A Beautiful Snow Day!

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Yesterday was just a beautiful winter day.  About 22 degrees but with sunshine!!!  Lots of lovely sunshine…   it really makes things nicer.  Of course, we would love some spring time mud season weather, but I can handle these sorts of days…  it was nice to see the doggies get a little play time in and to visit with all our critter friends!!

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Chilly Saturday

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With the last couple Saturdays being on the right chilly side, we have been inside a bit more than we would like!   But that’s okay, we do keep busy!   Maggie has really been making some neat things in her work shop for us!  Like this card weaving loom.   It’s pretty neat!  Simple design, but sometimes those are the best!   And it works like a champ.   I ordered a set of weaving cards off Etsy, but I think you could make your own pretty easily.   These were only $6 so I thought it would be nice to use them.  Support another little Etsy shop owner!

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I haven’t done anything too complicated yet, but it’s enjoyable.   I think I like the inkle weaving a bit more, but then I haven’t give this artform a good run yet.  You can make some very fancy bands and designs when you use more card and different colors of yarns and such!

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Jess got the little loom we call Ikea up and warped…  it does such a nice job!  We love weaving on it…  Just some fun colorful scrap weaving at first!

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The big studio is still REALLY chilly, but I wanted to do some weaving, so I just got on my gloves and went to town!   Maybe someday we can get another little portable kerosene heater or something for those really cold days.  Right now, the gloves were just the touch I needed to stay tolerably warm.    I love how this rug came out, it is made from old t-shirts cut into strips!

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I’ve been trying to weave through my stash so that come garage sale season, I can give myself permission to buy up some new fabrics and such for rugs!   And I have had this clown costume fabric for about a year now.  A reader friend sent it to me from her stash and I tried weaving with it then but it wasn’t working well.   Because it has nearly a white background, the colors were not staying near the outside and it was just troublesome.   But it was so colorful, I couldn’t just pass with it.  And then, it finally came to me!  Make tubes!

So I cut it nice and neatly with my rotary cutter, about 5 inches wide…   and then I folded the strips together and stitched the side seams super close to the edge.   At first I was going to do it like a regular tube and then pull the inside, out, but that would have been days!   So I compromised, and did it with just a wee seam on the side and it was perfect.  It wove pretty nicely and I really like the end product!  A very fun and tough rug…  don’t you think it would be adorable in a kid’s room?

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Very fun…  it’s in our Etsy shop right now…

I think I will remember this for when I find fun big fabric that might not work as well as just vintage sheets and such.   It was a little more work then normal, but it wasn’t too bad at all.

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Jessy got to weaving some beautiful cloth on Ikea!   (We called her that because she is a Swedish Ulman loom that folds all up and such!  haha… reminded us of the Ikea packaging and products)  We really like this little loom.   Nice, portable, and easy to take with us to shows and demonstrations.  She weaves about 18 inches wide, if I remember correctly.   Nice tension, great little loom.  When we can, we would like to get a finer reed for her.  Right now it’s a 6 dent reed…  and that is pretty huge.  we end up double warping her.  Even the big rug loom is 15 dent…  and the old Margaret loom is even finer.  It’s on the wish list and we will be keeping our eye out for one.  :-)

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Just beautiful weaving!  I’m so jealous of Jessy, she has so embraced the 4 shaft weaving and complicated patterns.  Me?  I’m a pretty simple 2 shaft/harness weaver.  I do want to take a spin on the 4 shaft loom soon, just have a few other things to finish up and all!  (Read…  more procrastination against learning a new facet of my art!!! )  Still, I think her work is just beautiful!   She is weaving some cloth to make ipad and ipod tablet bags and such!   So pretty…  

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We finished the weekend with a yummy homemade chicken pot pie!   What can be better?  I know spring is around the corner and then we will be back to working outside and just enjoying the lovely temperatures, the critters and the SUNSHINE!!!   But until then, we are keeping busy and just working away the time.   

 

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Naughty Ram…

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Our best laid plans with our sheep this winter have been slightly revised by one very protective ram.   Apparently, Harley was not happy with our decision to remove his ladies from the back pasture and retiring him from service for the year.   I thought was happy with the decision…  the first day he seemed totally uninterested in their departure and was content to have Cody and Shadow as his only pasture companions.   No more sniffing and kanoodling and a lot more hay and feed!

On the second day, however, he had changed his tune.   And he leapt over a fence to regain them all.   Yes, like a gazelle.   Now, to be fair, he used a low spot in the fence and a high, hard snow bank for a good running start.   And I do believe he must have really impressed the ladies as they were all huddled up together and sharing a little hay with big googly eyes and nuzzling their stud muffin.

We put him back, and then within a few hours, Jess saw him clear the fence again!    So we put him back and shoveled the spot.  And of course, he just wandered about and found another opportunity and rejoined the flock.  We were afraid of him getting caught in the fence and breaking a leg, so we let him stay.  Not idea, but at the moment, until we get a little break in this cold weather, it’s just going to have to be.

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Problem is, NOW the little bugger figured out how to jump the paddock fence using the snow and proceeded to show the ladies how to do it as well.   And then someone didn’t clear it gracefully and knocked down a fence railing and that was a pain in the tush.   So, here is a few shots of Maggie and Jess wrangling the ram with a halter.   Maggie had to move some hay out back and Harley was being a little too naughty and was challenging her!  Trying to head butt.  That is unacceptable around here.   That means the halter of shame has to be brought out.  Sheep hate the halter of shame.

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It’s rather like when you put a cat on a leash.  Most of them feel this is very unacceptable and will try to back out of it for hours…  usually resulting in a frustrated feline that flops over and gives up on life. Well, rams do the same thing.   They are so insulted by the fact that you would put a halter on them, like a pony!!!!   And they back up and figit and try to get loose and just can’t seem to get the hang of it.  And they stop thinking about ramming and pretty much ignore you while they are annoyed by this thing on their head.  Jess held him for about 10 minutes so that Maggie could get the hay in and then fix the fence railing.

 

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I’m pretty sure he’s not thinking happy thoughts at the moment.   But he’s being a good boy and has resigned himself to the fact that the ladies are all laughing at him.  At least, he thinks so.

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Oh boy!!!!   Food lady delivery sled!  Common’!!!!    Everyone is very happy to follow Maggie…  after all, there might be some goodies to share!

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Leading Harley and Angus back to the paddock.   Angus, our whether, was really interested in the fact that Harley was in the halter.  I’m pretty sure he was goating him along.

Buttercup just thinks its all pretty foolish.  After all, she comes and goes as she pleases because she is the true leaping gazelle of Windhaven Farm.  DSC_0651

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