Monday, April 24, 2017

Knit in April-Shawl




This is a knitting project started in March, but with shearing and lambing season, it took two months to complete.

I have wanted to knit a shawl for quite some time, I found an easy pattern that would work with a worsted weight yarn, a yarn that I got on sale at JoAnn Fabric.

I am happy with the results! Now that I have made one, I would like to try another one using some handspun yarn.

Pattern: Very Simple Garter Stitch Shawl (free pattern on Ravelry)

Yarn:Deborah Norville Collection by Premier Yarns, Toasted Marshmallow







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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Simple Homestead Hop #100





Welcome to our 100th  hop!

We are inviting everyone to share their Homesteading, Homemaking, and Homeschooling post, and we would love to get over 100 post this week : )

 Co-hosts


Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead - Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram Tracy at Our Simple Homestead - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest Nancy at On the Homefront - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest Dash at Bloom Where You're Planted - Facebook - Instagram Delci at Heritage Homestead - Facebook - Google+ - Pinterest - YouTube;Sandra at Clearwater Farm - 
Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram
Most Visited Post from last weeks hop...

Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth


Congratulations!

 If you were featured be sure to pick up your, " Simple Homestead” button. We look forward to seeing what you have to share this week!  If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop. We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week. If you were featured, grab a button to display proudly on your blog.


Oak Hill Homestead


The Rules

You are invited to share your original homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts. We have a few little rules: 
  • Family friendly posts only!
  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Please share posts that you haven’t linked up previously to keep the hop fresh.
  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you found them here.
  • Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business.
  • Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
  • Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted    



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Simple Homestead Hop #99






It been a busy week, we have been working in the mill and taking care of new lambs.

I hope you are enjoying Spring, would love to hear what you are up to so please share with us your homemaking, homesteading, and homeschooling post. 



Welcome to the hop!

We have been busy with lambing season. 
The mill is also up and running after a winter break, working through our 2017 fleeces.

 Co-hosts


Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead - Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram Tracy at Our Simple Homestead - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest Nancy at On the Homefront - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest Dash at Bloom Where You're Planted - Facebook - Instagram Delci at Heritage Homestead - Facebook - Google+ - Pinterest - YouTube;Sandra at Clearwater Farm - 
Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram

Most Visited Post from last weeks hop...

trifty-kitchen

Thrifty in the Kitchen
Nancy on the Homefront 



Congratulations!

 If you were featured be sure to pick up your, " Simple Homestead” button. We look forward to seeing what you have to share this week!  If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop. We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week. If you were featured, grab a button to display proudly on your blog.


Oak Hill Homestead


The Rules

You are invited to share your original homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts. We have a few little rules: 
  • Family friendly posts only!
  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Please share posts that you haven’t linked up previously to keep the hop fresh.
  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you found them here.
  • Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business.
  • Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
  • Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted                                               


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Lambs are Taking Over the Pastures




It has been a busy couple of weeks.
 We are about halfway through our lambing season.



More lambs than we have had in a long while...it has kept us busy!




They are a lively bunch and make
the pastures a fun place to hang out!




New lambs every day...makes life crazy at times, but they make it worthwhile with their cuteness :)


*photos by Delaney


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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Simple Homestead Hop #98



Welcome to the hop!

We have been busy with lambing season. 
The mill is also up and running after a winter break, working through our 2017 fleeces.

 Co-hosts





Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead - Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram Tracy at Our Simple Homestead - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest Nancy at On the Homefront - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest Dash at Bloom Where You're Planted - Facebook - Instagram Delci at Heritage Homestead - Facebook - Google+ - Pinterest - YouTube;Sandra at Clearwater Farm - 
Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram

Most Visited Post from last weeks hop...
The Most Zero Waste Woman in the World 
Little Urban Greenie

Congratulations!

 If you were featured be sure to pick up your, " Simple Homestead” button. We look forward to seeing what you have to share this week!  If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop. We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week. If you were featured, grab a button to display proudly on your blog.


Oak Hill Homestead


The Rules

You are invited to share your original homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts. We have a few little rules: 
  • Family friendly posts only!
  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Please share posts that you haven’t linked up previously to keep the hop fresh.
  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you found them here.
  • Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business.
  • Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
  • Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted                                               


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Our Simple Homestead #96





Welcome to the hop!


It has been busy this week on the farm, a few days after shearing day, we had our first lambs.

What has you busy this Spring?

 


 Co-hosts





Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead - Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram Tracy at Our Simple Homestead - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest Nancy at On the Homefront - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest Dash at Bloom Where You're Planted - Facebook - Instagram Delci at Heritage Homestead - Facebook - Google+ - Pinterest - YouTube;Sandra at Clearwater Farm - 
Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram

Most Visited Post from last weeks hop...

10 Money Saving Plans That Will Actually Fill Your Empty Savings Account
Medium Sized Family 



Congratulations!

 If you were featured be sure to pick up your, " Simple Homestead” button. We look forward to seeing what you have to share this week!  If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop. We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week. If you were featured, grab a button to display proudly on your blog.


Oak Hill Homestead


The Rules

You are invited to share your original homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts. We have a few little rules: 
  • Family friendly posts only!
  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Please share posts that you haven’t linked up previously to keep the hop fresh.
  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you found them here.
  • Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business.
  • Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
  • Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted                                               





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Monday, March 27, 2017

Shearing Day 2017

Waiting in line for her turn to get her yearly hair wool cut.


After rescheduling twice due to rain, we finally were able to get the sheep sheared. 

I was a little apprehensive this year about shearing since the sheep shearer we have used for many years, decided to "retire".  Our shearer this year was a local Amish man, who raises sheep as well. I am happy to say, that he did a great job.

We spend the previous day getting ready. Setting up gates, chutes, and gathering supplies. After many years of doing this, we have a pretty good system worked out. 

We split the sheep up into two groups, last years lambs were first to get sheared. 




The aged ewes were next, they have been through this before and behave pretty well. While they are waiting in line, we give them dewormer, and check their hooves.
 The hooves get trimmed if needed. 












Next-shearing

Tunis Ewe being sheared 


Tunis Fleece



 After the sheep are sheared, the fleece gets put on skirting table.



Border Leicester Fleece





Skirted fleece gets put in bag and labeled with breed and the sheep's ear tag number.





 Waste wool gets taken over to the woods and dumped out.







When the sheep are sheared, we get a better idea of what kind of body condition they are in. The wool hides a lot! Some of the sheep were not in the condition we like to see them in, so we are adding more grain to their daily diet.
We also could see which ewes were developing udders, getting ready to lamb. Two big reasons we like to shear before lambing.


44 fleeces bagged and tagged, that should keep me busy for a while! 




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