Pigweed & a broken PTO shaft

Living on a homestead is always an adventure.

Our 1930’s tractor attachment decided to  break down on one of the hottest days of the summer. Mind you, the temperature is about 100 degrees and fully humid, however, my fiance decided to use a scythe.

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For not having used a scythe before, I think he did a great job. Of course the blade requires sharpening, but it is going quite well.

We discovered the hard way that pig weed is prevalent on this property. It over took our oats and several other crops. Unfortunately, there is no real promising method to getting rid of the weed in a manner that does not involve pesticides.

My textile projects have taken to sitting on the table until further notice because of the heat. Have you tried to crochet and weave in triple digits? Not as appealing as in the autumn and winter temperatures.

We attended a wool, fiber, and sheep festival and learned some tricks to helping our farm. I was fortunate enough to watch a woman naalbind and decided to take up the craft. Ill hopefully have projects to post at a later date.

Lately, I’ve been fascinated by crocheting and the ability to read patterns. Here are a couple pieces I recently made prior to the heat wave.

 

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New Year – New Projects

It has been a while, several dinners and sore knitting fingers later, since I’ve posted anything. That does not mean, however, that I have not been busy working on my knitting because I have been very busy! Since I am still searching for a job and I am lacking on funds, I decided that I would knit presents for everyone. Although yarn is pricey, I used all the coupons I could find for Jo Ann Fabrics and Michael’s. I searched far and wide in the discount bins and even found discounted yarn at a store that usually doesn’t carry that sort of product.

Long story short, I spent the last month or so knitting on the Martha Stewart Knitting Loom. My fingers hurt a lot after the boot toppers because I chose a new stitch that I have never tried before. It came out great even though it wasn’t what I had intended!

List of what I ended up with:
– Hooded Cowl with Bear Ears
– Hooded Cowl with Wolf Ears (Still in progress)
– Boot Toppers
– Stuffed Animal Cat
– Twisted Headband
– Woven Scarf*
– Arm-Knit Cowl
– Hat with Ear Flaps
(There may have been something else, but I can’t remember)

* For Christmas my wonderful fiance found me a rigid heddle loom by Ashford Weaving Looms. I ended up weaving one scarf on it just after the holiday for a friend and I just shipped it out today. Shipping was delayed due to a sinus cold that I had the last few days. My loom is perfect and I can weave up scarves in about an hour, provided I sit still that long, and it takes me about another hour to heat up my sad iron to finish the process. Yes, you heard right, a sad iron. I do not currently own a modern day iron, so I must heat up an old iron on our woodstove and iron the scarves made on my loom.

Additionally, I am also waiting to hear from two different jobs about possible employment, so although my projects may slow down I will still be weaving/knitting away!

Seems like a lot of work with that list above, but I also managed to sew up quite a few Christmas ornaments for our first tree in the new house/together. Thanks to my sister, we had about 10 to 15 ornaments ready to go and I was able to finish knitting our stockings. The last image, the angel, was a gift from my good friend, such a beautiful piece to finish up the tree.

Busy month! However, now it is the new year and I’ll be searching for new things to work on… possibly curtains for the bathroom and parlor.

Another day, perhaps!

Autumn & the burbling Radiator noises return

Hunting for Projects. I’ve accepted the challenge of creating a majority of our Christmas ornaments because we are short on cash and it is our first Christmas together in the new house. Personally, the thought of homespun ornaments and stockings hanging in a seasoned home carry warmth & fond memories.

Below are several ideas that I am thinking about making over the next month or two. Since I am concerned about money, our energy usage, and the environment I will also include a project that will help insulate the house. Located at the very bottom I have photographs of the projects I’ve already completed.

Posh Pumpkins

Christmas Countdown

Gingerbread Person

Miniature Mittens

Snowman Smiles

Felt Cocoa & Marshmallows

Sock Snowman

Rustic Angel

Fabric Ornament

Knitted Christmas Bears

Finally, here are my completed projects.

Fleece Draft Tube

Filled with rice, the fleece tube helps to prevent drafts from entering the house. Our lopsided kitchen with level windows prevents the glass slider from meeting the sill, so we get lots of cold air coming inside!

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Loom Knit Stocking — I plan on sewing fleece or fabric inside the stocking to prevent stretching.

Roast Chicken & Root Veggies

   Stuffed. Tonight we ate a huge meal after lugging three desks, two desktop computers, yarn, and end tables into the “new” entertainment room. I provided the recipe below, if you’re curious. We decided it would be a shame to let the sunset light go to waste by leaving our computers in the darker room of the house. The switch provided me with some ample space for knitting & sewing, so I am delighted. 😉

Organic Chicken |
4 to 5 pounds
Organic Vegetables |
Turnip, Carrots, Parsnips, Sweet Potato, Golden Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Onion
Organic Seasoning & Oil | *Use Fresh when available
Paprika, Pepper, Turmeric, Salt, Olive Oil, Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano,Stick of Butter
Directions |
Preheat Oven to 400°
Chop & Peel all the vegetables and place in baking dish.
Drizzle olive oil over the top & sprinkle some salt/pepper.
Rinse Whole Chicken & Remove the Organs that were left inside.
   Save for some other recipe or throw away.
Place Chicken in baking dish with all the vegetables.
Slice Butter & place inside the bird/underneath skin.
Melt a slice of butter & rub on the outside of bird.
Spice the bird & allow some spices to end up on the vegetables.
   Feel free to change spices.
   Place some onion slices underneath the skin.
Place baking dish in oven & rotate/bast every 30 mins.
Cook-Time: About 1 hr 45 mins
Additional Side Options |
Homemade No-Sugar-Added Applesauce
Ancient Grain Bread with Butter
Baked Apples