New babies

We have been hit with the flu, school has been missed, and house work has been ignored. We’ve spent our time cuddled under blankets with books and “pizza”

Or consuming large amounts of coffee to get us through the day

We won’t let it get us down, there is far to much to do.

Despite the freezing rain coming down outside, we have flowers popping up

We have veggies of all kinds making appearances in our indoor greenhouse

and we have 150 new babies

Making friends with old babies.

My wheel has been fixed and the cake batter romney yarn has been plyed.

Wool combs have arrived

and I can already see a large difference between combing and carding, also carding already combed fiber is softer than regular carded fiber.

The merino for instance. Combed vs carded. Not perfect as I am realizing this merino was picked out when I had no idea how to pick wool and I have a lot of second cuts it appears. I know better now.

Look how nice and clean the romney looks, free of dirt and neps.

Combed and carded together.

My mind is racing with different ideas for this wool. Will I stick it on Etsy, will I dye it and spin it? I’m just not sure. I can say that I am very excited for the fiber festival in a few weeks.

Have a great day folks!

The wheel isn’t turning

And that is because my spinning wheel broke today, I am hoping that it is an easy fix because I was in the middle of plying this gorgeous romney I blended together.

I have been having so much fun blending batts lately, I wanted to finally spin some up to see how they turn out….I’m also trying to keep myself occupied spinning these batts while I impatiently await my recently purchased wool combs from Susan’s fiber…I won’t lie, the fact that she allows sheep to roam around her shop was the reason I choose to buy from her πŸ˜‚

I have so much merino waiting in my basement to play with, but it does not turn out well when I run into through my drum carder….the one I spent almost two years researching…the one that claimed it was for fine fiber like merino (it was written right in the description!!!)

I am excited to try out these combs and see how well they work (Hopefully better than my handmade combs 😞 not very pretty & it’s just tetanus waiting to happen)

The snow is starting to melt, the chickens are laying over 80 eggs a day, we have 150 chicks arriving any day now (I hope) & seeds have been started for this years garden.

We have been making plans for when the snow melts. A wattle fence is on the list, more fruit trees & berry bushes (Elderberry Jam anyone?).

The fiber festival is happening soon, because of course the 60lbs in my basement just isn’t enough, one must try out all wool options before choosing a breed of sheep.

Another big trip will be to Fedco in Maine, for their annual tree sale, lots of fun planned for the year!

Have a great weekend folks!

Focus

As the days have shifted once more from 40 degrees down to -1, I find my self spending less time in my basement craft room and more time in the living room, we all seem to congregate here at different times of the day.

Some of us like to enjoy a bowl of beans and a special moments with a good friend while warming ourselves by the fire.

Whether we are enjoying a nightly show together, using our imaginations to turn a simple tub of legos into a jungle adventure, filling the house with music via, or as stated above, some of us come here to work. The living room seems to be the most beloved room in the house.

While I may have been here all weekend working on this order

My mind still goes to my craft room and all the fun things that are awaiting my return. I’m having a hard time focusing now that I’m a week and a half away from when this order is due.

I still have heads, noses, antlers, and arms to finish, I have several moose I need to stuff and sew, I also have very little attention span.

I’m fighting the urge to run to my craft room and spin up a bunch of beautiful Romney wool. I keep thinking of the sewing projects that are overdue and need my attention like yesterday. Let’s not forget the set of sock needles from Christmas, I have yet to cast on a single stitch.

I give praise to my husband however, who is finding other things to do right now, than helping me build a set of wool combs. He knows I need to get this done, he has better restraint that I do, more focus and hates starting something new when there are other things left to finish.

Speaking of focus and distractions, it’s time to go collect the eggs.

Have a great weekend folks!

Sheep!!!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there! I just spent the afternoon at my favorite event of the year, The New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival! We had fun dodging raindrops and admiring all the beautiful yarn and delicious wool.




The kids were very much in love with this little lamb.




We talked to a lot of vendors who helped in my mission to get my own little flock, as of today they have jumped the list ahead of highland cattle. I thank you all!

My goal this year was to purchase wool I had never spun before


I got an ounce of Teeswater, an ounce of Leicester longwool, a pound of Cotswold, and then the large bag is Romney which of course I did spin last year, but I couldn’t walk away from it.

I am very excited to get this all clean and spun up, I’ve been testing out a few new yarn dyeing techniques and well…I may never go buy yarn at the store again.




I just realized that it is two days past my four year blogaversary!!!! Once again I would love to say thank you to everyone who follows me, even though I rarely make clothes or finish anything I do start. I try, I really do, and I appreciate you coming back regardless. 

To all my new readers, Welcome to my blog, I hope you are enjoying it so far…if not stay tuned for all the baby animals.

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers & mothers to be, also to all the Fathers out there out take on the role of both mom & dad!!

Have a great week folks!!

That’s a lot of snow!




And it’s still snowing. Yes that is right, we got about two feet of snow and are in the process of getting another 10-14″ and you know what, I’m part of the minority that is absolutely loving it.


I recently purchased four knitters pride dreamz crochet hooks and sadly have misplaced the size H. I have torn every room apart looking for this hook and alas it seems to have disappeared, however it has inspired me to organize my tools a little better. I got a good chunk of the organizing done this morning before the kids were released early from school.



Then I ran out of steam, not even the two large mugs of coffee helped. 


I am hoping to pick right back up this evening after they go to bed. Don’t let that board fool you, I have twice as many circular knitting needles than what you are seeing.

“Did you find your hook?!” I found several H hooks, though not the one I am searching for. 

Hopefully I get this project finished soon because I bought some pretty fabric that I have plans for and I’m ready to start cutting


One fiber related project I am hoping to finish up today is this Divine Hat that a friend asked me to make for her to match the mittens from the previous post



I have another fun fiber treat coming my way in the mail, I ordered 4oz of beautiful merino/silk/yak roving from StickChick it’s my first time ordering from her shop and I am very excited for this roving to arrive!

That’s all I have for you this week folks! Hope the rest of your week is fantastic!

A few rows short of a blanket

Last time on ‘The Year I Made My Own Clothes’

  • I had an 8 year old
  • I was crocheting a mermaids tail blanket
  • I found some neat artwork
  • And we had a lot of snow.

Well, I now have a NINE year old 😳, the mermaids tail blanket is almost finished, turns out my girl had a bit of a growth spurt (I also apparently used the wrong size crochet hook for twelve rows 😭) so I am adding rows to the top

  
And I messed up the fin, go me. So while I have presented the mostly finished present to Lorelai (which is how we found that blanket to be too small), I still have a little ways to go.

However I have been enjoying every moment of it & I am excited to announce that I have joined the knitting group in town and I absolutely LOVE every minute of it. I haven’t been part of any group since the spinning guild two years ago, so I am happy to have been invited to join in and have made new friends! 

I started a new project this week (because we all know how great I am at finishing old ones, maybe I have a fear of finishing things…is that a phobia some sort?, I’m attached to the project so much that I can’t bear to finish it?!) 

Anywho (disclaimer for people who keep getting snarky with me, yes I meant to write anywho over anyhow, so simmer down!!)

I started the bluebell cardigan from Jane Austen Knits 2015 designed by Zsuzsa Kiss

  

(Picture curtesy of Intearweave’s Jane Austen knits 2015) 

Lorelai, the budding fashionista she is, chose the colors for me  

I’m using this Caron simply soft Harvest Red & the contrast color will be Caron simply soft Blue Mint. 

I won’t lie, this pattern was a little confusing at first because it called for something I had never heard of before, but after frogging six rows I finally figured it out and now it’s coming along. 

We are currently have strange weather here in New England, some people are getting hit with snow, while here in our part of NH we are having 50 degree days that is melting snow, today we had a mix of rain and snow, and sometime next week we will be getting snow again. 

 We are looking forward to spring however, we just got in the first order of seeds for our garden, with plans to place a second order sometime soon!

 I’m also looking forward to fluffy animals and hopefully spending some quality time with my hand carders and the insane amounts of wool I have sitting in my craftroom. I’m ready to be spinning again!!

  
This was the last thing I spun, seasilk back in who knows when!! 

Oh well, soon enough 😊

Have a great night folks!