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Thus is spring in the mountains

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Flowers bloom.
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Outdoor projects are done.  The little decorative wheelbarrow made by my Dad about 15 years ago has a new handle, new axle, the side boards screwed on instead of nailed and a new support beneath to keep it from wobbling.
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Set in place, filled with pots and awaiting the warm weather and flowers.
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The horseradish, asparagus, and raspberry beds fenced off from the chickens and heavily mulched. The chicken coop cleaned out and a compost pile started behind the fence to keep the chooks out of it.

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Today is 80ºf, Sunday it is supposed to snow.

The garden now has two long fenced off beds, plus the blueberries are fenced off.  Before Saturday afternoon, I hope to get the beets and some cabbages planted and the blueberries heavily mulched.  There is enough of the plastic fencing to fence off two more beds, but I will need to get more step in posts first.  I bought two rolls of the plastic fencing and only needed one, so I will return it for more posts.  That should give me space to plant the beans, more peas, and the peppers.

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All 14 of the little peat pots have at least 1 tomato sprout with primary leaves.  They are spending each warm day outdoors, hoping that they will grow strong and not leggy.  Yesterday, I saw that one of the comfrey seeds had sprouted.  They were a total failure last year and I failed to divide the big plant last fall, so I tried again with seed.  I hope that more of them germinate.  They will be outside the vegetable garden.  There is 1 pepper sprouted so far.  Once the weather warms back up next week, I hope that they will join the tomato sprouts outdoors and maybe the mini hoop house will be constructed to help protect them from the wind while they develop into garden sized plants.

Today lots of work was accomplished.  Tomorrow will be cooler, but still nice and except for taking “N” to preschool and having spinning in the early afternoon, I have no commitments and hope to get the blueberries mulched and maybe the beets and more peas planted.  Friday will be cooler and still dry, another garden day before we get the predicted light coating of snow that will be gone in 24 hours.

The Bag Lady

As a fiber crafts folk, you can never have too many bags.  Bags for projects, notions, spindles.  Big bags for fiber and carrying around sweater or baby blanket sized knitting projects.  Bags to keep the dog hair out, the bobbins and needles in.  I don’t usually buy commercial bags, I get bags from other crafts folk.  One of my good friends used to have a business making bags, she doesn’t run the business anymore, but I have a huge one of her bags that I use as my knitting bag and a smaller leather and fabric one that I use as a purse/small project tote.  One of her little box bags, the little red one with owls is for a single skein of sock yarn and the needles, another sock bag and a notions bag are all her work.  Another friend in the spinning group made small sock size bags for the spinners one year, the cute bag with knitting sheep on it.  A spinner friend from the retreat, Spinfoolish, made herself a spindle bag and it was so admired by others, that she made more.   My Spanish Peacock spindle and working fiber live in it when I am not actively spinning with it, on the far right and alone in the second photo. Spinfoolish can be found at Liberty Fibre Festival.

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In the past, I have purchased a few drawstring medium project bags and the guitar print box bag on Etsy.  The various bags get rotated depending on what is in the works at the time and how large a project it is.

The large blue tote is made by The Carpetbaggers from Woodstock, Virginia.  It has a smaller version that is sometimes my purse/small project tote.  They were gifts from Mountaingdad one birthday and Christmas.  The large one is my spinning tote, full of fiber, bobbins, a niddy noddy and my jumbo flyer.

There are a few bags, mostly One Mango Tree, an organization that supports women in underprivileged countries to provide them a living wage that are more commercial in nature.

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My handspun Shalom sweater is finished, washed, and blocking.  I tried to put in sleeves in this pattern that doesn’t call for sleeves, but they were just too large so I removed them and bound off the shoulder as called for.  I fear it is a bit too small, so after all the spinning and knitting, it may end up in my Etsy shop for sale.  I have enough of the yarn and 4 more ounces of the fiber to spin to make myself a shoulder cozy from it.  Perhaps I will have to settle for that and maybe a hat.

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This is the current spinning project on the wheel.  It is the top that I learned to blend at Hawk’s Nest.  Such a beautiful dark purple with gray and blue tones in it.  I have one full bobbin, one on the wheel, enough fiber to fill that bobbin and at least 2 more.  It is going to be a soft, fairly light yarn, hopefully enough to make something lacey and dressy to cover a black dress when we go out for special occasions.

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My portable spinning is Romney Blue Raspberry from Unplanned Peacock Tailfeathers Club on my beautiful Spanish Peacock drop spindle.  (no they are not sponsors and no I don’t get any revenue if you click on their links, they are just awesome crafts folk that I love)

My current knitting, besides the shoulder cozy with my handspun, I am knitting Copilot Cowl from a skein of Huacaya alpaca from Scotsburn, Nova Scotia, a gift from my cousin for knitting her a shawl.  It is soft, warm and is going to take me forever as each round is 260 stitches.

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It is still very fibery around here, at least until the garden begins to dominate my time and energy.  There are not too many better ways to spend my time.