FIRST PAIR OF SOCKS 2016-HYACINTHS-LUNAR CALENDAR

6 01 2016

GREETINGS

The cold has arrived and it was 4 degrees this am, tonight falling to about the same then a slight warm up.   Not use to the cold at all.  No frozen pipes so far.

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I have many unfinished sock projects and have finished the first of them today.  Have enough yarn left over to make a hat.

I have mending to do on these other two socks, it won’t take long.

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Here is another project that I started some years ago.  It will take me quite a while to finish it but I hope to be able to wear it on my next trip to  Ireland.  I am using yarn  from my sheep Wilbur

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HYACINTHS

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I bought two packages of bulbs this year.  Just started one yesterday and will be doing a few every day from not on.  Can’t wait till they bloom.  Have had no luck with my Amaryllis this year.  The bulbs are good and they were stored in a dark spot for 6 weeks.  Guess they just aren’t ready.

LUNAR CALENDAR

Every year I buy a Lunar Calendar.    This year I hope to plant my garden by the moon.  My Blogger friend Anne does and her gardens are wonderful  and so productive.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this cold winters night.  Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow.  Carole

 

 

 





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

 

 





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





HOOKED RUG MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA-SOCK CLASS-CHICKEN NEWS-MABLE

11 02 2014

HELLO

HOOKED RUG MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA

I have just come across this wonderful group.  What spectacular sea rugs on the first page.  So much information for rug hookers and wool lovers.  CHeck it out.

SOCK CLASS
Great news everyone turned their heel yesterday and are well on there way to  finishing a sock.  The class is a lot of fun and we all learned something new.

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CHICKEN NEWS

Hester made an attempt at walking/flying what a ruckus in the kitchen.  She is okay.  I may have to put her in a cage soon.  I wouldn’t want her to hurt herself.  We will see what tomorrow brings.

Milly the large hen who is upstairs laid an egg today  She is well over 6 years old.  Unfortunately she must have stepped on it but I will be more watchful from now on.

THE BARN TONIGHT

What a night to have to change the sheeps water.  I was only up there around 15 minutes and thought I had frostbite on my fingers.  Burr!!!!!!

MABLE

Mable is my son’s dog, she used to be mine.  She comes from a litter of pups that my daughter Betty’s dog Morgan  had.  She is 14 years old.  This morning she couldn’t walk, The vet was called and all thought the news would be grim.    But back she came from the vets walking some and she is going to try a new medication.  SHe is such a sweet girl and was certainly glad to be home.  It turned out to be a lucky day for all of us.

Thanks so much for reading my blog today and I hope you had a lovely day.   Carole 





SOCK KNITTING CLASS AT SHEEP AND SHAWL-HYACINTHS-AN EGG TODAY

3 02 2014

HELLO

SOCK KNITTING CLASS AT SHEEP AND SHAWL

I had 4 wonderful students at the class yesterday.   Each one is working well with the double-pointed needles . Next Sunday we will get the heel done and finish the sock the following week.  My How to SPin class already has 3 people signed up.  Here are pictures of my class.

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HYACINTHS

I was lucky enough to buy a couple of packages of Hyacinths in November.  I now have them all over the house.  This white one is located in a dark hallway.  It’s wonderful to pass through and smell the fresh scent of these beautiful flowers.  I need to get 4 packages next year. I love the old wall paper but the whole wall needs to be replaced  .  The walls in the upstairs are almost all redone.  The child who lived here before I bought it was allowed to put holes and carved and write over all the walls.  This is the last one to be replaced and I may even try it myself this summer.

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EGGS

Yea, today I found a beautiful blue egg in the nest box, I hope this is a trend.  The days are getting longer and in two months they could be outside again and no more chickens in the house.

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We are expecting a little snow sometime today.  I want to get 2 more bales of hay before that happens.  I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you so much for reading my blog.  Carole





A HINT OF SPRING-DYEING WOOL-HESTER-THE KNITTING GROUP

2 02 2014

HELLO

Yesterday was  SAINT BRIGID’S Day and its  Spring in  Ireland although they have had some bad weather, the lengthening of days will bring flowers and baby lambs back into the fields.  We have another month of weather before our spring starts.

HINT OF SPRING 

Today we are having a hint of spring.  The temps are much warmer even at this hour of the morning.  The air smells of spring .

DYEING WOOL

Yesterday I dyed some purples and today will finish up the purple and go on to the reds.  I forgot to take a picture of the dye book so here it is.

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HESTER

Hester is improving slowly.  This morning she enjoyed some cantaloupe and a small piece of pancake for her after breakfast snack.  

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THE KNITTING GROUP

The knitting group meets every Saturday at Pine HIll Orchard restaurant..    It’s nice to have the option of having a lunch out while discussing and showing knitting projects.  It’s an uplifting group and I am glad to be a part of it.

Today is my first class with sock knitting.  I have  4 students.  I am looking forward to teaching them how to make and easy sock.  There are concerns about double pointed needles and turning the heels these too shall pass and once they have mastered this pattern they can make any sock pattern.  I am grateful to Liz at SHeep and Shawl for offering all these wonderful classes.

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