Saturday, January 05, 2013

Lattice Scarf Class

I finally got some felting done today!
This was done in preparation for my lattice scarf class on Sunday, Jan. 13 at Creative Souls in Anoka.  I think there are still two spaces left.

Last weekend I worked on a raw felted suri alpaca fleece, but it didn't turn out as I had envisioned, so I pulled off the locks and carded them up. I'm anxious to try some other things with it. I was surprised at how lustrous this white suri alpaca fiber is. It would blend so nicely with my Bluefaced Leicester fiber.

I have decided that in 2013 I must put my felting on the front burner instead of letting other things take up all my time. Granted, there was a lot on my plate this past year, but hopefully things will settle down now and I can create a schedule that will keep me in the studio at least a couple days each week. I could get a lot done with 2 whole days a week in the studio.

I got a deer last week. Actually, I was driving home from doing my Census work and witnessed a deer get hit by car. I just couldn't drive by seeing it laying the middle of road struggling to get up.  It reminded me so much of my sheep, I had to stop and help. The guy who hit it didn't have a gun to put it out of its misery, so I called the police after we pulled it off the road. The poor thing was so beautiful and there was very little visible damage. Eventually it calmed down and I was hoping it would pop back up and run off into the woods.  But it died just minutes before the State Patrol arrived.  

I've really missed having venison in the freezer, so I jumped at the chance to get this one for meat. I called my neighbor to help me dress it out when I got it home (he did all the work - thank goodness!), then I brought it to the processor a couple days later. It was a 2012 fawn, and I was pretty disappointed when I saw the two little boxes the butcher pulled out of the freezer after I forked over $70...
I left the coffee container in the photo for size comparison, but then that bad kitty jumped up on the counter. Anyway, I was happy to find those two little boxes held 24 pounds of venison -- two nice roasts, 3 pounds of chops and 15.5 pounds of burger. Not bad at all. :-)


  1. It's always nice to have venison in the freezer, and that fawn should be nice and tender.

    Off to check out Creative Souls. It would be fun to take a class with you!

  2. Lisa, I would love to meet you! I really love reading your blog.
    And yes, the venison is very good, I tried some this afternoon. :-)

  3. Young venison sounds good, and 24/$70 isn't bad, even if you had to do the work of dressing it out. But, you never know till you try something, right? 22-24 lbs is about what I get from my Dec-butchered spring lambs.

  4. Thanks Sabrina, I used some hand-dyed merino and silk roving for the scarf.
    Yes Gail, I didn't think it was bad at all, venison is expensive stuff when most people have to pay for a license and the processing. But the best part for me is that life just feels a bit more normal with venison on hand.


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