PLANS FOR A NEW LAP QUILT-HEIRLOOM MAGAZINE-BONE CHILLING COLD

27 02 2014

HELLO

PLANS FOR A NEW LAP QUILT

I was looking through a bin for cat material the other day and found  2 pieces of material that would make a lovely lap quilt.  I have an old wool blanket that needs to be used for that purpose.  Then I remembered the rose ticking and it all goes together so nicely.   I want to get all my cat material in one or more bin.s  I know I have a lot of it and I want to make a lot of cat beds and toys for the upcoming  show season.

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It is bone chilling cold this morning with snow flurries this afternoon and Saturday.  This morning on the news they were talking about how the snow covering is less and less each year.  Well it doesn’t feel like that this year anyway.  BUt they showed Jimney Peak a wonderful ski area in The Berkshires and the manager said that they invested in a wind turbine because it was costing so much to make snow .Its been an excellent investment for them.

HEIRLOOM MAGAZINE

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Among the many good articles in the latest magazine was one on Monarch Butterfly’s.  They are disappearing at alarming rates.  This is do in part to the lack of Milkweed which is a staple in their diet.  Pesticides are also doing their share of eliminating them.    We as steward’s of Mother Earth need to replenish their food supply.  I remember as a child Milkweed pods were everywhere.  I loved opening them up and waving them like a wand.  Now that I really think about it I don’t see them much anymore.  They are considered a weed..  They used to grow freely on the side of roads but now we have machines to keep things clear.  They are sprayed or cut down before they are of any use to the Monarch’s.  I plan to plant some this year and then I will take some of the pods spread them around like i did when I was a child.

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





ANN CLEEVES-LEARN TO SPIN CLASS-FORGOTTEN WINTER PROJECTS-WEB SITE

26 02 2014

HELLO

ANN CLEEVES

Several years ago I read an article about Ann Cleeves series of mysteries about The Shetland Isles.  I picked up Raven Black and read it in several days

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 Liz from the Sheep and Shawl shop told me that  shesaw a movie called Shetland by Ann CLeeves on youtube.  Well last night I watched it.  Just put in Shetland and its comes up at SHet and some numbers.  There are two parts to it.  It was a great mystery and the scenery was wonderful.  If you love a good mystery you will love her books and the movie too.

MY WEB SITE

My web site is still in flux.    Even Chris couldn’t figure out how to get on my site.   Go Daddy bombards the first page with advertisements, in order to get you to spend more money on a site that is useless.  It is being worked on and will take sometime to complete.

There is definitely a chill in the air today with some snow showers coming in tomorrow.  It can’t last forever.

LEARN HOW TO SPIN AT SHEEP AND SHAWL

The learn how to spin class is starting soon at SHeep and Shawl.    It will be another fun class.  We will start with a raw fleece and end up with yarn.  Great fun.

FORGOTTEN WINTER PROJECTS

Each year in the winter I see things that need to be done in the summer.  Last year Ice jammed up on the corner of the porch near the back door and when it thawed water came down between the doors.  I forgot all about it till now .

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This  December I got a new calendar, I decided to write the projects in the appropriate month, that  will be a good reminder for me.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you had a lovely day.   Carole





CORNELIUS-BUY EGGS FROM LOCAL FARMERS IF YOU CAN-SPINNING TODAY

24 02 2014

HELLO

CORNELIUS

Cornelius is back for the time being.  COlder weather is coming from the Polar Vortex so he may retreat to his winter home again.  He is a skunk with a nightly schedule which it appears that he doesn’t deviate from.

BUY YOUR EGGS FROM A LOCAL FARMER IF POSSIBLE

When I was at the Chicken Chat I was buying eggs at the time.  In my local Stop and SHop there are a few organic brands and I bought the brand that had many good things listed on the packaging, organic, free range humanely raised.  At the chat I brought the subject up, I really though what was on the package had to be true and it does to a point. but what I heard shocked me.  Big co-operated farmers have a door that will let the chickens out but they don’t open the door till the hens are older therefore scared to go through the door and don’t free range.  they can still say free range because the door is there, So they still live in crowed conditions.  I though I was supporting an effort to promote good farming practices but in the end I was fooled.   Luckily I don’t have to buy eggs anymore.    This has encourage me to get to know my local farmers, it’s an easy thing to do, I know most of them from my local farmers market and  now they are having local farmers a few times in the winter too.  I haven’t been frequenting my co-op with bad road conditions  but as soon as the weather gets warmer I will be doing that and if I have to buy eggs again I will take the trip to the co-op.

SPINNING TODAY

TARGHEE ROVING

TARGHEE ROVING

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I want to make some black and white mittens soon and decided to finally spin the black roving  I bought years ago at Kerry Woolen Mills and the white wool that I hand carded from my flock of Targhee sheep.    I have two things to finish before I start, one is  my fleece lined mittens and the other is a scarf then onto the black and white mittens.

Its gotten very cold here this afternoon, the wind is whistling down the mountain.  Its suppose to increase tonight so it will be howling.

Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you have a lovely day/  Carole 

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WATER WATER EVERYWHERE-COUNTRIES I WILL NEVER VISIT-THE PATTERN LIBRARY-ROADS IN THE WINTER-HESTER-A GRAND DAY FOR EGGS

23 02 2014

HELLO

WATER WATER EVERYWHERE

Water was falling like rain in the barn yesterday morning and it will only get worse as it warms up.  After many years of struggling with this problem I had someone come and fix it.  Well the problem I wanted addressed wasn’t addressed so I am left with something worse now.   This is the second time this winter that the barn has leaked.  Yesterday I moved the back hens because water was coming in their coop.  Luckily I have room for them in the front coop.  Chris has been digging trenches and I think that is helping a lot.  Old house are not for the faint hearted.

COUNTRIES I WILL NEVER VISIT

I enjoy Mary Jane’s Farm magazine.  This past issue had an article about Vets who travel to different countries free of charge to help animals.  Then I read with horror what these countries do before tourist season.  Most strays are poisoned. They don’t want  tourists to see starving animals or be bothered by strays.  Mahatma Gandhi said it so well “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”  Below is a partial list of the countries.  They are online if you wish to know more .  The only way this treatment will stop is for people to be outraged  and address it with the countries.  I am going to e-mail each county and relay my feelings about this.    I am not surprised about some countries on the list, they have shown their little value for human life so why would animals be different.

SPAIN     GREECE    ITALY    PORTUGAL    MEXICO    AND EVEN SOCHI

THE PATTERN LIBRARY   RUGS AND WALL HANGING

Published by Ballantine Press

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This tiny book has been a big help to me when I was starting making rugs.  Its only 96 pages long and very reasonable for people starting out. In it are basic instructions for hooked rugs, needlepoint rugs, proddy rugs, latch hook, punch hook, braided and simple woven rugs. It tells you how to transfer a pattern, to join and finish off and much more.  Many examples of all these techniques are included.  If you are just starting out it has just enough detail to get you going on any rug technique.

MY HESTER GIRL

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She is doing well.  She seems content, talks up a storm all day long than roughly around 4 pm she is tired and wants the lights off.  Her little head goes into her back and her eyes close as she rests for another day.

A GRAND DAY FOR EGGS

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Yesterday was a grand day for eggs.  A half-dozen was laid.   I saw Sweet Pea , The Welsummer Hen, lay an egg.  I wasn’t sure she was laying  but now I have proof.  Her eggs will be a little bigger than Morticia’s but not as big as a regular size hen..  In spite of the water coming into the barn all is right when the hens are laying.  The back coop hens seem quite content with their new space although the perches are in different places so a little help was given to get everyone up last night.

 

THE ROADS THIS WINTER

As I mentioned in another blog the roads have taken a big toll this winter and with towns coffers in such bad shape they will not be fixed anytime soon.  Yesterday I was in Greenfield, One of the worst places for bad roads even in good weather, when my car went into a pot hole and a nearly new tired ruined.    This winter has taken a toll on everyone, we are having another warm day with temps around 45 but then the polar vortex returns with more cold weather.  I am always glad when February is done, March usually brings in a new season,  MUD SEASON, but I do like it the snow is gone and the earth is drying out from the winter

Many thanks for reading my blog on this delightfully warm day.   Carole 





MINNIE-HESTER AND MARLEY-THE WARM UP-CELTIC BOOK OF DAYS

21 02 2014

HELLO,

While I was out in the back yesterday I spotted this on my neighbors chimney.  IMG_2417

UPDATE ON MINNIE

Minnie has her ups and downs she has put on a little weight but not much.  SHe is more trusting of me and often sleeps right next to me.  SHe is very afraid of a soda can opening.  Her past does creep in sometimes.  She seems happy and will be due soon for another check up.  I hope that we can do something about her kidney disease.

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Hester

She is doing well, eating well but not walking.  She is standing for a time each day.  I do think a vet visit is called for  I doubt if she will ever be able to be with the flock again and I really don’t think she cares.  She loves all the attention.  

Marley

Marley managed to take off his mask, he has not changed.  We are working around him cleaning the barn and he still may be separated from the rest of the flock, time will tell.  His problems are not his fault they are the fault of people.

Chris and I spent some of yesterday digging trenches to divert water from coming into the barn

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.  There is quite a lot of snow on that mountain and it will be trickling down with the warmer weather that is now upon us

IMG_2415   I think we will see people making Maple Syrup this week.  I know if I was doing that this year I would be tapping the trees today.   Warm days and cold nights are expected through Sunday.  I am going to get my evaporator out of the garage this year and  make maple syrup next spring.

THE CELTIC BOOK OF DAYS

By Caitlin Matthews   A Guide to Celtic Spiritually & Wisdom

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I bought this book many years ago.  It is a wealth of information on Celtic customs and wonderful drawings.  You never know what each days reading will bring.  Yesterdays was birth customs in the west of Scotland.  Very interesting, today was an Irish riddle.  Each day holds new information about Celtic life.  I bet you can still find this book  on Amazon.

Oh Where Oh where is my dryer vent

IMG_2414It disappeared under tons of snow that fell from the barn roof yesterday, hitting the window with force.  The window is fine.

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





MORE SNOW AND MELT-SPINNING WHEEL HOOKS-FLEECE LINED MITTENS DONE

19 02 2014
A TREE BRANCH IN THE MIDDLE OF SOME ICE HANGING OFF THE KITCHEN ROOF

A TREE BRANCH IN THE MIDDLE OF SOME ICE HANGING OFF THE KITCHEN ROOF

HELLO

MORE SNOW AND MELT

We are going to get a couple more inches of snow today then warm temps the rest of the week.  Chris and I will be trying to attempt to divert the water from coming into the barn.  I do have mini meltdowns every time that happens.  This summer he and I will come up with a plan that I hope will prevent that.

THE AREA CHRIS HAD TO CLEAR TO FIND THE DRYER VENT.

THE AREA CHRIS HAD TO CLEAR TO FIND THE DRYER VENT.

SPINNING WHEEL HOOKS

Yesterday I finished the spinning wheel hooks and packaged them.  It was really quite interesting that while making them I glued two fingers  on each hand together.  I have used this glue many times (jewelry glue) and this never happened.  Nail polish remover from my son’s help did the trick .It was a funny situation to be in.  Made me appreciate my fingers!!!!!!

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FLEECE LINED MITTENS DONE

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For those of you who don’t know about fleece lined mittens, they are a mitten with fleece knitted in them.  I have include a picture of the inside of one of the pair of mittens I just finished.

inside of a fleece lined mitten

inside of a fleece lined mitten

 The fleece is knitted in as a knit stitch.   When wearing the mittens moisture felts the fleece and it becomes a second layer of warmth.   I took a workshop in Ct. on making these mittens many, many years ago and have been making them on and off since.  They are a fun project.  You can use roving, washed locks, dyed locks etc.  Try making a pair, your hands will appreciate it.

INSIDE PLANTS

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I can’t remember where I heard this but on February 1st you should give your inside plants special attention.  Feb 1st is when things change more light etc.  My plants are all starting to bloom.  A sign of spring.

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

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LAST SOCK KNITTING CLASS-BAKED BEANS-EGG LAYING IS MAKING A RETURN-FINDING THE DRYER VENT

17 02 2014

ELLO

LAST SOCK KNITTING CLASS

Yesterday was the last sock knitting class at Sheep and Shawl.  I was sad to see it end.  The gals were wonderful and enthusiastic.  They have learned how to make socks.

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The socks were made out of handspun wool, cotton, wool/mohair and just plain old fashioned wool.

BAKED BEANS

I am making baked beans today.  They were soaked overnight, boiled and rinsed and all the ingredients added.  Its a many generation tradition in my family.  My Fathers Grandmother’s Mother made them.  A comforting meal for a cold winters day.

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Yesterday I got 4 eggs and this morning Frances is in her nest so I expect to see a blue egg today.   Hens have their own clocks and the days are long enough now to get started again.  The very large eggs is from the hybrid Golden Comet, Lucy.  Its no wonder they don’t live long, that egg is so much bigger than a large egg.  They lay many like that.  It does take a toll out of their bodies.  I can see why laying an egg that size every day could make one grumpy!!!!!

THE SNOW

Chris is out in the back between the stone wall and the house digging snow.  He is trying to get the 4 feet of snow away from the dryer vent.  This afternoon we have to dig a trench so that when it warms up in a few days the melt won’t come into the barn.  SO much to do I hope we can get the barn done this week too.

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