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Spinning, felting and knitting projects

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I've gotten some things done since Christmas. I finished my new socks, made from Parade yarn from Knitpicks. I like this yarn because it's heavier than the usual self-striping sock yarns and these socks are warm!
The other day I felted up some mittens using roving from Willy's lamb fleece, it took about 2 oz. of roving and almost three hours. I'm considering adding some knitted cuffs inside to keep the cold and snow from coming in at the wrists.
And I've been spinning up more of the Louet Northern Lights spaced dyed top. I love these colors! The top is very thin and is easy to draft. I made some 2 ply yarn and then navajo plied some for a 3 ply yarn with more intense color. I think I prefer the 2 ply...pictured here are wildberries, grape jelly, violets, cotton candy and lollipops.

Hay Feeders

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There has been a lot of talk about various hay feeding systems on the lists lately. I thought I would post a photo of the "Red Green" hayfeeders I unvented last year. I'm sure other people have also come up with this in the past, but it was new to me. I know they're not the prettiest addition to the barnyard, especially the end with the lid as shown in these photos, but they do come in handy and they are cheap and easy to make.
After my hubby came home from the auction with two 55 gallon barrels, I started thinking about the best way to use them for sheep feeders. We've cut them in half width-wise before, turned them over and added openings for great little duck and goose houses. Plastic barrels are versatile, waterproof, cheap and almost indestructible. But you MUST make sure they weren't used for poisonous liquids in the past! Ours were from fruit juice concentrates...
Anyway, having a covered hay feeder was important to me as well as keeping the hay off the …