Friday, January 24, 2014

I'm Sad

I'm sad!

Ask me what I created today, and I'll tell you this... I created a mess, that's what I created today. While rearranging my kitchen cabinets, I forgot that the cabinet I was rearranging opens on both sides. So this happened...

and now I'm sad. I really like these little dessert plates. I picked them up at a resale shop, so they weren't expensive or anything, but they were all just a little bit different and unique, and I liked them. Now I only have 5 left. What do you do with an odd number like that? Guess I'll have to keep my eyes open for some replacements. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Rooster's Little Ladies

Our rooster is not lonely anymore! He has seven new lady friends, and here they are.

While they are busy getting to know each other, Randy and I were busy in the kitchen. Randy stirred up some of his wonderful gumbo, and I whipped up some pumpkin bread. Our house sure smells good today! We are going to have some kids and grandkids over to share our supper tonight. Stephanie always says she can smell from her house when her daddy is making a pot of gumbo. We know better than to try to have it without her and her kiddo's here. Daniel and his family love it too. Imagine this with a big ol' slab of cornbread beside it...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

All Better Now

These last few days have been very busy, but then all of my days seem to be busy. Honestly, does anyone know where the time goes these days? Seems like I get up in the morning, and before I know it, it's time to start cooking supper. Anyone else have that problem? If I had to work outside of my home, I don't know where the time would come from to do so.

Randy is working on our chicken yard. We got some little Silky chickens and they were very cute. They looked like they had hair instead of feathers. I thought I took some pictures of them, but if I did, I can't find them. Anyway, Randy decided he wants some regular chickens that lay normal size eggs, so he sold them to his sister, Tammy, who likes all kinds of animals. Right now we just have one lonely rooster. He seems content to wait for his little lady friends to arrive, but he isn't laying very many eggs! =) Handsome little guy, isn't he?

Randy sold the two horses we had, and is now looking for a dairy cow. We want to make our own butter, and cheeses.  Though I don't really know where the time is going to come from to do so =) We still have our dairy goats, but we aren't getting milk right now. We are giving Valentine a little milking break before her new kid comes into the world.

Valentine - Alpine/Nubian Mix
Surprise - La Mancha

Also been busy knitting and spinning of course. I have started knitting Randy's big thick hat. He wanted it in green of course, him being a John Deere type of guy. The pattern is on the Lionbrand website, and it's free. Here is the link if anyone wants to try it, it's a quick and easy knit. Simple Knit Crimson Hat 

I need to hurry this along, as it is freezing outside while my poor hubby is working on the chicken yard. 

I also started knitting a couple of things for myself too. The first is called Vertex Vest from Brooklyn Tweed. I will be working on this for a while, as it is made from lace weight yarn. I am using linen though, so it will be fine to wear in the summer too. I actually knitted a swatch for this one, because I wanted to know how the linen would look after it was washed and dried. Blocking it makes the yarn fluff up a little and even out a lot. It's also pretty and drapey. Can't wait to finish this one, but it will take a while to knit.

The second thing is cute little vest in Knit Simple's Knit's Plus magazine. It's called the Camel Cardigan, however I am not doing it in a camel color. I am making it with Bernat Satin yarn, and the color is rouge.

 This one won't take as long to knit since it is a worsted weight yarn. Yummy! I guess nobody could possibly tell what my favorite color is, right?

That's all for now folks!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Haven't felt good the last couple of days. But my hands have not been idle =) I have finished a hat for both Weston and Gabriel, and with the leftovers, made a matching one for the Dad, Jason. Now, of course, my hubby wants one too, and in John Deere green!


Aiden finally got the 4-wheeler he has been asking for, and he is having a blast with it. This is one happy little boy, and very happy to give little sis a ride too.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Whew! Finished! Party Time!

The mother in law hat is done! Yay! Hopefully there will be more cold weather so she will have a chance to wear it. Wait a minute! Did I just say "hopefully"? Oh well, it's only the first part of January, so that's pretty much a given. Here is the hat. It's very soft and warm.

I finished the mother in law hat day before yesterday, and got it blocked yesterday. I also started on Weston's hat yesterday, and worked on it a little today.   
Right now it just looks like a soft squishy tube.

But when I roll up the edge you can tell it will be a hat.

I also worked on some spinning today. I am trying to finish up this merino and silk blend. I can hardly wait to make something out of it. 

Yesterday we went to Daniel and Holly's house for Chloe's birthday party. It's hard to believe she is already 5 years old. Where did the time go?

Here she is 5 years ago being fed a bottle by her cousin, Brittney.
Chloe Ann Morris - 5 years old

Friday, January 10, 2014

Mother In Law Hat

We have been having some really bizarre weather here in Mountain Home, AR. We had another ice/snow storm, mostly ice, and the roads were just horrible. They looked like they were just wet, but try stepping out on it and you would get a BIG surprise! So we have been stuck inside a lot this winter, which is fine by me. I'm one of those weird people who never gets cabin fever. I can always find things to keep me busy at home, and I love being at home.

My mother in law has been asking me for a hat that would match a cowl that I gave her last winter, and I am finally getting around to it. I love this pattern. Even though you can't really see it with the yarn I chose, Lionbrand Homespun, it has a cable brim. Then stitches are picked up all around it, and the body slowly increases a bit, then decreases to the crown. It's a quick and fun knit.

While I'm on the subject of creating things, I want to tell you how impressed I am with my grandson, Weston. He has started tanning hides. We have a lot of deer hunters in our family, so he has had a lot of hides to practice on. It may sound gross to some, but it's really amazing for a twelve year old to be doing this so well. It's kind of a lost art, I would think.

His first attempts were not very soft, but he didn't give up, and the last piece he put in my hands to feel of was SO soft. He made a knife sheath out of a piece of it. It has a plastic casing to hold the knife firmly in place, which he also made!

He bought some snaps to put on it this same day, so now it has a snap. That's pretty impressive, right?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Flooring For the Entry

Randy and I finally got completely fed up with the carpet at the front door. It was impossible to keep clean and the door was too low to keep a rug under it. The rug outside was not doing the job well either. We went shopping together to change this, which was a huge thing alone since Randy hates to shop, and this is the result...
New Tile- Yay!

Ginger was completely worn out after this job

Teaching Aiden to Knit

School has been canceled a lot lately because of bad weather, so I have had Aiden with me a few days. He is a precious child, but a handful. I have tried to keep him busy by teaching him the basics of knitting. I really didn't know if he would be able to catch on, but I taught him in 5 steps which he counts down. He is really doing much better than I thought he would.
I am so proud of him, but more importantly, he is pretty proud of himself.

Aiden knitting for the first time

Daily Picture

First of all, I really can't believe how long it's been since I have posted anything. I honestly didn't fall off the face of the earth or anything, just got busy living. I know it's no excuse, so one of my New Year's resolutions is to do MUCH better at keeping up. 

I was reading a blog that I subscribe to last night, and was intrigued by an idea that they are going to do. The idea is to post a picture everyday of something that was created by you that day. I'm going to try to do this, but I have some catching up to do, seeing as it is already eight days into the year. 

I have been working on a birthday present for my sister for a couple of weeks, and finally finished it two day's ago. She is the pastor's wife at South Coast Worship Center in California. Churches can get chilly even in the summer with the air conditioning on, so I made her something to keep the chill off. 

Then I had an order to make some mittens for Chloe's birthday, she just turned five, and she is my youngest grandbaby. She was spending the day with me here because she was sick. 
Bunny Mittens

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