Friday, May 29, 2015

Knit and Felt

Knit and Felted coasters


I had a small stash of  handspun yarn, my first 2 ply yarn. The ply was loose, and not really usable for a knitting project. I stashed it...

Later, when browsing through simple knitting patterns, I saw my first knit and felt pattern. Coasters knitted from wool yarn, and then felted.

I decided it would be a great project for my "stash of unusable handspun wool yarn".


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop

New Romney Lamb



You may have noticed the name has changed....

Lisa (Self Sufficient HomeAcre) has been the host of the HomeAcre Hop for over two years, which I was thankful to be a part of.  She has decided due to her busy homesteading schedule, to hand  the reins over to Tracy (Our Simple Homestead) to continue on with the Blog Hop. She will be missed and I wish her the best with all of her homesteading endeavors.


The name has changed but the rules are the same as well as the Co-host. The hop will continue to be on Thursday mornings.

Be sure to Grab the new button to share somewhere on your blog or post linking back to the hop.

Lets Get Started....



 Each Host will have their own Featured post, Make sure to visit their blogs to see if you were featured this week! (Don't forget to link back to one of our blogs if you'd like to be featured!)





 If you were featured be sure to pick up your, “Our 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.

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Great Lakes Fiber Show





Mike and I enjoyed a getaway weekend,  a trip to Wooster, Ohio for the Great Lakes Fiber Show-Sheep Show.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

The HomeAcre Hop #121





Welcome to the HomeAcre Hop! 

Thank you for stopping by the hop and sharing your Homemaking, Homeschooling, and Homesteading post.

HomeAcre Host

and Me @Clearwater Farm Journal


  Each Host will have their own Featured post, Make sure to visit their blogs to see if you were featured this week! (Don't forget to link back to one of our blogs if you'd like to be featured!)





My Featured Post





Congratulations!
We love to read encouraging post about Homesteading. Please stop to congratulate the Featured Bloggers this week. If you were Featured, feel free to grab our button to display on your blog. 


Be sure to check out the HomeAcre Hop Pinterest Board where we share our Hop Favorites each week


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lambing 2015




2015 lambing has ended. We had a higher twinning rate than last year, less bottle babies, and no losses. So other than the mishap with the Tunis ram and some unexpected crosses, it was a great year.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Washing and Dyeing Wool Locks



Some of our Border Leicester locks are up to 8 inches long. Our carding machine does not like them that long. So, I needed to come up with an alternative for these fleeces.

I started with a 10 pound white Border Leicester fleece, one with up to eight inch locks.

I layed out some towels, and started sorting the locks. (Great time to put in your favorite movie).


Thursday, May 14, 2015

The HomeAcre Hop #120




Welcome to the HomeAcre Hop! 

Thank you for stopping by the hop and sharing your Homemaking, Homeschooling, and Homesteading post.

HomeAcre Host

and Me @Clearwater Farm Journal


  Each Host will have their own Featured post, Make sure to visit their blogs to see if you were featured this week! (Don't forget to link back to one of our blogs if you'd like to be featured!)

Most Visited Post

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Congratulations!
We love to read encouraging post about Homesteading. Please stop to congratulate the Featured Bloggers this week. If you were Featured, feel free to grab our button to display on your blog. 


Be sure to check out the HomeAcre Hop Pinterest Board where we share our Hop Favorites each week




Friday, May 8, 2015

Learning Curve



Learning is Experience. 
Everything else is just information. 
                                                                                    Albert Einstein 

I have learned much on our homestead. When we moved here I  knew absolutely nothing about raising livestock, baling hay, or processing wool.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

The HomeAcre Hop #119



Welcome to the HomeAcre Hop! 


May is here and life with the sheep is a little easier-the grass is green, lambing is "almost" finished, and Newt our bottle lamb has found a home.

I hope you get a chance to link up with the Hop this week, I always look forward to your Homeschooling, Homesteading, Homemaking post!





  Each Host will have their own Featured post, Make sure to visit their blogs to see if you were featured this week! (Don't forget to link back to one of our blogs if you'd like to be featured!)

Most Visited Post & My Featured Post




Congratulations!
We love to read encouraging post about Homesteading. Please stop to congratulate the Featured Bloggers this week. If you were Featured, feel free to grab our button to display on your blog. 


Be sure to check out the HomeAcre Hop Pinterest Board where we share our Hop Favorites each week



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pasture Happenings


Things are greening up, including the pastures. We still have a round bale out for the sheep and goats to eat, but they ignore it for the most part. Green grass is more preferable.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Fleeces, on to the Fun Stuff



I have been knee deep in fleeces since shearing day! I have spent many days skirting, washing, picking and carding.   Yesterday, I took the day off from the "dirty work" and spent some time dyeing some wool locks and roving.

It is drying outside on the skirting table. I LOVE how the colors turned out. I purchased some Cushing dyes and after trying several colors, I am a fan. The Jacquard dyes work well, but the colors are very "bright", at least the ones I have tried. Between the two, the Cushing dyes are more suited to my color preferences.

Now I am off to spend some time with the family at the lake!
Enjoy your weekend!


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