Saturday, January 16, 2021

You Keep Making That Face...

"You better be careful, Bullwinkle!"


"Your face will freeze that way!"



Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Maisie And Her Minions


Those crazy little chickens have always gravitated to Maisie. I *think* I'd like to know why...

Friday, January 8, 2021

Crochet Lamb Camp

While spring lambing is still a few months away, we just had some surprise Christmas lambs in the Wool House!
I noticed this ewe standing off to herself, which is always a promising sign.

So I did a little check...

...and sure enough, we had lambs coming!  Looked like just a head and no feet, so I had to help her a little bit ;-).  You would much rather see two front feet coming first and facing the right direction with a nose showing just behind, but it all worked out and she had two healthy lambs.  

Next you do an udder check to make sure everything is working properly (but you don't need to sit them up to do that unless you are trying to take a picture ;-).

And then you make sure everyone gets a good drink so they get lots of colostrum.

Once you know the momma and babies are settled in you can start taking cute lamb pictures :-D.

I saw the pattern for this adorable ewe and lambs and decided I would learn to crochet so I could make them for Sheepmom for Christmas.  That was harder than I'd hoped, but a fun challenge for the end of the year.  I love tricking myself into learning new things and I had some excellent virtual help along the way, both in online tutorials and a crochet friend who was willing to answer the phone at all hours of the day :-).

I used leftover Rebecca Boone yarn and I dyed some of it to make the dark face and legs and pink udder.  The white lamb was made from her cousin Woolliam.  Both Rebecca Boone and Woolliam were born at Nistock Farms.  I wish Rebecca Boone had had some lambs in real life.  She'd have been an amazing momma :-).

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

A New Spin On Roc Day

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Last night's Zoom spinning was really fun so I'm actually looking forward to tonight's "meeting".  The ID and passcode are listed below.  It's the same as last night.  I've signed up for the paid subscription so we shouldn't get cut off.  See you in a bit :-).

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Okay, just to make a confusing post from last night (see below) even more confusing-er this morning...  

Not only did I have my days of the week messed up yesterday, I also had my dates confused.  I thought Roc Day was the day after the 12th day of Christmas...and it's the second day after?  Or is that just a this year thing? I don't know.  

I do know I was on Instagram yesterday talking about having a Zoom spinning party "tomorrow night" and I should have been saying "Thursday night", so I feel like I should honor the "tomorrow night", which is now "tonight" for those of you trying to keep score at home. 

It's sure not critical and if we have to celebrate a spinning holiday two days in a row, well, we'll just have to suck it up and do it and have twice as much fun :-).

The meeting ID for 7:00 Wednesday night is:  (857 499 7099) and Passcode for Wednesday night is:  (6BZwW9)  

We will probably get cut off at 7:40 since I haven't set it up for the paid account yet.  If that happens, I'll set up a second meeting at 8:00 if anyone is interested.  If we don't get cut off, then we'll continue on until 8:30 or so.  If you can't get in tonight, we'll do it all again tomorrow :-).

I'm headed to the barn to do chores and won't be back until just before 7:00.  I think I have everything set correctly, but if not, just bear with me and I'll get it figured out!  Also, remember I am dealing with rural internet so if it gets bogged down or jagged-y, I apologize. 

In the meantime, if you'd like a short tour of the Wool House, follow the Instagram link above.  Also, the window is clean.  It has moisture inside the panes.  Adds to list...

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Thursday is Saint Distaff's Day, also known as Roc Day.  Normally spinners all over would be gathering to spin together, but obviously that won't be happening this year.  Or could it?

I'm going to host a Zoom spinning "meeting" in the Wool House Thursday evening at 7:00 (eastern time).  I've never done anything like this before, so please bear with me as I muddle through.  I think it might be nice to visit with some fiber friends and see what everyone has planned for the new year!

I'm going to leave the meeting open so no one will need a special invitation to join in.  You will need the meeting link and code and I'll post that here around 6:30.  I think that will work.  I may do a test meeting tomorrow just to make sure.

The meeting ID for Thursday night is:  (857 499 7099) and Pass code for Thursday night is:  (6BZwW9)

I'm going to be spinning my old friend Ford.  I've already got the bag of roving out (kindly gifted from a friend) because I am super prepared and organized...and could have sworn today was already Wednesday ;-).  

Everyone is welcome!  Wear your finest woolens...or your pajamas :-D. 

Ford - Fall 2015

Monday, January 4, 2021

Who Cooks For You?

Normally we all try to get Auntie Reg to cook for us, but we were happy to watch and take some pictures of her guest chef on the hillside yesterday.  We didn't have any desire to eat what he or she was planning on cooking though ;-).

This is a Barred Owl who has been frequenting their back yard this winter.  They have an indoor viewing window, but I was happy to social distance outside and take pictures.  He or she let me slowly creep within 25 feet of the tree.  I stayed for a few minutes and then quietly backed away.

What a beautiful and exciting opportunity.  Thank you!

If you'd like to work an owl puzzle...

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Is It Safe To Come Out?

20 spent the final days of 2020 hiding behind the roving stash in the Wool House loft.  I don't think anyone can blame him for that and I think I finally have him convinced that no one blames him for 2020, period.  He asked me to wish everyone a Happy New Year! 


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