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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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.
Make as long as you want.
Yarn used was "Peaches and Cream" and size 7 knitting needles.

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