Thursday, July 20, 2017

Simple Homestead Hop #113




It has been a busy week on the farm. We separated lambs/ewes for weaning, which makes for a lot of noise, from the lambs mostly, a lot of the ewes were already trying to wean the lambs off.

We have our second cut of hay in the barn! I am very excited about that since last year was such a bad hay year for us.

What is going on at your homestead?

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Simple Homestead Hop #112


Welcome to the Hop!



I apologize for missing last week, we took a last minute family getaway
and did not have Wifi  to post the hop.
 I joined in the fun for the Tour De Fleece,
so I have been busy spinning, using up a lot of my wool stash!
What have you been up to?


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Co-Host

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Orphan Lamb



We have an unexpected orphan lamb.

I heard a young lamb crying and mama wasn't answering.

I decided it had went on long enough that it needed checked out. We found the lamb, but no mama. Sheep do not tend to wander off by themselves, so it not a good sign when you can't find one among the flock.

Unfortunately, the ewe had died, we have no idea why. :(

So what to do with the lamb? Being only a month old, he was still nursing and a little young for weaning. We were able to catch him and put him in a pen in the barn. He would be super stressed being by himself, so we put an older lamb with him that was pretty tame. I have never had a lamb that needed to be started on a bottle at a month old, I didn't know how it would go.

Surprisingly, he took to the bottle pretty quick, after just a few attempts.  Being with the other lamb helped tremendously, after a couple days he was drinking bottles and eating grain.

He went from the pen to the barnyard and once we knew he would approach us for a bottle, he was put back in the pasture with the other sheep.

He is doing well. Thankfully, it is a rare occurrence to get an orphan lamb.


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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Knit in June: Dishcloths



One of the first things I learned to knit were dishcloths. They are a simple and quick knitting project, which makes it a great project for beginners.

I noticed that the ones I have were getting a little worn, so I decided to knit up some new ones.

I already have a stash of cotton yarn, so I didn't need to purchase any supplies. I have some "Peaches & Cream" cotton yarn, that I purchased a while back. I like it, but it fades very quickly. The other yarn I have is  "I Love Cotton" which I purchased at Hobby Lobby.  It it a stronger cotton and I have not noticed any fading. When making gifts, I use the " I Love Cotton". For me, the other works well enough for the dishcloths, so I will use up my stash until it is gone.




My go to dishcloth is typically called, Grandmothers Favorite Dishcloth. I found the pattern and video tutorial, when I was first learning to knit at  Very Pink Knits .
The yellow was made with the "I Love Cotton".



The second dishcloth was made using the seed stitch. 
Cast on 37 stitches
K1 P1 across.
Repeat.
Make as long as you want.
Yarn used was "Peaches and Cream" and size 7 knitting needles.




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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Simple Homestead Hop #110



Welcome to the Hop!

We had a surprise lamb this week.
We knew there was a ewe that had not lambed, just figured she wasn't going to this year.


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 Co-hosts




Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead - Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram  Nancy at On the Homefront - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest Dash at Bloom Where You're Planted - Facebook - Instagram ;Sandra at Clearwater Farm - 
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Most Clicked on Post from last weeks Hop-

Grandmas House DIY

My favorite frugal kitchen tips and how I'm making meals out of what most people would throw away! making chicken broth our of nothing but kitchen scraps!


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Oak Hill Homestead


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Simple Homestead Hop #109



Welcome to the Hop!

How are things on your homestead this first week of summer? 
We are hoping that we can get at least three days of no rain, so we can get our second cut of hay in the barn. The lambs are getting old enough to wean(so hard to believe it is that time already). 

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 Co-hosts




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

Stop making the same organizing mistakes over and over again. Find out the smart way to purge your linen closet once and for all.

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 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.


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  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Simple Homestead Blog Hop #108



Welcome to the Hop!

It looks like summer is going to make an appearance. After some cool weather we have had a little heat wave. The sheep have been hanging out in the shade. The lambs are growing so fast.

How are things on your homestead? 

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 Co-hosts




Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead - Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram  Nancy at On the Homefront - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest Dash at Bloom Where You're Planted - Facebook - Instagram ;Sandra at Clearwater Farm - 
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Most Visited Post from last weeks hop...
After two weeks and $3,000 the little house remodel is finally complete! Come see the before and afters pics and how we did it fully diy!



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Oak Hill Homestead


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You are invited to share your original homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts. We have a few little rules: 
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  • 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.
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  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Simple Homestead Blog Hop #107



Welcome to the Hop!

What have you all been up to on your homestead? 
We have been busy in the wool mill, still working through our fleeces from this year. 
Lamb watching is also a favorite activity, this time of year. 

Please join us this week and share your Homemaking, Homesteading, and Homeschooling Post!


 Co-hosts




Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead - Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram  Nancy at On the Homefront - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest Dash at Bloom Where You're Planted - Facebook - Instagram ;Sandra at Clearwater Farm - 
Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram


Most Visited Post from last weeks hop...

Nancy on the Home Front

Seeds Worth Saving


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Oak Hill Homestead


The Rules

You are invited to share your original homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts. We have a few little rules: 
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  • 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.
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  • 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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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Second Attempt at Handspinning Tunis Wool Sock Yarn




A couple months ago I decided to try my hand at spinning some 3 ply sock yarn from our Tunis wool. My result was a bulky weight yarn that I used for slipper socks.




I decided to try again, practice makes perfect, right?

After spinning some thinner singles, and plying them together, I used my handy WPI (wraps per inch) tool to see the result. It wasn't the "sport weight" that I was trying for, but it was far from bulky. I managed to spin a 3 ply DK weight (barely) but it will work for another sock pattern I found on Ravelry.





Unfortunately, once I checked the yardage I had spun, I have enough yarn for just one sock, So, I am back to the wheel, spinning more yarn.



It will be a while before I will be ready to knit socks. After I have the amount of yarn I need, I need to dye the yarn before knitting.






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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Simple Homestead Blog Hop #105




Welcome to the Hop!

Congratulations to Tracy L., the winner of last week's giveaway. 

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lambing 2017

Lamb Selfie


We had a few holdouts this year which extended our lambing season but I think we are finally done.





We did have a lot of singles this year when compared to years past but they were healthy which is the most important thing.
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Lambing was pretty uneventful, but we did have a preemie this year with a first time mom. So tiny, and had to be tube fed for several days. I didn't know if he would make it, but by day 4 he was up and nursing on his own. He is still smaller than everyone else but he is doing great.




Now we get to just sit back and watch the pasture lamb antics!


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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Simple Homestead Hop #104 and GIVEAWAY



This week we are celebrating the Simple Homestead blog hop's second anniversary! As some of you may remember, we began as the Homemaker Hop, then two years ago we morphed into the Simple Homestead blog hop. In honor of this celebration, we are thrilled to be co-hosting a giveaway this week along with Michelle of SoulyRested.com. Today’s blog hop happens to be extra SWEET because we’re giving away not only a jar of all-natural maple sugar, fresh from a small New England farm (courtesy of Michelle at SoulyRested.com), but also an amazing, beautiful, $39.95-value book to help you in your own sugar making efforts: The Sugarmaker’s Companion by Michael Farrell (courtesy of Chelsea Green Publishers). For mouth-watering ideas of ways you’ll be dying to use maple sugar, as well as her Top Ten Reasons that maple sugar is the best sweetener you could ever use, Michelle has put together info, lists, recipes, and more on her post this week, over on SoulyRested.com. To read Michelle’s review of The Sugarmaker's Companion: An Integrated Approach to Producing Syrup from Maple, Birch, and Walnut Trees along with her 5 top reasons you might want to make sure you have your own copy of this fabulous book, head over here. But whatever you do, make sure you enter in the box below for your own chance to win this SWEET giveaway!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Border Leicester Wool Project; Slippers for Him




After making my slipper socks, I had some Tunis wool yarn left over, and I made a pair of slippers (for me) using some buttons I had purchased a while back.





After making those, I decided to make a pair of slippers, for my better half. Finding a pattern for "masculine" slippers was a little more challenging. After searching on Ravelry, I found one that I thought he would like.

After finding a pattern, I had to go through my stash and see if I could find some yarn that would work. . He likes  "natural colored yarn", so I collected up what I had spun over the last year.  I didn't have enough of one color to do the slippers, so I chose three different yarns. They were all Border Leicester wool yarn, just different shades.





I checked the yarn using my WPI tool,(handy tool to have ) to give me an idea if the yarn was the right weight. It varied a little, but fell within the "worsted" weight category.

I chose the heavier, darker colored yarn for the sole of the slipper, the softer, lighter colored wool for the slipper body, and the third yarn for the ribbed cuff.

This pattern was more difficult than the simple slipper I had did for myself, As I was knitting the first one, I couldn't quite tell how it was going to come together, but it did! It is knit in one piece and seamed together. I know some dislike having to sew the seams, but I don't mind.  I was disappointed when I had him try it on, and the ribbed cuff was too tight! I tried to take it out, so I could fix it, and ended up with a mess, so slipper one was scrapped :(
I searched online for a stretchier bind off, I found one at, Very Pink Knits, it worked great, the next slipper fit just fine.






I am the foot model, they are a little too big, but they fit him just fine :) 




They are super comfy and he loves them! He is what I call "knit worthy"-he appreciates everything I knit for him.


Pattern: Better Dorm Boots for Men

Bind Off Tutorial-Very Pink Knits 

Yarn: Worsted Weight Border Leicester Yarn, Natural Colored.

Looking for the next project....

Any suggestions?





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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Simple Homestead Bog Hop #103



Welcome to the Hop!


Looking forward to your Homeschooling, Homesteading, and Homemaking Blog Post.




 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...

Frugal Homemaking Lessons
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    









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