Collecting Eggs in Style

This winter has been a bumper year for eggs. My new pullets started laying in November and I’m thrilled to report that the loss of daylight didn’t diminish their production, at all.

However, I never have a handy bucket or enough pocket room to carry the load. Frankly, I hate carrying eggs in my pockets. I’ve already had so many disasters that I shouldn’t ever do it. But, you know how it goes.

Enter the silk “wild rag.”

A wild rag is the swanky name for a neck kerchief. Neckerchief? Am I dating myself here? Probably. Anyway, they’re large silks worn cowgirl style and they’re definitely an accessory that’s functional and fashionable.


I’d already dug out the kids’ old playsilks and was wearing them pretty regularly in the winter. They’re really soft but still wind resistant, fast drying and pretty good at keeping the hay from falling down my shirt. But, I discovered that they also make a great little egg carrying “sack” too.



I hit up my old pal Joy, from The Color Farm for some new threads and she hooked me up with an all new set. Aren’t they absolutely gorgeous?

Happy Wolfenoot Day

Earlier this year, I’d read about a sweet little boy making up his own holiday and he called it Wolfenoot day. It’s tender and sweet; honoring the wolf spirit and some other things, maybe a side of veganism. I don’t really recall without going to google again but, I did remember that it was the day after Thanksgiving. Today is also Free State Park Day in Minnesota.  And, it was also a toasty 45 degrees outside!

That’s a recipe for adventure, if you ask me.

Gusty and I did a little google-fu and decided on John A. Latsch State Park overlooking the Mississippi.  The description said it was a “strenuous hike” up to the vista and honestly, I didn’t believe them.  I got lulled by the photos and by our experience at The Great River Bluffs state park trail and thought to myself, “really, how bad could it be?”

Well, it was Satan. Satan Stairs. That’s what it was.

Thank goodness I had the youngest pup on lead because he, quite literally, pulled me all the way up to the top. In between breaks, of course. We made it though. I don’t know how. But, we made it and it was quite amazing.

Right below us, were some duck hunters and I should have thought to take a picture of their camouflage boat because Gusty and I had a good chuckle about the large hay stack sitting out in the middle of the river.

I saw these words of encouragement on the way down and may have muttered, “oh shut up, I’m about to get pulled off the side of a cliff by a ridiculously strong puppy.”  But, I still stopped to take a picture so I couldn’t have been too annoyed.

The new holiday was a total success!  So,  we headed to Wisconsin to top off our leg-day adventure with ice cream cones and (free) pup-cups from Nelson Cheese.   See, we skipped that vegan part of Wolfenoot day but we certainly observed the honoring wolves and dogs part.  I honestly can’t wait to make it a tradition next year.  Maybe a nice flat park next time.

Happy Wolfenoot Day!

Love, Katie

 

*POP* Goes the weasel

I order my wool from a charming mill out in Pennsylvania and I’m not sure who does the packing, but she has my deepest admiration.  She can pack a box like no one. I imagine it’s a she because I rarely speak to a man and when I do, he does so much fumbling around that I invariably end up asking if I should just call back later and he sighs with significant relief and says “could you?”  So, I’m left to believe that this is his wife’s gig because I do know the mill is a family hustle.

Anyway, the wool always arrives in timely order and the boxes make me laugh.  I know that she sucks the air out of the bag, then rapidly tapes up the box before the air returns.  I know this, because I’ve done it myself. I’ve just never done it with 12 pounds.

Opening this box will be very much like a jack-in-the-box; each cut is one note closer to that blasted clown that you’re never quite ready for.  No matter what your age.

You’re humming ‘Pop Goes the Weasel’ now, aren’t you?

Ha.

You’re welcome.

Scottish Highland Co-op

This is less of a co-op and more of a reserve or pre-order.  These highlands are new for me and I just don’t have a lot of wiggle room in the price because they’re quite labor intensive.  But the yarn I need is specific and needs to be ordered by mail.  So, there is some planning involved for materials.

Price is 20.00 each

Minimum is 1 calf

Price is 20.00 each

Color choices; Red (reddish brown) or Dunn (light tan)

Close date; November 10, 2018

All of them will arrive individually packaged for gift-giving.

Shipping is a flat 3.50 in the US for up to 6 calves.  It will be an additional 3.50 for every 6 animal increment. So if you order 11, shipping would be 7.00.  If you order 13, it would be 10.50.

To place an order;

  • post here in the comments and make sure I can email back to you. ie; don’t post anonymously.
  • send me an email at louckskatie@yahoo.com
  • send me a text 507-250-7530
  • Post on the facebook page post that you followed here

I’ll be responding to each and every post so that no one gets missed.  If you haven’t heard back from me within 24 hours, please just nudge me again.  Since yahoo groups have gone by the wayside, I haven’t really found another friendly venue for co-ops. But we’ll make this work, one way or another.  Comments are moderated here so if your post doesn’t show up, immediately, that’s why.

Thanks so much!

Love, Katie

 

Wool Dryer Ball Co-op

This post is for the wool dryer ball co-op. I’ve already started a small one for a local quilter’s group and thought I’d go ahead and offer the same deal online.
 
This co-op is a 25% savings on my shop prices.
 
The co-op minimum is 3 dryer balls.
 
Price: 3.00 per ball.
 
I will be offering giftable packaging this time at no extra charge. Three balls fit into a package that includes a waxed paper bag and a label (see photo). Every 3 balls will go into packaging unless you specify otherwise. For example, if you order 8 balls, you will get 2 packaged sets and 2 singles.
 
Shipping (US flat rates);
Up to 9 balls is 5.00
10 to 30 balls is 13.65
31 to 41 is 18.90
International shipping; I’ll get you an actual quote. So list that you’re out of country and I’ll post your shipping rate.
 
All of the balls are made of a 100% wool batting core and finished with a nice, long stapled wool roving which should reduce pilling. Each one weighs 1 full ounce.
 
Essential oils have become increasingly available, so I won’t be offering scent this time. But, please note that these will take essential oils really well. So you can scent your laundry, or use them to freshen up a tack locker or your car. Or you can hit them with some catnip oil too. That’s entertaining.
 
Right about now, if you don’t already know, you may be asking “what’s a dryer ball?”  Glad you asked.  They’re a wet-felted wool ball that acts like a natural alternative to a dryer sheet.  Place two or three balls in your dryer with each load and enjoy shortened drying times and reduced static electricity.  I don’t completely understand the science behind it, but the wool heats up and helps wick moisture away from the clothing.  I’ve found that when I take out a load of clothes, they’ll feel like there’s some static in the load. Then, after I fish out out the dryer balls, they take the static with them, leaving the clothes static-free. 
 
Because this page is public view, there’s a chance that a gift recipient will see you post on it. So, I’m offering three ways to order;
Post below in the comments (public)
Send me an email louckskatie@yahoo.com (private)
Send me a text 507-250-7530 (super private)
 
I’d like all orders placed by November 10th so I can close the co-op and get everything delivered well ahead of black Friday.
 
I will be responding to each of you individually. If I haven’t answered within 24 hours, it means I didn’t see your order, so please nudge me again. When your order is finished and ready to ship, I’ll reply to your post (or email/text) with directions for a paypal “goods” payment. That way you won’t have to post your email or home addresses. I’m running this co-op alongside a co-op on my FB page, which isn’t the friendliest venue for a co-op but we’ll make it work. One way or another.
 
Love, Katie

There are two kinds of pullets

There is the pullet that lays an adorable, little, practice egg and then there’s the over achiever that tries to pack three eggs into one shell.

I haven’t figured out which girl it is, but every time I find one of these monster eggs, I cringe and then chuckle.

Egg cartons are out of the question too.  But, that’s ok.  Because they’re kind of special and deserve their own space.

I’ll report back if it’s more than a double yoke in there.  We always record the cracking of odd eggs, just in case we get a trophy.

You’re here!

…and I’m so glad that you are.

I’m working on a lot right now.  Rebranding, patterns, my first expo.  WordPress. That’s a learning curve, isn’t it?  Goodness sakes.  I kept a blog for years but, this WordPress thing has made me cry uncle a couple of times.

It’s all new, all fresh.  But, I’ll fill it up quickly, I’m sure.

If you’re looking for my little felt animals, there’s a link up in the header to my etsy shop.  Same for my beef.  Patterns are coming.  The patterns are in final draft and will be at the printers (and pdf) by the end of November.