Category Archive: spinning

2017
05/12

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farming
Life
spinning

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Beehives and spinning

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.

2017
05/10

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spinning

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Spinning (wool)

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.

2017
05/04

Category:
Life
spinning

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Preparing wool, thunder, lightning

After two and a half days of wonderful weather, the storm rolled in.   This afternoon we have had thunder, lightning and buckets of rain.  So I’m getting to this post before the power goes out.

Preparing the wool for spinning.

After removing as much vegetable matter as I could, I washed this wool

 and here it is laying on a screen drying.  When dry and any vegetable matter I can pick out has been removed,

I roll it on this carding machine to get all the fibers going the same direction before spinning it.

I then roll it into these rolags from which I spin.

This afternoon

These beautiful flowers arrived from my oldest son.

 

 

 

 

2017
05/04

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Life
spinning

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Another beautiful day

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

 

 

2017
05/02

Category:
farming
food
Life
spinning

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Weed whacking & spinning

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.

2017
04/30

Category:
Life
quilts
spinning

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Just Do It

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.

Your “happiness” dose.

2016
10/12

Category:
food
Garden
Life
spinning

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This spinning area is perfect!

img_5458I 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.

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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.

img_5464aThey 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.

img_5457After 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.

2016
06/21

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food
spinning

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Thankful for a kitchen

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Yes, that is where I spent today.   In addition to the normal things that happen in a kitchen, I made

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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.

IMG_4768So in between, I took the woody stems out and using a coffee grinder, ground up some of the dried herbs,

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I worked with part of a fleece.   I dyed it once, but when I started spinning, I realized it was too light,

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 and used a darker color

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Even though it always dries lighter, I think I’ll like this color better.  And that is how I entertained myself today.

2016
05/18

Category:
Life
spinning

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Into the city

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After some necessary shopping for some small items this morning, we headed into the “big city”, Seattle.   Our son lives right across the street from Pike’s Place Market which is a big shopping area for tourists and locals.  It is a place where farmers and artists rent stalls to sell their products.

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After meeting up with our son, we decided to have lunch.   We were amused by the name of this building, “The Sanitary Market”.   It just had a 100th birthday this spring.  Apparently being built when horses were still big on the street, they wanted it known that it was a “cleaner” place.   We had a wonderful Mexican lunch there.   The menu has both regular and vegan offerings.

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Son has a condo near the top of the building and these are some of the sights out his floor to ceiling windows.   The back wall is all cupboards and refrigerator covered to look like a solid wall.

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2016
03/27

Category:
farming
Garden
Life
spinning

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Today’s Rodeo

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Sometimes, this place really and truly is a zoo.   Today, we had to give some of the sheep shots and others  got larger coats, which they need every 3 months.    We didn’t have enough coats the right size and so will order more and 4 still need to be sheared plus the alpacas.    And our ram has decided that at least one girl was missed and he should take care of her.

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But look at this heavenly wool.   It is a dream come true and hand spinners love it.  This and the enjoyment we have from watching the sheep make it so worth the little troubles.

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Before the rodeo, we had a couple strong helpers out here turning the garden beds, in which we hope to get the potatoes planted this week.   The garden is also getting vermiculite and possibly peat moss this year.   The weather report has sun through Saturday. which is good, as we are a bit behind.  We didn’t use most of these beds last year, so they had two years of growth on the weeds.  That was a huge mistake.   We should have at least covered the beds with mulch.