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August 14, 2019
Finally Finished! from Thread Head

I am so thrilled to be finally finished this vest!


The pattern is lovely - it is Capture a Cozy Moment by Carol Sunday. It was quite easy, with a nice Brioche band to liven up the knitting. It just seemed to take f-o-r-e-v-e-r. I started it last December, but did take a break from it to knit another sweater.

I spun the yarn three years ago, and did start a few different projects with it (probably part of the reason that the whole project seemed to have been around forever).


The fibre is merino that I bought on sale. The ...

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July 23, 2019
Ashton Top from Thread Head

I love sewing - it doesn't matter what I sew I am just happy to sit at my sewing machine. This past weekend I sewed myself an Ashton top (I mended some shorts too, still happy).


The pattern is from Helen's Closet (Ashton top pattern link). 
I made mine out of some quilting fabric that I was given a long time ago. This was to test the pattern, I am planning on making a dress using the same pattern (link to the inspiration dress I saw). I am really happy with how the top turned out. It is extremely ...

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July 16, 2019
Some Finishes from Thread Head

I finished a few things this past week.
The Granny Stripe blanket made from leftover fingering weight handspun-



It is 26"x55", the perfect size for laying on my legs or putting around my shoulders. This is my second Granny Stripe blanket and once again I loved making it, I will miss this project. The pattern is free from Attic 24.


I crochet a little edge around this one for a change.


I also finished sewing a robe, from some fabric I was given.


The pattern is from this Japanese sewing magazine (vol 10).


These patterns are very easy to ...

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July 12, 2019
Life...in the Hay Fields from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


It's that time of the year...



Hay Season.....2019



No time for Sewing Machines...


lots of time spent in the Hay Fields





This little, red, beauty was my Valentines gift

from the cowboy a few years ago...

I love it!




Today I am mowing one of the hay fields with it.





This hay will be fed to our cattle this winter...










This is the view from the tractor cab...





I better get back to work...

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LuAnn Kessi

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July 9, 2019
Fibre Prep from Thread Head

Tour de Fleece (a yearly online spinning event held during Tour de France) started this weekend, and last week I prepared some fibre to spin.  One of the Ravelry groups that I belong to suggested a challenge to blend and spin 5 different fibres together.


I chose some linen, tussah silk, soy silk (that I had previously dyed pink), plus small amounts of sari silk and gold angelina.


I blended it two times on the drum carder.


Resulting in a batt that I dizzed to make it easier to spin - dizzing just pulls the fibres through a small hole, this ...

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June 19, 2019
Lots of Photos from Thread Head


This week I have been knitting on my Capture a Cozy Moment vest (pattern by Carol Sunday). It never seems to look any different but it is slowly growing. I really want to put it away and work on something else, but I know that it will never get done then.



Other things I have been working on - I did the tiling in the kitchen,


and we finished the front garden (cut out the grass, added mulch, rocks and some bushes).

Farm photos -

a little nest in the grass
beautiful sky
perennial Batchelor Button
seed head from the Three Flowered ...

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June 4, 2019
Not Much! from Thread Head

This past week I have added quite a few rows to the Granny Stripe blanket (free pattern from Attic 24).


I am making mine with all kinds of leftover hand spun yarn, all about fingering weight. This is such an easy project to just pick up and work on for a bit.


The vegetable garden is all planted now, lots of things are starting to pop up. The bird baths were frozen solid on Sunday morning, so I was glad that I had waited to plant the tomatoes and peppers.

Around here photos -

Seven Snow Geese and a pair of ...

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May 14, 2019
Farm Life from Thread Head

Renovations are coming along - all the kitchen cupboards have been installed and mostly filled. It is so nice to have a stove and kitchen sink again!
Not much time (or energy) for crafting - I am so looking forward to unpacking my sewing machine and have been planning projects I want to make.

Around the farm new plants are growing - 

This is a Three Flowered Aven-


I am so glad to have rhubarb here too -


A pair of Canada Geese are making their home here -


 They seem to spend a lot of time on the septic field!


There has been quite ...

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April 23, 2019
Another Type of Creativity from Thread Head

With all the renovations going on I haven't had much crafting time, but I did finally get a vest that I have been working on into one piece. 

this photo is washed out
It started with the back and knit until the end of the armhole, and then stitches were picked up for each front. Now that everything is joined into one, it is much easier. 

closer to the true colour
The pattern is Capture a Cozy Moment by Carol Sunday (a paid for pattern on Raverly). It is a very straight forward pattern, with a lovely brioche collar ...

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April 21, 2019
Yearling Cattle....Spring 2019 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


 Three Generations of Kessi's

are working yearling cattle today...


The calves will receive fly tags...




vaccinations...




Ruby Jean

She is a replacement heifer





Shasta

also a replacement heifer





We have great help today...

She is learning to fill syringes and give vaccinations





Filling Ear Tag Pliers and

filling syringes



Do you remember Ollie?


Here is Ollie with his mama....Spring 2018

Ollie was our first calf born last year.




This is Ollie today.....One Year Old










These black calves won't be a year old

until the end of May to early June...







We are freeze branding today:


The ...

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April 18, 2019
Tractor work in the Hay Fields... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


It's that time of the year....



Time to fire up the tractor and...

drag mole hills !





I am in the hay field with the bulls today...






they are good company !






Knocking the mole hills down helps to keep

our hay cleaner...

we will be mowing hay in June.




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April 14, 2019
Golden Girl...has a new Sister from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



Do you remember Golden Girl?


This is Golden Girl.....born 3 years ago



Golden Girl now has a little sister:


We call her......Goldie





This is Golden Girl's mother with her

newest baby.....Goldie






Golden Girl's mother has given us this little gift...

Goldie






Goldie will shed off this summer 

and turn a golden color

just like her older sister, Golden Girl.






Golden Girl


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April 11, 2019
Dresden Plate...Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I haven't shared my progress on the

Dresden Plate quilt for awhile...



All 400 of those petals have been sewn into

20 dresden rings...






This is what my sewing table looks like today...






I am layering fusible stabilizer

face to face with the rings,

then stitching them together...






I prefer the Pellon Fusible Featherweight

for this technique...

it turns those curved edges so nicely.






After the stitching is complete,

I trim away the excess stabilizer...






Now it is ready to turn right side out...





The ring and the center are both right side out...













The plate is nearly 14 ...

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April 9, 2019
Painting from Thread Head

Since I have been blogging every Monday for over a year I don't want to stop, I don't have much to talk about. The only thing going on around here seems to be home renovations - which are going well.


This is the fifth home that we have renovated (one of our homes didn't need work). It is exciting for me when it is painting time (that's always my job and I love it). It is when our house really becomes our home. We changed things in our bedroom - removed a couple of small closets and added ...

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April 2, 2019
A Little Crochet Project from Thread Head

A little finished project this week - every time I crochet I remember how much I love it!


The pattern is Easy Peasy Catnip Mouse from Mollie's Blog of Stuff. I made it from some of my first handspun yarn - so it is quite dense with lots of twist, it should hold up quite well. I stuffed it with some leftover wool batting (no catnip). It is a very easy pattern. The tail is the start of the project, with a row of single crochet to give it the twist, and for extra strength (which is good, since Maggie likes ...

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April 1, 2019
Calving...Spring 2019 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Spring has arrived here in Western Oregon








The pastures are full of cow and calf pairs





The camellia bush is in full bloom









A new calf is born...




Mama cow cleans her new baby...





Vern...2 year old steer 
(bottle calf from 2 years ago)

also comes by to help clean the new calf.





An eagle perches along the river looking for fish





A calf snuggles up against mama





The calves gang up to play!










The grass is greening up,

the cattle are grazing more and eating less hay,

summer is on the way.




I continue to stitch Dresden Plate ...

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March 24, 2019
Calving...2019 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



Do you remember this calf?


Her name is Ruby Jean

she was born March 2018...





Ruby Jean @ 3 months...





Here she is today: with her winter coat

Ruby Jean @ 1 year.....March 2019

She weighed 70 lbs @ birth

She weighs 700 lbs @ 1 year

We will keep her has a replacement heifer.



Spring Calves....2019:


Bull Calves....1 month old




I should send this image to Purina





We are half way through calving...

35 calves on the ground.....so far.





In the top half of this image...

see the little yellow building in the center?





The yellow building is my ...

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March 20, 2019
Dresden Plate Quilt..... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


1930's Depression Era

Reproduction Fabrics


400 pieces.....cut out last evening





I enjoy working with these fabrics so much,

cutting 400 pieces......went by quickly.





I snuck into the Thread Shed for a couple of hours

to stitch a few of these beauties together...





20 blades per block...





20 blocks needed for this quilt top...






I managed to sew 6 blade units together,

then it was time to go across the river

and check for new calves...



Here is our newest baby.....Calf Number 32


A tender moment between

Mama Cow and her bull calf





On the right is ...

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March 14, 2019
Goats, Calves, Turkey Vultures... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


What's happening @ Kessi Farms



Remember Golden Girl?



She is now a mama:


This is her second calf...





She is an excellent mom!




They're BACK...


Yes, the Turkey Vultures have returned

to Western Oregon





They enjoy a morning solar bath

near our calving grounds...





We counted more than 

20 Turkey Vultures today.



The baby goats are growing like weeds!

I have included a video....enjoy:


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LuAnn Kessi

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March 10, 2019
Messy Painted Canvas Tote Bags... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


In between running across the river to check

on the new calves,

I spent a few hours in the Thread Shed

stitching painted canvas tote bags together...



Painted Canvas Tote Bags




The canvas was painted by a 

4 year old and 21 year old




They spent a lovely day painting...





I told them I would make them something 

with their painted canvas...




Tote bags are always a favorite!






It will be FUN to surprise them with their new

Messy Painted Canvas Bags





I have lots of painted canvas....

next time I will stitch up

Messy Painted Zipper Bags



The baby ...

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