Sunday, November 10, 2019

another post

I have been working on a project for our neighbor.  He has asked for a neck gaiter in blaze orange.  I have the yarn, but designing the gaiter on my Circular Sock Machine has been interesting.

 This is my machine


This picture was taken about 5 yrs ago, I no longer use the digital row counter.  

This past friday was bread baking day, I make nearly all my bread with Sourdough starter.  It was chilly in the house, so while I started just after breakfast, I didn't take it out of the oven till after 11.  

Farmguy likes his bread in easy to slice loaves, so my sourdough is baked in pans, not in rounds.

The house was/is chilly due to the fact we have had so much rain this year, our wood supply is at best dsamp and at worst, soaked.  So we are not getting as much heat out of the wood pile this year.


Farmguy is still eating fresh tomatoes, they are ripening nicely after I picked them green.  There are about 8 left.


I managed to actually get some painting done this fall. I painted most of the wood on the chicken house which hadn't been painting for 40-50 yrs.  Boy did it soak up paint.  I used a primer/paint combo.  

I forgot to take my phone out earlier in the day yesterday, so took these at dusk when I went out.  It may not be noticable but I have lined the outside pen wire walls with plastic canvas recycled from bulk seed bags  The bags are about 4' cubed.  I remove the tops and bottoms which aren't flat, and have a strip of plastic that is 4' tall and about 16' long.  The chickens appreciate the wind breaks, they are not happy when their feathers are blowing in the wind.  I don't cover the top, there is no support for a heavy load of snow on top of a tarp as it is just bird netting.  the walls are double chicken wire and yard fencing. 
I also got the inside of the chicken house whitewashed. 

I took this at dusk after they had gone to roost for the night.  I use the flash on my phone which gave them shiny eyes.   I prefer whitewash inside over paint.  The bugs and spiders do not like the lime in the whitewash, I can add canning salt when I mix it up and that helps to reflect light, so it is brighter without using a large lumen light bulb.  And the lime, water, and salt will not harm the birds if they happen to peck at it and eat a bit. 

I managed to get the area under the roosts shoveled out friday when it was in the upper 30's and lay new straw, as it started snowing today.  It was to cold and windy to let the chickens out so they had to be kept in all day.  

on a farming note, we have been able to get the soybeans all combined.  nearly 2 months late.  And have gotten about half the corn combined.  We have dealt with water in the fields, normally the guys will combine all day and into the night to get done, but there was so much water in places, they had to only combine during the day so they could see the ponds.  Running water into the combine is not good.  Things get wet and when corners and places are full of chaff and dust, getting things wet and muddy gums up the works. 

well, enough for tonight. 




Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Misc catchup post



This has been an interesting summer.  We had a cool and wet spring and summer, which brought a large and amazingly varied crop of mushrooms.  This is just 1 and it was very large.







We always get together for a family camping and picnic over the 4th of July, along the shore of a lake.  This is me and a couple of our grandchildren. 




Then in early October, the 11th to be exact we had a blizzard, and received 4" of snow.  Not as much as other parts of the state, some very "lucky" farmers received about 28" of heavy wet snow. 
below are 2 of the pictures I took

                           



This is a small Black Walnut

All the rain we recieved this year and the snow caused the fields to be very wet and has made harvest very difficult. 

Also in October we went to 2 concerts, first we have gone to in all the 46  yrs we haev been married.  At the end of September, Farmguy answered a trivia question on the radio and he won tickets to a Mickey Gilley/Johny Lee concert.  It was fun.  A week later he was reading the paper and saw that Miranda Lambert and her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars tour was stopping in Fargo ND.  We were able to get tickets and the date was just a few days after our  Anniversary.  We had a good time at that concert too. 

On November 2 one of my daughters got martried. Below is a picture of our children. 
Left to right: Elizabeth #4 Doctor of Chemistry,
Mary #1 Graphic Artist and para professional for their local school, 
Naomi #6 runs the city and county housing dept, 
Rebecca #5 works in the compliance dept for a multi state bank, 
Joseph #7 works for a national restaurant chain,
Sarah #3 PharmTech in a hosp,
Anna #2 Stockbroker/Financial Advisor.


I am so proud of my kids, they are all silly, succesful, responsible adults who have persevered through good and bad times. They are amazing people and I am glad I know them and am very proud to be there mom. I do not claim any responsibility for how they turned out.  All I did was give them a framework, they did the growing and maturing themselves with God's help. 



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

Tatting!

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. https://www.ecclesiasticalsewing.com 

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.