Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mmmm, Basil!

It has been wet this last week or so, and I would have picked some basil earlier, but the ground was so wet that I would have sunk up to my ankles.  Finally a couple of days ago I got in there and really pruned big time!  The aroma of this stuff is wonderful!




This time of year I am really selective about what goes into the dehydrator. Right now I am selecting only the best leaves and laying them out in a single layer, but let me tell you by the end of July I will be stuffing it in stems and all in a desperate attempt to just get it done!





It is all worth it though, when I can pull out my own dried Basil to use all year round and I can share just as much, or more than I keep!





Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Friday, June 17, 2011

Alice

Last week I  posted a picture of my newest loom.  She is a Leclerc loom that has been in storage for many years, so there was lots of dust, but since she had been in a warehouse there really wasn't much rust.

She is missing one of her beams and I had to replace the bolts that hold the castle in place, and one of the apron rods, but other than that she is really in good shape.  Today, I took the time to put on a mug rug warp that I had hanging around the place.  Without the beams it was an interesting job, but I got it done.

It does look funny without the beams doesn't it.  I took the beam I had to Allan and Sharon, our weaving woodworkers, they are going to make me a new one!  So in only a couple of weeks I will have her weaving once again.

I changed out her treadle ties,  I can assure you they looked about as bad as this on the treadles!
Texsolv to the rescue once again!
Alice has an interesting feature.  One of her original owners Alice Pratt was a well known name amoung weavers years ago.  She was very active in the local weaving guilds.  Anyway, Alice came up with this ingenius idea of mounting a broom handle on the loom to take care of all that paper on the warp beam.  As you advance the warp you can give that roll a turn every once in awhile and there you go, no more paper getting in your way!  Thank you Alice!

I made a discovery about myself today.  I had bought some cheap packing boxes at a local store to put all the clean fleeces away and lable the boxes and all, so that I can keep track.  I just kept finding fleeces I didn't remember I had!  The total I came up with is 15 fleeces, including the one I am working on right now!  Now that doesn't count the cotton and flax that I have.  I am totally flabbergasted!  I may never have to buy another fleece again!  In the picture, most of the bigger boxes have 2 fleeces in them.

As Lou Ann told me to say,

Hello, My name is Tina and I am a fiberholic......

Until next time, Happy Weaving, and I better get Spinning, Tina

Individual shots!

Acrobat  (Batty)


Ballerina   (Rina)








Captain







Tap Dancer   (Dancer)






Couldn't resist posting these!
Tina

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

They are here!

When I went out to feed this morning, I found 2 new kids still really wet!  Just minutes old!  Mopsie had a buckling and a doeling, just like her daughter.
I am so glad that they have arrived, I am planning a trip that starts next week.  I will only be gone for a week, but I want to get all the having babies and introducing everyone back together, out of the way before I leave!  That would be a lot to ask of my husband!  He loves going out to the barn to check on them all though.

I will be getting more pictures later today.  Snickers has a brown w/white doe and a black w/white buck, and Mopsie has a brown w/white buck and a black w/white doe!  They will look all the same to you, but I can tell them apart.
In the mean time, I let Snickers and her 2 out last evening to graze a little and I got to watch them play.  They ran and hopped, and butted heads and just plain made me laugh!  I think that watching kids play could lift anyones spirits, so if you know someone who is depressed, just send them my way!


Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Monday, June 13, 2011

New things!

On Saturday Carol and I headed out for Gatlinburg.  We were on a mission to pick up a Loom that needed a new home.

She is an older Leclerc, I can't seem to find her on their website so it will take a little research to find that out.  She is solid, and only missing one of the beams, an apron rod, and a few screws.  She is cleaned up and already in the studio.  She only has a 27 inch weaving width, so she will be set up for the little stuff: mug rugs, towels, scarves, placemats, shawls and fleecey bench pads.  I think it is the bench pads that will be put on first.  I am itching to get that figured out and my benches covered!

Here are a couple of new pictures of the kids. 


On day 2, I was a little concerned about the little doeling, she wasn't as perky as the buckling.  I milked out a couple of tablespoons of milk from Snickers, and I took a new 3ml syringe and syringe fed her two of those.  Later on that evening, I put her up to nurse and made sure that Snickers was letting her have her share.  She nursed really well, but I will continue to keep an eye on her.

 
A little more playful pose.
The buckling all ready to explore his world.  I will keep them seperate from the others until they are in full bounce mode.


I am still waiting for Mopsie to have hers, I think she may have 2 as well, I sure hope so.


I will be selling the buckling for sure, but that won't be until September.  I hope you are enjoying them as much as I am! 

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Twins!

It is still too dark really to try pictures, but I wanted to share one with you.

The buckling is on the right and he is just bigger than the doeling.  Neither one of them is bigger than a football!
All continue to do well.

I was up until 2 am, wondering if there was a third in there, but I finally went to bed.  When Hubby went out early to check on them he found just the two of them, so I was pleased with my choice.

Yesterday I had noticed that Snickers was standing a little apart from the rest, though she never missed a meal!  So, I took the precaution of putting her in a stall with plenty of hay and water.  We went to to movies, and when we came back there they were, with the doeling still wet!  You just never know how long these things take!  I was so glad I had put her up!

This afternoon, I will get some better pictures of the pair.  Maybe I can let her out to graze in the sun, we will see.

 Until then, Happiness , Tina

Friday, June 10, 2011

News Flash!

This just in! By 10:30 this evening, Snickers has delivered a buckling and a doeling! I don't know if there will be more, but everyone is doing great so far! Both of them are up and nursing. I have treated the cords with betadine, and gave Mom a light snack. They are both dark with white markings, I will post pics tomorrow afternoon.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Just some pics!

This is what is taking the bulk of my time!  We need rain!!!!!!!!
Some mornings I let the goats out to graze.  Being careful not to let them get near the picture above!
Wally went to a new home last week, and he is loving it.  Now that I have only one dog I have a chance to work with her, and Scout is enjoying her new duties as cow herder and goat guard.  I can't let her off the leash with the goats though, she is still way to mouthy with them, but with my neighbors calves she does fine.
Seriously!  I think Snickers, the tan one on the right is going to go first don't you.  I have been seeing the outline of little legs along her side lately.


Mopsie is on the left, and she is Snickers mom. 




This am I got more corn planted, and put some waste hay around the tomatoes to help keep them comfortable in this dry heat!  The waste hay was full of little goat berries too, so I think the tomatoes will be happy!

That is it for today, I will let you know when we get any babies!

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina

Friday, June 3, 2011

From the Past!

Carol gave me a box of old magazines that she had gone thru and cut out all the articles she was interested in.  She told me that there were a bunch of spinning and knitting articles as well that I might be interested in.
I have found several articles of interest.  One is about the dollars and cents of the whole business.  Another was about using Pennyroyal to clean fleeces and how clean and soft the wool was instead of dry and brittle.  Another was about how to dress the distaff with flax.  I could go on!  I found a couple of the adds interesting as well, I could swear that I saw a room sized "hand"spindle, but now I can't find it to show you!  There were also the adds presenting new products.  Products that we take for granted every day, like the Schaht Baby Wolf.  It has been fun going thru them slowly in the evenings while the TV is on.  I am about half way thru the box right now, if I find another picture of that room sized spindle I will post it!
I have finished the second skein of the silver Romney fleece that I have been salvaging from my old ways of scouring.   It has in fact yielded some pretty good yarn, plus a ton of fiber for felting or stuffing as well.  So it is not a complete loss at all.  This skein is 560yds and is lighter in color than the first skein.  It is also a much smoother yarn.  I think it all comes down to the prep work.  The combing took out alot of the short dark fibers that were left in the carded skein, and it is also a worsted prep rather than woolen.

I picked up some Eucalan wool wash at my local yarn store.  I have been reading about how it puts back some of the nice oils that are stripped away in the initial cleaning of the fleece.  It also has some
lovely scents that act as a natural protection against
insects.  It takes very little, 1tsp per gallon of warm water, a nice long soak and no rinsing.  The yarns are nice and soft, and there is just a hint of grapefruit, or eucalyptus or even lavendar.  Just lovely!   I have been thinking about using it instead of spinning oil as I comb the locks, mostly because it is a leave in and I won't have to worry about washing the oils out so that they don't spoil or harden.  It will also smell really nice!

I just this week finished my first real skein of linen. 200yds of singles, I plan to spin more and weave up some cloth. I have spun from the distaff and from the fold, wet and dry. I am going to try spinning from a towel wrapped strick next. I want to be able to spin a consistantly fine yarn without having to deal with a tangled mess.

I have been doing some weaving as well, but I will save that for my Tuesday Weavers post, I will get right on that as soon as I finish here.

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina