Spinzilla 2016 Days 1-3

Ok, I have gobs and gobs of pictures to share. I had a sale on my Etsy store, so some more packages can go out to hospitals! Yaaaayyy! So, I’ve been getting pictures of the hats, and booties, and blankets I’m sending out. BUT first I have to keep up with all of this spinning I’ve been doing, and now we’re on day three of Spinzilla and I do believe I am at my Mile already! Yaaayyy!

Ok, so I got the Spinzilla 2016 Fiber Variety Pack (3 Colors) from the Woolery, and I was thinking I could dye some of it, and spin for all different kinds of knitting, up until the night of Spinzilla, and then I thought, the first year I participated in Spinzilla I made beautiful rainbow yarn, and then made a shawl from it. Last year I spun some fiber I bought at a local shop, and that was spun in mind of making another shawl, just with Etsy stuff I haven’t gotten around to making it yet. But why not spin this year to make a shawl also? Here’s the woolly goodness I have to work with…


So I am spinning up all three colors to use in a beautiful shawl, that I’ve already picked a pattern for (not sharing that yet, but soon). And here’s what I have done up so far…

Day one: I went ahead and started with the medium (not too dark, not too light) color, and I wanted to start at 12:01 and spin until I filled a bobbin to kind of give me a gauge of how many hours I’ll have into this when I’m done. With a few interruptions it took me around an hour and twenty minutes to fill the first bobbin, and then off to bed I went.


I woke up early, still the first day of spinning and filled three more bobbins and then Zzzzzzzz! (we also did gardening and got some kale and other greens into some garden beds for the winter. And then other outdoor chores too, so it’s not like I just get to sit and spin spin spin all day, as much as I would like to :-D)

Day 2: I started plying stuff off. 930 total yards spun for Spinzilla between doing the single plies, and then you get to count the yardage for plying them together also. So even though it’s 930 yards spun, I have 310 yards of yarn from the light grey bag of fiber.


Then late last night I started on spinning the darker fiber, and I kept spinning til around 1 in the morning, and I got four bobbins full! I had to ply off a wee little skein of cream colored yarn to free up bobbins to be able to spin all four bobbins in the dark colored fiber, so I get to add the plying total to my Spinzilla totals *just for the plying* of the cream colored yarn. 56 yards plied!

Today was day 3: There was gardening to do, and general housework, and school work, and I woke up late because I went to bed late. Blah! But I got those bobbins plied off and about half of the dark stuff totaled too, so I am officially tomorrow going to be at my monster mile of spinning! Yaaayyy! Here’s all that’s done up so far, and I have another skein of the dark grey added to this pile now! Just a hundred or so more yards (which is already on my bobbins, but I’m not adding it til it’s officially plied up) and I’ll be at the Mile!!!


And that’s my week of Spinzilla so far! If you are Spinzilla-ing, hows it going? Are you using spindles, or a wheel, or a potato and a stick? And good golly, share what fiber you’re spinning. I have some more of that cream color fiber up at the top, and I’m thinking about wildly spot dying it, because at this rate I am going to be out of this three pack of fiber by Friday and it’ll be good to spin some pops of color by the weekend! Tomorrow, knitting pictures!!!!



Yep, we finally got some! Took three days, because the farm stand we go to picks fresh every morning, and when it’s gone for the day, it’s gone! But we got two bags, and we might get two more on the weekend. Gotta check how much room we can make in the deep freezer!

So the latest on the chickens… One has wry neck, and ended up getting hen pecked by the rest of the flock, so now shes in isolation (next to the others, but not in with them) and we’re giving her vitamin E in her food, and all the looove! Shes recovering nicely so far, but shes still a little twisty in the neck when she tries to look at things. The first day we had to separate her from the flock she just sat in my arms for almost an hour and slept, and did like chicken purs! It was so sweet, but heart breaking at the same time, because I think that none of the other chickens let her rest at all the night before. She finally woke up, and ate and drank a Lot! Which gave me hope that she would be just fine. So we’re keeping her doctored up, and we’ll see what a week or two will do.

In knitting and crocheting stuff… I’m making a boodle of these little angels from Bev’s site. I’m going to put magnets on these and stick them to the fridge, and then when we go shopping I’ll get some lapel pins from the craft section to add to the backs of other ones. Mine are like four inches tall, because I modified the pattern making them with half double crochet stitch. I might try this with baby weight yarn just using single crochet to get the two and a half inch size. Lordy knows I can never follow a crochet pattern just like it’s written, because that’s just how my brain is wired I guess.


If I can dig out my sparkle yarn I’ll make a bunch for the Christmas tree too! Besides these it’s just been the normal ol baby hat knitting, and making neck warmers. I need to work on one more pair of mittens for a friend also. Then Spinzilla can happen next week with nothing holding me back! Yaaayyyy! Pictures incoming as I get things packed and ready to mail out, and then more pictures for all the week of Spinzilla!


Down and Out!

It’s been a rough week-ish or so. The flu bug has hit us, and it’s starting it’s second round, so no matter how crappy I feel, I had to get up and do something about it all yesterday. By the end of the day I had washed nine loads of laundry, and the kiddo’s worked on folding and putting it all away, and making beds. Then there was just general house keeping to catch up on. Two days of NyQuil haze is enough for me without getting to the point I want to condemn my own home. :-P  Then I cleaned door handles, and light switches, and changed out tooth brushes, and boiled the silverware! Yes, that’s how I roll when the bug hits us this hard and won’t let go.

Now I’m feeling a lot better except for a bit of a cough, and I keep sweating. Three days straight and I feel like I’m in a sweat lodge. No fever, but there’s the sweat. Blah. Every single Fall since we’ve been here this happens in either Sept or Oct. I guess it’s just going to be a thing.

Funny thing though. All the kiddo’s keep asking for their school paper work, and they do it on their clip boards in their beds. They don’t wanna fall behind. LOL I ask them, fall behind what?  They’d just rather take two weeks off for Christmas vacation, and not have a flu vacation.😛 And no one really has the runny eyes and nose kinda cold/flu, so they can all still see to read their books and write, so it’s all good.

In knitting news… I’ve just picked out random colors of yarn, and I’m working on neck warmers. Cast on 33 stitches and knit every row til the piece is about four inches bigger than a hat, so it slips over your head easily and knit the starting row to the ending row like a three needle bind off.  I like them better than scarves, because no dangling ends to get caught on anything, and they’re easy to have on hand to hand out. Last year in Oct the temps took a sudden dip from in the 70’s during the day, to the mid 30’s right after sunset, and there was this poor woman in the store parking lot asking for money in shorts and a tshirt, obviously Freezing her hiney off because she didn’t expect the turn in the weather. I stripped off my neck warmer, and mitts, and $2 flannel shirt that I was wearing as a second shirt, and just gave it to her so she could be warm. I still had long clothes and my jacket on, so I was fine, and I had extra neck warmers and mitts in our van, so I could easily put more on without worry about the ones I handed off to her. It’s so nice to be able to do that, and it didn’t even cost me $3, and totally made someones day better all at once. Not tooting my own horn or anything, but I really Love knitting and crocheting for just that reason!

In the garden… our zucchini plants are just about done. I will be sad to not have them now. And we ate so much I didn’t get to freeze any for us for winter either. I do have four left right now that I’m going to shred for making zucchini bread though. The other night we shredded some zucchini and some potatoes and then dh spiced it up and added a few eggs and we fried it on the griddle like hash browns and man oh man can you say, “new favorite dish”!!!! We made way too much though so I have some stored in the freezer right along with our fried zucchini to take out and pop in the oven for heat and eat type food! Nom nom nom!

And in the kitchen… Emily was like, “Mom, do you have a pie crust recipe?” Nope. So I look one up, and of course she runs right off making it!  Then I’m like, “what are you going to use it for?” My face when she said, “Pumpkin pie!” :-O  Ummmm, I don’t think we have all the ingredients. Her: “sure we do!” And she proceeds to pull them all out of gawd knows where, and I’m checking dates….. Huh! I guess we do! I leave the room for like 15 minutes, and come back and shes like, “Mom, how do we roll out the pie crust?” We take another fifteen minutes to dig out the rolling pin, and I’m muttering, “This is why I don’t bake. This is why I don’t bake” LOL So anyway, we made it all work! First time making pie crust for both of us. First time making pumpkin pie for her! Yaaaaayyy! Nom nom nom!😀


And that’s our week so far. Sickness and all. Hows yours going?


It Fits!!!!!

So, last week I ordered an Ashford spinning wheel repair kit from the Woolery. I should have done it last year, but we were broker than broke. I should have done it the year before too, but I was late for Spinzilla sign up, and didn’t give a flying crap. But this year I got in on the Spinzilla sign up early, and I’m preparing early and saved my pennies, and didn’t go to Yarn Along the Rockies at all! So when I ordered the kit I saw the little round piece in the kit bag, I think it’s called a nylon retaining washer. I lost mine all the way back in FL somewhere. Four years I’ve been spinning with yarn tied on the back of my wheel so the treadle thingie wouldn’t fall off. Like this…


Just had to wrap it round and round so the blob of yarn was too big to go through the hole, and then tie it off. Sometimes I would get to spinning so fast and that bit of wood would pop off anyway. Blah!

Here’s the part I needed…


Looked high and low through hardware stores and everywhere I could think of. Never found one. I did see another lady using a hard piece of leather to hold hers on one time though, and thought that would be my next option. But nope. Here we goooooo…


And then I broke out the Wood Beams and shined my wheel up beautiful, and I was going to save the hardware for whenever, but everything was looking so beautiful, and the repair kit even came with the perfect little oil bottle for oiling all the moving parts. So, I just went to town changing everything out…


Isn’t she gorgeous now?  Love love love love!!!! (don’t mind that big ol basket of dirty laundry back there. It’s not going anywhere. LOL)

So I am Spinzilla ready!!! Wheeeeeeeee!

Random cat picture just because…



Gardeny cooking

Overwhelmed with food right now would be an understatement! SO, I put off dealing with the tomatoes and zucchinis for a week-ish to 10 days, or so. I cannot do that again. Today I washed and sorted three 9×13 pans of tomatoes, most about a little bigger than a golf ball, and then added diced onions, and some potatoes from the garden, to the whole batch of them for bulk, and tomorrow I have to spend all day rotating them in and out of our toaster oven, roasting them all and then shooting them all through the blender to make soup! This time around I am going to put two quart jars of the soup in the fridge for meals, and then I am going to scoop six cups at a time into zip lock bags to freeze them, so the kiddo’s don’t eat every scrap of it up within a few days!

Yesterday we did the whole zucchini thing! Both Emily and me, for like two or three hours, cutting, breading, and frying zucchini, and then portioning it into bags to freeze for side dishes.  All we have to do now is line a baking pan, and heat them up in the oven just like french fries! The rest of the zucchini that we didn’t get to, I just lopped and chopped up into chicken food, and that is all frozen now too!  Feels good saving every scrap of everything from the garden! But, man oh man, the work that went into it all! Totally worth it though, to have such yummy food on hand already done up for quick meals!

Yesterday, I made a small order for Spinzilla also. I got some fiber from the Woolery, and then a spinning wheel repair kit that I probably should have gotten last year! The good thing is, I can use the stuff from one repair kit to repair both of my wheels!  That way I can spin on the Ashford, and do my plying quickly on my Lendrum. The Lendrum is only a single treadle, so I don’t like spinning on it too much, but plying… whhhheeeeeeeeeee!

In knitting news… I am making some baby hats again! I got three done this weekend, and I have yarn out to start another one tomorrow. I’m also working on labeling packages to get them out of here the first of Oct. I’ve spent up all of my mailing money, and a few other dollars I had saved, so just gotta wait for a bit. I do have a few things to post to my Etsy shop though, so maybe a sale will come in and I can get some of these packages out sooner. No biggie either way.

And that’s about all from here! I hope everyone had a wonderful and peaceful weekend.


First Day of School

Yep, once again this year we didn’t get started til after Labor Day.  I guess it might become a thing. We only have five more years of school, and then everyone will be graduated! The school board doesn’t care when we start or stop, just so long as we get in 172 four hour days. I still do the 180 days from FL though because they’re all used to it and it makes for a nice even amount of weeks.😛

So today we’re going nice and easy, with spelling words, and reading, and History. I’m going to try and throw more classics their way this year too. Nobody likes them much, so I might just end up getting Audible books and playing them when everyone is trapped in the van. Just for a regular run to get groceries it’s an hour round trip, so we could get a book knocked out every month or so, if we do that.

In knitting/crocheting stuff… well, I’ve got a boodle of things to finish up. My Nephew is having a baby in two weeks, so I’ve gotta get their package of baby things out. I’ve got pictures. Just not posting them til mama and papa see the gifties first! Then I have another friend in the Springs that had her baby like three months ago, and she was moving just after he was born, so I need to get her package out too.

I’ve also been working on hats, and neck warmers, and mitts, and stuff for the shop.  I need to work on some mittens for a little buddy of mine that just moved here to CO last year. His mama says she hasn’t found gloves or mittens to fit him, so I’m going to send her several different ones for her to try, and then make extras of the ones she likes. Can’t have my buddies hands being cold!

Oh, and there’s wood burning going on here also!  We went to Harbor Freight and they were having a tremendous sale!!! I think my wood burner was like 70% or 80% off! So I got it and I have some uses for it in my kitchen, and I’m going to make signs for Chicken City, and the Fresh Eggs hatch. I’ve already tested it out on a little bit of scrappy wood while we were building chicken city. Here’s what I’ve got so far…



… and that’s just fiddling around with it! Imagine if I got stencils or transfer paper! It does take a bit of setting up though because I’m afraid I’m gonna burn a hole in my desk, or burn myself somehow.  I pretty much will only use it in the morning when my brain isn’t scattered to a million other things!

And that’s about it for today. I should do a cat post. We’re up to six now, and we didn’t take Mammy to the shelter, so she’s still in the spare room too (so technically seven), because I found her a home where they need a good outdoor cat to catch mice. She would be the cat to have for that! I cannot tell you how many birds, mice, and lizards shes gifted me on the back porch in the past year!!! I think these people are going to Love having her around! So, one more week and shes outta here! Anyway…


Everyday Stuff

Ok, so here’s the deal. August was just as busy as July, and I am just not finding time to blog, so here’s what I’mma gonna do! I am going to just take a few minutes a day and post whatever, and maybe a just a picture here or there. I am disliking FB so much right now, I don’t think I’ve even been on there in a week or so other than to chat with a friend from Colorado Springs for a few minutes here and there, and trying to set up dr appointments for Cassie about three weeks ago.

So here’s what happened in August as best I can recollect. The big big BIG thing… the chickens are out in the cooooooop! Yaaayyy! I had finally had enough and we pushed it out big time and got an area cooped in the coop. We still have to build the better nesting boxes and the door to the outside.  They can use the regular door right now because they only stay outside when we’re outside because of feral cats and neighborhood misbehaved dogs. BUT they are sooooo freakin happy! I love it!

My sweet birdies!


Number Nine the rooster! He’s a pretty sweet rooster too!


So happy I painted the floor too! Once we get the nesting boxes, and the roosts, and the door put in I’m going to paint as much of the rest of everything that I can!  Oh, and we hung the feeder from a rafter, so they can’t dump it anymore!

So all is good in animal land again. Also in August the second set of kittens went to the no kill place, and all of them were in PetCo when we went in a week later, and then the next time we went in for litter they had all been adopted out! Mammy cat stayed with us for two more weeks after that, because we took her in to be spayed, and now she is going to be a barn cat and kill mice for a living!

Anyway, I’m off of here for dinner. We got a piece of pork from the meat store yesterday and we’re bbqing it and having it with beans from our garden and rice! Nom nom!




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