Friday, November 27, 2015

Making a Wool Pom Pom Wreath (Compliments of the Sheep)






I love wreaths and I love wool. I was very excited when I found a project for a wool pom pom wreath.
I had to decide if I wanted to use my handspun wool yarn or purchase some wool yarn for the wreath.
I decided to use the yarn that came from my sheep. I pulled out all of the white/off white yarn I had on hand. Some of my stash was some of my first yarns, and not really suitable for any knitting projects. For pom poms? Good enough! I loved that I was able to find a use for it.
It was more difficult giving up my latest handspun yarn, since I had set it aside for a knitting project. But, in the end, I decided I wanted to use yarn that came from the farm. 


I gathered supplies-

Wool Yarn (you can use whatever type of yarn you want)
Pom Pom Makers
Scissors
Straw Wreath wrapped in plastic
Burlap
Pins (or hot glue)




First I made the pom poms. I used two different size pom pom makers, Clover brand.


This is the most time consuming part. I put in a movie and spent the next couple of hours making pom poms. The yarn was not all the same-I had one ply, two ply, Tunis wool yarn, Leicester wool yarn, several shades of white/cream. I used it all. You need a LOT of pom poms. After they were made, I went through and trimmed the pom poms and fluffed them up.

Next,  I wrapped  the straw wreath (with plastic still on it) with burlap ribbon. You can make the wreath without the added burlap, but I wanted a more finished look. 






After the wreath was covered with burlap, I started pinning on the pom poms. I placed the larger size pom poms, on the center of the wreath, and used the smaller pom poms, to fill it in.  I was planning on using a hot glue gun to attach the pom poms,  but I could not find it. The pins work well, especially if you use the longer floral pins.

Done! 




I really enjoyed making this wreath, especially making the pom poms with yarn that came from the sheep. It was a bonus using some of my earlier handspun yarns, I could see that my spinning has improved and it gave the wreath some added texture.






It was a little bit later, that I found the perfect ribbon to make a bow to finish the wreath.








Thursday, November 26, 2015

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #27



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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #26






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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Felted Wool Sweater Mittens




I have wanted to make mittens for quite some time. My first thought was knitted mittens using some of the handspun yarn, I have stashed away. But, knitted mittens sound challenging, and  I already have enough knitting projects on the needles.

I decided to sew, instead of knit a pair. We just "restored" a vintage Dressmaker sewing machine that was given to me and it was in need of a "test run". 

Have you seen the sweater mittens? I have seen them at Fiber Fairs, craft shows, and Pinterest. I loved the look!

Perfect project for that bin of felted wool sweaters.
If you don't have any, thrift stores are a great place to find them. They need to be at least 70 percent wool. (100 percent wool works best). 


To felt them (shrink) just wash them in hot water cycle. 2 washes is usually all that is needed.




I gathered up supplies-

Felted Wool Sweaters
Fabric for lining (I used fleece fabric)
Good Fabric Scissors (I had to buy a new pair)
Pattern (I used a free pattern from Hobby Farm)
Thread
sewing pins
Sewing Machine

I watched several videos, and read through several tutorials. I found this one very helpful on YouTube - Mitten Tutorial 

Most tutorials use the same method to make the mittens.

I found a free pattern at Hobby Farms (I used the mitten pattern but not their tutorial)  The first pair I did fit great, WITHOUT the lining...



These will be perfect for winter chores

I traced a larger pattern for the next pair, so I could add a lining. 

**There are other free patterns to use, if you do an online search. If you use the pattern from Hobby Farms, plan on making it larger if you want to have a lining in the mittens.


I know my way around a sewing machine, but I am far from a seamstress. This is an easy, fun project, that takes less than one hour. You can add embroidery, buttons, use different sweater patterns for front and back to make quite a variety of mittens. The daughter I made these for, wanted plain and simple. 



These are the warmest, coziest mittens I have ever tried on!
 I will definitely be making me a pair.




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Friday, November 13, 2015

Weeds Have Taken Over the Barnyard




Breeding season has been delayed a little this year. We should have been more on top of things, but sometimes life happens and you get behind.

A group of  ewes were suppose to go to the barnyard area with one of the rams, but plans changed after we took a look around in there and found quite a bit of Burdock, Thistle, and Nightshade. We have some Burdock and Thistle in the pasture, and the sheep  occasionally come in contact with it, but the barnyard is a more enclosed area, and I knew that we would see some ruined fleeces.  Nightshade is toxic to sheep, so that needed pulled, I didn't want to take any chances that the sheep may eat some.

It is such a challenge to keep weeds, under control. I have heard that Burdock, has some value, but not when it comes to wool. I would love if we could rid the farm of all of these invasive weeds. We mowed the pastures several times this year, as part of our weed management. . The barnyard is too stony to mow, and always seems to be a haven for unwanted weeds. After several hours, I think we were able to get them all.  As we continue to work on improving the pastures, I hope to see less of these plants.

Are you winning the battle against weeds?

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Our Simple Homestead Hop #25



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Monday, November 9, 2015

Will Work For Wool Hats

Mike's new hat- Handspun Border Leicester, dyed Silver Grey Green


With the colder weather coming, and the mill not being heated (yet) I spent Saturday trying to catch up on getting the fleeces from our Fall Shearing washed. 

Washing takes quite a bit of time, due to the waiting time... Washing, two 20-30 minute soaks...Rinses, two 15-20 minutes soaks.

While I was waiting, I was able to make some roving, that I need for dryer balls and processed some fleeces for a friend.  That is pretty much what I do in the mill, wash, pick and card the wool. 



But there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that my better half takes care of. He is constantly making improvements to the process, making the work easier for me.  Maintains machinery, which I am clueless about, and he even cleans up my messes in the shop. 



Wearing a knit hat, using badly handspun Tunis wool-the first wool we processed in the mill.
He won't let me get rid of it :)


What does he ask for in return? Nothing! 

So as he was sweeping the wool off of the  shop floor, I took a snapshot. and teased him about cheap labor. He responded- "Will work for wool hats."

Lucky for me, I have a wool hat, that I just finished knitting, that he can add to his collection. 


Sporting a knit hat from my handspun, natural colored Border Leicester.



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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Our Simple Homestead Hop #24




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