Monday, February 24, 2014

Snow day

Snow's been coming down for about two days now.  It's so beautiful to have proper winter weather.  I sit and spin and enjoy the view.  However, the driveway should get shoveled, I suppose.

Actually, I did start shoveling the driveway.  It's one of my favourite parts of snow.  Making big piles of snow next to the driveway so that they last long after the rest of the white stuff has gone away.  I did start the driveway and made some paths for the chickens to walk through (the snow is higher than chickens right now).  But it's wet heavy snow, and I'm not feeling Dr Brooks today.  Besides, once I finished digging pathways, the snow had filled them in again.  ah well, that's the price of a proper winter.

Still coming down heavy, actually a lot heavier than a few moments ago when I took the photo.  Branches are breaking under the weight of the snow.  Going to go get ready incase one of them falls on the power line and leaves us in the dark.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A mountain of yarn

I had the great fortune to spin a soft mountain of yarn for a wonderful person.  Soft with subtle hints of grey and brown, I can't take a photo that does this justice.

Hate to admit this, but I actually finished spinning it a few days before I contacted the customer who commissioned it - my excuse is that I wanted to get the lighting just right so I could take photos for my blog, but in reality I simply enjoyed admiring it too much to let it go right away.

3 fleeces washed, carded, blended, spun, plyed, blocked, and counted for a total of 2530 yards in about 6 weeks.  Not a personal record for speed, but I took the time to make certain every step was done right.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Power out

The power has been going out a lot this week.  It's not usual in these parts to be without electricity, but to tell you the truth, I rather like it.  The only serious problem we have is the lack of running water (the well pump is electric), that and the lack of internet.  I'm amazed by how addicted I am to having information at my fingertips.  Doing without the net makes me wonder if I should get one of those tablets or smart phones or whatever... but then again, it would be like buying drugs to give to a drug addict.  I'm better off without.  I'm better off reminding my brain how to access information on it's own instead of running to google every time I need to know how many milliliters are in a measuring cup.

So in a way, being without power is a good reminder to myself.

While the power is out, I've been sewing cloth bags from scraps of fabric leftover from different projects.  I have decided that my reason for not using cloth bags while grocery shopping is a stupid one.  I don't like the texture or shape of commercial bags.  No use wasting energy complaining about it when I can put that energy into building a solution.

Anyway, off to feed the sheep, llamas, and alpacas their dinner, then get ready for tonight's windstorm.