Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Yarn Along: dyeing wool yarn, snow flakes, joy around the house

Joining in with Ginny at Small Things where every week knitters, and a few crocheters as well, link up and share a photo (or two) of what they are knitting and what they are reading. 

Project Life
Merino and luscious Alpaca (from our Alpaca farm visit) double stranded
the combined colors turned out so pretty, I think

Granny's "walking to the mailbox" hat
Mother of Thousands, all grown up

Goldfish Plant. So cool. Blooming. Doesn't it look like a little Goldfish?

Birthday cake for Jesus
I found my old doll Victoria. My aunt Vicky made her for me. Now Willow is enjoying her/dragging her everywhere.
I had a Celebration of Bread/Diversity lesson day with some of our Homeschool friends. We each brought a different bread (most all countries eat some sort of bread) and we talked about how we are different, how we are the same. Diversity. How to love in spite of our differences. It was great fun.
last carrots plucked from the greenhouse

Snow baby (knitted Mama-made rainbow hat)

We then did a Winter Festival with those same friends.  We cut snowflakes from coffee filters and paper and other winter-ish crafts such as chalk pastel art and bird feeding.

since this day, she has turned into the Scissor Happy Monster.  Cutting every and any thing she can find.  :)  Yay for motor skills.  lol

they recruited Daddy

World's largest snowflake :)

Cai in the middle, where he at? in the middle. Where he at?

there he is!

yogurt eating. Again.

bird feeding

Window stars!  love love love love them!
We did a Mandala and oil pastel art project. We each took turns drawing around what the first person drew. It turned out very pretty...then turned into a free for all scratch pad.

wittle toes

more wittle toes

green eggs and ham, playdough style

we studied Germany and made Grandaddy a birthday cake -German Chocolate

See the fedora? it fits! yay! He loves it, he told me.

growing wheat grass from berries, on the kitchen table. Play for the littles (jungles and forests and such), vittles for the sheep

                                                          FROM OUR SHEEP:

We recently butchered one of our sheep. A first for us. I know, I know...I'm still trying to pretend it doesn't bother me, well, it doesn't really (sometimes) but it did in the beginning of the process.  ANYWAY, it happens. Meat was once a living being. Life and death, you get it. I'm sure of it (if you eat meat). One thing I can be sure of is that this animal was treated with respect and humanely raised for feeding our family. That makes me happy. Anyway, we had a fun time naming our food at each meal.  For example, we had Lambburger instead of hamburger, Baaacos instead of Tacos, Sheeploaf instead of Meatloaf etc..kind of comical and fun.
Baaa-cos (Tacos made with lamb meat) and cabbage

she enjoyed eating it

chunks of wool sheared from the lamb 

raw wool

washed wool. I was so excited with this (grueling) process

he was in his glory cooking this meal

carding the wool

card, switch, card, switch, repeat

"lamb burger" instead of hamburger ;)

hand grinding.  a LOOONG process.


Deep green and a silvery purple. Fingering weight Merino. Lovely indeed.
the one on the left is called Purple People Eater and the one on the right is called The Grass is Greener on the Other Side.

my husband winding it into a ball for me. he was just sitting there watching a movie so....might as well put those hands to work. haha!

and such lovely hands, to boot. (grin)

this, too, was a long process. I can't seem to get the hang of keep the wool untangled while dyeing. Any tips?

this little lovely I hand dyed and I am very pleased with the colors:  turquoise and blues and greens, browns, whites, reds

I named this yarn Rising. I was listening to the Maya Angelou poem entitled "I Shall Rise".


I have read a few gems this month.  The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom   is now on my list of FAVORITE BOOKS!  You know a book is grand when you can't stop thinking about it, wish there was more more more, daydream about the characters, dream about being there.  This book was this type of novel.  HIGHLY recommended.  Highly.  Highly.  Highly.  

Another lovely read is called Midwife of Venice. (reminiscent of The Red Tent) Set in Venice in the 1500s and oh, what a lovely read. I enjoyed hearing the language and imagining the culture. Another highly recommended book, for sure.

A few others that I enjoyed immensely were:  Roadside Crosses by Jeffery Deaver, Sheephish by Catherine Friend, Criminal by Karin Slaughter, The Midwife's Confession by Diane Chamberlain, XO by Jeffery Deaver, 

I can't wait to see what you are reading and knitting my bloggy linky friends!  Happy Wednesday to you all!