Chirp Chirp Honk

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The short term guests have arrived on the farm, 30 broilers and 3 geese…I suspect that at least one of the geese may end up as a long term resident, that is if the 13 year old in the house has anything to do with it.

For the first time ever someone in the house has gotten attached to a short term guest, I guess we will have to see how this turns house as the goose gets older.

I recently decorated the greenhouse in Shades of Autumn

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Late one night I decided I just had to dye some romney wool I had been carding up. Almost half a pound to be exact. I went for a certain dye technique that did not work out at all but instead something else happened and you know why? I kinda like it!

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I have all sorts of plans for Shades of Autumn, however I’m certain those plans will change 20 times while I continue to spin up the remaining wool on my bobbins to make way for this beautiful colorway.

For instance Poseidon and Atlantis here, I’m excited to ply these two together and see what happens. I picked up this lovely wool in Virginia last summer but there were only 4 oz of each so combining the two is a must.

For awhile now I’ve contemplated a new fiber art, one that is not new to me but one which I have not practiced in many years. While cleaning up my craft room a while back I noticed my older wheel sitting in the corner collecting dust, I cleaned it up and took pictures, and listed it for sale.

Oh I had some interest and an offer of $150 less than what I was asking that made my eyes pop out of my head. After awhile I de-listed it and decided to hold on to it for awhile.

By way of fate I found someone who was not only selling the one thing I had been looking to save up for, they wanted a spinning wheel for the trade.

That folks is how I ended up with this beauty that is still sitting in my garage until social distancing is over when I can find someone to help Toph and myself carry it into my craft room

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I’m so excited to start weaving and creating beautiful items. I’ve been watching videos on making fabric and cutting that fabric to make clothes. Oh I cannot wait!

Have a great week folks!!

What day is it?

I’m certain I am not the only one wondering this, my children aren’t doing school work which means it must be the weekend, but what day? All the days seem to be melding together and like most people we have not been leaving the farm.

With two jobs lost this month (Myself first and then Toph) and both kids homeschooling, we are trying to live as normally as possible for their sake. Trying to keep in touch with family and friends via phone, email, and a tiny bit of Instagram here and there.

Coffee dates now happen over facetime and we try to keep up with the news without letting it overwhelm us.

We lounge around on cold rainy days

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and watch seeds pop up

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I’ve been playing with my new cricut

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and tackling wool from last years sheep and wool festival

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I have two tubs of romney among the several other tubs of shetland, alpaca, coopworth, finn, angora, corriedale, cotswold, and well whatever else I have. All needing to be combed, carded, maybe dyed, and spun up.

Projects have been finished (Half an hour ago)

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and we are all just trying to keep ourselves cherry and look forward to the future. We continue to keep the world in our thoughts during this crazy time and hope that this will soon be over.

Stay Safe Folks!

Switching over

A majority of my posts are written on an ipad, which would be all fine and dandy if I had a good bluetooth keyboard. Alas, the one we have is old and gross and the keys stick. So it between using the screen keyboard and the battery life, the idea of sitting down and writing a post is sometimes something I dread.

However I have managed to remember my password and now here I am writing to you from Toph’s old work laptop. It’s fast and sleek and I love to hear the clicking of the keys on the keyboard.

I have recently discovered that I am a fan of making things for little ones. While my little ones are now 10 & 13 and no longer fans of moms homemade items, both of my best friends have little ones that still enjoy the knit and crocheted gifts from their auntie.

Recently I made a pair of baby booties and a sweater for the little one my best friend welcomed at the beginning of the year.

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It made me realize quickly that I needed to buy an assortment of wooden buttons, because I will absolutely be making this sweater again. It worked up fast and I’m sure had my husband not introduced me to Stardew Valley well…it would have been finished faster.

The girls have started their own business making soaps, scrubs, and bath bombs. Once a name is settled up I will post an etsy link. Here are a few of the lovely soaps they have recently made

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Last year for home schooling I had them start their own business, with their profit of $85 and a little funding from myself, they put it all into supplies and have already made some money back!

I am still working on the socks Griffin Socks, slowly but surely I am on repeat round 2 of 3 of the chart and I started making a dress for my other best friends 7 year old.

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Here’s hoping the rest of the dress goes smoothly, the patterns had some weird bumps along the way so I switched things up a bit.

 

Have a great weekend folks!

 

More fiber goodness

Long have I wanted to see a basket full of yarn that I have spun up myself, thanks to my new wheel I have achieved that goal

I struggled for so long with my old wheel, that I often had to walk away for days or even weeks. I’m proud of my little basket that is quickly filling up.

The latest addition to my basket is my 2019 Tour De Fleece project

Three bobbins, though there was some miscalculation on my part, it didn’t spin up exactly the same as my Take me to the sea color-way, however that turned out to be a good thing.

I am so very happy that I purchased this jumbo flyer, it was more than half full by the time I finished plying the three strands together.

The cake is 506 yards of polworth and silk, the hank of yarn on the right? Well I’m not sure, I was ready to go to bed but I do believe it is at least 200 yards. It was spun up as a two ply after I ran out of yarn on one of the three bobbins, believe it or not I still have one bobbin with yarn left on it.

I recently added to my fiber tool collection

Now I’ve debated on this many times, then I told myself I wasn’t going to purchase a hackle until after our trip when we knew what we were doing.

Well we don’t know and so instead of drooling over pictures and videos, I purchased this 12″ hackle and of course….went right to work using it

It was a bit of a learning process, still working on it actually, but this is 14 different shades of blue blended together

I still haven’t managed to get one continuous long strand, however I went from seven semi long strands of fiber, down to four and you know what?! I will take it!

Have a great weekend folks!

Tour De Fleece

For the first time ever, I am taking part in Tour De Fleece….mainly because this is the first time I’ve ever heard of it, also because I can’t seem to stop spinning. I joined team Port Fiber after stopping last weekend to grab more polworth and silk blend to re-create this yarn

I love the color-way so much, yet 155 yards won’t get me very far.

Three 4.1 Oz braids were purchased this time, split up and set to dye

They dried all morning yesterday in the indoor green house

Everyone joined mom outside for some spinning time

By the end of the night, I had decided that I wanted to spin this up thinly, to see how many yards I could get out of a single, especially because this will most likely be a six ply if I want to achieve the same colorway.

This should last me all of Tour De Fleece right? If not, it will keep me busy during the long summer days.

Summer days

Vacation is here and we’ve managed to find ways to entertain ourselves during all the rainstorms.

From canning rhubarb pie filling, from what little we had this year

To 5+ hour long games of monopoly

To combing wool for more spinning

Some of us found ways to entertain ourselves that ended with pain and a trip to the vet

Ouch! (Both dogs are fine, though Moose is sporting a new haircut on his leg)

When the sun came out we had beautiful sights waiting for our eyes

In about a month Toph and I will journey down to south to see if that is really where we want to relocate or if perhaps we should just stay put. We will be looking in PA, WV, VA, and NC. I’ve been compiling a list of places to go (beaches, hikes, sites of interest), searching for celiac friendly places to eat (We will be bringing a lot of snacks, after a close call I just had at a restaurant, I need to be even pickier that already am. Sometimes gluten free menus mean nothing.)

The children will be staying behind to enjoy time with the grandparents and help out taking care of the animals and the garden.

We are definitely looking forward to this adventure!

Have a great day folks!

Spinning

When I went to the New Hampshire Sheep and wool a few weeks ago, I learned something new and it changed my life….

I can now spin “thick” yarn, the entire time I’ve been spinning I’ve struggled to spin anything thicker than the picture on the left and it kind left me in a funk. My yarn was nice, but it wasn’t what I was going for.

So after the lesson at NHSW I took a deep breath, took up the merino/silk I had dyed and went to town

I was happy with the result of the single I had spun up and those colors 😍

I made three of these and started to ply

So dreamy

Folks, when I spin yarn it usually takes months because I’m just not happy with how things are looking and I tend to avoid my wheel. I did this in ONE day! Okay so it was only 120 yards but this is absolutely the best yarn I’ve ever spun, my favorite.

And it is working up nicely too!

Have a great weekend folks!

Here, there, everywhere

That’s where my mind is tonight, because I dared to have two cups of coffee and one cup of black tea today.

I keep going back and forth to working on this beautiful Bandana Cowl I found on purl soho

To looking up areas to visit when Toph and I make a trip down south later this summer, to looking at houses online, to planning what food we will bring with us because eating out with celiacs is a pain in the padded you know what. Then my mind goes back to knitting, how much yarn will I need on this road trip, and is the tundra big enough for me to spin on my Ashford wheel while we drive? (Probably not)

So while my mind is all over the place and I thought I would pop in and say hi and share with you how I am progressing on

this awesome cowl with the accidental mystical colorway yarn

And the doodle/romney yarn, which has suddenly become easier to spin!

Have a great weekend folks!

Melting

Day by day the snow is quickly leaving.

Birds now go out during the day

While two dogs keep an eye out for winged and four legged predators

Garlic is popping up through the soil

And several rows of potatoes have been planted.

The trampoline has been put up after weeks of begging

Repairs have happened to the out door coop and I will say, it was nerve wracking with high winds, to not only be in it holding on to the roof while the sides were getting screwed in, but also to watch my husband up high during those winds. Though I think the dogs chasing each other while Toph was on the ladder was worst of all, I definitely took a dog head to the knee when I stepped between Runa and the ladder and she ran into me.

I piled my first yarn on my new wheel,

It had been spun up on my Edam, but I was wanting to play on the kiwi. I know awhile back people commented that my older wheel was not a Wernekinck Edam, however a spinning group I am in has confirmed that it is indeed an Edam.

As I am getting ready to sell it I wanted to know for sure.

This isn’t at all the colorway I was going for but it has grown on me and now I’m trying to find the perfect pattern for it.

Late last summer a friend asked me to spin the hair from her doodle, the fibers are short and they shed when spun, but I blended them in with some Romney wool and I wasn’t sure how much yarn I would get from this dog, but I’ve hardly made a dent in the ziplock bag.

Have a great day folks!

Some people like to build legos, I like to build…

When I said the other week that I had ordered something to help me along with my crafting, I never expected the reveal to take this long.

My package arrived last week….well sort of, the mail person suddenly decided that they were no longer driving boxes up to the house. I can understand that and respect their feelings now that we have two dogs, one being a jumper, I probably wouldn’t want to deal with that either.

Instead of a package I was left with a “Sorry we missed you, you can pick up your parcel after three” note 😭 a very sad not to get at 11:30 am when you are anticipating something magnificent.

So I picked up my package, gazed at the lovely wool and started putting the pieces together, but then something happened…a duplicate piece.

Uh oh. I got in touch with the dealer who had never before seen something like this and contacted Ashford straight away! Within a matter of hours it was settled, Ashford was sending me a new treadle. Friends said “why not flip the treadle and drill holes and use it in the meantime?”

Because this is built from the bottom up! No way I was going to build it and take it apart again….well now that it’s together I doubt I could anyway.

I waited and waited and waited for my new treadle, trying to occupy my mind on something other than a package coming from New Zealand.

Behold! Yesterday when I got home there was my correct treadle!!! There was also a note from Kate at Ashford apologizing, THANK YOU KATE!

I started building….and then stopped because there was food to cook, people to feed, and dishes to wash.

After dinner I went back to it

Here she is, the new Ashford Kiwi 3. I am in love.

Have a great day folks!!