Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Spring 2017! Bunny, Baby Chicks, and Knitted Easter Eggs

Busy week here. Yesterday I was picking up baby chicks for my sister...I would have chickens myself but my neighborhood is wrong for that...on the way home I stopped at an antique store in Hardeeville SC and look what I found:

 It is a 1952 Singer Featherweight Model 221. I have been desiring one for a while so I treated myself for my birthday.  She runs like a top.

The original owner, the guy from "Damn Yankees" Antiques (a Yankee himself I belief) thought it came from either Beaufort or Hilton Head.   It was serviced in Princeton NJ in 1978:

And here is the first output from her:  working on a Kaffe Fassett Squares quilt

I purchased the machine quickly as there were chicks in the car, 6 in all here are photos of a couple. I am just chicksitting overnight

Here is this year's egg tree. it looks unfocused but it isn't

Two new eggs this year,  the Koigu egg was loosely based on this pattern: I love my koigu and will do more. I bought wooden eggs to insert inside

And this lace egg, here is a link to the pattern After making Russian Pysanki at a class some years ago, I realized that eggs will just dry. So, inside is one of my sister's chicken's eggs...a beautiful orange speckly thing...

I found wisteria in the yard last week, I had been trying to grow it from seed but this just popped up in another location, looks like it's been there for a while, always good to leave some wild space in the yard. This is a lovely spring find

And of course here are some Easter bunny photos of Blanca and Rosa

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Oatland Sheep Sheering 2017

Fun fun last weekend at Oatland Island Wildlife Center outside Savannah...for the annual sheep shearing and spring festival.  This year the Wildlife Center acquired two mohair goats so there were four animals to shear! Members of the guild "trained" to wield the shears.  Here are some photos:

"Storm" in front, and "Cloud"

A bad photo of a clever idea...this downed tree has been warped for kids to weave on

Shearing one of "our" goats


Shearings are sent to the mill and come back as roving, we then spin and weave and raffle or sell the results to benefit Oatland Island Wildlife Center