2017
05/11

Category:
quilts
Sewing

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Rip it out

This is a paper pieced rabbit.   My theme seems to be “Rip it out” and do it over again and again and again.  Or put another way: practice, practice, practice.   The entire rabbit paper is 8″ x 8″.    

Here is the ear section.  This ear photo is close to actual size which is 2.5″ from the bottom point to the top midsection.  Those pieces are VERY small and at this point, I have had to tape the pattern to hold it together while I rip it out over and over to get it right.    It all seems very backward to me, but eventually I should learn this way of piecing.

2017
05/10

Category:
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
05/09

Category:
farming
Life

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One bite at a time

 

 

Remember the old joke “How does one eat an elephant – answer: one bite at a time.”    That’s how I feel about the farm in the spring.   I can only deal with one thing at a time.

Today I weeded the hoop house with Ava following me along on the outside.  She is funny!  So the weeding is done, the cucumbers are in the ground and the watering is done for today.  Watering will be a daily thing for the summer.    I also did the fertilizing and put down Sluggo for the slugs to enjoy.

For the lettuce I tried one of those preplanted items one lays on the ground and adds a thin layer of soil over the top.   It was interesting and they are so thick that I need to thin them out as soon as possible.  (I doubt I’ll buy one of those again).  I am not pushing the hoop house to be full yet, because I want to save room to over-winter some foods this year.

The refrigerator crisper is full of delicious crisp lettuce and radishes with more to pick.

We put a new tarp on a storage building since the old top had shredded after 4 years and weeded the containers sitting in front.

I managed to skirt 2 more fleeces.   I started a third, but that fleece was too felted so it will become compost.

This washed and dried fleece is waiting its turn to get carded and then wait to get spun.   My goal is to make time for carding this in the next two weeks.

Right now, I’m finishing spinning some lovely roving that I started last year.  I don’t remember when I purchased, but it must be at least 2#.  Then I will ply it for a sweater.

In just two weeks these little tiny pieces of down have turned into these much larger Pilgrim geese.  Due to not spending time with them, they are rather wild.

And these were today’s bites.

 

 

Uncoordinated bits and pieces

 

Todays news is uncoordinated bits and pieces

You know someone is walking really close behind you when they step on the back of your sandal.  She does wait at the door when I come into the house, though I think if given any encouragement, she would love to come in.  Her nose is frequently in my hand and sometimes checking out the pockets.

 

Daughter gave me this cute knitting bag.  My guess is she was tired of seeing the Ziploc bags in which I was constantly carrying the knitting.   So now this bag carries the beginning of a new pair of socks.   Perhaps I can find the instructions soon and put them in the bag as well.

I also took apart the legs of 2 pair of jeans in preparation for adding designs on them.  If you have ever had to remove the original stitching, then you know why they hold together so well.

Today’s frustration was that I hire people, tell them exactly what I want and after 1/2 day’s work, they tell me that they are done for today and will come back next week or later in the week for another day.  Today, I was privileged to have 2 people help with the clearing and one to spray fruit trees and whatever else needed doing.   The fruit trees are sprayed.   She lasted 4 hours today and will be back to work more tomorrow.   The others- one lasted 3 hours and the other 6 hours and they want to come back next week for a day.   Is this something new?  I mean the sun was shinning, which has to be better than working in rain.  How does one hire people who are willing to work all day and several days until the job is done?

 

2017
05/07

Category:
farming
Life

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A Birthday party for 3

It’s hard to believe, but I spent the afternoon at this party and this is the only photo that I remembered to take.  I think I was enjoying it too much to remember to take photos.   It’s fun to have family get togethers.   And this one was special because Bill’s brother and wife came to visit with all of us.

These flowers were gifted to me along with some lovely gift certificates and clothes.This is a lovely large fleece which is now skirted.   One at a time, I’ll get them done.

 

2017
05/05

Category:
farming
Life
quilts

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Sanibel Island mini

Sanibel Island mini is now completed.   I purchased this kit several years ago when we were visiting Florida.   There is a fair amount of fabric manipulation for the sand.   This was a ufo because I really didn’t know how to put all the shells in the sand.  I ended up gluing them on as there were no holes in them.  It is a small piece and would at most be hand washed.  Week one of my goals is finished.   It is also the only one that is a ufo.   The other  3 goals have not yet been started.

The back just has a triangle corner on each side so I can slip a small dowel under them and hang it.

And these are the handsome men who fathered all those fast little ones who dodge and dart.

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

Category:
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
05/01

Category:
Life
quilts

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April’s finishes May’s goals

May Monthly goals:  May will have more outside activities, so fewer inside goals.

  1. Linking up to ONE Monthly Goal to get this Sanibel Island piece done.  
  2. Patchwork times chose #11, so maybe I will get this rabbit done
  3. Hatched in Africa designs will go on at least one pair of jeans
  4. WA state quilters  will be my fish quilt.  I will aim to get two sections done this month

If spring actually shows up, even this may be pushing it and I may not get these all done.   But I will try.

April’s finishes –  monthly goals did not all get done.  But 4 out of 7 items are finished and I’m happy about that.

DONE:   1.   Linking up with Elm Street  One Monthly Goal finishing Spidron which is hand work.

DONE:   2.   Patchwork times Judy has chosen #1 which on my list will be 11 (since 1 has been finished)  It is a braided table runner kit by Jenny Beyer, which is still in the package.

3.   All People Quilt will be Winter Wonderland Wild bunny -which did not get started last month

DONE:  4.   HIA will be a Monster Truck boys quilt found at  https://hatchedinafrica.com/detail.aspx?id=1692&c=&sc=

5.   WA state #4 fish quilt.   I need to digitize the applique for this quilt, so need to start it now.   There is no way it will get finished this month.

DONE:  6.   I would like to get Judy L “Tell it to the stars” quilted and bound.

7.   I have designs to digitize for 7 dishtowels.