Monday, 5 October 2015

Fur Baby Blanket & Seed Planting

Done! whooohoo, looks pretty cute to me. This is just a proto type so only a small blanket but it would look great on a baby cot or even used for that special fur baby
Next one I make will be bigger and I'll use brighter colours. Lots of things could be made using this technique. The original pattern came from Patons and I've only just found a spare moment to give it a try. I've modified it slightly and changed the edging to one row instead of 6 rows. Also changed the colours and worked with 4 instead of 16. I made a small one this time just to see how it would look sew together. I like it. Will be making more of these and in all sorts of colours as well. This one will be going up for sale in the next couple of weeks once I get around to taking a better photo of it. ....

Also spent yesterday planting more seeds, this time all the frost tender ones. This is what my work space looks like. this is a link to my VEGETABLE GARDEN PAGE if you want more info about what I planted etc.

I start all my vegetables this way. I pot the seeds and then let them sit out on the veranda for a few weeks next to the windows until they germinate and then transplanted into the main garden.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Springtime - Carrots, Onions and Blanky Making

Finally managed to drag my sorry bones out of the house and into the back yard ... the carrots won't plant themselves so made another cuppa and thought about it for a while .... ahhh the serenity .. anyhoo first things first, I still had 3 containers of onions to finish planting and then next job start on the 4 packets of carrots. 

This first photo shows the remaining onion seedlings and the following photo shows the carrot bed planted out with carrot seeds. The carrots seeds are covered in a bit of potting mix to help germination.

The other thing that has been happening in the garden is the fruit trees. They are covered in blossoms ... this is a link to my GROW YOUR OWN FOOD garden page if you want to know a bit more about that .

I've also been spending a bit of time working on my blanket, its still in pieces and quite a bit of work to be done but I'm liking what I am seeing .. .sorry about the photo, it doesn't due justice to the blanket, looks heaps better in real life ..... this blanky is just a proto type to see how well it comes together so only small, will end up being 5 panels wide and 5 long , I'm thinking pet blanket at the moment but am seriously thinking of making a larger one. I love blankies

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Busy week coming up

Today is carrot planting day. I've put it off for long enough, should have had them planted last week but a cold front moved in and waaaay too cold for me. I spent yesterday planting the remaining onions seeds and you can find that info on my "GARDEN BLOG"
This week is about planting carrots, making more toys ie: chickens, writing out knitting patterns to sell and of course playing the drums .... huh? wot! ... yup you heard me ... I have been having drum lessons for the past 2 months and finally went down to Sydney and bought myself a set of drums .... fun fun fun .... did I mention how much fun they are? .. Love it although the dog not so much .. she gives me the old  "stink eye" when ever I start playing them.

I've got some photos for you of the garden, a photo of my crochet chook and some links to my knit /crochet sites as well ... there is my Craftsy site and my Etsy site .. you can also buy the finished items from me via ebay & madeit, just leave a comment below and I'll get back you.

AND here are some more photos of what's happening in my garden right now ... The Garlic has been growing for the past 6 months, the Strawberries are starting to flower, the peas have been planted behind the strawberrys and will eventually climb the wire netting. The onions have been planted out, all 5 packets of them and today the carrots will be planted ... well thats the plan once I pull my finger out and finish writing this blog post.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Chooks & Chickens

The last few months have been filled with creating chooks ... sooo what do you think? .
These are the chooks you can have when you don't have room for real ones.  Plus they don't eat much. They are still a work in progress, each time I make one I tweek the pattern a bit. Slight modifications every time so no two are ever the same.

They are currently for sale although only 3 left (top photo), all the others have been sold but I will be making more if anyone interested (send me a message or leave a comment below and I'll get back to you)


Wednesday, 9 September 2015

"Grow your own food" blog is moving again (sorry about that)

I've finally managed to get a "grow your own foods" blog spot *YAY* ... had to add an S to the end of food but at least now I can sort out my Woolly Blog (knitted toys etc) from my Garden Blog ... this is the new address for the garden blog

I should have sorted it at the beginning but I didn't think there would be as much interest in my veg garden as there has been. I am currently in the process of moving the garden information from this blog (woolly blog address)  to the new garden blog (grow your own foods blog address). and then this woolly blog will be about craft, chooks and a bit of gardening whilst the other blog will be about gardening only (does any of that make sense???)

Confused? ... I know I am but in the coming months it will sort itself out. :)

Monday, 9 February 2015

Chicken Incubator & Brooder

This is the first chance I've had to talk about my latest chicken adventure, been a busy 2 months and not much time to blog about it.

I decided to purchase an incubator and brooder so I could begin hatching chickens when I wanted rather than waiting for the hens to decide. I've spent a lot of years thinking about this and many hours searching for just the right piece of equipment.
This is a link to the CHICKENS HATCHING on YouTube

I purchased a Maino incubator and separate brooder. These 2 pieces of equipment may seem expensive but in my opinion are well worth the money. Easy to use and easy to clean.

I can't speak highly enough about this equipment. The chicks hatched perfectly with no issues at all. I would recommend to anyone who is interested in hatching chickens. These are considered commercial and do take up a reasonable amount of space. The incubator is a sensitive piece of equipment and does need to be treated with respect. It operates best in a room that has a constant temp between 18 to 25 degrees Celsius. A room with people coming and going is not good so it needs to be away from general people traffic if possible.

I started with 16 eggs in the incubator and I had a hen sit at the same time so I gave her another 4 eggs to sit on. Of the 16 incubator eggs, 11 hatched and from the hen, 3 hatched.

The eggs where a combination of purebred (standard bred) Rhode Island Reds (Rare Heritage Breeds) and the rest of them where purposely crossed with a Rhode Island Red rooster and Light Sussex hens to produce sex-linked chickens.

The eggs that didn't hatch failed for a number of reasons, 2 where infertile and the remaining 4 showed the embryo growth stop at different stages from day 11 to day 19. Why the embryos died at these dates is anyone's guess but its not unusual for chicks to die before they hatch. How did I know they died at these dates? Easy, I broke the eggs opened and had a look, after I was sure that no more chicks would hatch. I have a chart which I downloaded from one of the chicken websites, can't remember which one, and it shows the different stages of growth so it makes it easy to identify the age of the embryo.

I did notice that the embryo that died at day 19 had inadvertently punctured the yolk sac with its foot so it had no chance of surviving. Apparently they are not called chicks until day 20 so that's why I am referring to them as embryos.

The babies are 5 weeks old now and are cute as. Sadly I did lose one of them to Marek's Disease (I think, not 100% sure). She began to hobble on her right leg and as the days progress she became unable to stand. Her little leg stuck out behind her and I knew that her chance of survival was limited. Thankfully none of the others have shown any signs of disease.

The chicks have been placed in the nursery part of the chicken coop and will remain in the nursery for another 7 weeks or until I can determine the sex of the purebreds. They will then be separated and the hens placed with the main flock.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Busiest time of the Year

This is a quick post until I can find a moment to write about all that's been happening over this last month. Have harvested onions, 1/2 of the carrots and have a heap of new baby chickens hatched from the incubator (and are now sitting in the brooder) this week plus lots of toy orders.

Got lots of photos to share and of course some more of my dodgy videos (which need editing) managed to get video of the baby chicks actually hatching from the eggs which is rather exciting.

The garden is well and truly producing, the corn is close to being picked as well. This time of year is always crazy and I struggle to keep up with everything that's going on hahahaha I need to grow an extra pair of arms.

Here are a few of photos of the garden & chickens. You can see the onion bed is now empty, harvested over 800 onions. 

The photo below is of the new babies that were hatched in the incubator on Tuesday & Wednesday and are now sitting in the Brooder. 


Woolly work space

This is a photo of my little work space where I make the different crochet & knitted toys. I find it incredibly relaxing and no two to...