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Jean Hallada
News from the farm filled with alpacas, bees and chickens. And let's not forget, gardening, knitting, spinning, papercrafting, cooking and reading.
Interests: Alpacas,Beekeeping,Chickens,Knitting,Reading,Stamping,Gardening,Dr. Who, Torchwood, Dogs
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Love the yarn. And not to be contrary, but these are the "real" biker chicks http://abcriversedge.typepad.com/abc_rivers_edge_of_peacef/2010/07/born-to-be-wild.html Jean
You can do it! Don't diss the loom. It's warm and wearable, right? That's what matters most. And washable for kids. Stay warm.
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Welcome to 2014! I decided to start the year off in a bright and shiny way. Working at the library, being frequently on my knees and dragging my toes along the carpet as I shelve or retrieve materials causes my... Continue reading
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Remember this sweater? It, and two other sweaters that are anywhere from 60-90% done reside in a tub next to our bed. This is a constant reminder to get to work and finish what I have started. So, I began.... Continue reading
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Quick before the Deep Freeze sets in, we turned the girls loose on the farm. More accurately we made them go outside. Food is always an incentive. The newest cria enjoyed their first real snow. While Bob enjoyed a moment... Continue reading
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Since Thanksgiving dinner this year was decidedly non-traditional, we went with a very traditional feast for Christmas. In my youth Dad would get a case of beer (he worked for Pabst Brewery) and a turkey for Christmas. Once he retired,... Continue reading
So glad you had a wonderful Christmas. Looking forward to seeing what you create with your tools and fiber. Since I rarely give away my projects (am I selfish or just practical?) I feel for your sizing issues. Something happens between the yarn, the needles and the wearer. Soon will be 12th Night here. Wonder what the Wise Guy will bring me since your DH did so well!
Toggle Commented Dec 29, 2013 on Happy Christmas at Frazzled Knits
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Apparently we are fancy farmers-because our alpaca now have their very own furnace. Yes Indeedy. The temperature is set at 34 degrees Fahrenheit, so no one is going to claim it is hot in the barn, but at least it... Continue reading
It was snowing when we got up. Then snowed again about 2pm while we ate. Was glad I didn't have to go anywhere. Happy we got the furnace for the alpaca working as the high on Monday is to be -1! Yikes!
I knit and spin about 10 hours a week. Frequently more. I live those colors-remind me of my Dad singing the alma mater at UW-Madison. Thanks to him I have plenty of Badger wear (Cardinal and white) to last for many years. I had planned to spin yarn for a headband for him but he left us before I could finish. More time.
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2013 on Tenth Day of Sock Yarn at Simply Socks Yarn Co. Blog
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Yesterday was the best day of the year. Why, you may be asking? Not because of all the snow. Not the wind. Not the ice. Rather, yesterday was the first day of winter. It is official. The days are getting... Continue reading
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I like to bake. No, make that I love to bake. However, cutout cookies are not my favorite. There is a certain amount of bad language involved. Dough throwing. And finally: The Date filled and M & M cookies are... Continue reading
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Traditionally Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest. Well, at least for women and farmers. Since I sort of qualify for both, I worked hard this last Sunday. To start off, I made the Date Filling for the... Continue reading
Sock yarn is for knitting socks. My favs are Blue Moon, Claudia Handpaints and Sweet Georgia. That being said, I really do need new fingertipless gloves and washable ones for the barn would be great.
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2013 on First Day of Sock Yarn at Simply Socks Yarn Co. Blog
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'Tis the season for comfort food. Warm soup. And carbohydrates. To that end I have been cooking. Oatmeal. Yum! Growing up my mother would on occasion soak oatmeal overnight in milk, then gently cook it in the double-boiler. Dad would... Continue reading
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Thanksgiving was very low key this year. In fact, for what I believe is the second time ever I ate out. The first time was at a Pizza Hut in Kentucky when Ann was living in South Carolina, so we... Continue reading
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With all the cold, windy, snowy weather we have been having it is a good thing that Bob (and his helpers Tammy and Jeff) have been busy at work on the barn. This photo was taken last week and the... Continue reading
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Thanksgiving. Oh, wait. That's not how the song goes, is it? Last week we had enough snow to cover everything for several hours. This morning when I got up I realized, despite the calendar only being flipped to November, it... Continue reading
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last weekend was one of my favorite times-papercrafting with family and friends. This adventure started many years ago when we all met, serendipitously, at Lutherdale, during an actual stamp camp. Now we camp out at each others homes two to... Continue reading
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Finally after five years we are finally making progress in setting up a small store here on the farm. Soon you will be able to shop at the Edge- The River's Edge of Peaceful Pipersville, that is. If you were... Continue reading
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If you look back in time to November 2010, you will find I attended SOAR (Spin-Off Autumn Retreat) when it landed in Delavan Wisconsin for the very first time. I learned alot, but not enough to be a confident spinner... Continue reading
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A couple weeks ago we had a visit. An unexpected visit. A woman who used to live in Watertown came down our driveway and asked if she could visit our alpaca. It seems she moved to Michigan and now has... Continue reading
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When one has a farm and animals, one has manure. There I said it. And one needs to move the manure from point A to point B. In our case, manure is spread with a manure spreader. Unfortunately, our broke.... Continue reading
Finally finished. Nothing like your gorgeous knits, but dont think the baby will mind. Go take a peek at Nov 2010 for my last SOAR experience. Equally fun and filled with super people. Jean
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2013 on Monogamy at ABC River's Edge of Peaceful Pipersville
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While this may a bit late chronologically, I do think of the people in my life who have fought breast cancer each day. Now the alpacas are getting in the spirit of honoring those who fight this insidious cancer. Bob... Continue reading