NEW LOOM, VISITING FRIENDS-GARDENERS BASIL & LIME SOAP-BUS TRIP TO THE 2018 MARYLAND SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL.

15 05 2017

GREETING FRIENDS

MY FAVORITE SPRING FLOWER

Today is the last of the rainy, dreary, damp and cold days.  The sun is suppose to come out this afternoon and the winds are going to pick up and dry it all off.  We are certainly not in a drought situation any more.   There is so much to do this spring I have almost finished manuring and weeding the front yard and need to get to the back this week.  I am transplanting some wild raspberries  near a fence in the front area, hoping to be able to contain them better.  My female elderberry isn’t doing well, does anyone know if they are hard to root.  I would love to start some new ones.  The male plant is flourishing.

NEW LOOM AND A VISIT WITH FRIENDS

I have been looking for a loom for months now and knew that one would come along.  When mentioning it to my friends Ulla and Dick they said they had the perfect one for me.  A 36 inch Leclerc  4 harness loom.  It’s a beauty. And there is a story behind it.  They drove up to Canada to pick it up!  Solid Maple which will be good for rugs.  About a year after I sold my looms I did a workshop at The Springfield Weavers and realized that I missed weaving.  Especially overshot which is my favorite weave.   And  also I needed a way to use up the boxes and boxes of hand-spun yarn in the sewing room.  I have decided to have it in my downstairs bedroom and have taken the room apart and made room. Now I would like to refresh the room with some paint and the loom will have a new home.

I had a wonderful visit with Ulla and Dick on the loom picking up day.  It was shearing day for them and it was wonderful to watch Aaron (my new shearer) get the job done.  He has just gotten back from Australia where he sheared hundreds of sheep.

Ulla in the background and Aaron shearing

  We had a wonderful day remembering old times,  new projects and garden ideas.  I can’t wait to visit again to see the new weathervane that Dick is making.  I was lucky enough to see a picture of it almost done.  Itsa carved turtle.  Next time pictures.  When I next visit them they will have their new chickens.

THEIR SHEEP ALL SHEARED

LYMES

The 90 days on Doxicycline did very little for the Lymes Disease I have.    I did tolerate it well though.  I will now be on another antibiotic as it is summer and with Doxi I could have a severe reaction from the sun.  I will be on it for at least 6 months and there is no guarantee.  I have to try it .  I have already had many ticks on me they say that this year is going to be one of the worst.  I am going to make up a herbal concoction to spray on myself each day.

BASIL-LIME WITH GROUND UP CORN GARDENERS SOAP AND OATMEAL SOAP

 

I made these two soaps a couple of weeks ago and they are now drying on racks.  They will be ready for the Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fest.  The kitchen is filled with their smells. It was the first time I used my grinder and I love it.

 

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DYEING YARN WITH FOOD COLORING-OATMEAL SOAP-COUNTRY VIEWS

8 08 2014

GREETINGS

DYEING YARN WITH FOOD COLORING

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Dyeing yarn with food coloring is a pretty expensive way to dye wool unless you have some that you are going to throw away.  I have had this yarn which is more acrylic than wool and I tried dyeing it with my Pro chem dyes.   It didn’t dye well at all and  I really didn’t want  to go to the expense of getting dyes. I only had 6 skeins and I wanted them different colors.  I read about dyeing with food coloring in an article and thought I would try it.  First I wet the yarn then put it into a pot filled with water and some vinegar.  Added some food coloring and let it simmer.  I realized that the color just wasn’t dark enough so I added a few drops more.It came out just fine,  You don’t really have to add much food coloring, a little goes a long way.

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Now to see if I have some red food coloring.

OATMEAL SOAP

The Oatmeal Soap is ready and yesterday I packaged up most of it.  I will be putting the labels on soon.

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TURKEY’S IN THE APPLE ORCHARD

Yesterday on my way to the grain store I saw these two turkey’s just walking along. carefree and no worries.  Nibbling at things as they were walking..

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 They are at Apex Orchard which has such wonderful views.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this delightful summer day.  Carole

 





SPINNING CLASS-MINNIE-DYEING FLEECE-OATMEAL SOAP

4 05 2014

HELLO

SPINNING CLASS

Yesterday I had three wonderful ladies at the class.   Each one made a skein of plyed yarn at the end of class.  They each had a little knowledge of spinning and took home part of a white and dark fleece to wash

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.  There were loads of interesting questions and the time just flew by.

Minnie

She continues to improve, her coat is so much better she is happier and eating without coaxing.  She is perky and talkative its a delight  to have her doing so well

.DYEING FLEECE

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Today I spent some time dyeing fleece.  SHeep and SHawl SHop have sold all my dyed fleece..  It was dyed with red and yellow and a few pinches of blue.  I love how it came out.

OATMEAL SOAP

I packaged up some of the Oatmeal Soap today.  I will have to make another 2 batches of it, sometime this week.

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I worked outside today for the first time this spring.  I removed the three hay bales that was against the kitchen wall.  I won’t do that next year as it encourages rodents.   I spread out the hay on pathways.  The tulips are up and some are ready to bloom.  Its windy and will be cool tonight.  Rain showers on an off all day so laundry was not hung out.  I have a clothesline full for tomorrow.

Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope that you had a delightful day.   Carole & Minnie

 

 





GRISWOLDVILLE-SOAP MAKING-HANGING CLOTHES OUT TO DRY-MORTICIA

2 04 2014

Hello

Griswoldville

I live in the village of Griswoldville in the town of Colrain.  There are many wonderful things about living in a village.  You know most of your neighbors, and in the spring and fall people stoke or start their wood stoves up for the night between 5 and 6 pm.  That wonderful smell of wood smoke permeates the air.  It is very similar to Ireland where people use peat or turf  and that wonderful smell permeates the air there at the same time.  We have swimming holes for kids to swim in and plenty of places to fish.  I consider myself lucky most days.

SOAP MAKING
I made Oatmeal Soap yesterday, a double batch.  It’s really popular and I do love making it. It cooled down overnight and was cut and now is drying, It should be ready May 1st.

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 I spent part of the day cleaning up the Calendula and Lime/Basil Gardner’s Soap today and  will leave it dry a few more days.  I plan to package it up the end of the week.  I want to package up some soap with a jar of salve and a hand knit mitt as a special Gardner’s package.

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Morticia

I scooped up another egg from Morticia, she didn’t seem to mind as long as I was giving her a snack..  They had oatmeal with blueberries today.

Clothes Drying

My clothes dried quickly yesterday  How I like to lay my head on a pillowcase that has been dried outside.  That wonderful fresh smell.  I don’t always dry my clothes outside but do it when I can.  Its something I helped my Mother and Grandmother do.  My Grandmother in Maryland had a wringer washing machine.  As a child I had never seen one before and almost got my arm caught in it while helping her.  My Mom had a wooden clothes line that swung around, my Grandmother and my  Aunt Helen both had  a heavy wire strung with  wooden poles with a notch cut into them  to either put the line up high or lower it for hanging or taking the clothes down.  I loved that idea.  Hanging clothes outside is now popular again with energy prices going up all the time. I have had a clothes line every place I lived.

It was another nice spring day and the barn is drying and I should be finished the winter cleaning by Monday.  I have to decide where they will be safe.  I have the back coop which I am going to clean out and repaint.  They could go in there .  We will see.  I hope you enjoyed the day and many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole