Thursday, July 17, 2014

Color Experiment ~ lots of color!

So I managed to take some more pictures.  Then I managed to get them onto the computer.

So here are the rest of the colors we have done so far.  I asked MK to spin the green and the blue together.  She is not thinking too highly of that but I think it will look really neat!

Enjoy! And thanks for stopping by.

God Bless
Kate




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Color experiment #1



So this is the result of our first kool-aid dying.  We didn't use enough kool-aid and the result was a very PINK fleece.  I thought I had pictures of our purple attempt but I can't find it. 
We did green on Saturday and are waiting for the blue to finish up today.  Blue seems to take a longer time to completely soak in.

MK plans to soak yarn once spun in vinegar to make sure that the color stays.  Other than that it is very easy.  We are just taking 4 packages of kool-aid. We started with 2 but that is why we ended up with pink.  So we decided to up the amount.  So we use 4 packages to 2 ounces of fleece.  We are using our white merino/corriedale fleece. ( ika ~ Bones). I take the kool-aid, boil some water (about a cup to a cup and a half) add the boiled water to the kool-aid in a small jar and then stir to make sure the kool-aid completely dissolves.  Then I pour the kool-aid mixture into a large kettle that I don't use for anything else.  I add about 2 to 4 quarts of water to this to cool it down so I am not shocking the fleece.  Then I lay the fleece in.  I try to put the fleece in a little at a time so that it enters the dye fairly evenly.  
Lastly we just let it sit in the kettle covered for about 24 to 48 hours.  As I said early those dyes with blue in them seem to take longer.  The pink and green only took a day.  You remove the fleece once the water is clear when you press down the fleece.  The dye is completely absorbed and the water runs clear.  It is so cool! 

I am hoping to post the green and blue later this week. Not sure if I can manage to get them posted but I will try.

Thanks for reading.
God Bless,
Kate

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Didn't Realize

Hi Everyone,

Didn't realize that it has been almost a month since I last posted.  We have been busy.  We dyed some fleece with kool-aid.  It was fun, easy and not messy.  The first batch didn't turn out as dark as we were hoping and then second batch we used different fleece so again we weren't real happy with it.  As they say, we are hoping the third time is a the charm.  I don't have the pictures loaded yet but will try to get them up on Friday.

Meanwhile, MK has been spinning the fleece we recently washed.  It is really turning out great! I want to call it Fudge Marble because that is what it reminds me of Fudge Marble Ice cream.  Let me know what you think.



Hoping to post some colored fleece pictures on Friday.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Answer Me This...



1. Do you have a land line? No we no longer have a land line.  It was more economical for us to purchase a cheap cell phone and purchase minutes.

2. What is you least favorite food? Lima beans and Rutabega ~ in general I like vegetables and all sorts of other stuff but these two particular ones I won't be serving.  Actually, I serve lima beans because we have strange people in our household who actually like them. 

3. What's on your summer reading list? The list is pretty long as I am pre-reading some stuff for the kids classes next year. I will be finishing up THE INTRODUCTION TO THE DEVOUT LIFE quite soon.  Then I plan to move on to CONSECRATION TO JESUS THROUGH MARY. Next up is HOW TO READ A BOOK; PHILIP II OF SPAIN; ISABEL OF SPAIN; THE LAST CRUSADE.
Can't say that I will not have any light reading.  I will probably squeeze something in that is a little lighter.

4. Is there something people consistently ask your advice on? What is it? No.  I don't think there is.  I find it interesting to arrive at this answer but there we have it. 

5. What's the most physically demanding thing you've done? Okay ~ besides give birth to six children?  I have to say milking a jersey cow twice a day every day for three years.  I did have really nice looking arms though. :)

6. How do you feel about massages? I love them!  Although I have only ever had one done by a professional.  We give each other shoulder rubs and foot massages a lot in my household.  So I like them.
To view other people's answer head on over to this website.

Take care & God Bless,
Kate

 http://www.catholicallyear.com/

Thursday, May 29, 2014

First attempts at processing our fleece

So ~ I finally got around to washing a little bit of our fleece.  We purchased a dog comb per Cary's suggestion for a cheap way to comb fiber.  We also used Cary's suggestions for washing the fiber.  It turned out pretty good I think.  MK is loving working with and I am loving the colors that are coming out.  I can't wait for her to spin it and see what that looks like!  Here are some pics that I had promised to post.



Hope you enjoyed them!  I hope you can see all the mix of colors in the last picture.  We used George's fleece.  He was a CVM/Corriedale/Merino mix.  What can I say ~ we tend to go for mutts. :)
Thanks for stopping by!
God Bless,
Kate

Friday, May 23, 2014

Just Pondering

I recently had a discussion with my spiritual adviser about my writing.  His advice ~ just do it and see if it bears fruit.  ON the way home today , I realized that I also really enjoy teaching. I don't always like the response of the students or all the paperwork, but the actual working to engage students in the discussion that I really enjoy. Unfortunately, it would seem that neither one of these are something I am really capable of doing to earn a living. I haven't truly tired writing, especially Catholic writing. I have thought several times about writing about our experience over the past two years. Larry's illness, our shift in focus, our spiritual growth both as a family and as individuals. So the invective to just do it ~ I am not sure what writing that should be. Should it be fiction, sort stories, essays? Dose it matter if the invective is to just do it? I guess not .So my first endeavor will be to go find a play I wrote a VERY long time ago and see what it reads like now.
Wish me luck and grace!

God Bless,
Kate

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Spring!







Spring finally made it!  I know that it has been here for a bit but it took so long that I wanted to make sure.
We have finally burst out of the winter snow cover.  Trees are in bloom and so far I think we have a good chance at getting fruit this year.
The apple trees were buzzing as were our plums.
I snapped some pictures of our lilac bush and one of the many projects I have been working on.  This one has a deadline though so it is currently getting priority.

Thanks for the visit and I hope you are enjoying your spring!

God Bless!
Kate