Saturday Sam couldn't resist taking his drone up to the hayfield by the pond and getting a look at what is happening on the well pad across the hollow from us. There has been a lot of pipeline work down on our road and now there is a lot of equipment going back into the well pad, which has been quiet for some time now. They have been fracking on a pad a couple miles away from us and we are wondering if this one is next on the schedule. It looks like it could be.
Sam also got a nice shot of the pond while he was at it. He is next to the buggy out in the hayfield, just above center on the left side of the photo. If you continued upward in the photo, where the trees start is where the hollow starts. The well pad is on the next ridge over . The red roof is our pavilion and maple sugar shack.
Until we tap trees, for syrup, there is not much going on on the farm. Work continues on my studio. The drywall work is in progress and I spent some time on Monday sanding walls. It is nowhere near finished however. The little gas heater Sam put in sure is keeping it warm, especially with as warm as it is outside. But the warmth helps the drywall mud to dry which is a good thing.
The weekend before last, I did some dyeing. I had warped my rug loom using brown and natural and red and orange cotton warp. I wove one rug using natural colors which came out fairly well, but I decided I would like to add some color to the weft as well and I took some white rug yarn and the spools of warp cotton home to see what I could come up with. I have to say I was quite pleased with the results. So often, you can come close to what you want and other times, not at all. But look at this!
I don't think I could have gotten a closer color match. And it even matches the cool mug my mom gave me for Christmas (which I LOVE). I only dyed about 35 yards of each color, planning to use it with white in a striping pattern.
I was quite pleased with how the rug came out, until I noticed a treadling error near the beginning. I have not finished the rugs yet (cut them apart and sewn the bindings) as I am not sure what I will do with them. I was also not happy with the way the stripes are in the warp. I was following a simple draft in a book and I don't know if it was my error or if it was written that way. I could live with that, but the treadling mistake in this rug is glaring to me. I may just decide to rip it out and re-warp and re-weave because I really like the rug. I chalk it up as a learning experience.
I also took my alpaca scarves off my small loom. They came out alright. I fulled them a bit and twisted the fringes, which I still need to tidy up. I used my own yarn from my alpacas in natural and hand-dyed. They are nice and soft.
I am still knitting on my stripey sweater. I am about 3/4 of the way finished with the first sleeve. I also shortened the sleeves on the sweater I had finished for Sam before my last post. I had to undo all the seams and unravel a couple inches of each sleeve at the top and then re-seam. I am glad I did. It fits him much better now.
I also started knitting a lacey, beaded shawl from handspun, just because I love that kind of knitting. I'll get some photos for my next post.
This coming weekend Grover and I will be at our first trial of the year. It is our club's trial in Zanesville. It is Saturday and Sunday and I am really looking forward to it. Can we get another double Q? Wouldn't that be nice! Grover and I will head over to Dayton to visit with my mom and my brother and his family after the trial on Sunday. I am looking forward to seeing everyone.
Below is a photo of Grover and Boomer walking across a part of the beaver dam on Wayne National Forest on our walk this past Monday. I was hoping to get the scale of the size of this feat of engineering these beavers have accomplished. It is truly awesome.