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!!

Anniversary #3 *edit*

Apparently I missed it, but according to WordPress

So let’s have a quick year in review

* This time last year I was home schooling

* We were renting a house on the New Hampshire/Vermont boarder, just two hours south of Canada

* We were just starting our house hunting search, hoping for at least 50 acres

* We had a dog, cat, and rabbit

In that time we have: 

* Stopped Homeschooling 

* Bought a 95 acre farm a little over two hours away from where we had been living

* I started quilting

* I joined a knitting group

* We now have deep breath: a dog, cat, rabbit, three pigs, four turkeys, ten ducks, 66 laying birds, and 100 meat birds….I feel like we have more chickens than that…but I am not going to go count. 

I am now also 32, & according to my lovely nine year old, if you think I look younger, you need your eyes checked. Nice, isn’t she?!

So, to add to the last post, yes we FINALLY got couches


Which would almost make my house look “adult”, if it weren’t for my fireplace

We built a coop for our backyard flock last week


And then went & picked up:

(Back to front): Splatoon, Petunia, & Toffee (who is anything but sweet I case you were wondering).

Saturday we attended the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool festival! It was so much fun!!

I was lucky enough to run into two of my old guild members from the RI Spinning Guild, Dave & his daughter Katie!! I was hoping to see Iris and a few others as well,  though I heard they were going to be there the next day, sorry to have missed everyone.
We had a busy afternoon, we watched the herding dog demo


Toph got to help shear an alpaca


They don’t just sit there all docile like every single sheep I’ve ever watched get shorn, but he seemed way happier without all that heavy. 


I bought 6lbs and 3oz of yummy wool!! Ohhhh baby! The two largest bags are each 2lbs of  my all time favorite, beautiful, silky (after its washed) Merino. The bag in front is 1lb of beautiful luscious Romney, behind that is 3oz Corriedale all ready to be spun up, and then finally a lb of coopworth. I cannot wait to start processing this wool!! 


There were so many large bags of wool, I couldn’t believe it, and the prices were fantastic!! 


Lorelai enjoyed watching the horses, while we waited for Toph to finish watching the lecture about coyotes.


I finally figured out the Bavarian stitch blanket on the way home.

I’m currently recovering from the head cold I picked up after you know…building a coop in the rain on Friday, & processing chickens (not mine) in the cold and rain on Sunday. Monday I slept all day long under three heavy blankets.

Tuesday and Wednesday I made a rather large amount of progress on my sweater

Not the best picture, but it was a last minute picture. I am just starting the lovely semi-lacy design part….glad to be doing something other than the stockinette stitch.

I’m off to soak up the sunshine (I hope, we’ve had hail twice this week).

Have a great day folks!

Also, thank you to everyone who has read my blog along the way, read it once, read it & liked what they have read, read it & rolled their eyes, those who keep coming back, those who are new, those who stumbled on my blog by mistake (oh yes, I’ve read the search terms and also wondered how you ended up here).

Thank you all for sticking with me!! You are all awesome!!
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Oh hey look!! 200 posts!