Friday, March 17, 2017

Do To absolutely No Interest at All----

  I decided since this is the 4th week with no interest at all-sigh-I will not set up a link up for dutch ovens and cast iron cooking and baking on Fridays.

  Another one of those things where I have great interest but my readers don't-that's ok  no pity party here well maybe a little bit as I really thought this would be a fun sharing event.

  However, since I do love to cook-bake this way I will share what I am doing anyways. lol  and just not concern myself with no one linking up as I won't provide that any more.

   I am boiling up a St Patrick's day dinner today, and decided to bake up a apple-pear-raisin crumble. Which for me is the same as I do my pie fillings with but with no crust. I am using gluten free rolled oats-coconut sugar-coconut oil for the crumble top. 
     I lined my cast iron skillet with parchment paper first-this just went into the oven a few minutes ago.



  My lower back is still messed up, otherwise I would have set up the dutch oven to bake outdoors but that 12 qt dutch oven would have finished off my back today for sure-and it is probably a bit too windy outdoors too 

  I love the aromas in the house though.

Happy StPat days everyone-do you boil up a dinner too??

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Fun Mail--Bison Yarn

 Good morning, I thought since I was so thrilled with my yarn that arrived I would share a photo.

  Mostly do to my upcoming Yellowstone Park trip and cause my mind is usually drawn to the 1800s lol I am into bison right now.

  Last year I found a shop on etsy that sells bison roving at a very affordable price hers is half of what I have seen at most sites.
   . My first purchase was a very small amount of cleaned bison fiber that I found on ebay-but really too pricey. I just wanted to see it at the time.
    The bison down is labor intensive as this is the extra layer of down that is grown for the winter's bitter cold. When spring arrives it rubs off on the bushes etc and needs to be hand collected.
   I hadn't realized that there are several bison ranches that sell the meat, and also the roving for spinning and yarns.

   I had found the Buffalo Wool Co online located in Texas and they offer lovely yarns and roving too for spinning Ever so often I stop by for eye candy lol and wow they were having  a super sale on some of their bison blends. The price was just too good and they have free shipping so bought some. This Happiness blend is bison-merino-bamboo. Very soft and I am think strong too. Love the color for sure.

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       This yarn is a little finer than I had imagined. The skeins are 50 grams or 200 yards so I have 800 yards total to work with. When I purchased this I was thinking of weaving a warm scarf  I will need to figure out how far 800 yards will take me in a project.

  A couple days ago I over did it with the firewood stacking and then jumped on the ladder to work on my bathroom walls-and of course my lower back went "out" on me--so it is now painful to sit, stand, lay down etc.  as a result my bathroom project is at a standstill for now. sigh. I do this all the time to myself and should realize by now not to over do with the wheel barrel and firewood lol

   Soooo last night since I was caught up on my reading, I grabbed a bag of roving and my drop spindle to play with spinning. I still am a very beginner and may always be as my yarn is not real even still. I do enjoy the process though, and with several bags now of these practice handspun yarns I have plenty to weave with and also use in the tunisian crochet.
    Once this skein I am working on now is a little more even I am going to dig out the bison roving and see how that goes.



My friend Barbara  an artist in many things hand spins, knits and then felts it down-I think I want to try that out too.

Monday, March 13, 2017

T Stands for Tuesday & My Week

                 Happy T Stands for Tuesday everyone!

I am joining in with Elizabeth here for a fun Tuesday with sharing and a beverage.  (with my apologies I totally forgot my beverage last Tuesday)

We have had a different week since last Tuesday-it has actually been cold here-very cold with hard freezes at night now for a few days. We missed all the snow, I would have loved to had gotten just a little bit as it is always so pretty here in the woods, but we did get hail at times on a couple of days but nothing large enough to break anything-thank goodness. 

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Too cold for me to do my walk most days, but I have been unloading firewood and stacking it, and walking up and back in the house. I am working hard to do some sort of physical activity each day.

I have been working on the textured walls in my bathroom and finished that over the weekend. Today (Monday morning) I will paint kilnz over it to seal, and use the swiffer to clean the rest of the walls of the plaster dust from the ceiling project. In the one photo you can see in front of the shower I need to cut off some paper along the edges. and after I posted these photos I realized I forgot to paper that area up on top where the shower head and also along over to the bathtub-sigh I am contemplating about leaving that non papered or if it will stand out too much. I really don't feel like doing it lol 
    Then I am soooo ready to put color on the walls-happy dancin-this has been such a long term project with different events popping up-but I am hoping this is the year for completion.
   The first photo is a shelving area around the back of the tub area and the second photo is the shower I made with rocks.




Just before it got cold I decided to plant one of my raised beds with spring greens, radishes etc. I don't think this cold should hurt them but will find out when it warms up again. My daffodils didn't mind the cold at all they are still very pretty. The other day the blackbirds arrived and we have had allot of big crows visit too-they do not usually come up near the house-so this cold is leading them to the left over corn.

I also decided over the weekend to learn something new for me-I am quite excited about it read all about it here  

hint: I just bought these vintage hooks for my new project, found them on Etsy.





My beverage mostly now for the morning is my herbal no caffeine beverage that I brew in my french press. I also don't have many cups anymore-no place to put them and I only need a few right?? lol  
   This cup I love and won it years and years ago at a quilt shop when I visited the fabshop hop I think it's called-where you collect bunnies from all the shops and hope to win prizes. This is a really nice quilt shop too and I love the cup
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   I just poured me a fresh pot and my new creamer is Silk's almond creamer-just spotted it in our local store-our area so rural I figure we are the last to get these newer products-this is the first I have seen it-and I love their almond milk.







Sunday, March 12, 2017

I am Jumping in to Learn Something New

  Do you ever just all of a sudden find yourself wanting to learn something new-and then ask where did this come from???

  It happened to me late Friday into Saturday. 

     In July near me there is a fiber event called Fiber U full of venders and classes for two days. All fibers for weaving, spinning, crochet and classes to choose from. The event is fun, I usually buy a couple big bags of alpaca to spin. The last two years I have taken spinning classes and also a couple classes learning about fleece and the different wools.
   They just posted the 2017 class schedule on the 10th. I found two classes of interest-a natural red dyeing class and a landscape felted project. I was hoping for another spinning class but nothing this year interested me as I was hoping to take the core spinning class or an intermediate class and they did not offer either this year.
   Then I spotted a class on Tunisian crochet also called the afghan stitch or Shepherd's knitting. It is a cross of crochet and knitting. This caught my interest. I tried knitting back when I was really young and didn't like it, and never thought to learn crochet. This intrigued me so did google searches.  I want to try this now.  lol I think I will enjoy another hand project along with my weaving.
   By the time I added up fees for two classes and then their $35.00 registration fee on top of that-I decided no I am going to spend my money differently; especially since I had also spotted some bison-merino-bamboo yarn on sale with free shipping.  
    Soooo I bought the yarn, and then a book on tunisian crochet, and I found a set of  vintage tunisian crochet hooks on etsy. Now to wait til it all arrives-lol  the bison yarn I will weave with in case I decide differently.

The hook intrigued me too they have the crochet hook on the end but they are long like knitting needles. These are the ones I found.

BOYE Wrights, Diana, Afghan, Tunisian, 14 inch Aluminum, , Sizes G thru K, Small lots, Crochet Hook, Made in USA, Used Vintage


   I live very rural so no stores nearby to look for these. I checked on amazon and ebay and etsy. I have a friend on facebook that says she loves this craft-and suggested I try the Boye brand and size J   I was happy to find this set so I can try out different sizes.

  This old craft is coming into popularity again so I did find some good sites online with tutorials, free patterns. I did decide to buy a book with the different stitches

Allfreecrochet  had good information and patterns.

RedHeart also had a very informative site too


I guess I will have to find out how my left hand handles this but I think it will be ok.  

After I added up what I would spend taking classes and buying more roving to spin (or more fibers I really don't need lol)-and then adding up what I spent for the bison yarn and to get started with this crochet-the monies spent came out pretty close to even--so I am pleased with my choice.

Do any of you create with the tunisian crochet?  do you jump in like this too?? Please say that you do lol