Tag Archives: fiber

Almost Back in Business

17 Jul

I have spent a lot of time this summer cleaning and painting in the soap room.  I’ve been making new inventory and getting ready to be open on the weekends again.

I’m almost there.  My hope is to be open every Saturday after the first of August.  If the garden cooperates, I’ll even be able to add fresh produce.

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Odie’s Turn

8 Jul

I’ve shared the rugs I’ve made from Maybeline’s cored yarn.  Next up is doing something with Odie’s roving!

I decided I wanted to make felted dryer balls.  They are supposed to be long-lasting and good for the environment.  They help your clothes dry faster and have fewer wrinkles and less static electricity.  I measured out my roving.

After measuring it out, I wound it into a ball.

Then they went into the pantyhose.  I managed to find a box of pantyhose that were probably twenty years old.  I figured it was about time to put them to use, and I obviously wasn’t going to wear them. After each ball was put in the pantyhose, I tied it off so the balls all had to stay separated.  I didn’t want them to felt to each other.

Then it was into the washer!  I have to admit, there was a little bit of me that thought it was crazy to throw all that llama wool into my washer, but what the heck!  Then I went down to take them out and see if they had felted.

Oops.  I’m guessing the twenty-year-old panythose was not a good idea.

I finally got the towel separated and could open one of the balls to check it.

Perfect!

Well, all but one was perfect. I’m glad it was just one that broke open.

They made it through the dryer, and now I have felted llama wool dryer balls for the soap room!

Up next is Buster or Tony roving…

No Time For Work and Play

23 May

I swear between the weather and teaching and the stress of teaching and farming, I can’t seem to actually get anything done.  I have several projects around here that I’m working on (or should be working on).  I can update you on my llama wool rug.

Maybeline

I do try to do at least a couple of rows every evening.  It’s relaxing, so it’s definitely a good thing to make sure I do each night.

It’s not quite half way done.  I can only imagine how amazing it will feel beneath my feet while I stand at the sink doing dishes.

I want to use the rest of the cored yarn to make a couple more rugs, but I think I need to change from knitting.  I got a book that will help me learn the skills that I need in order to do the rug I have in mind. That should also be fun if I get time to do it.  I have so many other fiber/crafty projects I want to do.

My nephew brought me a manure spreader last weekend (right before the crazy rain started).

It will be a good project to get done.

When I came home last Friday it was pouring rain, and there were even a couple of hailstones, so I decided I had to put the truck in the garage. I did it!

It wasn’t pretty, and it really emphasizes how much I need to get all the bedding out of there, but I got my truck in before any storms came!

Another project that is left from last fall is going around the new yard fence and the goat fence we put across the bottom and tying it to all the metal posts.  That will be another big job.

kingbird

I should probably step away from the computer and get busy.