Thursday, March 20, 2014

So Happy I Married an Engineer!

I will do my best to post some good pictures.  My daughter, MK, is spinning wonderfully on my louet.  She is having a lot of fun.  I read a recent post on knitty about finishing the spun yarn.  So she has tried a technique to get the yarn stretched out and a little firmer.

Our fist attempt went okay but then we thought about and realized that we needed to dry it with more tension to pull out the kinks.  So we went to the Man ~ he said that we needed more tension.  We said RIGHT!  How?  So he said it is really simply just hang a bucket of water from it and you can adjust the amount of tension with the amount of water in the bucket.

My darling daughter understood better than I.  And then the Man walked over and just did it. lol  

Not only did it really stretch all the kinks out; it also helped to pull out the water and thus the skein dried quicker.  I do not have pictures of the dried skein but I do have some of the  tension.  Sorry they are a little blurrier than I thought.  So No it is not  your computer or your eyes.

Not quite a year....this needs work

So, I once again have been quite the absent blogger.  We are doing okay.  The homeschooling is going quite well.  Daughter #2 MK, began spinning this past year.  She is doing amazing well.  She is having fun creating some beautiful color combinations.  She recently spun three fleeces thick , then plied them and then knit a hat.  It was so cool to watch.  
She is also a budding herbalist.  We recently all came down with a cold that nicely circulated through our house.  She was making tea every night for everyone.  She will be making a batch of vinegar garlic~ at least I think that is what she was calling it.  She has made two batches of chutney...not to her liking yet but she will soldier on to create some that is spicier and more to her and her father's taste.
The boys are spending their time growing like weeds! These are the two that are still at home.  M is 14 and eats .... just eats.  It is rare that you don't see him with some type of food in his hand.  When he gets cranky, we usually ask when was the last time he ate something. :) .  S just turned 13 recently.  He has taken becoming a teenager fairly seriously.  He is now going out and splitting wood by hand on a regular basis.  The other day he had split enough wood that his father didn't have to go out split more after he got home.  A really great feeling!

We are anxiously awaiting spring.  We have been in the deep freeze for quite long enough ~ thank you very much.  It is coming....just in very small doses.  

I will try harder to post more often...

Take care and thanks for hanging in there with me.