Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Yummy Wool and Chunky Turkey Stew

Would you believe that these locks are unwashed raw wool? I am in Love.... These two fleeces are beyond yummy. The tight little curls on the left are BFL. The silky relaxed locks on the right are a BFL and wensleydale cross. Both come from coated sheep and are lovely.

Yesterday I washed about 12 pounds of fleece and started dyeing the locks. Will post dyed locks pictures soon. I let the pots rest over night and will finish today.

What's for Supper? Chunky Turkey Stew .
I browned the chopped turkey, onions, celery with some leaves in a large stew pot. Then I added, chopped carrots, green beans, chunked potatoes with the skins left on, chicken stock, and few shakes of black pepper. Let simmer all day and ready for supper. Gotta - Love those one pot meals. So I can get to the important things, like dyeing fiber and playing with wool.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Calm before the Storm

I'm watching a bright red cardinal eating seed off my deck railing, as I spin. The wind is beginning to pick-up and the snow will be here in a few hours. Just a few flurries are falling now. The weather channel says high winds for tomorrow and into tomorrow night along with snow and freezing rain. We all know what that means. I don't even want to think about a power outage. The temperature has been in the teens for the last few days. Yes....we have a generator, but not my favorite thing to do.

One bobbin down and 3/4 of the other bobbin to go. Should have it plyed by the end of the week.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Take those Scraps for a fun Spin!

Loaded with color and lots of texture - scraps from the drum-carder are a fun spin. I can't seem to part with the teeniest bit of fluff. Once a week - I add more fiber to the spindle. Such a simple pleasure. Spinning and watching each little bit... add something new to the handspun.

Thought I would leave you today with a picture of my spinning buddy.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Holly - Days wool spinning batt.

Fairy Princess - Sparkly milk fiber spinning batts.

Fawn Alpaca - Silky smooth spinning batts.

In the shop, for your spinning pleasure.

Homemade Venison Chili

Nothing like some homemade venison chili - to warm you up on a cold winters day. This is what I made for supper last night. Of course - I had to bake some big biscuits to dip into that chili.

Thought - I would share my recipe :

2 lbs. - venison - (corn fed from the farmers fields, has the best flavor)
3/4 cup chopped celery with some leaves
medium onion - chopped
couple of good shakes - of chili powder to taste

I - brown all this together.

Then... add:

One large can of diced tomatoes
One small can of tomato paste
Two cans of dark red kidney beans
1 to 2 tbs. of brown sugar
Add 2 to 3 cups of water and let simmer all day.... til supper.

It will reduce and the flavors come together. Will be quite tasty.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December Phat Fiber Samples

A wee peek at my samples for the December Phat Fiber Box. Carded over 50 of those little buggers. Shades of cranberry and blue spruce. Corrie, romney, mohair, silk noil and a generous dollop of emerald firestar for that extra sparkle! I just have to tag them and send them on their way!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Folk- art Dolls & Phat Fiber

Mother and Daughter Dolls are in the shop now.

Sisters the Best of Friends are also in the shop. Wearing their vintage jewelry and dressed for the Holidays.

Home for the Holidays

November Phat fiber Box - Yarn from my box. - Wrapping Paper War, handspun. - a wonderful sampler of yarn . - Mom's Harvard Beets. - Peacock, handspun superwash. - Plum Pudding sock yarn. - Smashing pumpkins, sw merino.

Really enjoyed the November Box.