New Year – New Classes

It is time to line up the new classes for the up coming year.  If you are interested in Drop Spindle (spinning), Beginners Spinning or beginning weaving I have classes in February forming now.  Contact me at yarnfarms@gmail.com .  The classes are limited so please sign up soon.

 

How about a Crochet  Pattern written by Dorothy Steiner.  You will have a hard time finding such a fine crochet person as Dorothy.

Fingerless Gloves

Material:  Lion Brand Yarn  Vanna’s  Choice Medium Weight 3 oz.

Hook:  H and F.  Tapestry needle

Optional:  Buttons, ribbons, flowers.

Row 1.  With H hook chain 31 turn, sc in second ch from hook and each ch across  (30 sc)  chain 1 turn

Row 2.  Switch to F hook, sc in back loop of  10 sc (wrist).  Switch to H hook ,sc in back loop of 20 sc (hand) ch 1 turn.

Row 3.  Still working with H hook sc in back loop of 20 sc. Switch to F hook, work in back loop of 10 sc. ch 1 turn.

continue work row 2 and 3 until 24 rows have been completed.  fasten off.

*note: more rows can be added for larger hands.

fold glove in half.  Starting at top of glove, sew first 7 sts together. fasten off.

Skip next 6 stitches (thumb hole)  Re=attach to next stitch and sew to the end of glove.

sc around top of glove.(approx. 25 sc)

sc around wrist (approx. 25 sc.)

Embellish however you like.
Hope you enjoy the pattern.

Have been busy finishing a quilt and a hand spun, hand knit sweater.  I am now ready to start on a wallaby sweater.  I have had the pattern for a while and have not been able to do it so I am starting now.

I soon should have baby goats.  I look so forward to those cute little animals they are so fun.  It also means fresh goats milk hmmm.

The chickens were to lazy to lay eggs for a while but, they are back at it again.  Thank goodness.

I have not had to much of an opportunity to knit on my sock machine.  I had hurt my back and it has been hard to sit and use it.  But, hopefully, things are getting better and I can start knitting socks again for my Walk Away From Addiction Program.

Well time to get the dinner on-  Deer Hash and Home made biscuits.

You all come back and check out my blog again soon.  Sorry so long to get back to you all.

Later

Linda

 

 

 

Spring is here – I think

 

 

 

Spring Snow Man

Sping is here and it is 17 degrees here on the farm.  The GREAT snowman was built by  Don and I during our spring 6 inches of snow.  Can’t even plant the potatoes because the ground can’t be worked.  You are suppose to have the potatoes in on March 17th.  Gonna have a late garden.  Even the spring  baby goat has not sprung out yet.  Always seems to go slow when you are waiting for the little goats, sheep and rabbits to arrive.  Chickens are laying eggs like crazy so we have plenty of eggs to eat.  Speaking of spring it snowed 6inches so you can see a picture here of the snowman we built.

Have been working on a shawl for Emma my perfect grand daughter to wear to the prom.  Unfortunately, I am not pleased with it I used yarn that I thought was beautiful  but when I made the shawl it looked like a rag rug.  Haven’t shown it to Emma yet I will get her opinion.  While I wait for an opinion I am busily making another shawl.

Emma's Prom shawl

Emma’s Prom shawl

I also finished my civil war quilt I was making for my husband Don

Quilt I made for my husband

Quilt I made for my husband

I am getting ready to go to a circular sock knitting event in Cape Giradeau.  We all sit around and visit and make socks and other things like scarves, sock monkies and many other things. We have a great time and you can  just sit and do nothing but  use our sock machines for 3 days.  I am dying yarn to take with me.  Don made me a loom type defice to dye my yarn on many years back so I think I am going to try it again.  When yarn is done I will send a photo.  I also am working on a yo yo quilt.  I have always wanted to try to make one so here we go.  Will let you know how it goes.

Bought a new washing machine for the cabin,  I WILL  use it. I posted a picture at the bottom of the page.

My new washing machine

My new washing machine

Got to go take care of the animals and make some cookies.

Linda

 

 

Spin some yarn in February

Yes it is time to sit and spin some of my wonderful fiber.  I have some from my lama’s, sheep and goats.  Today I will be spinning some of my blue face border sheep fiber.  This is a nice warm wool yarn.  I love to make hats, scarfs, gloves and socks from this fiber.  Wool to me is one of the easier fibers to spin.  I have spun about 250 yards since January not a lot but, I do a lot of other things in between my spinning.

I have been working on a triangle loom that belongs to my daughter.  She wants a shawl made with a certain type yarn to make sure the yarn looks like she thinks it should.  She dosn’t have a lot of time to work on the loom so I am the test pilot.  When I am finished I will post a picture.

I will be going to Indiana in a couple of weeks for a circular sock knit in.  I am hoping to get some socks made to give away.  My walk away from addiction program has done well and I love giving the socks to others. I have made  last year and January of this year a total of  approximately 50 pairs of socks  to give away.

I have been getting about 12 eggs a day.   So lots of baking going on to keep up with those eggs.  I found a great receipt for my ground yellow corn and my eggs.  I thought you might like to try it out.

2 C. unbleached flour

1 C fine ground whole grain yellow corn

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1tsp baking soda

2 large eggs

1 cup white sugar

8 TB regular butter, melted

3/4 c whole sour crean

1/2 c whole milk (love cows milk or my goat milk)

Heat oven to 400 degrees, grease muffin tins, whisk flour, corn meal, baking powder, baking soda in a bowl . Set aside

whisk eggs about 30 seconds, add sugar whisk for 30 sec. add melted butter, add sour cream whisk together all ingredients for 30 seconds are a little longer.  Combine the dry ingredients. remember it is best not to over mix muffins or bread.  Scoop into muffin tins bake until golden brown.  about 20 minutes. THESE ARE REALLY GOOD>

Went shopping with my grand daughter for her prom dress.  How much fun can one person stand.  She looked so cute in everything she put on but, we did wind up with two dresses one burgandy and the other blue.  I know we just couldn’t decide on which one to keep.  She will have to try jewlery and shoes and make her mind up on the one she likes best.  She can always use an extra fancy dress after all she is a girl.

My grandson August made the dean list at Mizzou of course we are really proud grandparents.  Emma made her 4th year for the award of  Important person of the year  at her school.

Well I have  chatted long enough I better get the bread out of the oven and check the home made veggie soup.

Have a wonderful Valentine Day.   Hope to see some coments and posts.  The following is a picture of my Border Sheep.

Thanks for stoping by          blue face Border Sheep

Linda

Catch UP

 

Cold days mean time to work on things I left lay all summer.  Lots of spinning, weaving and canning.  I have fiber that lays there needing my attention and this is the time I devote to it.  I have my llama, angora bunny and sheep fiber cleaned and ready to spin.  I love spinning probably one of my favorite things to do.  But, you must do something with that lovely yarn.  I have knitted 2 sweaters so far and hope for more knitting to get done.  Also, I have spun some of my flax and  I am trying to accumulate enough yarn to weave some linen  fabric this year.  I processed what I could of this years flax but we didn’t have a good growing season the weather just got to hot to fast.

Well we have gotten a new farm friend.  He is a 9 month old nubien buck.  As soon as I figure out how to put a picture of him on here I will show him to you.  He is a spotted  black and white buck.  I love the spots and hope he and my  nubien girl lillian can make lots of spots on their baby nubiens.

I canned some meat this week.  Won’t tell ya what kind cause some readers are sensative to certain things that I might can. I am however married to a hunter.  The canning turned out great and can’t wait for a dish of canned meat , canned beans and canned squash.  I love the home made things I bet you do to.

My Perfect grandson Augustus came home for a Christmas break from Mizzou.  He is studying to be an Ag Teacher.  I am sure he will be a PERFECT teacher.  While home he helped us get hay.  Thank God he was here.  The bales  were HEAVY  and I am not quite as strong as him. Last year was such a hot year we didn’t get enough hay so we had to buy some. darn!

Well it is time to get a roast in the oven and the home made bread to risen.  I am going to do some spinning and soap making.  I made some GREAt Peppermint soap yesterday and today it will be lemom grass.

Found out how to put the picture here.

Dezi  Nubien Buck

Dezi Nubien Buck

 

 

Linda

 

 

What in the World

What in the world have I been doing.  WHEW!  lots of things.  Here are just a few.

Well I did Deutsch Country Days.  Talked to lots of  people and sold some of my rag rug looms and place mat looms.  Sold some of my hand spun and dyed yarn.

I also attended the Circular Sock Knitting gathering at Sue Vunesky’s shop.  What a Great time lots of people knitting away.  I brought Charlotte Hellman with me to the gathering and she started using her machine again.  She did GREAT.  I made a pair of socks.  Love my circular sock knitting machine socks.  We also made what they call a blank with a secret message.  I made a blank and now I will put it in to a ball and knit my Perfect Granddaughter Emma a pair of socks with a secret message.

I also have moved all my sheep and goats to there new building and fenced in area by the cabin.  OH my it is so nice to have them right by the cabin.  I am getting 12 to 14 eggs a day from the chickens.  Guess we will be eating a lot of eggs.  I have held some great classes in the cabin.  We made rugs, dolls, yarn spinning, drop spindle spinning and a lot more.

I went to the Fiber Fling in Steelville and taught a class on drop spindle.  It went well and everyone went away drop spinning.  It is a lot of fun and you don’t have to have a spinning wheel to do it.

I am planning a felting scarve class for some new felters within the next two weeks.   I will be having more classes as time permits.  In the winter it is a great time to catch up on projecst and start new ones.

I am hoping to have new bunnies this week end.  My German Angora bunny is going to have a litter and my Calinfornia rabbit.  No baby llama this year.  Gypsy didn’t have one as we expected.  Perhaps just to hot this summer for her to carry it.  Tommy Boy, Laura Lou and Gypsy are all doing good.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving all the kids and there families came to my daughter and Son in Laws home.   We  cooked and ate to much.  Now we are getting ready for Christmas here at the yarn farm.  We always spend a little time  in the cabin and then into the house for the big meal and PRESENTS.

Well time to clean the house and bake some Cinnamon roles.  I am working on finishing a pair of hand knitted socks and a sweater.  We are going to Journey Through Bethleham this weekend in Sullivan Missouri.  They are using Snow White and Ginger snap are two ewes.  Also, they will have 3 of our chickens.  This is a wonderful event.

Have a good week and hope to chat  more often.  Thanks for joining in on my little blog talk.

 

Linda

 

 

 

Vote for ROMEY

Tomorrow i will be working at the election polo and this is probably one of the most important elections that I have ever worked. It is so imperative that all get out and vote for our and our childrens future. Please vote for the man that will help to bring our family values and government back where it should be. THANK YOU

News on the Farm – What Not to Do

Wow been some time since I blogged anything.  This time of year is always very busy.  Three baby bunnies arrived and of course they are adorable, 2 little nubien bucks, and 5 claves so far.  We must not forget the vegetables SO MANY I have abeen canning and freezing until I don’t want to see another vegetable.  We are also working on a new pen for the goats.  The goats will have their own building and space to play.  We also had to add another bunny cage now that we added the German Angora bunnies.

I had a wonderful dye day with the Franklin County Fiber Guild.  We dyed merino wool and it hung everywhere and looked SOOO pretty.  We also had way to much food but, of course we ate it so it wouldn’t go to waste ha ha.  Poor Evelyn a member of the guild had to skein yarn until her arm almost fell off.  I really appreciated all the help everyone gave.

Well I guess your wondering when I am going to get to the part of What Not To DO.  Over zealous me decided why not do some more dying since I had everything out.  So Don started a fire in the fire pit and I set the pots of water with the dye in them to  dye some roving.  Everything was going good UNTIL, Don lifted the grate to add wood and I walked by at the same time and the pot tipped over and dumped out the hot dye water on me.  WHEW does that hurt I do not recomend washing your feet that way.  Don felt so bad but, it was an accident and life goes on.  Maybe it was a way to show me to slow down a little.  Any way I have been going to Dr. Thomas Davis in New Haven for over a week now and things are starting to heal.  It is really hard on some one as wiggly as I am.

Today I have been doing a little pickling, made some stuffed peppers, and put a few green beans up.  Have to go out and put frozen water bottles by the bunnies to keep them cool.  Then I will find a nice chair to sit awhile.

Guess I better go.  I will be back sooner I hope.

Later

Linda

 

 

NEWS ON THE YARN FARM

Well it has been awhile since I was blogging with you.  A lot has happened as usual.

Broom Sweep in – I went to a broom sweep in and learned a lot about making different kinds of  handmade brooms.  It was a wonderful time and I made kitchen brooms, wisk brooms and for all you turkey hunters a turkey wing broom.  I have been wanting to work with my antique broom equiptment but it had a few issues.  I was able to figure out the problems and I can now make Wonderful  broom corn brooms.  Let me know if you would LOVE to have one.

I planted seed yesterday.  I planted the broom corn and pop corn.  I planted a pop corn that says it is Black not sure how that will work out but, no matter I have some regular popcorn and my cotton seed yet to sew.  It is so fun to watch all the vegetables and plants grow.  We are eating the leaf lettuce, redishes, asparagus and onions.  The potatoes are starting to sprout along with the squashes.

Taught a spinning class to Terry Lynn.  Don’t  know why she thought she needed a class she can spin very well.  I was so pleased to meet her we have a lot in common.  She also plays, banjo, and other instruments I love and can’t play.   So perhaps in my near future I can get a lesson or two from her.

I went to the Emmaus House to look at a loom they have.  It sure looks like it could be weaving in no time.  They are having a craft event May 20th in Marthasville.  You might want to go to that It is crafts made by the residents there and I here some other beautiful craft items.

4H classes are starting up.  I will be teaching the kids place mat twining for there first class here.  This Friday they will be making Corn Husk dolls with my daughter and I.  They make some of the nicest crafts I have ever encountered.

I am working on a white sweater from my angora goat it such beautiful fiber.  I finished FINALLY by squirrel hooking.  I made it into a pillow and put sheep wool around the outside.  This is going to be given to my Grandson Augustus.

Today I will be mowing grass, going to spinning with the Franklin County Fiber Guild girls.  I also will need to make bread, and some favorite foods of my son Don’s he is coming up to go fishing with my husband.  They are fishing in a tournament.  My  son Don is a great fisherman he is going for a big title this year and seems like he is headed in the right direction.

My Granddaughter Emma one First place in the State Horse Bowl Competition, the team she was on one first place and the other team mate one 2nd and 4th.  They did AWESOME.  They are on their way to the nationals in Kentucky.  They had to know all kinds of illness, blood system functioning, bones, feet, circular system, saddles, bits I don’t know what all else but, seems they are ready to be vets.

I know there are things I am forgetting to mention but, I will blog again.  Remember to vist my site there just might be something you can’t live without.  I am always making new things.

Gotta go been fun sittin and chattin with ya.

 

Linda

 

Yarn Farm Nubiens, Pygora and More

Wow so much has been happening on the farm.  Planting the flax, new baby goats, gardening and a lot of class teaching.  Spinning, weaving, knitting,  rug making it has all been happening here.  I hope if you are reading this you are condsidering a traditional class sometime I would love to help you get started are help you with a more advanced class.

Easter was wonderful.  We went to my oldest daughter Sharon’s house for dinner.  We had fried fish and we made home made pies from scratch.  None of that cheating box stuff.  We also had morel mushrooms that my youngest son Aaron found and brought.  We had a good time just visiting and talking and playing games.  Always good to get the family together.  All four of my perfect grandschildren were there.

I made a alpaca roving rug on my rug loom since we last talked.  I plan to teach the class  as soon as I get some more people signed up for it.  I will be making rag place mats with the 4H children in May.  I am almost finished with my rug hooking squirel (FINALLY).

I am off to a Broom sweep in tomarrow through Sunday.  We will be making the corn broom  – brooms.  I think i mentioned to you that I have an 1800’s broom equiptment so we will be working on that type of equiptment.  Can’t wait to learn more about it.  Will report back as soon as I can on the results.

I went to a circular sock knit in held in Cape Gerardeau, MO.  It was a wonderful time.  Worked on my second sock machine that I own it is a Gearhardt It now is working pretty darn good.  Will be making more socks and put them for sale on my sight.

It has been awhile since I blogged but, my computer was inaded with spam from blogging so Mindy Rreid with MJ Creatice Group helped fix it and I hope I won’t get any more SPAM.  Thanks Mindy.

I have a Franklin County Fiber Guild Meeting tonight.  We will be making quilted table runners.  I hope some new members come and join us.  Our guild is 11 years old and growing.

 

I must say see ya later now I have a lot to do before leaving in the morning at 6am. and a lot before tonights meeting.

 

Keep on keeping in touch and let me know what you want to learn or want to talk about.

 

THANK Ya Kindly for dropping by.

 

Linda

News on the Yarn Farm

Today was a day of working again in the shop.  WOW where does all the stuff come from?  It is now somewhat organized and ready for me to get to work.

I used my circular sock knitting machine today and am making a scarve.  Hopefully, it turns out will put a picture on the site when I am done.  It is amazing what you can do with that machine that was made in the 1800’s.

I decided today that my steps down to the shop need fixing.  They have carpet on them so I decided I would dye the carpet.  Lot better then replacing the darn stuff.  Turned out right nice.  What a little thinking can save you sometime.  I am always looking for ways to fix at the least cost.

I still have NO baby goats. Hmmmmm!

I am making some great home made bread it smells SOOOO good. Can’t you just smell it cooking (think real hard you will smell it).  Rainy overcast today so home made soup.  It is getting time for the garden so have to make use of the veggie still in the freezer.

My son Don and his Wife Cindy are coming up tomarrow from Kentucky for a visit.  Looking forward to the fun time.  They always bring my Grand dog to visit he is a lovable Golden Retriever named IKE.

Well couldn’t plant the flax today to muddy.  Hopefully will be able to do it soon.

I did a little spinning. LOVE to spin fiber and turn it into something wonderful.

Well I better be feeding the animals. Got 9 eggs today gonna have to make a cake I guess.

I’ll get back with you real soon.

Later

Linda

 
 

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