Author: denisemor


Make some progress on the hoophouse today. Hoops assembled!

And here’s what one looks like in my expertly pounded groundposts 🙂

So that is super cool. I can stand under my one hoop and imagine what the structure will be like when it’s completed. Super excited.

I also have decided that the time is ripe to move some of my fleece inventory along in the processing pipeline. I’m up to date with fleece washing, but have abit of a glut of locks awaiting picking/carding. So I have resolved to get one bag of fleece picked and carded each week through the month of November. Bag size varies a bit, but that’s ok. Just workin’ through it.

This week’s carding is Daphne Fall 2020 fleece- about 18 oz of dark, nutty, frosty deliciousness.

And here is the girl herself striking a pose, to show you what that texture looks like on the hoof-

Also wanted to show you the texture on Fiona’s fleece. This is not quite two months growth since her fall haircut- I love the curly tips!

Really glad I got some Fall shearing done this year, Hoping it will mean that Spring fleeces will be a little tidier and less felted.

Have a great week- and Go Hawks!

Hoophouse Report

We got the rest of the groundposts driven this weekend, wrapping up phase 1 of the project. Doesn’t look like much yet, but hopefully we’ve laid a decently square and level base that will set us up for success going forward-

Phase 2 means getting the hoops themselves assembled and securing them in the ground posts. So that should be exciting.

Not much woolwork happening here today- all the sledgehammering really took it out of me yesterday. But I do have a little something going to keep my hands busy- I ripped back my garter stitch “meantime” cowl that I cast on a month or so ago and decided that brioche stitch would be a better way to show off the color combination

And out in the pasture the sheeps (and chickens) are still enjoying apples. I thought I’d be able to rotate this video in youtube, but apparently you can’t do that anymore. Sorry about that- but it’s still cute enough that I wanted to share 🙂

Such a cool bunch of critters.

That’s all I’ve got for now- have a good week!

Spinnin’ in the Rain

The weather hasn’t been favorable for hoophouse construction, so I’ve been channeling my energies into spinning.

This chunky version of the Polwarth/Silk blend in Tarnished Penny colorway was a fast and fun spin. Hadn’t made anything this thick and cushy for a while!

Then I moved on to some raspberry blends using some wool I had dyed over the summer

And finally I came back to basics with a natural color Griff light fingering two-ply. Comfort wool, like the mac and cheese of spinning.

So that’s me. Biding my time behind the wheel, waiting for my ballot to arrive in the mail. 🙂

Stay safe out there folks-

Baking Beneficiary

Today the Man and I watched the Seahawks from the kitchen as he made little pizzas. They are off to an amazing start- 4 and 0!

I helped prep toppings and such, but The Man is now the uncontested king of dough on the homestead, and makes a mighty fine crispy crust.

It started out a couple months ago with yeasted breads- ciabatta, baguettes. But he has recently developed an interest in sourdough-

And has even ventured into sweet territory with these killer cinnamon rolls

It’s such a treat to have fresh bread. I especially enjoy it toasted in the morning with eggs from my chicken friends.

Speaking of chicken friends, I wanted to give a shout out to Yellow Chig, who has finally stopped feeling broody and was up to coming out for a bit of a walkaround the other day.

She spent a little time checking out my work on the hoophouse site and enjoying some fresh grass, but is pretty happy these days just hanging loose in her independent living condo, away from the pressures of the pecking order.

I’m thinking that once we get the hoophouse constructed I will be able to find a nice spot in there for her to overwinter.

I did get a bit of knitting done this week- haven’t jumped into the big project (Alcott vest) yet, but am biding my time with another hat, Mountain and Valley (though I have to say I have taken some liberties with the pattern)

That’s Fiona yarn again, but this time paired with a polwarth and silk blend in a tarnished copper penny-ish colorway. The different colors aren’t coming through as clearly as I hoped, but it might be that I spun it too fine and the different shades got a bit muddled. I might spin the remaining 6 oz a bit thicker. But in any case it does still give a warm brown/gold contrast to Fiona’s light fawn. And it is marvelously soft.

Hope to have more hoophouse progress to share next week- take care, and stay safe!