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!

Getting there

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Well friends, I have finally moved on to the next part of the bartók tunik. I never thought it would end, I dreamt of endless hours of knitting with no results.

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I separated the stitches, moving the front to a stitch holder, and am now currently working on shaping the armholes. I am excited to start adding the design as well!

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I’ve had one suggestion on how to get rid of woodchucks. Mothballs were suggested and I’m very eager to try it out, as we have just planted several more rows of veggies in attempts to steer clear from the grocery store.
Here’s hoping!

Have a nice day folks!

Veggie thief & Contest!!

So this is going to be a different entry, we have been having issues with woodchucks stealing our vegetables. Last year we got rid of three and it seemed that marigolds kept the rest at bay, however we planted several marigolds around our garden this year and no luck.
They are too smart for the havahart traps,we have lost all our peas and broccoli in the front garden.

I know some people may be thinking “so what, go to the grocery store and buy food”, well here is the deal,
1. There is nothing more satisfying then growing your own food, it actually tastes better when you yourself dug a garden, planted seeds, and took care of it.

2. Why should I spend money on food that comes from who knows where, is sprayed with who knows what, and who knows how those vegetables where handled from wherever they came from to the store.

3. It’s a great learning experience for my kids

4. I can spend $50 on heirloom seeds and what grows will feed my family for over a year and I can save seeds from the food I grow and plant those as well, the gift that keeps on giving I call it.

Anywho, I guess the only thing to do is to build a fence. Though if anyone else has had luck keeping woodchucks at bay(without the use of chemicals), please let me know! I will gladly knit you a scarf if it works (seriously, I’ll do it)

Cross your fingers that the rain stops soon folks so I can protect this years harvest!