2018
09/19

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food
spinning

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Applesauce and plying

   Over the last two days I’ve canned 24 quarts of applesauce  plus 2 pints.   But if I could say 50 pints, it would sound more impressive.   They are cull apples because we didn’t get them sprayed with anything so, I’m losing about half of each apple to insects.   Still there are plenty of apples to go around.   I’m canning the sauce now and when it’s ugly and cold, we can make apple butter.

And in between batches, I’ve decided it is past time to turn some of my spun singles into plied yarn ready to use.

 

This is the soft luscious wool from our dog, Beau.  I am so pleased with the way it spun up, but don’t have a project in mind yet

 

 

 

 

  A pretty red wool, probably destined to be a scarf as there isn’t enough for a sweater.   I think I fell in love with this color, so purchased the roving.

 

 

 

 

I’m guessing this was one of our Babydoll sheep.  But when I don’t label things, I forget.  Since there isn’t much wool, that’s my best guess.

 

 

 

 

All of these are now washed and ready to wind and use when I decide what to knit.   Plus I am plying a lot of – maybe 2# of brown yarn I have spun singles.   It looks as if there is enough for a sweater.   Maybe I can show that tomorrow.

2018
09/17

Category:
farming
food
Garden
Knitting
Life

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Chicks moving day

Chicks moving day finally happened!.   They are now in the barn in a safe cage and out of the sewing studio.  I know they weren’t in here very long, but they don’t belong in here.   They belong in the barn and now that they are feathered, that’s where they are.  They also have perches and more room, so win for all.

We picked up the building permit to be able to double the size of the barn roof, picked up a gift for a friend and went to the feed store.

Many of the apples are ready to pick, so I spent some time picking 5 grocery bags full.   I don’t climb ladders, therefore I tried to shake some down.  I will pick more tomorrow and then the rains will be back.   It seems at this point, I’m running out to do what I can on the days that it doesn’t rain.   And it wasn’t that long ago that we were wishing for rain.  It would be nice to have alternating days.The last three days, I worked on this scarf during appointments and free time, but decided there are things, I don’t like about it, so raveled it and will start again.   The white is angora rabbit plied to black wool, so it is very soft and warm and I anticipate wearing it during the cold this winter.

2018
09/16

Category:
Life
spinning

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Thunder, lightning, rain

The last day and a half, the weather has put on a real show.   After being dry for so long, it decided to Thunder, lightning and rain several times throughout yesterday and this morning.  Alternating with this was drenching rain.  I’m not convinced my shower rains that much.   It certainly has been a big change.

I could have quilted, or knitted, but I chose to ply the Pyrenees dog hair that  combed from Beau. 

Plied and wrapped,

Then washed

and hung to dry hand – it shows beige, but if off white.

Here is the finished product hanging from the shower.  When totally dry, I will put it aside for inspiration to hit me.   And of course after this was all done and I was putting things away, I found another skein which still has to be plied at different time as I am done for today.

2018
09/12

Category:
farming

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Officially a farm

Does this officially make us a farm?   We signed the papers and it has been promised by the end of the month.  All this craziness started because I felt that I was not being active enough with my hobbies being quilting and knitting.  I thought a few sheep would get us moving.  They have!

2018
09/11

Category:
farming
Life
sheep

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https://massenameadows.com

https://massenameadows.com

– my new website has taken much of my time lately.   It is in a simple state and may be for some time.   I hope you’ll come visit me at the farm site.    As I have time, I will continue to put my sewing/quilting and living posts on this site and my farm life will be on both sites.

 

2018
09/09

Category:
Life
spinning

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Chills and fever

Chills and fever, alternating, with no other symptoms have kept me busy this past week.   Now I’m trying to get over how tired it made me feel.

I did accomplish some spinning this week. then I took two sky photos so that when the rains come, I can remember there was a sunny time.

2018
09/05

Category:
farming
Knitting
Life

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Super Scary Socks

 

 

Looking for more trouble,  I joined the group Super Scary sockshttps://www.ravelry.com/groups/search#view=captioned_thumbs&pp=1&query=super%20scary%20socks&psort=bes on Ravelry.  And yes, they are out of my comfort zone, but I have now cast the “Finding the Yellow Brick Road” socks onto the needles.   Let’s see how far I get with them.

The other fun things I did today included calling the vet this morning and asking about a charge.    It was a double charge.   Then I looked at my credit card bill and my utility bill.   Both were wrong.   Both payments had been credited to the wrong account.   I guess it was just my day.

But it ended well as we want to add a loafing shed roof to the barn so the sheep will stay dryer this winter.   I went to city planning and they had someone there who took the time to do the drawing for me that I needed, then look over my paperwork so I was able to submit it right then.   That was wonderful as it saved a trip and will speed up the process.

2018
09/03

Category:
charity
Life
quilts
sheep

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Cleaning, Kennel quilts

Today we started by “eating the frog”.   Our frog was cleaning out some long overdue bathroom drawers.   One should not be able to find medicines dated 2004.  Now you can’t.   And there is room for what should be there.

Then I tackled changing coats on two of the ram lambs.   They would rather run and play games than stand there and have a coat changed, but just look at this wool!   It is gorgeous!  It has lovely crimp and length.   I am very happy with it and hope these boys find the right home with someone who appreciates it.

After some barn cleaning, Bracken and I came back to the house so she could chick sit.   She loves that.    Just standing there watching their every move.The 8 kennel quilts are finished.   I will wash them and they are ready to donate.

2018
09/02

Category:
Garden
Life
quilts

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Potatoes; kennel quilts

Potatoes:

The ground where I wanted to plant potatoes was hard this spring but I had 2 helpers for part of the day.  I strung string so they would know where the beds were.  I asked them to dig a hole deep enough to cover the potatoes about 3″ and about a man’s hand width apart.  The ground was hard, but the weeds had not yet started.  The rows are 32′ long and there are 8 of them.  I needed to plant many potatoes because we didn’t have time to prepare the soil.   So they put the potatoes in the ground and I did fertilize maybe 3 times in the early part.  We planted white, Yukon , red, and blue potatoes, in uneven amounts.   I just needed potatoes for the winter.  When it was really hot, I watered weekly for half an hour each row with drip hoses. We never found time to weed them. The dogs dug holes in the potato lie in and be cool.

I have dug maybe a total of 35+ feet (there are 250 feet of potatoes and some onions) of potatoes and filled 1.5 of the 4 gallon buckets.   It is not easy getting the ground to give them up either.   I cannot get a pitchfork in the soil, how does that bit of soft potato with an eye manage to push into the ground.   And many of these potatoes are very large.

Kennel Quilts:

These are small kennel quilts.  The photo is the front of one and the back of another to better show the minimal quilting.  The people who rescue small animals during a crisis such as floods or fires use many of these in the small kennels.  Finished 12 x 18″ is the only size they accept and are so easy to make.   Cut two pieces of fabric 12.5 x 18.5″ plus batting.  I used an old mattress pad to give it more cushion on these.  Put the bottom piece right side up, the top piece upside down, with the batting on top.   Pin as needed and sew around the entire sandwich minus 4-6″ to get your hand in to turn.  Turn right side out , press, and if you topstitch a bit less than 1/4″, you may be able to catch the opening in the top stitching.   On one I did a big x from corner to corner and on the other, just 3 lines on a diagonal.  The part that takes the longest is choosing scraps that are large enough, but not so large as to waste fabric, and cutting it out.  If you click on the red “kennel quilt”, you will find more information about these.  They are extremely easy and if you don’t sew exactly perfect, the small pets won’t complain.

2018
08/30

Category:
farming
Life
quilts
sheep

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Sheep mob; haircuts; Sparkle in Pink and White quilt

 

In order to get the sheep to respond better, I was advised to take a chair and some treats and sit with them.   Bad idea – sheep mob!    They know me as the food bucket.   They have no fear of me, but would rather not have a halter put on, so choose not to let me put it on them.   They don’t know others who come and there is that “stranger danger” mind-set that takes over.

After some other chores, we decided it was time for haircuts.   He wants his cut monthly, but it had been a few years since I’d had mine cut.   So now it’s considerably shorter.

I can now share this test quilt that I made.   Bears was a fabric from mother’s small collection.  I really had no idea what to do with the fabric until this “Sparkle in pink and white” pattern by Valerie Le Pont, came along and it worked quite well in this form.  The flimsy finished at 46 x 57. and is very easy.   It is offered by The Quilt Pattern Magazine this month.