"The willingness to be and to have just what God wants us to be and to have, nothing more, nothing less, and nothing else, would set our hearts at rest, and we would discover that the simpler the life the greater the peace." - Elisabeth Elliot in The Shaping of a Christian Family

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Handspun Yarn

I just have to show off some of Sarah's handspun yarn.

In this first picture she's gently plucking some loose fur from Winston and spinning it directly from him to make very soft white pure Angora yarn. This is premium stuff and we hope she'll be able to get a good price for it. Usually we brush the rabbit and collect the hairs in a box for later spinning, but she wanted to try this method once. He didn't sit still for too long so I doubt she'll do it again.

After spinning and plying (combining two or three thin strands into a plumper yarn), she rinses the yarn and hangs it to dry - called finishing.

This gorgeous blue yarn is a combination of Angora and dyed Polypay sheep wool that we bought at a sheepshearing open house.

After the yarn is dry she twists it into a lovely skein. This one is priced at $18 for 100 yards. 

She plans to start selling at a local farm market in two weeks, so is working hard at building up stock. We're thinking about the idea of an Etsy shop when the market closes down.

I crocheted this fun hat from some of her early attempts at spinning. It wasn't perfect yarn, but it sure makes a cute and very warm hat.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wise Words Wednesday

Spiritual Growth Checklist 
by Beth Moore (with a few of additions by me)

  • Is my most important consideration in every undertaking whether or not God could be glorified? (1 Cor. 10:31)
  • Do I desire God's glory or my own? (John 8:5054)
  • In my service to others, is my sincere hope that they will somehow see God in me? (I Pet. 4:10-11)
  • When I am going through hardships, do I turn to God and try to cooperate with Him so He an use them for my good and for His glory? (I Pet. 4:12-13)
  • Am I sometimes able to accomplish things or withstand things only through the power of God? (2 Cor. 4:7)
Then I add:
  • Do I honor others more highly than myself and give them preference? (Rom. 12:10)
  • Am I letting God control my tongue? (James 1:26)
  • Do I value relationship over rules?
  • Do I endeavor to remove the log from my own eye before I try to remove someone else's splinter?
Just a few things to think about, pray for, and work toward.

Do you have some more suggestions?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wise Words Wednesday

"I was raised to believe that the quality of a man's life would greatly increase, not with the gain of status or success, not by his heart's knowing romance or by prosperity in industry or academia, but by his nearness to God. It confuses me that Christian living is not simpler. The gospel, the very good news, is simple, but this is the gate, the trailhead. Ironing out faithless creases is toilsome labor. God bestows three blessing on man: to feed him like birds, dress him like flowers, and befriend him as a confidant. Too many take the first two and neglect the last. Sooner or later you figure out life is constructed specifically and brilliantly to squeeze a man into association with the Owner of heaven. It is a struggle, with labor pains and thorny landscape, bloody hands and a sweaty brow, head in hands, moments of severe loneliness and questioning, moments of ache and desire. All this leads to God, I think...Life is a dance toward God...and this dance is not so graceful as we might want..."                       - Donald Miller in Through Painted Deserts