Browsing Archive: January, 2014

Chicky Checklist

Posted by Michelle on Wednesday, January 29, 2014,
On the verge of February, the most bitter month of the year, it is hard to stay positive and remain motivated to plan for spring.  January has been a beast with polar vortex, several feet of snow, states of emergencies, and for me cabin fever!  We were grateful to welcome two adorable doelings (who we are going to have to have a name game for as Matt cannot decide :).  They keep us busy, and thoroughly entertained.  
One great part of February is that our replacement chicks are ordered in fo...
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Adding color

Posted by Michelle on Monday, January 20, 2014,
I am so completely new to working with wool, I love it and do it just about every day in one way or another. I learned to dye wool fairly early on as it is fun, and with mostly white sheep it expands the amount of projects I could do exponentially!  I dye wool on my stove by heating water and adding whatever the dye is, whether it be a natural dye like beat root or berries, kool aid which is fun and inexpensive but doesn't offer the full range of colors I needed, or rit dye which usually fil...
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Digging out

Posted by Michelle on Friday, January 10, 2014,


Like many people in the North east we have spent the last few days digging out!  Our house, driveway, barn, and cars were buried in a crazy blizzard that brought around four feet of snow in two days.  Normally we are prepared and equipped and both Matt and I have 4wheel drive vehicles so the hype of impending storms don't usually scare us too much  Well this one was a whole new ball game.  We literally did not leave the house for thee days, frequent runs to the barn with warm water were the ...

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Felted slippers=raisin hands

Posted by Michelle on Sunday, January 5, 2014,


Ok so one thing I have been wanting to learn to do is to felt slippers and booties.  I made it my goal this weekend and consider myself somewhat successful :) Here is what you will need to start:
- Around a pound of wool, depending on the size slippers you are making of course
-Bubble wrap
-Bamboo placemat
-Soap (I used unscented goats milk soap)
-A fine net or old curtain (I used an old laundry bag)
-Bowl with warm water

To begin you trace your feet, or the feet of your recipient, with a one inch ...

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Happy New Year!

Posted by <3 Michelle on Wednesday, January 1, 2014,
Welcome 2014 I cannot wait to see the bounty you have to give!  I am always looking forward no matter what the time frame or land mark, I always have little excitements that I am anticipating.  This year our big goal that hovers over all our farm goals is better record keeping and analysis of those records.  I admit, it is the unfun part of farming, but it will help us do what we do in a better way to be able to learn in the future.  A friend of mine and I often talk about the saying that in...
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