Katie Green

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Recent posts by Katie Green

March 23 - 29:

It's been raining most of this week with some patches of sunshine here and there. Most of my work has been indoors, as you can imagine.

I finished the knitting for my sontag shawl this week. My husband located my blocking mats in the garage today and the kids promptly stole them to build a fort. Once they're bored of them in a day or two I'll be able to block my shawl. Then pictures!

My next knitting project will be the Lyne socks. My gauge swatch is finished and I'm casting on tonight. It might be cheating to do ankle socks (and I have multiple pairs planned!) but since it's my own challenge and I do need ankle socks I'll let it slide.

The rest of the week was spent sewing my short stays. All 3 layers have been sewn. Today I started sewing the layers together and finished that except for the straps. One of the straps is not quite matching up to the others and I'll need to puzzle out what the issue is before I can continue.

My hatch was 10 out of 12 chicks, bringing my total to 58 chicks. My daughter tucked one chick under her broody Silkie/Cochin mix hen and the rest are in the brooder. I have 2 broodies up at the barn sitting on clutches too.

Not much got done in the garden. I was able to plant out some artichokes and various alliums - lots left to plant! If it dries out this weekend we'll bring down compost from the barn to spread on the North strip.

Sorry for the lack of pictures this week!

5 days ago
March 16 - 22:

This week I again focused on my shawl. My rough estimate has it being finished before the end of the week.

My turnips, radishes, and spinach are coming up. The peas are germinating, but haven't put out leaves yet.

I started peppers, tomatoes, ground cherries, eggplant, basil, dill, cilantro, celosia, strawflowers, rudbeckia, and statice.

My order from Burnt Ridge Nursery arrived and I planted everything out the same day. My oldest helped me plant the 50 strawberry roots which sped things along.

On my short stays, I added darts to the back piece to correct the fit. It added bulk though and would clearly have been quite lumpy if I were to add darts to all 3 layers.

So, I ripped the seams to separate out the back piece and made a new pattern piece based on the corrections. Then I cut 3 new back pieces.

My hatch this week was 8 out of 10. I also lost 2 chicks from the previous hatch. At 48 chicks I'm nearly halfway to my goal for the year.

Pictured are a cockerel and pullet from my first hatch of the year. Both appear to have 2 copies of the mottling gene. Pretty pretty!
1 week ago
March 9 - 15:

This week I worked a lot on my shawl and have passed the halfway point. It's all decreasing from here, so it'll be progressing even faster now.

I also finished handsewing the first layer of my short stays. I have a slight fit issue that I will fix this week before starting on the other layers.

The hatch this week was 12 out of 12. The neighbors picked up 4 of those chicks today and 2 pullets from the Cackle Surprise. They jokingly offered to pay us with toilet paper.

We warned family members over 2 weeks ago to stock up on food and supplies. Some listened, some didn't. I think those that didn't finally realized the situation when they went grocery shopping this weekend and found the store completely closed because it was sold out.

My husband and I talked and decided that with the way things are right now with the coronavirus that we'll be maximizing food production with the chickens and the garden - for us AND for the neighbors.
2 weeks ago
The short answer is that it'll lose its loft eventually. As already mentioned, try to find a long staple, crimpy wool and really, really stuff it full. Aim for your stuffing to be roughly 4x higher than what you want the finished cushion to be.

I've done a lot of research into the topic except I was looking at mattresses, which could be considered giant pillows or cushions. Traditionally mattresses were opened (sewn seam removed) every summer and all stuffing was removed. If the stuffing was plant material, like straw, it would be replaced with fresh straw. For wool stuffing, it was run through a picker like this to fluff it up into a cloud. Fiber can also be fluffed into a cloud by hand. Carding is an option, but even with a drum carder I'm not inclined to make all the batting I would need for a mattress! The amount for a seat cushion would be much more reasonable.

Some fun old reading on the topic of mattresses:

An Encyclopaedia of Domestic Economy (1845)

How to Make A Home and Feed A Family (1778)
3 weeks ago
Thanks, Sue! I'm not sure why but I'm not being notified of replies on this thread...

March 2 - 8:

Monday through Wednesday were spent nursing a cold. Other than basic chores I mostly napped or read. Not the most productive way to start the week!

I planted out 200 onion sets, 32 early potatoes, peas, turnips, radishes, carrots, kale, and spinach. Onion and artichoke seedlings got bumped up into bigger containers. I'm hoping to get them in the ground this week.

The fabric for all 3 layers of my short stays is cut out. I'm handsewing them which makes progress slower. For the interlining layer, the back side pieces are sewn onto the back and the gussets are sewn onto one of the front pieces. The gussets on the other front piece are currently basted into place. In the picture the green thread is thread tracing to mark my seam lines.

We hatched 8 out of 8 eggs this week. I moved 12 eggs into the hatcher for next week.

And that's about it for this week!
3 weeks ago
We're prepared all the time due to power outages and such. We did go through our medicine cabinet and restocked anything getting low or closer to its expiration date. We also double-checked our food stores and restocked those plus extra. It doesn't seem likely that water or power will go out (it didn't in China), but we do have a generator to run the well pump and most of the house (not the dryer or oven though). We've discussed at what point we'll pull our daughter out of school if it comes to it.

Mostly we're concerned about the economic impacts, overtaxed hospitals, and our elders. My mother-in-law is 88, my grandma is 87, and both of my parents have health issues that put them in a higher risk category. We want to minimize our chances of bringing it home to my mother-in-law, who lives with us and is essentially homebound. My sisters don't think they'll be able to contain our grandma, who has a very active social life and enjoys taking the bus everywhere. My parents don't seem to be taking this seriously.

Costco in Eugene, OR had 600 people waiting to get in when it opened on Saturday, as per a Costco employee my husband knows. Normally there are 20 - 30 people waiting. I mentioned to my sisters a couple of days ago to make sure they're stocked up on food and supplies to avoid panic shoppers. It'll probably get worse now that we have our 3rd case - in Eastern Oregon, surprisingly.
1 month ago
February 24 - March 1:

The north strip is all finished and I've started planting! My only complaint is that the neighbor accidently compacted the soil in the beds while smoothing out the terraces. Not the end of the world, but it makes seeding a bit more work. On the other hand, digging all of this up with a shovel would have been a LOT of work!

I have shaped all the new beds on one half of the garden and all the perimeter beds on the other half. At the time I couldn't remember what I'd planned for the interior bed layout on that half and opted to leave it be. I'll finish that up this coming week.

I'm mostly caught up on seed starting other than direct sown crops; namely carrots, radishes, and turnips. I'm not sure how well they'll do in the straw and I may need to put them in the older beds. I could also try planting them in the strip, but I suspect the deer would eat the greens.

Tuesday's hatch resulted in 14 chicks and 1 late quitter. This coming week it'll be a smaller hatch (8 eggs) because we had 5 clears from my daughter's pen.

I sewed a mock-up of the short stays. The pattern said to make a size smaller because it ran big, which I did, and it was still too big! I cut my muslin down one more size and I think it's fitting correctly now. My fabric is washed, ironed, and ready to cut for the real stays tomorrow.

It ended up being cold this week instead of in the 60s. I took a quick selfie in my shirt to give an idea of what it looks like. The wind really made a mess of my hair!

I'll be starting on the center panel of my sontag shawl on Monday. Tonight I'm finishing the last repeat of the increase side.
1 month ago

Sue Reeves wrote:I would love to see a photo of the Alabama Chanin style T that you made for yourself



I'm waiting for the weather to warm up a bit since it's sleeveless and I want to take pictures outside. I think it's supposed to get in the 60's this coming week so I can try then if it does.

February 17 - 23:

Somehow I made it through this week without taking hardly any pictures. Sorry about that!

The neighbor dug the 4th and final trench on Friday. My husband limbed up more trees on Saturday and we started adding them to the trench. We had intended to finish filling it today but the weather was nasty.

I'm now officially behind on my seed starting schedule. The garden is still too soggy in the areas where the new beds will be for me to work the straw in as I had planned. I have started measuring and shaping beds though - mostly by removing the straw layer from where paths will go and piling it deeper where the beds will be.

My hatch went well. 10/10 hatched although one chick has a slight deformity (eye not in socket) and likely won't survive.

I moved 15 eggs into the hatcher for Tuesday.

On the sewing front, a lot of research has revealed that there's no patterns to make a modern bra without plastic for a large bust. It might be possible for a more experienced sewer but that isn't me... yet.

Instead I'm going to make a pair of Regency era short stays. They're supposed to be easy to sew, more comfortable than a bra, and short enough that they shouldn't hamper working outside. Mine will be made with cotton twill for 2 of the layers and quilting cotton for the outer layer. I'll need to make a drawstring for lacing.

While I was waiting for the cotton twill to arrive (picking it up tomorrow) I made a tote bag that I've been wanting to do for months. Right as I was finishing it up I discovered that I had made a mistake that has to be fixed before the bag is usable - a raw seam edge next to a zipper. It's in time-out until I can bear to rip out the seams.

On the knitting front, I'm starting my 8th repeat for the sontag shawl increases and have worked through an entire cake of yarn. It'll take at least 3 but I have a 4th in case.

Oh! I also setup my drum carder at the barn today and started carding up an alpaca fleece.
1 month ago
February 11 - 16:

We finished adding wood to the 2nd trench this week. The neighbor filled it in and dug the 3rd trench.

I'm notoriously clumsy and my phone slipped out of my pocket and got buried in the 2nd trench. The neighbor had to stop digging the 3rd trench and dig up part of the 2nd where I'd been squashing branches down. Thankfully it was one of the rare times where I had my phone volume on it and we were able to locate it once enough soil was removed.

I had chicks arrive Friday from Cackle Hatchery. I ordered their Surprise Special and ended up receiving 51 chicks, 2 ducks, and 2 turkeys. Unfortunately they had a stressful journey. I've lost both turkeys and 16 chicks at this point.

My first hatch of the year is due on Tuesday. I had 10 eggs go in the hatcher. We started collecting for the 4th hatch today.

I sewed a pair of flannel pj bottoms for my youngest yesterday. I may have been a bit lazy, not measured the kid, and made them the size 4-5 without any alterations. He's now wearing palazzo pants, lol! They were 5" too long so I cut off 3" and put a 2" hem. That way I can let them out as he grows.

My sontag shawl is progressing nicely. I've knit 5 repeats (out of 10) for the increase side. Then there's a center panel followed by the decrease side. It's a relaxing knit that doesn't require much attention.

I've also been filming a lot! Editing needs to happen and then... *gulp* uploading to YouTube.
1 month ago
February 10, 2020:

Today I finished sewing the collar on my daughter's shirt. She's wearing it right now and seems really happy with how it turned out.

Now to decide what to sew next!

I'm going to start updating this thread on a weekly basis rather than daily.
1 month ago