Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Loft Window

This is the view from the loft window this morning now that the fog has lifted.

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Orange Tea Pot

When orange was "the colour" in the 70's I gave this teapot to my mother as a present.  I didn't even think if she would like the colour, I was just sure she would. 

This orange tea cosy fits the pot so well.  The cosy will be available at the Sunday Arts Market in Melbourne on Sunday.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Having Words.....

Our little farm is lush and green this winter.  But every time I go outside a sheep or 2 will come and chat.  So maybe they are needing some hay???  This morning I put out a lovely breakfast but all did not go well in sheepland.  Goosie took a dislike to this sheep, they had loud words and the sheep ran away with goosie winning once again.

The sheep were not hungry and are waiting to go back out into the big paddock.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Winter's Afternoon

This afternoon I enjoyed the warmth in the loft and knitted.  With lots of orders I have a busy week of knitting and spinning.  I usually work in the studio but as no one was home today and the slow combustion stove was heating the house the loft was the place to be with my knitting, a cuppa and Country Living.  On the needles I have a scarf in Chunky Carnival, a beret in natural brown and a headband in cream which will be finished with a black flower

Monday, June 20, 2011

Socks and Jam

Lots and lots of sock yarn has been dyed.  These are some of the hanks I'll be putting on my website later today.

La Bassine jams and marmalades are delicious.  The jams are available at the Buninyong Farmers Market on the 3rd Saturday of the month.  Farmers Markets are great places to find special home made products.
I opened  Lemon Marmalade to have on my toast this morning.  Lots and lots of fruit.  Tomorrow I will try the apricot and almond.

The wind is blowing a gale today.  Not sure it is the best day to wash fleece but want to get this fleece washed and dried today.  I've put the fleece outside for a while and then I think the loft will warm enough to finish the drying.

And just need to let you know the chooks (chickens) did not produce any eggs today. 

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Hat Department

Hats are in fashion this winter.  These are some of the hats I have made for this weekend's markets.

Burnt Sienna and Purple.  Sold

Old gold and Purple

Rust and Orange.  Sold

I have 2 more hats to finish now and that's it for this week.  I have packed for the markets. 

Animals have been fed and put to bed.  The dogs are asking for dinner early in the cold weather.  Well I thought they were asking for dinner but there is a lot of barking outside so I had better go and find out what the noise is about. This morning I collected 2 eggs from my 3 chooks (chickens) so that is pleasing in winter.

Yarn for Socks

This is a some of the sock yarn I have dyed this week.  The yarn will be available at the Buninyong Farmers Market tomorrow and the Sunday Arts Market in St Kilda Rd, Melbourne.  I will be adding sock yarn to my website later today.

Have also been busy making hats.  I'll be back later with the "Hat Department".

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Long Weekend

David and I took a picnic to Daylesford.  We stopped at Lake Jubilee after purchasing our honey supply from O'Toole's Honey Stand.

The day was chilly but we did enjoy some bursts of sunshine.

This lake is so picturesque at any time of the year.  We went for a walk but not the usual long walk.  I was so far behind in finishing hats for the market we came home early.

This little friend was determined he could join us and share our picnic.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

This Week on the Loom

With lots of weaving wool spun the loom has been busy. This rug is woven using all hand spun wool from my sheep.

The wool I'm using for this rug is white English Leicester and the grey wool is  from an English Leicester Cross sheep.  The English Leicester is so strong and hard wearing and perfect for floor rugs.  I have hand woven rugs I made 30 years ago and the rugs have been in use constantly since then. 
The rug will be finished today and ready for the Arts Centre Market on Sunday.  The weaving was going to be completed last night but Brie and I watched Persuasion and I knitted a red scarf.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Two Warm Eggs

This morning I raced over to the studio because I needed red yarn to cast on a scarf - right there and then!  You know when you get a project in your mind you need to start now.  It was bitterly cold early today and in fact it is still wet, windy and very cold.

When I go out the front door in the morning Stella demands some sheep pellets and then the goose takes up with a loud squawk cos he wants to let out and then the chooks (chickens) need to get out as well.  I hadn't planned to do the animal thing so early but I got the guilts.  By the time I was at the chook house I was freezing cold.  Then I collected two warm eggs as a thank you from the chooks.  I think the chooks poked their heads outside and promptly went back to bed.

I was sorting out a box of my parents things yesterday and found this plate.  I will make some small almond biscuits to suit the plate and get out the "good" cups on Saturday for High Tea .

Friday, June 3, 2011

Busy Week and Weekend

Lots of wool this week.  Fleeces been washed and I have put the last of this week's wash out to dry in the breeze.  Rain is coming and as soon as I hear the first spots on the roof I'll be out to gather the fleeces.  The "pretend sheep" drying rack is actually a small folding fence DD had when Darwin was a puppy.  I was about to put the fence in the shed when I realised that if I unfolded the fence sideways it would be perfect for drying fleeces.

I'm back into weaving again now I have washed and spun wool especially for weaving rugs.

This rug is a combination of spun yarn and fleece.  The rug is off the loom and I'm going to sit and finish the ends this afternoon.

The quince trees are dropping their leaves ready for a winter rest.

I'm packed and ready for Daylesford Makers Market tomorrow and then I'll be at the Arts Centre Market in Melbourne on Sunday. Well almost packed as I am still dyeing yarn!!

And just between you and me the house is a mess as is the studio so Monday is clean up day.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Frosty Start to Winter

 The sheep were grazing early even though we had quite a frost.  The crunchy grass wasn't a problem.  Just after this photo the sheep walked through the creek.  The sheep have a set routine for grazing and you could almost set your watch.

Looking towards Mt Buninyong

Even the birds on Stella's coat were frosty.  Stella is very happy wearing her coat although some of the other sheep have been getting close up and personal trying to decide what this "animal" is.

Last night I was a little slow feeding Stella so she started chewing my apron as I tried to get the food over the fence. A very bossy lady.
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