COLD TEMPS-CAR CHECK-UP-RUG HOOKING-CLASSES AT SHEEP AND SHAWL

10 01 2015

GREETINGS

SMOKE FROM THE WOOD STOVE ON A COLD DAY

SMOKE FROM THE WOOD STOVE ON A COLD DAY

COLD TEMPS

Yesterday morning the temp went down to 10 below zero with wind chills -21 below.  All went well in the house no frozen pipes, I was very vigilant with the wood stove filling it through-out the night.  Today was in the teens the difference in temps was remarkable.

CAR CHECK-UP

My little car is so remarkable but it was over due for an oil change and I did want my fluids checked.    I am lucky to go to a place where its local and they care about all their customers.  And it doesn’t hurt that John, The Chicken Man works there.  New tires were need and she drives so much better with them on.

RUG HOOKING

I bought this pattern at The Maryland SHeep and Wool Festival over 15 years ago.  I started it and got half way done and put it away.  It was difficult to hook.  Now that I have been hooking for while I see why.  The burlap was so closely woven that it was hard to put a primitive hook through it.

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I finished it and can really see how my hooking has changed over the years.

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CLASSES AT SHEEP AND SHAWL

I plan to have 3 rug hooking classes and a spinning  and a  learn the drop spindle class this winter.  One of the hooking classes will be a choice of two chair pads .  I dyed the old woolen blanket and am hand cutting it.  I have not dyed the back ground color yet.   I will have progress updates.

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Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you had a wonderful day.  Carole

 





SHEEP-PLANTS-POTATOES

7 04 2013

Hello,

Sheepish the book

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 When I saw my sheep yesterday  I thought of all the talk in the book about how we should be more like sheep.  Taking the time to do the things that need to be done.  Napping in the sun is one I really like but rarely do.  This year I think I will do more of that.  Just closing ones eyes can refresh oneself.

Plants

My plants are doing well, the seeds I planted last week Roma Tomatoes and Basil are coming up nicely. 

TOMATOES

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ROMA TOMATOES

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BASIL

BASIL

POTATOES

Today I am finishing up my order for organic potato seedlings  to send out tomorrow.  When the potato seedlings arrive I might be able to plant them right away.  I plant my potatoes in recycled plastic bins in which I have drilled holes.  During the winter or early spring I fill them with compost and soil.  I can move these anywhere there is space and good sun.  It’s a good way to recycle these bins and makes it much easier to grow lots of potatoes in small spaces.

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  They are easy to make, plastic bins don’t last forever they crack or break but are still useable for potatoes.  You need to drill 1 inch holes all around and in the bottom.    I drilled about 6 holes on the ends and 10  or so in the bottom and sides.  Good soil should be put in the bottom and layering it with compost  or in my case hen-house sweepings and soil up to about 6- 8 inches.  Plant your potatoes as usual and when the plant starts to grow you can add more compost up to the base of the leaves.  In the end the bin will probably be 3/4 full of soil and compost .  I have planted potatoes this way for several years getting a good crop.  This year I am hoping to get at least 50 pounds.    My goal within the next several years is to grow  at least 150 pounds.  

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





CAR PROBLEMS-RECYCLING-FARM TO FIBER-LIL

16 02 2013

Hello,

This morning I was all ready to go to my knitting class and then a meeting for Farm To Fiber and my car wouldn’t start.  This little car of mine has been an absolute dream, hardly any problems.  Well in the end it was entirely my fault, I had not shut the hatch all the way.  I called AAA and someone came in less than an hour.  5 minutes later it was running and while he was filling out the paperwork we chatted.  Murphy was crowing in the background so the conversation went to chickens.  He has 14 hens and then mentioned his son who all of a sudden is recycling and commenting on what is being thrown away in the household.   I mentioned the No Impact show and he said he wished more people would get involved with things like that. 

Since watching that show I have really been watching what I am throwing away.  Lots of packaging you can recycle but the plastic packaging can’t be recycled.     I want to get away from that so I will get myself into a habit buying in bulk, buying more at the health food store where I can bring in my own container and bringing my own recycled storage bags to the grocery store with me to buy lettuce and the like.  There are lots of little things one can do.  We don’t have to be like the no impact people we just need to do what we can.

FARM TO FIBER

The meeting was today and I wasn’t able to attend but I did go down and pick up the post cards.  They came out beautiful and I will ge some out soon.  We are almost full so I think the event will be quite successful.  Here is a picture of the card.  Sorry bit my camera seems to be acting up too.

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 LIL

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Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for reading my blog.  Carole





HOOKED RUG – WOOL AND YARN – BAILING TWINE RUG

8 01 2013

HELLO,

HOOKED RUG

I have been busy with this rug.  I do love the way its coming out.  Its heavy and will be a perfect rug to step out of bed on a cold wintry morning.  I know I will make another one and already have plans to send Elliott’s  wool from 2012 and the fleece from 2013 out  to be done into roving.  This is using up a good amount of yarn!!!

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Wool and Yarn

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I have been raising sheep for many years and its hard for me to throw any of the wool away.

  Somehow when you wait a whole year for a fleece you want to use it all. Some on my friends tease me for keeping the neck wool which can be long and scratchy.  The only parts that I do throw in a mulch pile are the parts with manure on them.  And this year I learned something from a blog which I follow: http://www.permaculturecottage.wordpress.com  .  Colette told me that she puts that part of a fleece around her apple trees and she has wonderful apples.  I am getting 2 antique apple trees this year and that part of the fleece will be put around them.

The reddish – orange neck wool which I showed you on my blog a couple of days ago is now spun.   It will work so well in this rug.  A lot of the wool used would have been thrown away.  There are good uses for all scratchy wool.

Bailing Twine Rug.

I have worked on it some.  I find that because the twine is used it frays a lot and is somewhat hard to manage.  I think new bailing twine would go a lot faster.  I plan to make a cotton  rug next out of old cut up clothing.  I hope to  work on the twine  rug everyday, and hope that it will be finished by the weekend.

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I can’t make up my mind if I want a really tight weave or not so I plan to do a few more rows to see how it looks.

 

SHORTY

Shorty always has a blissful look on his face.

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This morning he was hoping that the pellet stove would magically come on.   It did not.   I usually get it going around noontime and the wood stove sometime in the afternoon.  Its a lot of work keeping up with the both stoves but surely makes the house a lot warmer

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

 





NYLON RUG – ORANGE/CIDER VINEGAR SOLUTION FOR CLEANING THE CHICKEN HOUSE IN THE SPRING – CATNIP

2 11 2012

HELLO

RUG WOVEN WITH NYLON STOCKINGS

I wove lots of these rugs over 16  years ago and they have been in constant use.  I gathered the nylon stockings from everyone I knew,  I really enjoyed weaving the rugs.  They are durable and lasting.   When they wear out I will reuse them in another rug.  Nylons are scarce now-days.  Women just don’t wear them  like they did in the 70’s and 80’s.    I am still looking for some  so if you know of a source let me know.

 

 

 

 

 

ORANGE -CIDER VINEGAR  SOLUTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While reading through a Poultry Magazine I came across this article about a cleaning solution for the spring cleaning of the hen-house.    It called for large quantities of orange, lemon, or lime peelings and some cider vinegar.  I don’t eat a lot of citrus so I called my friend Lynn.  She and her husband eat lots of citrus.  She made me this jar and I will be able to use it this spring.  It’s easy to make just fill a gallon jar full of citrus peelings covering them with cider vinegar as you are collecting them and store on a shelf till spring comes along.   Strain out the citrus and put into a spray bottle.  It will have bug killing qualities and will smell good.

CATNIP

When Lynn dropped off the solution she also dropped off catnip,   Today I will take the leaves off and run it through the coffee grinder.  These will help fill my catnip jar and her cats will get some catnip toys.  My goal is to grow all my own catnip and not have to buy it.  I sell over 200 catnip toys every year at shows,  of course my Kitties enjoy them all during the year too.

LILLY

Lilly came home from the hospital today.  It will be a whole new world for her.

ANOTHER STORM

The news is that another north easter is heading our way for Wednesday.  This time it will probably be snow.  Today I stocked up on animal feed  so there will be no worries next week.  I started feeding the birds yesterday.  Today has a chill in the air and they are all flocking to the feeders as food gets scarce.

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

Carole