The grass is beginning to grow again, the robins are singing, and Spring kids are just around the corner! Jersey our Nubian, Zolena our Lamancha, and Snowdrop our little white Nigerian Dwarf are all pregnant and due to kid in 2-3 weeks. I milked up until the first of January and since then the goats and I have taken a nice break. We sure do miss the fresh milk though, and will be happy to start milking again in several weeks. We have an all girl herd now since we sold our buck Cowboy back in January. He went to be a herdsire at another farm with some nice Nigerian Dwarf does. We also sold Joon last Summer to a nice family who were just getting into goats for their family milk supply. The two young cute little Nigerian Dwarf does are from Snowdrop and Cowboy last year, their names are Destiny on the front right and Dahlia behind her.
Friday, February 28, 2014
You need to cut out two of the head pieces and four of the ear flap side pieces, 2 of each side, plus two of the front pieces. On my next hat it will have longer ear flaps than this pattern. My first attempt to make a hat was made out of an old wool sweater that was accidentally shrunk in the wash, after cutting out the pattern and sewing it all up, the pieces worked and the hat fit. I also used the same wool sweater and cut a strip about the same size as the ear flap strip and sewed it inside the lining of the hat as a head band, it helps hold the shape of the hat and is comfortable on the head, you can also use any kind of batting for the head band.
The lining is what finishes the inside of the hat and hides all the seams, it also makes wearing the hat comfortable. The liner is made with the same pattern for the top head piece. For the liner I used a piece of nice quality nylon that would last a long time and not absorb moisture. I thought about the liner and different fabrics I could use, on another hat I'm making I plan to use a nice soft cotton corduroy, you'll want to think about matching the color to the hat, for mine I went with black. Using pins to pin everything together before you sew is the best way to make sure it all works. Although fur as a lining against the head would be comfortable it might be too bulky, you will feel the fur around the face and the warmth of the fur is still there.
In the photo below you can see the muskrat fur I'm working on for my next hat, it's a gorgeous warm golden color which looks better on my husband than the cooler colors of silver in the American chinchilla fur. This leads me to my next post about the rabbits we raise in our rabbitry. We are now also raising Cinnamon rabbits so we have some warm tones in our beautiful furs.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Throughout the Fall workers dug the ditch up our long hill, then layed the cable down and buried it, 2 months later and many phone calls we finally got it all set up. A year ago we never thought we'd even get high speed Internet unless we had a satellite installed. We just made do with dial up like so many others that live in the country. Over the last 2 weeks I've spent time each day playing on the computer, catching up on blogs that I hadn't read in ages, discovering pod casts, you tube, and all the other things I can now do. With dial up we could never watch a you tube video, much less upload one onto my blog. So, get ready I now have all the technology to go forward with this blog, were planning to create some you tube video's to share right here.
I hope everyone of you is well and having fun this Winter, if you're like me you're ready for Spring. We have three goats that are pregnant, Zolena, Jersey, and Snowdrop, they're all growing by the day with kids due in mid March. The rabbitry has been a big area of focus this winter with the addition of a new breed, new hutches are being built and a fenced area surrounding the hutches to run and play is in the planning stages. More to come with articles about the goats, rabbits, chickens, gardens, honeybees, the orchard, the Goldens and what's been happening around the Farm.