2015
03/29

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Garden
Life

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Hoop house work

IMG_1706This is what greeted us in the hoop house this morning –  beds of weeds to get ready to plant.  I’ve neglected it for sewing and knitting.

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So I hired a young man to make this tomato cage for us.  As you can see from the first photo, we need to move the box over 2 feet.   We’ve had the box in about 3 or 4 years, but hadn’t counted on the overhang.   It will totally shade the little box on the side if we leave it here.   So it will get moved in the next week and if I’m truly lucky, the water will be put in as well.

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While he worked on that, we tackled the weeds.  This is the south side and we will add the pre plant and fertilizer tomorrow,  wet it down and plant it.   I am so anxious to get some lettuce, kale and other greens in here.  Last time I went to the grocery store, organic romaine lettuce was $4.00 a head and leaf lettuce was $3.00!   So I’m going to try to keep it growing year round.   I can, if I pay attention to planting times.  The beets, onions, and carrots can go in here now as well.   I just need to do succession planting so the foods are always available.

Oh, yes, I also need to remove weeds from the hillside garden to get the peas in.    Well, unless it rains this week – But then with a hoop house, it doesn’t rain, so we’ll see how much gets done before I promise more fiber time.

 

2015
03/28

Category:
Knitting
Life

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A walk and some ornaments

IMG_1701Tired of the park yet?    I hope not.   It was really windy today, but look, there are fields of dandelions.

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And finally, a better view of the river that runs along side of the park.

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This tiny sock was done on size 1 needles with left over sock yarn.   I think when I make it again, I will add rows to the foot.  It looks stubby to me.

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The mini mitten turn out pretty good, I think.   I’ll make another and use it as an ornament. that is a credit card size card that it is laying on.

2015
03/27

Category:
Garden
quilts

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Striped quilt finished.

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This quilt has been finished, washed and dried.   The washing was because I tried pasting and pressing the binding down before sewing it.    I liked the ease of sewing it then, but some of the glue did get on the fabric.   Fortunately Elmer does wash out.    I was a bit leery because not all the fabric had been pre washed.   But it washed and dried very good.  It is lying on the coffee table as it was still a bit damp.

We mixed pre plant fertilizer and our growing fertilizer so we are all ready to plant the peas on Sunday, after removing weeds.   Hopefully, we’ll have enough energy left over to get some onions and greens in the ground as well.

Here’s wishing each of you a great weekend.

2015
03/26

Category:
farming
Knitting
Life

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Socks and Excitement

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After finishing the first pair of “boring brown socks”, I looked in his sock area.   He has 7 pair that
I’ve made for him, so I’m not in such a hurry to make the next pair.   But I do think they will be just like these, so that if he wears out a sock from each pair, he will still have a pair left.   What forethought!.

I have knit with a lot of yarn that I enjoyed more.   This yarn was very soft and I enjoyed the feel, but it wanted to split and it also showed any unevenness in knitting.   So every time I looked up or something slipped off the needle, it showed as unevenness.   But they are a good wearable pair with a 10 year guarantee on the yarn.   That will be interesting.

Now for excitement – when I put the animals to bed at night, I usually leave the main gate open just enough for the chickens and turkey to get in.   Apparently, tonight, it was a bit too much.   I spent about 15 minutes chasing alpacas before calling for reinforcements.   It’s really too bad, because if they weren’t so difficult to get back inside the gate, they could come out and eat all the grass we have to mow.   Perhaps tomorrow, we’ll try letting them out in the morning and putting them back at noon, when they usually have their rest.   Keep your fingers crossed, they’ll go back peacefully.   If  they do, we’ll all be happier.

2015
03/25

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Life
quilts

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Experimental quilt

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Today, I decided to see how it would go if I could sew and quilt the strips at one time.   Using left over heavy batting  I pieced it with a wide zigzag to make a section 44 x 54″.

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Then I took some of my cut strips from days past that were the full width of the fabric.   If they weren’t, but there was more than one piece, I pieced them to get the width I wanted.

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I laid out the backing and sprayed it.   Then put the batting on top of it and marked it so I’d have some type of guide. The first piece was put right side up on one edge and the second on top of that piece, but upside down.   Each piece had to be pressed before the next one was added.

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I continued in that way until I had enough pieces to cover the batting.

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Even with having marked the batting, I had trouble keeping straight rows.   I’m not sure how much the heavy batting had to do with that and how much was just me.

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Now that the rows are together, I squared it up and it is ready for binding.   All finished in one day.   But I think I would rather spend a day sewing rows together for 2 or more quilts and then spend the time quilting them.  I think it would be faster and neater.     However, I do have another quilt nearly finished. at 42 x 51″.

 

2015
03/24

Category:
Knitting
Life

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Knitting in the car

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DH likes me to go with him when possible.   So today was a shopping day – meaning mostly we needed to get posts and such to put up the tomato T-posts.    We brought a load of 4 x 4s home which are sitting in my spot in the garage and went back and purchased 5 more (he insists we don’t need a truck).   From there, we needed shavings to put around the potatoes, because dirt will be too heavy for where they are.   I will have to get more tomorrow as my “truck” wouldn’t hold more and I need some for the chicken pen.   Anyway, from there, we went to get dog kibble and then the grocery store for lettuce and tomatoes.  I took along the socks I’ve been knitting for him and was able to stay in the car for all of this except the dog food and grocery store.    So, I was able to get about 5″ done today.   it would have been such a waste if I hadn’t had a project ready.   Well, not really, I would have grabbed yarn for another dishcloth.   But I was so happy to make so much headway on the socks today.

If all goes as planned, we will have help putting up the tomato “stakes” Sunday and then I can show them to you.

2015
03/23

Category:
Life

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More quilts needed

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Our church has one day a month where they pass out sandwiches, clothing and blankets to the street people.    They need more quilts and blankets.  There seem to be a number of people with children who live in cars.   So this morning, I took out some of those squares I cut out last week and started making a multi color quilt that won’t show dirt too rapidly.    I have 3 weeks until our turn again, so will get busy and see if I can get 2 or 3 small and/or medium size quilts done by then.   These are 3″ squares that make a 10″ finished square.    I made some strip quilts before which they really liked, so that is also a possibility.

2015
03/22

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Life
quilts

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“On Grandpa’s Pond”

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This quilt should was a block of the month last year by “Two sisters and a quilt”.  I’m sure some cold child will be quite happy with it. It measures 40 x 45″.  I’m happy as well because it is finished.  I think I will stay away from raw edge applique as it’s not my favorite.    However, if I started it, then I feel I have to finish it.

2015
03/21

Category:
Life

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Take along knitting

IMG_1679This has been my take a long project this week.   The pattern would have shown up better if I had used a solid color.   However, this is usable and that’s the reason for making them.

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Look how beautiful the hyacinths are!

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 This is Beau, the Pyrenees, who thought he should have his photo taken instead of the flowers.   He is a wonderful dog, as long as he thinks we and the other creatures who live here are safe.   With him  here, the coyotes and other wild ones stay outside the fence.   And I doubt people we don’t know would come inside the fence either.

 

2015
03/20

Category:
Knitting
Life

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Repairing a hole

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Getting this type of hole after you have already repaired the sock once, is not good.

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The next thing was to find the remnants of the yarn.   Then after putting in a lifeline, it was time to cut off the toe and pull yarn to the point I could pick up the stitches.

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 This accomplished I just reknit the toe, however I think that I may have gone a row to far.   Even so wearing it will round it back out.   That is the reason I knit 2 at a time, they come out the same size.   So now this sock should give me a few more years.