Saturday, February 11, 2017

What's in the dye pots?

Weighing out one ounce increments of Romney wool roving in a light gray.  Then I tie them with cotton.  I add two to each crock pot to dye.

They soak in a water bath with a couple splashes of vinegar for 20 minutes.  I can then prepare the dye solution. 

Then I add dye.  This time three colors.  A blue, light green and teal.  I turn on the crockpot on high.  I let it sit covered until heat set or starting to steam.  I turn off the crockpot and I leave alone until cool.  Rinse and let dry.  

The top once was my first attempt.  No natural color remained and a bit dark.  The second a bit too light.  Similar with the third.  Getting closer though.  One spun into a two ply it looks like this:

  I have washed and hung to dry.  I hope to start the sweater spin soon.  Ended up with a Dk weight.  Now off to pick a pattern.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Start How You Plan To Continue

I am starting the year off with a bang!  I have started several projects in knitting and am in the process of learning to crochet.  As part of my cast on projects I started a couple of blankets including a mitered square blanket technically Memory Blanket by Georgie Nicolson found on Ravelry.  I am casting on 64 stitches with 3.0mm needles. I am hoping to make one square a week for awhile- in hopes to get to a lap sized blanket. Here are a couple pictures of my progress.  
It is coming along well so far and is quite enjoyable.  I encourage you to start something new for 2017 and begin as you plan to continue this year.  May we all make it a good year.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Holiday Baking

I am to the point in holiday planning that some of my idea/ recipe books come off the shelf.  I have recently purchased sourdough starter and have the flour flying in the kitchen.  I have started gifting loaves of bread just yesterday!  This year my daughter has a variety of high school gift exchanges and secret Santa duties and she is (finally) interested in baking, making of snacks and home made hot cocoa mix.  These books as well as many others share our favorite family recipes.  I will include a family favorite for hot coco mix for gifting.  
All ingredients well mixed in large bowl then packaged in smaller gift giving amounts perhaps with a mug, peppermint stir stick and instructions for prep.  Here goes:  1 1/2 cups mini milk chocolate chips, 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1 1/2 cups powdered coffee creamer, 1 1/2 cups powdered chocolate flavored drink mix. 1 1/2 cups powdered instant dry milk, and lastly 2 cups mini marshmallows.  One serving is 2 tablespoons mix with 1 cup boiling water.  Stir well to melt chocolate and enjoy.  
Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Japanese Maple

This is a photo of our Japanese Maple tree.  It has so many pretty colors.  The leaves are very lacey as well.  Enjoy.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Beautiful Fall

I have decided to change the format of the blog.  I have had troubles getting posts up do these will be quick and short more of a celebration of what is happening in my life.  
Fall this year has been nice and warm with dry weather.  This is a photo of a tree we planted when we moved to the farm.  Very nice colors indeed!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Rain Before the Storm

 These are a series of pictures that sum up over a week of weather.  We have had several days of clouds, drizzle and intermittent storms.  I have about had my fill and I think my livestock feels the same way.  It makes chores harder, the animals  spend less time grazing and the parasites that can harm them just love it.  I enjoy the walks out in the pasture with the animals.  In the last photo you can see some hope for better weather for today.  I will keep my fingers crossed!

Monday, August 15, 2016


We have two young peach trees and we planted them two years ago.  In spite of a few hours of below freezing temperatures in April this year, they produced the farm's first ever peaches.  That being said, one of the trees made a nice home to a nest of robins.

This is the smallest of the trees.  It started with three peaches and ended up with two.  
This last week we picked all eleven peaches from the trees.  We are them fresh-sorry no new recipes.  Maybe next harvest.