Monthly Archives: October 2018

2018
10/15

Category:
food
Life
spinning

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Land of living

After 2 weeks of some type of bug, I feel that I’m back in the land of the living.  I was not completely without something in my hands though.   Here are two  fibers which I plied

 

And I was given a sour dough starter which did very well the first try.

The weather forecast is for a week without rain, so there is much to do around here in that week to get ready for the rainy season.  And I am loving the new tractor which is making some chores possible to get done.

2018
10/07

Category:
farming

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Black sheep

That’s me – the black sheep – the one who is different.   Both of my parents grew up on farms, both wanted to be away from them.   City life was easier and more to their liking.  But something went wrong when I came along.   I like the animals and the work – which of course is not as hard as they had one hundred years ago.

Today I spent some time learning to operate this machine.  I think I live in the best of both worlds.   I do not depend on farming for my livelihood, but can enjoy the benefits of the exercise.

2018
10/04

Category:
Knitting
Life

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Softest scarf

Between bouts of Montezuma’s revenge this week, I was able to finish the softest scarf ever.   The white in it is angora rabbit and the black is a very soft wool which I spun a few years ago.  It finished at 8.5 x 48″.  On a #12 needle,  I cast on 30 stitches and knit every row.  I will not bother to block it as its intended use is to keep me warm during the cold months when I go to the barns to care for animals.

2018
10/01

Category:
farming
Knitting
Life

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Tractor has arrived; new scarf

 

The tractor has arrived!

 

Yes, I can get up there.   Grandma Moses started her painting at 76.   I bought my sheep as a business at 76.   I think I have a good model to follow.   So now when the sun shines again, I’ll take a driving lesson on the new machine.   There is so much it can do, that I would never have been able to do without it.   I’m a happy camper today.

 My sprained ankle is not healing very fast, probably because I don’t stay off it, plus there is this knee the doctor would like to replace that has been troublesome, so other than feeding animals, I spent time knitting, which keeps my leg out of trouble.   This is yarn that I spun maybe 30 years ago.  Black wool and white bunny, then plied together.   It is extremely soft and cuddly.   There is enough left to make a scarf for barn duty when lambs arrive and it is freezing out there.   I have about 24″ knit, using a large needle and garter stitch, which goes fast.