Sunday, 28 August 2011

Progress

So in addition to continuing to play around on my grandmother's drumcarder, my husband and I have been hard at work on a shed for my bunny!



This weekend, I finished painting the shed, Kevin finished installing the door, we shingled the shed, and also got the window in.  Wefinished the work on venting and cooling, and also the interior so that bunny can move in.  Just a few more weeks until she's home!!  Here's a picture of the shed as it is now.
Now, it's back to spinning and some time relaxing with a good chick flick.  I've got some really nice alpaca that I'm spinning up for a friend of mine.  It's my first time spinning this fibre and I am enjoying it a lot.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

I Love My Grandma


So I had a phone conversation with my grandmother a few weeks ago which revealed that she had a drumcarder and some wool stashed away on the family farm.  With the help of my grandfather and my mom they searched it out and now I have it!



It even came with a little doffer painted to match.  I'm not sure what brand the drumcarder is or how old it is, but I'm pretty excited to have one.  I cleaned it up & of course I had to try it right away.  I blended together about 2oz. of fibre scraps.

I have the feeling this is going to be lots of fun...and may also result in some new offerings through my etsy shop!  Grandma also had two garbage bags full of natural undyed carded wool.  We'll see what kind of adventure I can have with that!!

All I can say right now is I Love My Grandma!!

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Angora Love

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was debating getting myself an angora rabbit.  Well, I have ended the debate and am going to be getting a sweet little french/german hybrid from a lovely local breeder.  I got to go meet my beautiful bunny girl on Tuesday evening and fell instantly in love with her!  Her name is Suzuki and I hope to have her home with me as a part of the family by fall.  She is very soft, very fluffy, and quite adorable! 


In preparation for her to come home, I have been working on fixing up an outdoor hutch for her to get some fresh air & will also be building a shed to help shelter her from the heat and the cold.  Having a natural parka on for most of the year does not help the poor little bun to keep cool! She will also need heat once it gets cold as she needs to be shaved about 4 times a year and I wouldn't want to be outside in my nekids in the middle of an Alberta winter!!

The hutch is still a work in progress as I want to redo the wire mesh on it and add a door to the bottom level.

Suzuki comes from a very loving home, and I hope to continue giving her the love and care she has become accustomed to. 

Her owner Joann Block is currently having a contest on her facebook page Homespun Angoras Studio.  If you "like" her page before the numbers get to 50, you will be entered into a draw for some of her wonderful handspun yarn.  Check out the photo below to see a sampling of her angora lace!


I will continue to post photos as I get ready for Suzuki to come home.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Rhubarb Thievery

Hi there everybody.  I've been having a busy week this past week, but am hoping to get back to work dyeing more fibre and yarn in the next 2 weeks.  If all goes according to plan I should have some new items to add to my shop on Tuesday!!

My little garden seems to be growing well.  The peas are filling out, the raspberries are turning red, little cucumbers are making an appearance, and the tomatoes get closer to being eaten up every day!  My soft spot is for my little pepper plant. It is popping out peppers all over the place & for some reason I think it looks cute!

The other day I noticed that my rhubarb was ready to pick.  I plucked up as much as I could, and brought it in to chop it up to make Rhubarb Crumble.  Unfortunately I didn't have enough...so just between you and me I snuck across the alley to a place currently awaiting renters and plucked some of their overgrown rhubarb.  Only 3 stalks...but enough to feel like a big honkin' rhubarb thief!  Despite my guilt over my criminal ways I decided that a neighbour who would begrudge me a little rhubarb was a sourpuss indeed!!  Took it home, washed it and chopped it up with the rest.

I took the recipe from a family cookbook and decided to include it for you all in case you are tempted to go on a rhubarb raid and make some of your own.

Rhubarb Crumble

1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
1/4 cup oatmeal
1 tsp cinnamon
Mix until crumbly and press 1/2 into bottom and up the sides of a 9"x13" pan.

4 cups chopped rhubarb (sprinkle over oatmeal base)
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
Combine the above 4 ingredients in a saucepan.  Heat to boiling.  Stir until thickened.
pour over the rhubarb.  Place remaining crumble on top.  Bake at 350F for 45-60 min.


I like to serve mine up with some yummy vanilla ice cream.  If you raided your neighbours yard and have a guilty conscience...fresh rhubarb crumble might be considered an acceptable apology!


Enjoy!