It’s been another rainy week. Today, I had some time, but not enough time to really get into a project, so I sat spinning for a few minutes.
The lettuce in front is doing well, but the peas behind are overdue for stringing.
Half of the pepper starts are in and doing well.
The Swiss chard, walking onions and winter broccoli are all overwintering and doing very well.
Cabbage starts are in and happy.
Leaf lettuce and more peas that also need stringing
The lime tree that I was quite sure I killed last summer is making a come back.
Happy overwintered kale and new potatoes.
Tiny new beets transplanted today
Spinach overwintered and growing faster than we can keep up
Tomatoes well started.
Two groups of small tomatoes that have volunteered. There will probably be many more as it gets warmed. Last year, I promised myself to not let any of these live, but since I haven’t planted any of the cherry size, maybe I should keep 2-3 of these volunteers. They are ready to eat before the others.
In addition to these photos, is garlic and overwintering broccoli on the far side. The garden is doing very good so far. I still want to plant celery, cucumbers, cantaloupe, and sauce tomatoes inside. Outside, I’d like to get potatoes, green beans, corn and squashes going. I just need enough days without rain to start them.
Finished 3 pair of the 12 pair of socks that I kitted, ready to go.
Finished 29 quilts, 10 of which were ready for the quilting. The other 19 were in early stages or not started.
I also made 2 bags and 2 pillows plus embroidered 4 sets of towels. I embroidered a Hatched in Africa set each month for their challenge, two of which were jeans.
There were bowl cozies and pea pods.
Then there were the baby lambs and additional sheep and puppy. I don’t want to forget there was a garden with canning and freezing.
Plus the hospital stays. It appears to have been a very busy year. But there were things I did not finish or even start, so they can become goals for the next year.
I’m expecting much more “out of sewing area” activities. My sister-in-law has Alzheimer’s and is near the end. There will be many more lambs plus sheep activities including at least one fair where I will be showing them. We are moving the garden to a more level spot this spring. DH is needing more attention. And there is a big wedding in California in April. I have fewer flimsies, so most quilts still need much work.
Quilts to do: Goal is 200 yards usage
Mystery quilt: Merry Mayhem – NY day mystery
Mystery quilt: “Scrappy friends” – NY day mystery
Bonnie Hunter “On Ringo Lake” – finished clue #1
Daffodil flimsy – to quilt
Roses flimsy – to quilt
Teddy Bear picnic – to quilt
Celebrate flimsy – to quilt
Bear paw quilt – large, cut out
All aboard – not started twin bed size
Fish quilt – not started applique – large wall or lap quilt
Tulip quilt – flimsy – needs quilting
Sunbonnet Sue #4, have sue blocks, needs setting and quilting
Bonnie Hunter 2012, needs to be finished for King size, quilted, etc.
Baby Hono – I want to make a child size turtle quilt
Finish all the paper piecing blocks and finish the wall hanging with them.
Socks: I’ll keep working on my last year’s kits, since I only finished 1/4 of them.
Learn Electric quilt
Learn cutting machine
Make 10 Alzheimer’s activity mats
Try 2 new recipes a month
Gym 2x week
Make garden plan with plans for starting, fert, etc.
Make hoop house plans as above
Obviously, I will come across items during the year that I will tuck into my weeks.
It was a beautiful morning, so we decided to work outside. I finished skirting the fleeces and then we started to set up the beehives for the bees coming to live with us on Sunday. We bought new frames as the old ones were well used. The location is set and one hive is ready. The other is still here in the garage as the weather suddenly changed and we had a good blast of hail and a downpour. It is still raining.
A short nap and then spinning seemed like an excellent idea. I filled the bobbin and this is the swift that I put it on. The yarn broke at about the half way point on the bobbin, so I just wound off to that point as I think I can get the rest of the yarn spun on this bobbin.
From there it gets washed, dried and then a sample is made. I counted 460 yards in this hank. This is about a sport weight yarn or perhaps a bit less, so I should have enough for a simple cardigan.
Here is a photo of the roving that I have been spinning along with the spun wool. My memory failed me a bit yesterday when I thought I had 2#. I actually had a pound of this and a pound of the one on the right. I have finished the spinning, which took most of the day today. Next I will take these two spools and ply them together.
Other than that, I worked on skirting another fleece, but did not finish and I fell down a black hole called Ancestry. If you have ever gone to the Ancestry site, you will know exactly what I mean.
We had another beautiful day where I sat in the sun spinning as DH read. It felt like we were on vacation. These beautiful days have been gone since last fall and we stopped most everything and just enjoyed it.
We went to a meeting on stem cell therapy as I am interested in that rather than have a knee replacement. Now I have made a call to my doctor asking who she might recommend if anyone.
Then we came home, had lunch, and enjoyed more sun and reading/spinning. Oh, yes, he is reading ‘The long winter” by Laura Ingalls Wilder. That series really helps me appreciate what we have. Somehow waking up to snow on my bed does not appeal to me. Nor does putting all my earthly possessions in a covered wagon and starting over every couple years. At the same time, we never know what tomorrow will bring, so I think it is important to know how to take care of your basic needs such as gardening, sewing, etc.
We truly enjoyed this day.
PS The blog is late, not because I didn’t get to it, but we have been without internet for a few hours
I had a pair of younger women who wanted to work doing some weed whacking. Do you see all those nettles? We have a good acre of them that no animal will touch, so they have to be manually cut back about 3-4 times during the summer. While they did this
I made some brownies
Cut and dehydrated half a quart of parsley for the winter
Canned 26 pints of black beans for quick cooking, and relaxed while spinning this gorgeous wool with angora blended in. It is so soft and wonderful feeling. I hope your day was as beautiful.
I wasn’t sure how to quilt this quilt so asked advice. Several of my friends suggested that I “just do it”. They suggested I’d be happier with something rather than just looking at it and doing nothing. Well, it is nearly done. I just have to finish the binding so I’m calling it an April finish. I didn’t find a design I was totally happy with, but I can live with this and it is finished.
These locks are now on a screen drying and I’m hoping for time later this week to start carding them.
I really needed a spinning area as the fleece and spun fibers are creeping across too many surfaces and this closet hasn’t been used for much.
DH showed me how to put up the shelves that I purchased yesterday and can you believe, I lost no time in getting them up for the spinning area. I still need to purchase a board for the right side so items don’t spill off the shelves, but I can do that soon.
They are already filled. Doesn’t this make the most perfect spinning area for what I want at my fingertips? Yes, there are many more fleeces, but they are not taking over my bedroom like these items were. I am so pleased to get this done. Thank you, Lisa, for the idea. Now I need another closet like this for the knitting supplies that have no home. And now that the table these were on is mostly cleaned off, I have room to spin again.
After exercise this morning, I picked, seeded and lay peppers on the dehydrator shelves. My hands and nose are still burning tonight. Perhaps I should have worn gloves and a mask.
Yes, that is where I spent today. In addition to the normal things that happen in a kitchen, I made
and canned 24 pints of split pea soup. If we had nothing else in the house, my DH would still be happy. He could eat this soup every day and be happy. Of course. he also wants some type of bread with it. This kettle can cook that much at a time – right up to the top, but the pressure canner takes a long time for each 10 pints.
So in between, I took the woody stems out and using a coffee grinder, ground up some of the dried herbs,
I worked with part of a fleece. I dyed it once, but when I started spinning, I realized it was too light,
so I flicked open the locks.
and used a darker color
Even though it always dries lighter, I think I’ll like this color better. And that is how I entertained myself today.