Archive | craft RSS feed for this section

Never Too Old

7 Nov

You’re never too old to try something new.  That seems to be the story of my life, so when it was raining this weekend and I couldn’t didn’t want to go outside, I decided to try my new toy–a drop spindle and some roving.

I also got a book to go with the spindle, but I decided that would take too long to read to get me started.  That means, I went to a YouTube video to figure out how to get started.

It was definitely interesting.  I’ve never done anything with roving or yarn before, so spinning my own yarn was a huge step.

drop spindle and roving

I did have expert supervision (although Snickers was sleeping on the job).

Sky (and Snickers in the box)

I did it!

It’s not very good.  It’s not at all consistent, but it’s a start.

I figure lots and lots of practice, and I should start figuring out how to do it a little better.  Then hopefully I’ll get a lot better.

It was a lot easier when Snickers was sleeping rather than helping.

Advertisements

Still Busy

3 Aug

I never seem to find enough time to get things done around here.  I just learned the date for the August market that they are doing in State Center.  I’m going to try to get some of the totes made to take and sell.  I’ve gotten a start.

I also decided to put pockets inside some of them.

I have a big stack ready to be turned into totes on my dining room table.

My sister also brought me a couple of new ones–pig and all flock!

I’m still making soaps.  I did another five batches:  Moonlight Pomegranate, Full Moon, Kentish Rain, Fresh Linen, and Fierce.

I still have another nine batches I want to make.  Of course, these will have to cure, so they won’t be ready until the one market in September.

I still have other crafty projects that I wanted to try, but I’m pretty sure they won’t happen this summer.  I have gourds to craft with and llama fleece to do something with.  But there just isn’t time between scooping buildings, regular chores and those extras that seem to be filling my days right now.  I’m still giving Aurora extra feed.

Aurora

Dolly is also getting extra care yet.  Her eyes are still pure white, so I did give her another gram of copper.  I was afraid to wait.  Hopefully, that will start helping her.

Dolly

Just to make it more fun, Dolly busted out (okay, she snuck through the panel where I had to cut Annie out last year) and went to pasture all yesterday.  Poor girl was exhausted when she got back, and the tight, tight skin on her overly full udder had popped–not what she needed.

I have her shut back in now, and I did half milk her out to keep it from rubbing anynmore.  I guess this might start to explain how time goes so quickly.

A Present to Me

23 Jul

I usually don’t get myself presents.  You know, except llamas, and that’s just expanding the family.  Anyhow, I got myself a present.

It had been many years since I’ve had a working sewing machine.  I used to sew all the time.  I thought I’d try it again.

But sewing a skirt doesn’t really merit mention on a farm blog.  Forgive the mess; I was washing my bedding.

That’s just learning the machine and getting back into practice.  Then I want to take my feed bags and turn them into tote bags.

I’m getting to where I have quite the variety of bags: goat feed, goat minerals, llama and alpaca, dog, cat, cracked corn.  I decided to start with dog chow.

What do you think?  I think I’m ready to move on to a goat or llama feed tote bag.

SaveSave