FIRST SNOW-FLEECE LINED MITTENS-REPAIRING THE SOCKS-OUTSIDE PROJECTS

29 12 2015

GREETINGS

Snow on the ground this morning with sleet falling now. Temps are suppose to go up above freezing today so it may be mostly gone by tomorrow.  Chris and I hope to cut some small trees down tomorrow.

FIRST SNOW

I topped off the feeders and made more coconut feed mix yesterday.  This morning I added a peanut butter/seed and nut mix to a feeder that a neighbor made and within 5 minutes one of the neighborhood squirrels was there.When I lived in a city squirrels were everywhere there are not so many here.  I enjoy their antics.

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FLEECED LINED MITTENS

I love making these mittens and they are so warm.  I took a class in Connecticut in the early 90’s and have been hooked since.  The fleece layer eventually felts and makes these mittens double layered.  The yarn is from my first flock of sheep (Border Leicesters) and my goat Timmy.  I plan on making a few more pairs this winter.

REPAIRING THE SOCKS

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I am repairing these socks again.  I have had them since the 90’s and they have been repaired many times.  The stripes are from my first cat Fluffy.  They are warm and comfortable like an old pair of shoes.

I have lots of unfinished knitting  projects lying around and want to get caught up this winter.

OUTSIDE PROJECTS

Chris and I managed to finish most of the outside projects since he arrived.  First he did the barn window which needed to be put up and then yesterday he put the piece of plywood over the dryer vent.  For some reason ice forms on the attic roof and piles up so that I have to dig out the dryer vent every so often.  This will make things easier.  We got the last of the chicken coops covered and stuff put away.   Just in time for today’s storm

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The cats have settled in, they love dark, snowy days but Cosmo has decided to venture out of his rooms,maybe someday he will join the other cats.

Sammu in his hut on top of the radiator

Sammy in his hut on top of the radiator

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Willie and Shorty in their places on the sofa

Cosmo exploring today

Cosmo exploring today

Hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.  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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GREEN MOUNTAIN RUG HOOKING GUILD-FLEECE LINED MITTENS-2 BLUE EGGS

11 02 2014

HELLO

THE MOON COMING OVER THE MOUNRAIN

THE MOON COMING OVER THE MOUNTAIN

GREEN MOUNTAIN RUG HOOKING GUILD AND ATHA

I am so proud to be a member of this group.   Yesterday I go an e-mail from them asking me to vote if I want the Guild to be part of Atha anymore.  I voted a resounding NO.  The Green Mountain Guild is a large group of over 400 members from all over the world.  Every few years they hold a large Rug  Show this year it will be in Essex Junction, Vermont More than 300 rugs will be shown to the public its always a well attended event.

  ATHA is the Association of Traditional Rug Hookers.  I belonged to it many years ago when I first got interested in Rug Hooking. Since I was not the traditional rug hooker and at the time people who did not conform were frowned upon I let my membership lapse.  They have changed with the times and are most welcoming of all types of rug hooking now.  But they have decided  all members of its guilds  must belong to ATHA>  ATHA cost $26.00 a year and belonging to a guild cost  twenty or so dollars.  Many guilds had  let non Atha members join in and they pay a higher fee for belonging.    This is not the case now. I believe that Atha discriminates to people of lower-income.  In today’s economy with ts very high ups and very low downs people sometimes have to make hard choices..  It would truly be sad that someone would not be able to show their rugs at the show, attend the hook-ins and be part of the rug hooking family because they couldn’t afford to pay the ATHA dues..  I was deeply disturbed by this.    I will stay with the Green Mountain Guild no matter how the vote comes out.  At least they gave their members a chance to vote . I am all about fairness for everyone.

FLEECE LINED MITTENS

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I have been making a pair of fleece lined mittens.  This is the first one.  The ones I started last week just didn’t come out right.  I was trying to change the pattern so that they could be knitted on double-pointed needles.  Maybe this summer I will work that out  but I need these mittens to be done and put in an order to go out west by the end of the week.

2 BLUE EGGS TODAY

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Francis my oldest hen laid a beautiful blue eggs this morning and tonight I found a blue egg from Olive.  Once we get through February I will see more eggs, yea!

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It’s another cold night with temps dipping below zero.  Storm warnings have been posted for Thursday with 12-18 inches expected. Mable had another good day.

I appreciate you reading my blog today and I hope you had an enjoyable day.  Carole

I Belong to ATHA  and am not proud of it.