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Quilting, Farming, Variety

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Pass It On

This is all that's left of my favorite sweater
after I decided to pass it on to Isabelle.
I had worn it until it had holes.  She loves it!  And, see her new sneekers?  They were a Christmas present from me.

The little picture on the washstand is one of my mother around the age of three.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Puzzled or Angered by Blogger

Usually I won't rant about anything on this blog, but I honestly don't know if anyone can gain access to my blog now.  Blogger has done something to it, asking for email address and password as if I'm an intruder.  I've created a new password but haven't had a lot of luck.  I'll wait and see if anyone comments before making the decision to FORGET IT.  I don't consider my blog to be of a lot of interest to a lot of people, but I hate not being able to read posts from those I've come to think of as online friends.  When I do decide to stop writing, I'll be considerate enough to let my readers know.

Thanks for visiting,

Monday, March 12, 2018

Farm Update ~ Winter into Spring ~ 2018

At the end of last summer,  an eighty something row crop farmer told my farmer, "Well, I made it through another year!"  We felt a little the same way, having completed the hay season.   The last day we baled I was so tired that night I couldn't go to sleep for a while.  The rains were just right last summer for the meadows to produce grass for more than one cutting.  The farmer says we put up 1400 round bales of hay; that's a lot of grass and more than enough to feed the cattle for a year, but it's always good to have extra in case next summer is dry.

Of course row crop farmers can call an end to their harvesting "another year", but with chicken farmers it's "what goes around, comes around" with no noticeable beginning or ending to a new year.  We have just finished the first flock of chickens for this year, having had to keep them for eight weeks, longer than any we have ever raised.  The company wants a larger bird; I suppose consumers demand larger portions to eat.  When we first started raising chickens they rarely weighed as much as four or five pounds in six weeks times; however the word obesity was rarely heard of either.

Because of my cataract surgery last spring, we didn't have much of a garden, but by late summer we planted peas and I froze enough for the winter.  A lot of our fall and winter weekends would find us getting in firewood for the furnace.  The farmer took the tractor and dump trailer to the edges of the fields and brought in logs which he sawed into usable lengths, then split them with an attachment on the front of the BobCat.  I loaded the pieces onto the bed of the side by side and brought them to the house to stack.

In December, the farmer was sick; he thought he had the flu but it wasn't anything like I remember the flu being.  He continued feeding the hay and helping in the chicken houses then spending the rest of the day in his recliner.   Much of the Christmas joy was lost because we both felt bad for a while.  On the 21st of December we had been married for 57 years.

The Christmas card from our older grandson and his wife announced that we would be great grandparents in July, and since their "reveal" party we know the baby will be a girl; our first.

 The month of January was mostly very dry but we did get about two inches of snow and around 10 inches of rain fell in February.  Although everyone thought we had a really cold winter, I didn't think it was too bad.

I stayed busy in the sewing room too;  two aprons,

  two quilt tops, one large top and one baby top 

two baby quilts,

and two crocheted baby blankets.
The quilts and tops were all made using scraps; however, not to worry, I didn't use near all of them.

And now spring is upon us; robins are scratching through the old leaves, buttercups are waving in the March winds, and the cattle are searching for every little sprig of green they can find.  We'll start a new flock of chickens in two weeks and then only a short span of time until it'll be back to the hay meadows to start "through another year".


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Me-e-ow-ow ~~~ "What's She Done Now?"

One of the first blogs I followed was Garden of Daises.  She hasn't written in a while, but there is where I saw these sweet vintage dishtowels which were a part of her collection:

Then a few weeks ago I saw the beautiful work of Kathleen, http://yesteryearembroideries.blogspot.com/2017/05/i-call-themembroidered-appliqued.html and just knew I wanted to do work like this.

That's when I remembered a pattern I had that would be suitable for applique and embroidery on the same designs.

The towels were purchased at Wal Mart (Amazon has them also, but the price is a bit more.)  They're made from cotton and I think they will be very durable.  These are my finished towels:

I used gingham checks for the dresses and bonnets; gingham checks say "country" to me and they were used for little girls' dresses in days gone by.  I haven't seen checks in stores in years; do they not make them anymore?  If not, what a shame!

This was a fun, but time-consuming project.  

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Importance of Dye Lot Numbers

On Mother's Day my daughter gave me three skeins of this yarn to have to help me pass the time while my eyes healed.  She hasn't had much experience in buying yarn, but wanted to see how this color would work up.  

If you're an old hand at crocheting, you're familiar with the back of the label on a skein of yarn which reads, "Please purchase sufficient yarn of the same dye lot number to complete your project."  I knew solid colors could vary in color from lot to lot, but who would think a variegated yarn would have a difference.  So I just made this little blanket without bothering to look at the lot numbers.

The colors made a striped pattern to begin with (right side of photo), and then when I changed skeins I began to notice the pattern looked more like a plaid (center section).  The third skein made the same plaid pattern but was darker!  That's when it hit me!  The dye lots must be different, and when I looked at the labels, two skeins had the same number but not the same as the first one.  Who knows why the third part is darker!  Anyway, one should always check the dye lot numbers and hope for the best I guess.  

I won't rip it out, although I have done that before when something didn't please me.  It brings to mind a story my mother-in-law told me about an old woman who crocheted a "mile a minute" edging.  Her family would unravel it and give the thread back to her to crochet again, unknown to her of course.  It gave her something to do and this was back in the day when people couldn't run to Wal Mart for every little thing and they probably didn't have money to spend on more thread and nothing to do with the yards of edging she made.

My blanket doesn't look that bad unless it is spread out; maybe when it's wrapped around a baby no one will notice. :)

I'm still learning,

Friday, July 7, 2017

In Spite of Neglect,

I've had some beautiful flowers, among grasses, weeds, and tree saplings.  This is a white Stargazer Lily which has grown taller than me.  Each "stem" has from three to five big buds, making it very heavy and prone to be blown over by the wind when it rains.  So ~ I've tied it to a tree branch; a person does what a person has to do.

To answer a question from Chip Butter on my last post (she asked how I learned to crochet):  forty years ago a teacher at the local high school, held a class for those interested in learning to crochet.  I attended and learned to make a ripple afghan.  It was something learned that I have used over and over and enjoy so much.  Many times I have wished I could thank her for giving her time and knowledge to teach this class, and wonder how many of those attending the class carried the passion for crochet like I have.

Have a blessed weekend,

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Use of More Scraps...

This time it's yarn scraps.  In the quest to find something to keep me occupied these past weeks, I decided to try to use up some of my baby yarn left from projects I'd done before.  I found this pattern,
https://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-Baby-Blankets/Hushabye-Simple-Shell-Afghan, online, and had the colors I needed.  This is my finished blanket.  Both blue rows and pink rows are the same color; the far rows look darker but they aren't.

Because I used baby yarn, in order to achieve the right width of the different colors, I had to make eight rows of the colors and four rows of the white.  The pattern shows more rows of color but there wasn't enough green in my stash to make more; anyway, it would have been too long.  I've hunted for baby yarn online and at Wal Mart and can't find it.  The brand is Red Heart; do they not make this yarn anymore?  It's really delicate and soft.

I'm always shy when showing what I've made; I feel like a cat who has brought a mouse to the back door for praise. :)

Have a safe and happy fourth with your friends and families.