Wednesday, February 03, 2010

it comes as no surprise


That is what I thought you said.

Six more weeks.

Then again, maybe I don't understand Groundhogease. Things can get lost in translation, you know.

There is more daylight happening. I have proof.


Most of my hens are laying again. These eggs are so shiny because they are still wet. I washed the bloom off. The bloom is a thin membrane (also called the cuticle). It is the natural covering of the egg and helps to keep bacteria out because it seals off the pores in the shell. When I wash the bloom off, I always make sure the running water is warmer than the egg temperature. Colder water would force any surface bacteria into the egg. The eggs you buy in the grocery store usually have the bloom removed..and they replace it with a coat of mineral oil.


A few finished Great Wheel spun cops hang around waiting to be plied together. What kind of yardage am I getting, I wonder....


Leftover corn husk quills can (sometimes) be reused. These are getting worse for the wear...


Wound off onto the nod...I know I counted the yardage and wrote it on a note is floating around here somewhere ?


Lynn said...

Yep, it's heading toward spring here, too. My little fig tree (in a 6-inch pot) is leafing out again. Unfortunately, that's all I've got so far!

Joanne said...

What gorgeous singles you're spinning! Wow!

No spring anywhere near Winnipeg yet. It's unlikely to get above freezing for quite some time. I hear we might make it up to the 20's F and that sounds exciting... (so, in response to your comment on my blog--no melt. None anytime soon!)

judy said...

The ravens are raucous and the winter birds sound pretty happy with increased songs. I can't feel the spring, but I can sense it coming.

Beautiful white yarn. I'm happy to hear that I'm not the only one writing things down. ;)

Valerie said...

While out shoveling snow this AM, I heard the chickadees making their spring call. It comes slowly...1-2 minutes per day.

What kind of fiber on the cops? Easy to assume wool, but it looks more like alpaca to me.

Also, my "monkey-me" went and ordered a cherry support spindle from Lisa. How is your support spindle spinning coming?

Stasia said...

Oh that pottery is beautiful! Your yarn looks just lovely.

I didn't know that about water temperature and eggs - thank you!!

It is still and quiet here today, with bright, sparkly snow... all I heard were the crows. No sign of Spring at all in WI...

Have a beautiful day!!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

'Corn husk quill' sounds like a line in a poem.

Corn husk quill
wound off on a nod
floating somplace

Definitely a fall poem.

Jody said...

I'm not surprised there will be 6 more weeks of winter..I mean it is only Febuary :)
Very pretty yarn!

DebbieB said...

I want to have chickens one day - I'll be relying on your expertise! I learned something new about eggs today, thank you!

I love that yarn, and the plate it's on. Gorgeous colors.

Sharon said...

Yay for eggs!

Judy said...

I am content with six more weeks as I have enough to keep me busy. I will enjoy each new sign but not until it warms up some will I feel like staying out in it for any length of time!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Beautiful spinning! And the bowl is lovely as well. Thanks for the info on washing eggs. Did not know that. Thought it was just the rule that you shouldn't wash them.

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