This is almost all the yarn I have in my stash. There are still 2 skeins drying after setting the twist, the 2 projects I have on needles, and 2 small skeins sitting on the computer desk I still need to put away. We wont even talk about all the roving and wool I have sitting in my stash. Is this normal? God Bless and stay warm!!
Ok so this post is way late but I have been doing some cleaning and organizing of my stash and just found these, so I thought I would post a pic now. I also have way more yarn spun up than I ever thought I did! Better late than never I guess. The colored skein is from a black French German cross it got 6th place not sure how many there was altogether. The dyed skein is pure German and got took 2nd. Both skeins got very good comments. I thought I done very well for my first skein contest. Hope all of you had a very good Christmas! God Bless
I got some white BFL locks from Out of the Blue If you have not visited that site yet make sure you do. Anyways back to the locks. I ran the tips over one of my hand carders to open them up a little and carded some white onto my carder. Dyes some of the locks sapphire blue and violet. The blue shows up better than the violet in this pic but the locks took dye VERY well. I then "hand painted" them onto my carder (sorry I should have got a pic of that) and ran it through the carder 3 times. I still have some more to play with then I will be spinning. If I remember I will post pics of the finished yarn before I knit it into whatever it becomes. I have really liked working with this BFL I may have to rethink my sheep thoughts. God Bless!
I am finally back on line at home and everything is working well. My computer was really old so when they redone the phone lines and I needed a new DSL modem I had to get some kinda card put on my computer well I went ahead and bought a new rebuilt computer instead so I am all up to date now. Works like a dream, fast, smooth, takes no time at all to surf and find things now its great! So now its time to see how it does with uploading pics for my blog. This is Rambouillet, Angora, and bronze Angelina that I blended on my drum carder. I had a hard time getting the angora to blend in, not sure if its just cause I am new at this or if its because the angora was from first clips so it was very fine, anyways I did not get as much angora in it as I wanted. This is pure angora that I had dyed. I was blending it on hand carders, the drum carder was much faster and easier. I have more of this to get carded and have wondered if I should not blend it with some white wool and add angelina to get a multi colored sparkly batt. God Bless hope your all staying warm!
My internet at home is not working so the only time I can check email or anything is at work. Hopefully it will be fixed by the beginning of next week and I will get back to blog updates. God Bless hope all of you are staying warm!
I took this pic this morning before I left for work it is the first snow here in Southeastern Indiana we got about an inch. It was all melted away before I got off work this afternoon. I picked up this Louet Drum Carder from my friend Joyce this weekend. So far I am really enjoying using it. I have carded a couple batts one I blended in some Firestar for shine and blended 2 colors of dyed angora in another. I got some Angelina in mail today for blending as well. Stay tuned for pis of crazy batts. God bless and stay warm!
Wondered who I get bringing animals home from? Its from my Dad without a doubt! Friday night he went to his coon hunters club for a hunt and he brought home another puppy! This time I am very excited, for once its not a coon hound, not even a hound at all! Her name is Annie and yes this one is defiantly mine LOL. Annie is a Border Collie! The cutest little thing and smart too, she already knows her name. I took her to my brothers today to pick turnips if she wondered to far I called her by name and she came running! This pic is after she got her belly full and ready is ready for a nap now. I have heard Border Collies are very smart little dogs I can wait to see what all we can do! God Bless I pray each of you have found salvation through Jesus Christ!
There has been some talk around the house about getting some sheep for both wool and meat. It is not something that will happen soon because I will have to build a small barn and fence off part of the pasture for grazing. I am only wanting 3-4 sheep that would include a ram and a couple ewes. That will give more wool than I need so would have some for sale and give us lambs to put in the freezer. I am thinking Babydoll Southdown sheep A small easy keeping sheep that will still give plenty of fine wool for spinning and enough meat for the 3 of us and a lamb or 2 to sell. I will know more once I spin some Southdown wool that I just finished washing. I have been saying for along time I wanted Rambouillets but they are rather large so would need more grazing room, and would give way more wool than I would ever need. Another possibility would be Icelandics or Cheviots but the Cheviots I have been around were always kinda crazy so I don't see that one happening at all. Thinking all kinds of thoughts about sheep and barns right now. God Bless!
Guess who got another new hound? Well Dad brought him home but I was quick to snatch him up and give him a name :) This is Ranger who came to live with us a couple weeks ago. While I was plucking a goose he thought he would lay down and take a nap in the feathers. Ranger is part Walker and part English Red Tick, he looks all Walker. Just like Molly is very spoiled and I let him come in the house to hang out as well. Mom is never very happy with my hounds in the house. This is a little English Angora if you look close you can see it in all the wool. Not sure the sex on this little guy yet.
Its the first English born in my barn in a long time. English were the first angoras I had but I had sold them and my other breeds to make more room to work on my Giants. The mom was a rescue but for some reason has special place in my barn, maybe its just her color since she is an opal. The father my friend Joyce gave me he is half Denantz lines which is Debbie Eldridge where I got my very first Angora. God Bless hope you all had a very wonderful holiday!
This is Moses in his usual position taking it easy. The things we do for our pets LOL. While we are out working making a living they are at home having the life. Here is Molly the only Coonhound that I can ever remember being in the house at all. She runs in looks for snacks that Moses has left on the floor and try to woof them down before Mom kicks her out. I usually let her hang out for a bit I have kinda spoiled her. Molly and I hangin out on the couch, see I do spoil her! LOL and while I am spoiling the dogs my mom is making me lemon cookies! Life is great God Bless!
Sorry its been a while since I have posted things have been super busy here between trying to get the barn clean with all the bunny issues, working overtime like crazy and then having internet issues. I have managed to finish knitting some fingerless gloves though. Super easy and fast to knit I used 9" circs to knit them on instead of DPNs. Clover makes them if you wanna find any. Here is a pic of the gloves.
The blue is a Cormo Angora blend and the grey is pure angora from a black German French cross. Will try to post again soon if the internet is still working! God Bless you all!
I have posted before about how I prefer the King James Bible over all other versions of the bible here is a link I found that supports my beliefs if you would like to take a look God Bless hope your all having a wonder full week!
Since I posted pics of some bunns for sale out of my breeding program I thought I would post a couple pics of bunns I will be keeping for breeding. I have found that breeding for fawn/red is not an easy thing to do since you need 2 "e" which is a recessive so you get a lot of carries. I have been lucky enough to get 1 red buck, 1 fawn doe and a buck and doe that are both agouti and carry "e". This is a 50% German doe out of my latest litter. She is a litter mate to the ones i have for sale. I have yet to name her. She was to busy lookin around and trying to jump off the table to get a good picture. Dusty's Archie a 50% German buck brother to above doe. I really love this little guy and cant wait to see what kinda babies he throws. Dusty's Mable a 40% Fawn doe. This pic does her no justice she has the nicest fawn color with very little smut and very nice creamy fawn color. I wish they all looked this nice. I did not get a picture of Simba I have posted his pic before but his furnishings are all trimmed short and he looks kinda funny right now. God Bless I pray you all have found Salvation in Jesus Christ!
50% German Angora bucks one is a chestnut agouti and the other is a wild gray agouti. These 2 little guys are out of my fawn/red breeding program so both carrie "e". Asking $25 each This doe is a sister to the above bucks a very nice wild gray agouti that also carries "e". If your thinking of adding any agouti or "e" carriers to your herd speak quick I just may keep this girl. Asking $25 Above is an 83% German doe, she is currently clipped so this is an older pic. She was born 5-29-09 a very nice doe as well but I have her sister and both parents so I can let this one go. Asking $40 You can contact me with any interest or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org God Bless!
"0">2/3 Rambouillet 1/3 Angora 4oz ball $14 plus shipping Spins into a very nice soft springy yarn.="0">50% Alpaca 50% Rambouillet I have not had a chance to spin this yet, came in just before the fiber fest in Corydon. $2.50 oz plus shipping
100% Jacob roving spins very easy, great for beginners $1.50 oz plus shipping
If your interested in any roving please email me at psalms121@rocketmail Sorry but at this time I can't take paypal. Check or money order only please. God Bless!
This weekend Joyce Kathy and I set up at the fiber fest in Corydon IN. Had a great time sitting around talking and meeting new people as well as people I have talked to online but had not met in person. Its always great to put a face with the name! I was good and only bought 4 oz of roving 2 of baby camel down and 2 of sea cell so I did not spend all my profits LOL. I also traded a German cross buck for a very nice alpaca fleece from Mount AmpatoAlpacas I still have a few German cross bunnies and lots of roving for sale I will be posting pics of them in the next couple of days. I did take my camera but as usual did not but a couple pics, and not one of those was of our booth. This is a pic of some Angora goats that were set up in between the 2 buildings. It was so hard not to take one of those guys home! I could have fit one in my care I think, luckily for me the lady does not live far from me so I can get a goat at a later date! LOLThese guys were set up in the middle building playing music. The were sing a song about who broken the chicken house door or something like that when I was in there and then they would all start clucking. Its was great.
Sunday was a very special day as well. My best friend just recently surrendered to the ministry and he gave his first sermon Sunday! It such a great pleasure to be there on such an important day, and it was an awesome sermon! God has used this boy a great deal in my life, in fact it was his witnessing that brought me to salvation. It is so amazing to see the plans God has for people that He as brought into our lives. I know that God will use him to touch many many other peoples lives and I hope I am there to see all of it! Please keep him in your prayers and ask God to guide his footsteps. God Bless all of you and I pray each of you have found Salvation in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!
My friend Joyce came over this weekend and brought Tommy with her. I am hoping in the spring he will mate with my female turkey so we can lots of little turkeys. Its funny as big as he is he is still afraid of my rooster LOL. Since he is too big to fly we put in the chicken house, we didn't want anything to get him, but he is afraid of the rooster so I am going to make him an outside pen with some cattle panels and a calf hut for a house. Then hopefully my hen turkey will fly in with him so he is not lonely.
This weekend Kathy, Joyce, and I will be setting up at the fiber fest in Corydon IN. I have been busy getting my yarns and some roving ready to take along, I decided to part with a little of my Rambouillet Angora blend. I am saving all my white angora to do another blend so I have plenty. I will also have a couple German cross bunnies for sale and an English Angora that belongs to some friends of mine. If you make it to the fest make sure you stop by our booth and say HI! God Bless!
It is amazing how much the good Lord has blessed me! On top of my salvation I have been blessed with wonderful family, friends, and lots of critters! I thought I would show you just a couple of the blessings God has gave me. There is no way I could ever list them all.Roo my labMoses my shadow.The geese follow me around while I do my feeding and like to check out the bunns. They even talk to me I say "Goose goose goose" and they say "HONK HONK HONK" LOL I ain't right I know.My turkey, that should make you laugh! P.S. The knee is alot better and I have been off the crutches for over a week now!These little guys came to live with us lastnight. I traded 5 laying hens for 25 Cornish Rock Cross chics that will be put in the freezer.Pekin Ducks and some of our laying hens. There are still more critters that have been on the blog before that I did not take new pics of. Can you believe a few short years ago I only had a couple horses, its hard to believe now but I was a total different person at that time and in the last 2 years that has changed even more! All of that is only becasue God Himself came into my life and changed my heart. I think He was working on my heart even before I was saved and has freed me of many many things to help prepare me for my salvation and the many wonders He has planned for my life! God Bless all of you hope you enjoyed the pics of all my kids!
Yesterday was my first show of the season at Charlestown IN. Sorry no pics, I did take my camera but never thought to take any pics. Had a great time chatting with Kathy and Sue all day. Sharon and Iris was not able to make it this year so I hope to see them at another show here soon. Between the 3 of us all 4 breeds of angoras were there even though I only had one Giant doe with me :( Hopefully I will have a few more at the next show if I dont breed one of them, I have several people wanting Giant babies and I dont have any at the time.
Show A English Angoras BOB and BOS-Sue Jones
Satin Angora BOB and BOS- Kathy Obrakta
French Angora BOB and BOS Kathy Obrakta
Giant Angora BOB Dustin Maschino
Kathy went on to win Reserve in show with an awesome lilac FA doe congrats Kathy!!!
English BOB BOS Sue Jones
Satin Angora BOB BOS Kathy Obrakta
French Angora BOB BOS Kathy Obrakta
Giant Angora BOB Kathy Obrakta
Sue brought a huge bag of Babydoll Southdown fleeces, and a little Llama wool. Kathy and I split the Babydoll wool but I was stingy with the llama, sorry Kathy!
I really enjoyed meeting up with and talking to all my rabbit friends and hope to see more of them soon!! God Bless!
I manged to really do it this time! Anyone who really knows me is not surprised at all knowing I am an animal NUT! A little over a week ago I came home from church Sunday morning to find turkeys across from my driveway (not wild turkeys btw), later I noticed them walk by the living room window. I said, I am going to have those turkeys. I wait it out, give them some time to get to the barn, when I go out Moses is barking over by the round pen. All 3 turkeys are on the gate, I walk up and grab one put her in the chicken house, one jumps down the dogs chase it, the other jumps up in the tree. Not very high just high enough I think I can still get it. Here is where my swift thinking comes in LOL. I go to the barn and grab a ladder. I know I know what was I thinking! Get up the ladder almost to the turkey but it flies higher in the tree so I start to come back down the ladder, get halfway or so down and it falls. I land on my left foot feel my knee shift to one side and fall to the ground. So I lay on the ground for a bit and them hobble to the house. The Dr said I either pulled or tore the muscels in my knee. It has been swollen and pretty sore but is starting to get better now. I have not been using my crutches as much even though the Dr says about 2 more weeks I think thats a little extreme. So next time you see a turkey think of me! LOL Hope that made you all laugh, once I get back to myself I will post pics of a skien I dyed with onion skins! God Bless!
Dad and my older brother are really into coon hunting, they have the dogs and all the gear. I am not so much into it, went a few times but its just not my thing. When I was younger Dad always had Walker coon hounds, now my brother has Black and Tans so Dad has fallowed suit with Black and Tans as well. This summer they bred 2 of there dogs my brothers female and Dads male. Last week while at my brothers house to look at the kids rabbits I picked out which puppy I wanted Dad to bring home and I named her Molly surprisingly Dad liked my pick and my name. So here is little Molly, I am claiming her as my new kid! She was not to much into a photo shoot.Molly's first meal. She was a hungry puppy! God Bless have hope you enjoy your holiday weekend!
I have mentioned before I like to knit hats. They are fast easy easy knits and I don't get bored with them before I have finished. I will admit I do have a project or two sitting around that I got bored with and have not picked up to finish yet. One of them is a really nice looking purse, its burnt orange BFL lambs wool and white mohair knit together. Looks pretty good and is super soft, but its just stockinette stitch so I got bored and put it down and have not picked it back up yet I really should finish that its not far from being done.
Here are a couple of my latest hats.The one one the left is CVM Alpaca I got form Lisa forever ago and the right is yak. The gray bands in them is the last skein I think of my first Rambouillet Angora blend. Both are knit in a 1X1 rib pattern. I like this one a lot better than my last pattern. God Bless hope your enjoying the cooler temps and getting ready for fall shows!
I think my curse from last fall is over, I finally have little ones and they are not getting sick and dieing. In fact I have babies coming out my ears! Thursday while I was at work Wildhare's Red Dawn had a litter with Dan Dan, all look to be agouti so more than likely Dan Dan does not carry 'e' like I was hoping. Now I had thought the Dan Dan was 'aa' since all his litters with colored does have been black, does were black and choc, but maybe he is 'Aa' since all these babies look Agouti, or else Red Dawn is 'AA'. Any of you genetic geniuses please feel free to let me know what you think. Here is a pick of Red Dawn's litter the day they were born. Ava's litter that I thought was black and agouti are all black. So she will work very well for my black color project. Hopefully she can soften up the texture on my black Germans, they are form the 06 import and the wool is just to course. You can really tell a difference when you spin and knit it, like night and day the difference between the 06 imports and my older lines. I do not like to spin wool from my black German doe at all, but it does work well for blends. Ava and Doro's litterThe babies out of my agouti doe Bertha are getting big and starting to eat pellets as well. There are a total of 11 in the litter and mom has raised all of them, 2 fawns, 1 tort all 3 I think are does right now, the rest are agouti. All the agouti babies will more than likely be looking for a forever home so if your lookin for a wooler let me know, they are mostly French only being 40%German. Bertha and Doro's litterGod Bless hope you enjoyed all the babies!
This is the tomatoes that came out of our garden today. By this time tomorrow some of them will be juice and some of them will be canned.
Ava had a litter of babies yesterday 9 total lost 1. They are Giant/German and FA/NZ all appear to be black or agouti. Depending on how many agouti babies there are I may try to breed her to my black German buck next to get a Giant/German agouti! Keep the bunns cool and God Bless all of you!!
My gray Rambouillet Angora blend made it back from the mill last week. It ended up being 1/3 Angora and 2/3 wool, makes a nice soft springy yarn and is very nice to spin! I still have not made up my mind if I will offer some for sale or hog it all to myself. It will make way more hats then I will ever need, I love making hats. Here is a pic of the roving and a skein I have spun. I pray God blesses all of you!
I have 2 83% German black does for sale born May29-09. These does are out of the same litter as my blue buck and have a 50/50 shot of carrying 'e', both parents of this litter are also black. I culled the rest of this litter today but these little girls were to just too nice to put in the freezer, both does have nice body type and density.I am asking $40 each or $60 for both. Email me at email@example.com God Bless!
We are finally getting some tomatoes form the garden so last night Mom and I made juice. If you noticed the juice in this picture is yellow because its from yellow, and yellow and red striped tomatoes. It does not taste that much different than the red and has less acid in it. We also have red and pink tomatoes. The pink one are my favorite they taste sooo good!Red juiceYellow juice. We made 3 3/4 gallons of juice last night. Tonight we will be freezing corn. God Bless!