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Spin or Knit ... or Both!

The lovely wintertime, though it can be so harsh and cold, is always a time of retreat in many ways. It has a way of signaling time to rest, a slower pace of life and relaxing work. I had a knitter once tell me that she knits in the winter and crochets in the summer when she can work with cotton. That thought inspired me. Wool to keep us warm, cotton to keep us cool ... it is time for washing fleeces until they are creamy soft and spinning them into yarn, slowly done, watching even single fibers floating together...

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Garden News!

Garden News!

Garden News! I will begin teaching Introduction to Spinning up in Minneapolis this coming January! If you or anyone you may know would be interested or even would love a lesson as a Christmas gift, just let us know (we have gift certificates!). I am offering class on either the second or fourth Saturday of the month and all you need to do is give us a call or e-mail and reserve a time that works for you! It's often difficult to decide on a wheel with the market so flush these days! We teach from Ashford and Louet and...

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JUST THE RIGHT SIZE

JUST THE RIGHT SIZE

If anyone is wondering how big baby kits are at around 3 – 4 weeks of age, here is little Isabel ~ She is sitting in my slipper right next to my chair while I’m knitting. Normally, they like to burrow and more often than not she goes in head first and tail out! Rabbits are shy and faint of heart ~ so when we let them out in the spring, we have a little pen to keep them feeling secure. Once in awhile one will escape and run, run, run until it can’t find shelter (with me getting my...

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In Season in the Rabbitry

In Season in the Rabbitry

Even though it is only mid-February (winter temperatures), because the days are getting longer, rabbit genes are right on schedule ~ breeding season is here and all the joy and anticipation of new litters. We bred our first chocolate doe, Isabel, yesterday and in just 31 day, we will, God willing, see babies! We do bring our first two litters into the house to keep kits warm and to keep a close eye on them. We’re always helping a doe or three with her litter if the littlest ones can’t keep up! We do have a waiting list for our...

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My Stash

My Stash

Stash is just knitting vocabulary for  …  one extra skein from a project, one skein just too beautiful to knit, it’s there just to look at and all these extras through the years that grow into a very nice boxful of wonderful yarns to dip into without having to leave the house! My ‘stash’ looks a little different …  !  It looks like this! When I put all these siblings together (and there are two under the chair you can’t see!), all I could think of was what a nice stash we have here.  I can go to the barn...

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