PEACE FLEECE-ONE OF MY EASTER PROJECTS-RUG HOOKING-MOTHER MARION SPINNING WHEEL

16 03 2014

HELLO

PEACE FLEECE
Peace Fleece is a wonderful business located in Maine.  Using Wool and Yarn as a way of getting the World together.  Now they are working with Adventure Yarns (a non-profit) on helping Tajik Women Farmers produce Luxury mohair  yarns for sale.  They are beautiful.  Check out their website, it looks great and see what they have been doing all these years to bridge the gaps between friend and foe.  www.peacefleece.com

MY EASTER PROJECT

I am happily working on this Bunny Rug.  The pink background is the woolen blanket I used in the quilt.  I am cutting it rather thin and its working out well.   I have changed the pattern a little.  The pattern is from Woolen Memories a great place to get wool and patterns.

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MOTHER MARION SPINNING WHEEL

I have a surprise for my students today.  I am bringing my Mother Marion Wheel in for they to use. I love this little wheel, you can pack it up and take it everywhere.  Its perfectly balanced and each one was made out of wood from the Ozarks.  This one is solid cherry.  The wood has aged quite nicely.

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Years ago I was lucky enough to attend SOAR (a retreat for spinners sponsored by Spin Off Magazine) which was in Wyoming that year.  I signed up for 3 classes one of was Drop Spindle Spinning with Deb Robson.    We tried lots of spindle and one gal had this wheel.  I fell in love with it.  The ease of spinning and the ease of taking it with me anywhere.  I contacted the maker and soon was selling them.  They were a sell out at every show.  He retired some years ago and so far I have not found anyone to make them for me.  I am still looking because they are such a good thing for spinners.  At that time they were so affordable.  Spinning wheels run now from the high 400’s into 1000 dollars.  It’s out of reach for many.  Always good to have a low tech, low-cost version.  This wheel can be used on the floor or tabletop, and spins sort of like a great wheel.  I know they will have fun with it.

It’s a blustery day here in the Berkshire Hills with intermittent snow showers.  Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope your day is wonderful.   Carole





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