Ok, so it was longer than a week. It's been a busy couple of months. Several shows, new baby goats and a few orders to Alpaca Direct and here we are. But it's finally going in and being available to you!
Why yes, the shop is running and I'll be adding to it over the next week or so. Yay fiber!!
Ahem, yes. I promised to post more a looooog time ago. And I didn't. Let's just pretend that 8 months haven't passed, shall we? We have a lot to share!
*We have lots of new residents of the farm, and I've updated the farm page. There's another new one coming soon! Loki will be getting a partner puppy.
*I've become rather obsessed with hermit crabs. yes, hermit crabs.
*The gluten free thing is going well.
*Goat kids are coming soon!
*I'm working on getting the shop back online.
So it's been a while folks... and I have no good excuse. Let's catch up, shall we?
* We have four new Angora kids... Three doelings and one blue eyed buckling.
* We added a Shetland weather who I'm pretty sure thinks he's a puppy.
* We are slowly putting in new gardens and rehabing buildings to suit our needs.
*New colorways are popping up all the time and I will be sharing them here soon.
* I am quit determined that I will be moving all of my online fiber sales here soon. One place for all the fun!
*We have gone gluten free for various reasons so expect post of recipes for gluten free goodies... I can't live without cookies you see.
We shall now resume our randomly posted blogging.
Well, I know it's been a while, but let's get right back into updating you all, shall we? You can now find a selection of Shooting Yarn's fibers and yarns at Alpaca Direct in Hayden, ID! Be sure to stop by in person or online and see what they have available.
There's been a big ole' order of boring, plain ecru fiber, so be sure to keep your eye out for a major update soon to the shop! I can't let it stay undyed for long....
We've moved to The Rusty Spur ranch in Rathdrum, ID, so I've changed all of our website to reflect that. Watch for more updates about all the critters here too!
Snow! It snowed here in North Idaho for the first time last night and it's been snowing all morning, little fluffy flakes pf prettiness coming down. Just a few inches, but enough to remind us that winter is here, even if the calender says fall!
Seasons were high on our list of reasons for moving up here.... I love all of the changes we see, the amazing contrast of a sunny, warm day on the lakes during the summer, the crisp fall days hunting, the snowy, perfect powder on the slopes snowboarding in the winter! I could skip the neverending rain in the spring, but the flowers are nice!
Remember those tomatoes? We're finally down to the last few in the last basket. A little squishy, but still good! Amazing how long tomatoes can go on and on for! I think out of the two laundry baskets full we only threw out a handful of tomatoes, which makes me very happ about my canning and ability to make use of what's given to me!
I've started knitting Saroyan out of some of my handspun, done from two batts sets that were too small to be on their own, so I plied them together. One was a sparkly red with a mix of fibers all dyed the same, and the other a striped one of white with multi colored silk noils, a strip of a peachy - orange with lots of firestar and another stripe of a rust with angelina. They really blended beautifully! Now I just hope the leaf lace pattern doesn't get lost in the colors of the yarn!
At least I used to do a ton of it. So when I quit the rat race
this spring, I was determined to get back into it. And gung ho forward I have
gone. The delicious results of huckleberry picking... jams to die for... Oh, can
I tell you how yummy nectarine-pineapple jam is????? Plenty of pineapple salsa,
relishes by the dozens. But now, I am down to the tomatoes. Red, yellow and
lovely unripe green ones.... I planted NINE tomato plants that I generously
received for free this year and s I consider it my damned duty to can all of
this delicious free bounty! (I don't count water as a cost! We share a well,
it's so cheap it's almost indecent.) Now, part of the problem here was I
planted those NINE plants a weeeeeee bit too late. Never, ever go out of town
for two weeks at Memorial Day if you live in the Inland Northwest. Your garden
just don't grow good. I mean seriously, I had 15 spaghetti squashes never
ripen. The chickens are just fine with that though, but I digress.
So consequently, I ended up picking out two laundry baskets of green
tomatoes. I had been tarping, but the rain was comin' and I was done! I ended up making:
1. Green Tomato Relish
2. Green Tomato Chutney
3. Green Tomato Dilly Pickles
4. Green Tomato - Bean Salad (I replaced the green
beans with green tomatoes, really, quite good so far!)
5. Green Tomato Sauce (Amazin' Did a roast pork with it all over it and it was like pork chili verde!)
I then managed to get a ton of the greens to ripen out using paper bags and made more tomato sauce and canned somemore whole ones. The last of them are slowly ripening out and we're eating them as they ripen out...
There's always a first post in a blog that you have to get out of the way. It's probably the most annoying thing to write, ever. I haven't had a blog in a lot of years, but there's so much going on around here that it's going to be fun to share it all with you! Welcome, and I hope you'll keep coming back and checking in on Shooting Yarn and Rock Pillar Ranch, we'll do our best to keep you updated, informed and entertained!
Oh, you want to know about me?
Well, I'm sure you've figured this out by now, but I like fiber. I also like to shoot, (guns and a bow), hike, camp, snowboard, hunt, fish, garden, can, cook, kayak, bullshit and I often do the above with some great country music on. (And maybe a beer in hand....)