Blogiversary!

Happy blogiversary!!! Yes folks, it has been a year since I moved my blog over from blogspot to WordPress, and while I didn’t exactly stick with making my clothes for a whole year, the intentions were good and you folks keep coming back so I must be doing something right!!

Here is a little year in review!

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I learned to weave and I bought a spinning wheel

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I made a Jane Austen inspired dress!

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I sewed some Christmas presents, among a few other things

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I got Carrick, my English angora. We had baby ducks born, and my husband learned to carve.

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I attended a natural dye day with my guild (the very last picture on the bottom is my lot)

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I spun up some nice yarn

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I did a ton of canning

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I went to Georgia and watched my cousin build her house…I held screws and got to use a mallet, but unlike my father, I am not a master carpenter.

All in all I am happy with the few things that I did get done, and will continue to knit, sew, attempt to crochet and of course continue on writing here. We are still searching for our forever home, a homestead to enjoy, raise animals, food, and our little family.

For those of you who keep coming back, you rock!! For you new readers, you rock as well! I can’t wait to see what will happen in the next year!!

Coming up soon: move number one of two! Our days at this house our growing shorter, we’ve run out of time to buy and will be renting elsewhere while we look for our dream home.

Thanks reading folks!!

Everything changes

Well my friends two things have come to an end the last two days, and there are two more things that will be ending this week.

First, I finished my Jane Austen dress with some slight modifications

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Appearances can be deceiving, I swear both sleeves are the same

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Instead of adding cording and buttons to the back, I sewed up the back. I lost so much weight while making the dress, that it can slide over my head with ease.

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Today was also my last day as the weaver at the museum

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I will miss going there very much, and miss my co-workers very much!!

We are still on the hunt for a house and have exactly 90 days so we need to haul our behinds to some houses and see what fits us.

In other exciting news, we are planning our final homeschool trip. A trip to meet Joel Salatin, who owns Polyface Farms. We just love his books and Toph is in awe of him. It will be a very exciting trip!

Have a great night folks!

Weaving

I had a meeting at the homestead today where I shall be working September-June. Everyone discussed what we would be doing, and when the kids would be coming, and how long to talk to each group.

There will be five groups of kids each time to learn about each thing:
Cooking
Weaving (that’s me!)
Spinning (I’ll be filling in there sometimes)
Toys of that period
Rug braiding

I think it will be a lot of fun!

When I got to the meeting I was told I should bring the weaving loom home to practice on it, and as I was leaving the same thing was said and the young man carried this to my car

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So today’s agenda my friends, is finish the baby hat (I made relish & chicken stock last night, canning comes first when things are ready to be harvested), card more wool, and practicing weaving.

Have a great afternoon folks!

Weaving

Last week I was informed that one of the semi-living museums down the road was looking for a weaver, I had never weaved before and although I wanted to learn, I certainly could not afford to purchase a loom to learn on. That is when I was told that the retiring weaver would gladly teach me the tricks of the trade using the museums loom.

The museum at which I would be going, was a house that was built in the mid 1700’s, which was part of the trail that the allied French soldiers, led by General Comte de Rochambeau, passed through on their way to join the army of General George Washington in New York (there is your bit of history of the day).

This morning, I had the chance to weave on a table loom that looked similar to this ones, only it is quite a bit older

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It was very exciting to learn how to weave and surprisingly easier then I thought it was going to be, though I’m sure a floor loom would be nerve wracking and a lot harder.

The weaver was a nice young gentleman in his early 70’s, he worked at a textile mill for over 10 years, running several looms at a time until the mill shut down due to jobs being shipped overseas. He was also a history buff and I enjoyed talking to him very much.

I showed the other volunteers (yep, I am gladly doing this for free), my spinning and was informed that the yarn I spun could easily be used on the loom.

I shall have another lesson next month before the season opens, hopefully I will be able to retain the knowledge as I will only be weaving twice a month for school field trips.

I may have to talk my father into building me a loom now that he is retired.

Have a nice day folks!