our trip! Only two more trips left (bachelorette party & a wedding) and then I can take a deep breath and spent the next several months at home.

Have a great day folks!!

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Well that’ll slow ya down.

I tried to experiment with hand painting rovings this week, I have dyed wool before (as you all know…that is if you have been reading me for long enough or heard it mentioned), but I had never hand painted any. The results were not as I was expecting. You see I forgot to add the vinegar until the very last minute.

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I had every intention of re-dyeing it, but I had run out of food coloring. It was old and my kids get off the wall insane for weeks at a time when they have artificial coloring (and flavoring), so I hadn’t bought any in forever.

The town I live in is small but large….it’s small enough that there is one store…yes, just one. So if we needed anything like food coloring, we would have to drive to the next town over. Which as luck would have it, happened this very morning when I got to go visit the emergency room.

I have a very high pain tolerance, so when we were swimming at the river two days ago and I slipped and had a rock the size of my head fall on my foot, I just kind of figured it would hurt for a day and then it would get better (this is not the same foot that already hurts).

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Oh sure it bled a little, and I let out of a stream of fowl language that made me glad that there was a waterfall near by or else there would have been an angry but hopefully understanding parents, having words with me.

They always say when you break your foot, you will know it. Like I said though, I have a high pain tolerance so I really couldn’t tell. However my foot was swollen, it snapped when I walked, I couldn’t (and still can’t) move my big toe, and the rest of my toes are all tingly and numb, my foot was on fire. Arnica was the reason I got sleep that night.

Yesterday, I still hobbled around, still in pain trying to tuff it out. So many times I have gone to the hospital for things only to be told that it was minor. It’s when I don’t go to the hospital that things like acute pancreatitis happens…(thank goodness I was already in the hospital for gallbladder surgery, because I felt nothing).

So finally after finding a walk in clinic that my phone showed was 30 minutes away, I told Toph that I’d toss dinner in the oven and I was heading over. He insisted on driving me, and it is a good thing. My phone thinks I live in Vermont…according to the GPS, said walk in clinic was actually two hours away. After hunting around and misinformation again, we ended up heading towards the hospitals walk in clinic (that turned into the ER) this morning.

I was in and out within an hour, and what do you think I was told? My foot isn’t broken, just bruised phew, when the swelling goes down I shall regain use and feeling in my toes. Until that point, lots of elevation.

Have a nice night folks!!

I haven’t jumped ship

I’m not sure what it is about turning 30, but I just feel like cleaning all the time, and it’s really starting to take away from my knitting and sewing time. Not that I didn’t clean before, but I always cleaned and then knit when the kids were busy with their own things.

However unlike the last house, this house is in good shape, and isn’t falling apart. I feel proud of it. Now I finish the normal chores and spend my free time trying to find something else to clean. At this rate, I will never finish anything :-P

No, that’s not entirely true. When the kids go to bed at night I get to work on a few projects, such as this hat I started working on for my niece

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Unfortunately, for some reason every now and then my brain thinks the rules of knitting don’t apply, in this case I stupidly stopped in the middle of a row (the row starts at the red stitch marker), I happened to leave off at the purple stitch marker and confused myself. I took the row out and attempted to fix it and ended up two stitches short.
After trying twice to find where I made the error, I gave up, added to stitches and gave the top of the hat a bit of character.

The rules of knitting stopped applying yesterday as we drove to a graduation party for Toph’s cousin, I made her a hat before we moved (a few posts back), and decided to make a scarf as well. However halfway through I realized that I had started knitting the pattern on the wrong side, so that will be a present for when she starts college in the fall.

We have had a lot of rain here as of late, which is exactly what I needed to start cleaning that fleece I bought a few months back.

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While it wasn’t a 100% ideal place to be catching water! it certainly did the trick

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I placed my bin over at the edge of the woods and made who knows how many trips with a large cooking pot, transferring the water from one bin to the other, until the first bin was light enough to drag over to the second.

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I couldn’t seem to get the wool 100% under the water, so I laid plastic on top and covered the plastic with the rest of the water in hopes that it will do the trick.
And now, we wait.

If I had more fleece to clean, I could just start all over as we are expecting rain this week, thunderstorms every day, except for Tuesday. Now that doesn’t really bother me all that much. My only issues is, our phones have no service here. We do have a tower in the house that helps a little, but when it is cloudy, zip.

The kids and critters don’t seem to mind though

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They could stay out in the rain all day if we let them, not during the thunderstorms mind you, but they enjoyed a torrential downpour last week.

Here are a few more pictures to enjoy

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Have a nice night folks!!

In the thick of it.

We are here and unpacked and happy, yet not without injury.

We made a late start with our move, and left three hours later then we wanted, and the gps turned our four hour trip into about five and a half. We spent some time looking around the new place, envisioning what each room would look like. Then started to unload the uhaul.

It took about two days to unload, four or five days to unpack and now it looks as if we have always lived here. My favorite room if you can believe it, is the laundry room. How nice it is to have a washing machine that works and doesn’t flood the floors when in use. Plus the washer and dryer play music when started and stopped.

My craft room has been demoted to the garage, there is not enough space for it in the house, though a good chunk of yarn has made it in, and even found a fantastic home per the suggestion from Toph.

There are cows, a goat, and a mule name Stoofy in our backyard, farms everywhere, I see more tractors drive past the house then cars. The kids are enjoying the peaceful country life.

I feel more at home here then at any of the 7 houses I’ve lived in, in the past 14 years. I’m actually a bit sad that this is only a rental and temporary while we look for a house to buy. However I will enjoy it while it lasts.

We’ve met a few new people, and even stopped at a farm the other day. We were driving passed so Toph could show me the highland cattle, i saw the sheep and yelled to turn around. We spent almost an hour talking to the farmer about how he raises his animals (he goes by the Joel Salatin method), and decided we would purchase half a cow, pig, and 20 chickens to toss in the freezer come fall, I offered to buy all of his wool.

Sadly, I have spent the last several weeks hobbling about and the unpacking put me out of commission for a day. You see, my kids dug a hole in the backyard at the last house, of course not one that you would notice unless you wee standing there looking at it. I managed to step in that hole and it did something to my back.
I thought, I had sprained my foot, I caved and went to a podiatrist who informed me there was nothing wrong with my foot, it instead with my back….well actually what he said was “well it could be the ligaments in the top of your foot and if that is the case if they get worse the top of your foot will cave, but my gut instinct tells me it is your back” hmmmm.

I took it upon myself to buy a brace for my foot anyway, and will hopefully find a good chiropractor in the area to fix my back.

Have a nice day folks!!