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Sunday, April 28, 2013

BISON/MERINO Yarn!!

Yes you read that right.  We will have a new line this year.  It is a Merino/Bison yarn.

It is so lovely and I can't wait for everyone to see it.  I have been told that I should be getting it in on Monday.  So I am keeping my fingers crossed.  It will be dyed and I will also have some just natural for those that would like it in it's pure form. 

Bison is an amazing fiber it is compared to cashmere and the more it is washed and handled the softer it gets!  Not to mention WARM and water wicking ability.  It is just lovely any way that you look at it. 

I will have it for Hoosier Hills this year, so be sure to stop in and get your skeins before they are gone and I have to order more for the next show.  This is sure to fly off the shelves.

If there is a colorway that you would like for me to dye for you I can do that and have it ready for you.  It will be priced at $17/200yds.  If you want a skein of more than that I can do that as well just let me know and I can get you a price for it. 

I am super excited about this yarn.  I will also have a Bison/Silk blend sample yarn there for people to touch.  I am not sure on price yet as I am waiting on that, but it is sooo nice and I will be taking pre-orders for it as well.

Now I just wait for the yarn to get here.......

I promise photos when it arrives. :)

Monday, March 25, 2013

The View from the Couch

 Now that I have gotten all the business tax stuff into spread sheets and ready to go I now have totes taking over the living room.  I have been pulled in 14 different directions lately and just haven't had the time to post or much else for that matter.

This is what I have staring at me in my living room that needs to be photographed.....

 Yarn and fiber fiber and yarn and of course the silk hankies.  Then there are the extras like the kids books, stuffed sheep, drop spindles, angelina, stitch markers, and other fun accessories

I have a lot of work ahead of me to get it all photographed while I try and keep up with the household, take care of the kids, do the mounds of laundry that have piled up, spin yarns to make OOAK items for photo props and so on and so forth.

Well the dryer has called my name yet again.  If I don't keep up on this laundry thing it will swallow me up alive.  I have so much to do and can't let that happen.  Here's hoping that I can take a break this evening for some fiber fun.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Naked

Well not quite naked, but they sure think that they are.  Poor Hope and Henry no longer have their warm fluffy fleeces to keep them warm and looking like big teddy bears.

They look so funny and sad all at the same time.  They don't seem to mind the bright orange shirts, I think that they realize they help keep them warm.


Yes Henry, I still love you even while you are naked.  Don't worry it will grow back and you will be big and fluffy again in no time.


Are you done taking pictures of us?  Does this amuse you?  Do you think this is funny?  I am not amused.


Hope would like to chase the chickens around a bit.  They are sitting in their coup laughing at her.  Oh just wait until they let your feathery butts out again.


We have 2 bags full of finely crimped super soft fleece.  Plus got some "junk" for the birds and then another fleece Shetland/Finn cross and a final fleece that was short and will be great for needle felting. 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Baa Baa 2 Sheep Have You Any Wool?

This past Friday was the day to have our 2 little sheep sheared.  They were taken back to the lady that we purchased them from since she was having a man come in and do hers.  Kevin took them in the Yukon while I stayed home with the kids since there just wasn't room for everyone (wouldn't have been room for me too on the way home - but that is another story for another day).

So off went Kevin, Hope and Henry.  They were fluffy balls of wool before they left. 

 Hope is the white one, Henry is the white and black.  Hope always has to be the center of attention and front and center.

Henry is Mr. Anti-social, that is ok we still love him anyway and he looks like a big teddy bear, so that just makes him even more loveable.

Our 2 sheep were the last ones to get sheared that day, but even though there were 26 in front of them it only took them just a few short hours!  I was told that Hope was more cooperative than Henry - imagine that. LOL




 Here we have Kate giving Hope some love.  Hope was our bottle baby.  She will follow you anywhere especially if you have cookies. 



The shearing of Hope has began.  I am sure that she is going to wonder what the heck happened after the fact.



Poor Hope doesn't look overly thrilled with this turn of events for her.  Give her a cookie and she will forget the entire thing.


I can't believe how white her fleece is under it all.  If she would stop laying in the mud puddles and rolling in them she would be much whiter, at least this will wash out.






Up next is poor Henry.  He is such a troubled child and when we lost his brother, he came to live with us and was rescued from going to market.  We were so saddened at the loss of his brother Oliver, but it seemed like this was meant to be.

 As everyone said he looks like a big teddy bear.  His coat is so dense that it is hard to get your fingers to his skin if you can at all. 


He wasn't overly cooperative through the entire process, but he had no other choice and the job was done.



His fleece is white, really deep black with brown tips.  I was told that he looks identical to his Daddy.

We now have 2 bags full of fleece from our very own sheep!  I still need to weigh what we got and go through it all as she had a family there to help that had never skirted fleeces before.  They did well picking off the nasty bits and such, but didn't shake them to remove the second cuts.  If it wasn't so dang windy today I would take them outside and work on them tonight.

Can anyone tell me how to get a good clear photo of the fleeces especially the black of Henry's?  I have tried and it just looks like a black blob, not what I am looking for. 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sale Samples

Thought that I would add a little teaser for you on some of what we have for sale for 25% off.

 This is our Sensational line.  It is 100% Superwash Merino in Fingering weight.  Put up is 500 yds/skein for $20.00 (before sale price!)


 April Showers


 Chocolate Covered Cherry


 Lavender Fields 2.0 (the reason for the 2.0 is because the purple is darker in this one than the original Lavender Fields - I have it as well.)


 Summer Sunset


Sapphire

There are many more colors where these came from.  I also have out Test of Time yarn listed as well as some Fun Fiber Batts, and some items that can be special ordered.

Come check out our Etsy Shop and remember to use the coupon code "Birthday25".  This sale is good until February 14, 2013!

You can also find us on Facebook at Knitted to a T  Don't forget to like our FB page for updates and more of what we are doing.

Those of you watching the Superbowl today, enjoy!  We will be watching it for the commercials. :)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Sale sale sale!

Just doing a bit of a drive by post here. The kids and family life have been keeping me busy.

In celebration of my 25th birthday (again) ;) I am having a sale in my Etsy shop. Just use the code Birthday25. Sale ends on Feb. 14, 2013 at noon. http://www.etsy.com/shop/knittedtoat

Stop in and take a look around.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Feeling Hot Hot Hot

Wow it was a hot one today. I was very tempted to try frying an egg on the sidewalk, but it was to dang hot to go out and do it.

The angora rabbits were given frozen water bottles to snuggle against and are up against a block garage. They were afraid of the water bottles yet again, but at least they ywere there for them.

The lambs seemed to be taking it rather well. I was very surprised. They hang out in the shade, drank the electrolytes that I gave them and were up to their normal mischief. I was happy to see them tolerate it so well.

The chickens on the other hand have been protesting the heat and not laying much. Then today the one that is producing some rather large eggs decided to lay it in the run. The run and coop are attached and you can't get into the run. The husband drug it over with a stick so he could reach it and pull it out.

Then we had some strong "storms" that came through. All we got was some light rain and tons of strong winds and power outage. Normally I could live with the power being out, but with a 3 month old, 2 year old and 7 year old getting more and more agitated we decided to head to my Mom's. If it would have been cool all day and the house wouldn't have been heating up minute by minute I would have toughed it out, but I figured no one would get any sleep and it would make tomorrow very ugly for all, plus the estimate time it is supposed to come back on is 6 am on Saturday. I just hope that they can get it fixed sooner than later.

Guess I should get off of here and finish up on some things then head to bed. Goodnight all.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Long Time Coming

Well I should be ashamed of myself for neglecting my poor blog for so long.  So many things have gotten in the way and I just didn't put it on my list of things that I needed to do. :(  That and Facebook became my world as I began to find so many friends and family that I had lost contact with, and the dang games that suck you in and you can't help but play.  Geesh!

Wow where do I begin?  Life has gone on, way to fast.  We now have 7 year old and almost 3 year old sons and our newest addition, our 14 week old daughter!  Yes we finally have a little girl!  Can you say I have been having a blast knitting little girl things. ;)

We would like to introduce our Miss Anna to you!!
Our beautiful bundle of joy!
Born 3-21-12 
9 lbs 12 oz
19.5" long


Anna's Newborn Photos
Mikki Schaffner Photography


Anna's Newborn Photos
Mikki Schaffner Photography

Anna's Newborn Photos
Mikki Schaffner Photography

Anna's Newborn Photos
Mikki Schaffner Photography
These are just a small sample of the photos Mikki Schaffner took.  She does amazing work.  If you are ever looking for someone to take professional photos for whatever the occasion let me know and I can get you in contact with her.  You will be more than happy with the results. :)

This was yet another difficult pregnancy.  Lots of pain.  Long recovery that is still ongoing with new pains daily, but she is more than worth it.  :)

I have so much catching up to do, but I will leave you with this.  Anna is up and hungry, so I must leave and tend to her.  Seems she doesn't appreciate it if I don't come to her once she imediately wakes up. LOL

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I am a married Mother of 2 beautiful boys and 1 adorable girl. James was born on 1-1-05. Isaac born on 7-21-09. Anna born on 3-21-12 I have been married since Nov. 2001. I have 3 dogs (white lab/mastiff mix, black lab and black lab mix), 4 black cats, many angora rabbits (French, English and German, many fish, hamsters, hermit crabs, frogs, chickens and our newest additions 2 bottle lambs - or as my husband fondly calls it "the zoo." I currently live in Indiana, but grew up in Ohio. I am a house wife, and absolutely love my job. I have started my own hand dyeing business called Knitted to a T. I sell had dyed yarns, rovings, stitch markers, wool washes, patterns, and many other goodies.