DYEING THE YARN-CAMP WOOL- HESTER UPDATE- ANOTHER DYE BOOK

31 01 2014

Hello,

ANOTHER DYE BOOK

ANTIQUE COLOURS FOR PRIMITIVE RUGS

I bought this book in the late 90’s and am using it more lately  It is put out by W. Cushing & Cushing the dye company.  Written by Emma Lou Lais and Barbara Carroll.  I am going to use at least one of the formula’s today in dyeing a green.  The book has formulations using Cushing dyes and there are pictures of the color it will become.  When I first started chemical dyeing I only used Cushing.  One dye package would dye wool, silk and cotton, it made it economical.   They changed the dye formula in the 90’s and I then I started using Pro Chem dyes and have been using them ever since.  I now use Cushing again and this dye book helps me get the primitive colors I want.  The book is still available and a quite handy dye book to have around.  You should be able to purchase it from any Rug HOoking store or directly from Cushing in Kennebunkport, Maine.  

CAMP WOOL

It is with great sadness that I announce that Camp Wool is not going to be held this year.  LeAnn worked very hard but just couldn’t find a venue for us this year.  The one we had used before had increased their prices and she wants to keep it affordable for everyone.  I am sure she will find another place for next year. I look forward to it so much its one of three Rug Hooking events that I attend and enjoy.  Going to Maine gives me a chance to visit my childhood friend Francine and my Sister in-law Rita.  I look forward to both those visits so much  Well I hope to incorporate them in my trip to Nova Scotia.

HESTER

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I took this picture last nite as she was getting ready for bed.  She is quite good and is eating and drinking well.  I really think she enjoys being in the kitchen where there is activity. My friend Anne from Ireland gave me some great advice and today I will pick up a soft toothbrush and brush her legs.  

WILD HORSE ADOPTION CONFERENCE  will he held at Tufts at the end of March.  For all you people who are interested in Mustangs go to the Wild Horse Adoption website.  It’s great to have it in our neck of the woods.

DYEING THE YARN

When I finished winding skeins last night I though I had so much of it done in reality there was not that much.

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 I only did green and purple and will do some more purple tomorrow.  I want to do reds and blues too

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The material came out great.

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Hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole





YARN HAS ARRIVED-HESTER

30 01 2014

HELLO

The temp will be in the upper 20’s today and getting close to the 40’s soon.  My Friend Louise from Montreal said that she had a temp of 20 below.

HESTER

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Hester is a favorite hen of mine.  She is lovable, and so friendly and loves to be held.  SHe has been acting odd for a few days now, so I took her in yesterday.  She may have some mites on her legs but no one else has them, I haven’t been using the DE as I was before and will get back to doing that, and I will have to spray all the perches.  I do scrub them down every couple of weeks but I think a good dose of DE will stop them in their tracks.  I do think there is something else going on with her, she might have had a fall.  She is in my kitchen on the cat bed, really enjoying herself as its near the radiator.  She is eating and drinking and talking up a storm.    She is a chatty girl.  She is the hen that they took too much beak off she has managed to eat and drink , it really is sad what they do to those little chicks. anyway she seems happy enough being inside for now.

YARN

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The yarn arrived from Peter Patches and its beautiful.  Today I stared to unwinding it .   It took me half the day just to do 2-1/2 pounds.    Tomorrow I plan to dye some of it, purples, blues and greens.  I am not weighing as I unwind whatever weight it is I will price and sell.    I bought some of the prettiest light green while I was at Deanne’s studio and have used it in the Blueberry Jar rug.  It really added texture and depth to the rug.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

Chris is coming soon, looking forward to his visit, hope we can take in one of Tea’s games.





RUG HOOKING-DYE BOOKS-WEATHER-UP HELLY AA EUROPE’S LARGEST FIRE FESTIVAL

29 01 2014

HELLO

RUG HOOKING

The piece is done.  I like the way it came out and thinK I will make some more signs.    I will back it with a piece of wool, I haven’t decided how I  will hang it yet.

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DYE BOOKS

I have a large selection of dye books and want to share some of them with you.  Most are for natural dyeing which I did a lot of when I lived in Belchertown, Ma.  and its something I want to more of this year.

DYE PLANTS by John and Margaret Cannon

Published first in 1994 in association with The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.  It has wonderful illustrations by Gretel Dalby-Quemet.

It’s a detailed dye book with many plants such as White  Water Lily, Woad , Black Oak, Heather, Ivy and many more.  On the page across from the information there is a picture of the plant and the colors that you will get, just like on the front cover of the book. I found the book with a new cover on Amazon for $18.00 used and $24.95 new. 

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I would like to try Eucalyptus and White Water Lily and raspberries this summer.

The Weather

Its turned bitter again and temps will again be in the below zero numbers tonight.  I went to the grain store today to buy some more sheep grain and they had seed and supplies for growing your own out.  It’s hard to think of spring with this kind of weather.

UP HELLY AA

Europe’s largest fire festival was filmed today,  I had planned to watch it and totally forgot, I am hoping to stream it tomorrow.  For those of you who are interested in it go to uphellyaa.com.  This looks like a fun festival to be enjoyed even if your can’t attend.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you are warm tonight  Carole





WARM SPELL-PETER PATCHES-NOTE FROM JOHNNY SHIELDS

28 01 2014

HELLO

WARM SPELL
We are having a day of warmer weather today.  I can go out in the barn with just a  light jacket on.  Tonight the polar express comes back again

PETER PATCHES

I have been buying yarns from Peter Patches for years.  I recall my first adventure there. The owner is a happy many who knows his inventory inside and out.  He is located in an old mill building in central Rhode Island.  I didn’t go there with a list but was weaving back then so cotton was the thing at the time.  There were I think 3  warehouse floors of huge boxes of fiber  He knew where everything was and would send you to the appropriate floor and area. You would dig through bins 3 feet high full of yarn oh it was so much fun.  It was all reasonable myself and friends loaded up on pounds of weaving and knitting supplies.  I have been twice and haven’t ordered in a few years but the last few times I ordered I called and asked for mohair yarn and he said he would look for some and  if I didn’t like it I could send it back.  A few weeks later a package of some beautiful yarns were in my hands.

Today I ordered some yarn to dye and maybe make into kits or just sell off the shelf.  Maybe a little bit of both.  He is mailing it out today so it may be here tomorrow.  There wasn’t much left as someone out west ordered 400 pounds of it and he may never get it again  He always has more of something similar.  A fun adventure even if it’s by phone.

THE SHIELDS WHEEL

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Today I got a lovely note from Johnny Shields of the Donegal Wheel Fame.  He must have read my blog about the wheels and wondered if I still had one of his Father’s wheels.  His note made my day.  I hope to get back to Donegal some day, it is my favorite place to visit in Ireland and if I was 20 or so years younger I would move there in a minute.

Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole





RUG HOOKING-SHEEP AND SHAWL-ITS COLDER THAN COLD

27 01 2014

HELLO

RUG HOOKING

This week while going through my rug hooking projects I found the unfinished rug hooking sign.  Then while going through some boxes of fiber I found the remains of my first yarn that I sent out.  Then it hit me, I have held onto these remains for years not wanting to compost them but never knowing what to do with these short ends.  I needed a background color for the sign and they will go together.  The yarn that was made many years ago is what I am making the socks for the class out of.  It was all my Border Leicester flock and my goat Timmy combined, a good strong sock yarn.  I have few skeins left now and will keep them for socks.  I am so glad that I have found a place for the wool ends and I plan to use the sign at shows.

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COLD TEMPS

Ii’s below zero this morning, the sheep got some grain .  Expecting numbers in the double digits below zero this coming week.  The hens in the back of the barn are a little warmer since I insulated that part and because I added a vent it isn’t as damp in there  Their water was almost frozen while the water in the front coops was frozen solid.  Meanwhile Hazel, Mrs. Brown and Milly are enjoying the comforts of the warmth of the  upstairs  south bedroom, its like a Florida vacation to them with room service and all!  

SHEEP AND SHAWL

If you haven’t gone down to Sheep and Shawl and you live in the area you should stop by  The shop is loaded with yarns, some local and all sorts of wonderful wooly things.  It’s a great place to take a class or drop in  knitting or spinning.  I finished the sock and brought it down today.

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While I was there I was thinking about all the yarn that she carries.  She is still trying to get more local yarns and I will put Lucy and Sally’s yarn in the shop when i have it done.  But yarns from far away and  the shepherds with small herds who contribute their wool to make some of these yarns what interesting stories each of them would tell.  

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you are staying warm.  Carole





SOCK KNITTING CLASS AT SHEEP AND SHAWL

25 01 2014

HELLO

After a bone chilling day with winds the animals are settled in for the night.  Tomorrow temps in the 30’s with some snow showers then back to the deep freeze again.

SOCK KNITTING CLASS AT SHEEP AND SHAWL

I am teaching an easy sock knitting class at SHeep and SHawl in February.  It’s a 3 week class on Sundays from 1-2:30, on Feb. 2nd, 9th and 16th.    The pattern is quite easy and I have taught many people to make socks.  I was always afraid to make them, number one are those double-pointed needles, and then there is the heel.  Well I conquered the needles and as long as I just followed the directions even if they didn’t make sense to me it came out fine.  Quick and easy to make come join me in the class.  MOre information can be found on The Sheep and Shawl website IMG_2267

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Both pattern and the finished sock will be on display at SHeep and Shawl 

SEED SAVERS

The Irish Seed Saver site in Scarriff, County Claire has been threatened with closure if it can’t come up with the 250,000 Euros that has been taken away from their government funding.  My daughter and I have gone there twice and it well worth the visit.  They have classes throughout the year on things such as bee keeping, willow baskets, growing your own veggies etc.  This gem offers everyone a chance to learn how to grow their own fruit and veggies, and then save the seeds for the next year.  It is quite alarming that the government would cut such a vital program. saving seeds could save a country.

I didn’t make the nest today got caught up in other things, I hope I can make it tomorrow.

Hope you had a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.   Carole





A CHANGE IN THE CHICKEN KINGDOM-GRANDMA’S SEWING-MRS.BROWN-MOM

24 01 2014

HELLO,

A CHANGE IN THE CHICKEN KINGDOM

For sometime I have been thinking of just having bantam hens..  I have 10 large hens and Murphy left, this year many of the real old hens have passed on and I only have 6 that lay, the rest are having a well deserved retirement..  Its time to start replacing them  with Bantams. I won’t be able to sell eggs anymore as people will not pay for smaller eggs but my family and I  can still enjoy them.  They are much easier to manage, take up less space, eat less food.  It’s a win win situation.   I will have to investigate where to purchase them and may talk to the chicken man to see if he will raise some up for me.

GRANDMA”S SEWING

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This flour sack was destined to become a pillow case. The sides were hemmed.  It was never finished and was found in a trunk some years ago.  Her stitching was perfect, she was a professional seamstress, I am using it as a wall hanging now.  When stitching the ends together I thought of her and wondered what she was thinking about while she was stitching this.

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She had married and moved to a city from the country.  Had many children and worked hard, I never knew her but felt like we were kindred spirits.  SHe was talked about with love by her children as long as they had voices, they called her Ma.

MOM

I called Mary at the rest home today and Mom has gained weight and now weighs 113 pounds, more than she ever weighed.  SHe is doing so well under Mary’s care.  We are so lucky to have found her.  She addresses medical issues like UTI’s which can really get an elderly person angry and hostile early so there is never an issue.   They are having cold weather in Florida and tonight it will be 36, which seems balmy to me, it’s all relative.

WINTER

This morning the temps were below zero.  The chickens water will have to be warmed up 3 times today  They will get a special mid day snack of sunflower seeds, cooked oatmeal, yogurt, and seaweed and blueberries.  A special treat for very cold days.  The sheep of course are fine and were given a little grain this morning and will receive some more tonight.

MRS. BROWN

Mrs. Brown did it again, she laid another egg today and made a nest and then left it  I am wondering if the  nesting area just isn’t good enough.  Today while at the grain store I bought some bagged Timothy hay which is longer and tomorrow I plan to weave up a nest for her  It may or may not work but worth the effort I think.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day   Carole