Thursday, September 29, 2016

Simple Homestead Blog Hop #71




Welcome to the Hop! 

What has you busy this Fall? 








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spring garlic



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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Simple Homestead Blog Hop #70



Welcome to the Hop! 

First day of Fall! Living in Michigan, Fall can be short lived, I am hopeful we will get to enjoy a nice long one. I am not ready for cold weather. 

Looking forward to your Homemaking, Homesteading & Homeschooling post. 





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`15 Homemade Christmas Gifts to make in July


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Craft Fair and Wool Carding Demonstration



We attended the local Applefest in our community. This year the Chamber of Commerce talked with my husband, and worked out an arrangement that in addition to a craft booth, we would set up a demo for wool processing.

You can't have a demonstration about processing wool without a sheep-so Delaney's ewe, Eleanor was chosen to attend the festival. She has been at several fairs, and she loves the attention. The other sheep we have, not so much...

It started out with heavy rains, and we figured the day was going to be a wash, but thankfully after about an hour, the rain slowed down and people ventured out with their umbrellas. By the time noon rolled around, it was a happening place.

Mike had a crowd most of the day. He had an old Davis and Furber sample card (smaller version of the one in the mill) and an antique, hand cranked picker on display. Walking through the steps of how we take raw wool from the sheep to clean wool roving.

Davis and Furber Sample Wool Carding Machine

Eleanor was quite the celebrity! People loved her and she didn't mind the attention at all. We did have to watch, as people tend to want to feed the animals, and we had to tell several people that popcorn and cotton candy were not part of her diet.


Me and Eleanor did not enjoy the morning rain.



Because of the extra draw to our booth, we did really well this year, in spite of the weather.

A friend of mine, attends with me and had her needlework on display. She does beautiful needle felting work.



All in all it was a good day.




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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Simple Homestead Blog Hop #69





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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Pasture Happenings



Summer is coming to an end, and with it being a hot and humid one, we didn't get many pasture pics.

The sheep spent their days under the Mulberry trees and we spent a lot of our days indoors!

The pastures seem empty with most of the lambs gone. 





The cooler weather has the grass growing again, and with no lambs nursing, the ewes are getting back into condition for the winter.





The Border Leicesters we bought a couple of months ago have gained some much needed condition.
I love that sheep can do so well on grass, even on mediocre pastures. Turning grass into beautiful wool, how cool is that?






We made the decision to cut back on our Tunis ewes this year, keeping about 12. They are wonderful sheep and we are happy to have them, we are just going to have less than originally planned.

Hard to believe summer is at it's end. It went by so quickly. I love Fall, I am just not a fan of what comes after..

Are you ready for Fall?

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Working in the Wool Mill-Blending Colors



Colder weather is coming, so I have been trying to get as much done as possible in the mill.

I still have bags of wool from Spring shearing to wash, and washed wool to pick and card.

I have also been cleaning out my craft room and digging through totes of  wool stash, I found one bin that had bits of roving, leftover from projects, that were probably never going to get used up. I sorted the roving into colors/shades. I then decided to take it to the mill and see what colors I would get if I blended them together.



I love the results-varying colors with highlights.

                                                                          Greens



Pinks/Whites



                                                                               Oranges




Reds



                                                                             Yellows


                                                                 
Here is some Orange/Rust colored roving being blended by the card. Not the most beautiful machine, but gets the job done.


                                                                                 






I had the idea of making some felted pumpkins, but the roving was mostly longwools and was a bit course and didn't take to felting. I decided to spin it instead. It was an easy spin.





Now to decide what to knit?



It was a fun, blending some random roving to get some new colors. You wouldn't need a carding machine to blend the wool, hand cards would get the job done as well. 
A great way to recycle wool scraps.

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