Sunday, April 21, 2019

Let's Try This Again

It has been quite some time since I posted anything.
I have allowed many things to get in the way of posting. 

So I have decided that I need to start again. 
I will be posting more than just fiber art. 
There will still be the occasional Tatting project or maybe crochet or maybe socks. 
But there will also be some pictures.  I have gotten a new camera, and I am liking it very much.  So you may see just those on occasion. 

Back in January I was just learning this camera, and it is still an on going process, but I took these one evening while out shutting up the chickens,  that was before the 2 months of sub zero weather. 

Another subject you might see pictures of would be chickens.  I have a flock of 26, 24 hens and 2 roosters. The flock is of mixed breeds and these are the colors of eggs that I get. 

Just a couple more photos 

Sunrise over the grain bins

February 2019 snowstorm

a March 2019 snowstorm aftermath

and one morning there was fog
and when it cleared, we had this really neat frosting on the trees and other outside structures

and 1 more from March,  
The same storm that devastated the state of Nebraska also hit us here in North Dakota. 

We lost part of the roof of the pole barn where we house our calves. That should be roof, not open sky and there shouldn't be all that snow on the floor.  There was a calf that got trapped under the rafters and steel, but he wasn't hurt.  

Well, this post is long enough.  
I will try to do better about posting as we go forward into 2019

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

More Socks

I haven't seemed to be able to get much craft work done lately.  Gardening, chores, housework, farming and bookkeeping seem to be keeping me busy.

Our congregation does a giving tree each year, this year there were several names that were still on the table after the 2nd sunday.  I couldn't afford to fill all those requests but I could help out with some socks.  So I started this past Thursday eve and Monday morning I finished the last kitchner stitches on the last pr.

I also have a friend that is battling breast cancer,  surgery, chemo and now radiation.  I have cranked a pr of socks for her too.

I have more yarn to make socks so need to get cranking. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


I have been Tatting!

I spent 4 days at the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion in Rollag, MN over the Labor Day weekend. Here are a few pictures from the event,

I started my days at 5:45 helping the Mercantile kitchen make about 850 Carmel rolls and 50 frosted cinnamon rolls.
Then by 8:45 I am heading to the Ladies Activity building to change into period costume and spend the day Tatting. I don't get much actual tatting done as I spend more time showing how to do the flip and teaching others to Tat.

But I did get some things done.

Ice Drop made in Lizbeth size 20
 I must tat tighter than the pattern originator, as it took 8 rings to get around the drop instead of the 6 in the pattern.
Ice Drop in Manuela pastel variegated with clear drop

Ice Drop in Manuela pastel variegated version 2 with pink drop
I don't know if I followed any one pattern exactly, but am not claiming any of these as my own design.   The patterns can be found on Diane's blog Lace-lovin' Librarian

The Ice drops were given to the Boutique at WMSTR for them to sell for fundraising.

I was able to get 2 of my Roses tatted for gifts for the other 2 ladies in the same booth.  They both do Bobbin Lace usually during the show but both ladies can also Tat.

Lizbeth Pink CoCo Size 20

Lizbeth Vineyard Harvest size 20
The Pattern for  3D Rose Earrings is  on Georgia Seitz website. If you haven't browsed through all the information and patterns on Georgia's site, you really need to carve out some time to take a long look.

One of the neat things that is available when at WMSTR is a Spark Show after dark. They use one of the old steam tractors and get the fire up and running - that takes a couple hours.  Then when everything is ready they throw in a few shovels full of saw dust, which ignites and exits the smoke stake with the smoke. See the pictures and videos below that I took.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Another Vestment Repair

I have fixed another Vestment for Father A.  This time it is a stole.  It is part of a set that was given to him by the family of a Priest friend Fr D.  They went to seminary together, but Fr D died of cancer a short atime after he was ordained.  For this reason it was a very special vestment set for Fr A.

He was wearing the Chasible and Stole a yr or so ago during a snow storm.  Some how the stole was dropped in the snow as he got in his car and no one noticed.  It was at least a few days before it was found on the other side of the street in a snowbank that had been pushed up by a skid steer.  Needless to say, it was not in the best of shape.

Fr A wanted to preserve as much of the original stole as possible, or it would have been easier to just make a new one.
I spent quit some time looking for matching material and contacted a gal who does Vestment and Liturgical sewing for a living. 

I found some that matched pretty well.

I have to say that cutting into vestments is always a bit scary for me, but I removed only as much as I needed to and replaced it with new.  I was able to put the seam for the white under the blue velvet band and the seams for the gold lining don't show when it is being worn.
Below are the after pictures. The original white is to the right of the bands and the fringe is original. If you look really closely, you will be able to see that the new fabric is not the same pattern as the original. It is close and with the band between, it isn't too noticable.

 I was able to save the cross from the original and add it to the remake.
 Here you can see that I was able to save more of the lining on  side than the other.
The newer lining is a polyester satin and while in person it is close in color and shine, in the camera flash, it looks much different.

Fr A is pleased so that is good.  He wore it for Mass today.
I am in the process of ordering some linen to make the "neck protector" that is sometimes applied to the neck edge of a stole that can be easily removed for laundering and keeps the stole cleaner.  I will tat a small lace edgeing for it.

Well it is nearly 11:30 at night so will close this.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Yes, it has been a loonng time. Too long really.

I have been away from posting for a long time, I know.  I have been involved in some other things.
A granddaughter has asked me to make her prom dress.  I have 3 weeks.  She picked this pattern from my stash, I have used it before, but she is built a bit larger than my daughter was back in the mid 1990's.
So I am looking for this pattern McCall's Fashion Basics # 7086 in maybe a size 16.

If anyone knows where I can find a larger size, that would be great.  I can redraft this one, but not having to spend the time doing that would be a big help.
I have 3 weeks to get this done, and won't be shopping for the fabric until this coming weekend.

thanks in advance for any help.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

no, I didn't drop of the earth

I didn't realize that it has been more than 2 months since I posted.

I haven't done much tatting  but my wrist is pretty well healed and I should be able to do more now this fall. or sock knitting wool yarn doesn't seem to be as easy to work with in the heat, this summer. I have done some sewing for our Priest and have more to do.

Aug 3 Farmguy and I headed to Rochester MN to Mayo Clinic.  It is a 6 hr drive for us.  well, that includes a couple stops.

He had a major surgery that involved 2 seperate surgical teams.  He got one problem fixed - the bladder - and that is good, but they were unable to reverse the colostomy.   He is not happy about that, but nothing we can do, he just needs to get used to it for the rest of his life.  We have a follow up apt back at Mayo the end of Sept.  He is healing as well as can be expected, just not a happy person about how things turned out.

I have in the past spent 4 days over the Labor Day Weekend at Rollag MN participating on Western  Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion. (  But I will not be able to this year. I have spent those 4 days tatting and demonstrating and teaching tatting.  This year I was going to add my sock machine as well.

The garden is doing well,  I should be canning tomatoes and freezing corn.  The chickens are good.  I actually hatched 30 chicks in an incubator this summer, something I hadn't tried successfully before.  They are growing well.

This has been my summer.

Well, I hope all of you have had a wonderful summer and that fall will be just as good for you.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


 My wrist is nearly healed enough to tat.  I tried it a week ago, but still hurt, so still on hiatus.  I am getting frustrated waiting.

There will be another hosp stay later this summer/fall at some point for farmguy and I will be wanting to tat while sitting at his bedside.

Last week we took a trip to Medora ND to see the scenery and the outdoor musical. The Musical was a lot of fun, even for Farmguy.  This link will take you to a google images page with photos of previous musicals and also shows the stage and seating set up.

We had a good time.
We toured both the South and North sections of Theodore Roosevelt National Park and saw some awesome scenery and interesting animals.

I forgot my camera, and didn't see any disposables for sale anywhere we stopped,. so the photos below are taken from the internet with appropriate links to where I found them.
This image is taken from here

and another
from here

and the Painted Canyon

we also saw some interesting other things.  These are called Cannonball Concretions.  They formed from sediment that stuck to something and ended up rounded.  Then were buried in other sediment and now are showing up in the middle of bluffs

Very unique things to see.

we saw Bison, Pronghorn Antelope, Prairie Dogs, Eagles, Hawks, Elk, Mule Deer, White Tail Deer, and

Wild Horses

Farmguy ended up about 2' from a rattle snake.  He didn't realize just what the noise was, he thought it sounded like a cicada or other bug, not like he thought a rattle snake sounded.

I think we saw the exact same horses in the picture, or at least some very like them.  They were beautiful.

We didn't see any Big Horn sheep which was a bit disappointing.  But all in all we had a good time.