HAY-THE SEAMUS RUG-MAUDE AND FRIENDS-MY GRANDMOTHER’SQUILT

15 06 2016

GREETINGS

Summer days are upon us with bright blue skies and balmy weather.  I am still planting my garden, better late than never. I took this picture of Charlie the Chipmunk this morning.  I was wondering where all my tiny strawberries were.  His mouth is covered with  juicy strawberries.  There is plenty for all.

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HAY

Next years hay for the sheep is in the making now.  I have found a reliable farm to buy my hay from.  A farm that has been in existence for over 100 years.  The farming practices have changed with the times.  From Milking cows to hay, compost and straw.  Its long grueling work but so satisfying.  John takes good care of his fields and has a long list of people whom he sells to.   Below is a picture of the hay in progress.

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THE SEAMUS RUG

Progress has been made on the Seamus Rug.  I hope to finish it this coming weekend.  I hope to get a class gong at SHeep and Shawl but first have to make a small sample.

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MAUDE AND HER FRIENDS

On my second time up to the barn this morning I noticed that Maude and a pink spot on the side of her face.  Now she could have gotten this from rubbing on the barn door.  Her fleece is very greasy and that can be itchy.  I looked up onto the hill and saw a piece of a fence that had popped up.  It must have been buried and with all their walking and eating it came to the surface.  It was easy to pull up and all is well.

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MAUDE

Maaaaaaaaaaaa there is not enough clover in this hay was the morning call from Lucy

Maaaaaaaaaaaa there is not enough clover in this hay was the morning call from Lucy

MY GRANDMOTHER’S QUILT

I am giving the small South Bedroom a through cleaning and decided to wash the quilt.  No easy job as it entails taking out the stitches of the bottom and removing the wool batting.  While attempting to do that I see some wear and tares  in  some of the fabric.  An easy job may take days to fix.     I will spend the afternoon and evening getting it back in shape.

IMG_6832 Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a lovely day.  Carole





MASSACHUSETTS SHEEP AND WOOL-CRAFT FEST-PROJECTS I WILL BE WORKING ON AT THE FAIR

25 05 2016

GREETINGS

Gentle rain at last, its so needed.  Lilacs and Violets still blooming.    The fence is holding for the sheep.  A little tricky to open and close but it gets easier every day.

MASSACHUSETTS SHEEP AND WOOL-CRAFT FEST

Hope you will come and visit the show this coming Saturday and Sunday.  The only cost is the for parking.  It will be a day of wool and sheep.  Lead Line is Sunday, dog trail  ongoing,  Visit the barn and see the sheep.  Fleeces will be available for sale in the afternoon on Saturday.  Visit the vendor booths, and say hi to me I will be in Barn One.  There will be all sorts of demo’s all around the grounds. I will be demonstrating rug hooking doing a English style of hooking called Proddy with wool material and some yarn and locker hooking with roving.   New food vendors will be onsite.  Spend the day and enjoy.

Are you growing flax this year?  Or thinking about it  I will have these for sale in my booth at the fair.

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PROJECTS I WILL BE WORKING ON AT THE FAIR

Many years ago I took a workshop in  Vermont with Heather Ritchie from England.  It was the most delightful class I have ever taken.  We had so much fun and laughed through the whole two days.  She had done this wonderful rug  with a sheep and stone wall.  While I am not up to a stone wall I am up to doing a sheep in the proddy style.  I bought the material more than 5 years ago.  Every once in a while when I am cleaning out I come across it.  This year i decided I would blow up a picture of Seamus which I had used in a smaller rug and do him in proddy with a yarn face and legs.

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   I plan to work on it during the show  By the way Heather has a wonderful book out on proddy  and her rugs and life in the Yorkshire Dales.  I have always wanted to take a class from her there.  Wouldn’t that be wonderful.

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The other project I started in the early 90’s.  I have 3 rugs to finish from those days and I hope to get this done this summer.  Locker hooking is done with roving and some string and a hook.  Its fun and easy and a good way to use up roving.  I have a rug from the 80’s by my bed  they just don’t wear out and are so comfy on a cold winters night.

IMG_6741ewhere along the line it got wet and the color bled a little and it looks like there is a tea stain on it which will come out when its done.  Its half way done now.

Many thanks for reading my blog of this hot summery day, hope to see you at the fair.  Carole