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    Madhen, I love your list so far. I'm thinking there's a Shakespearean festival that takes place in the summer not far from us...might be something to do...

    Daylily: You love birds?! We live in a treed area and used to get lots of them. Not so many now. They say the birds, songbirds in particular, just aren't as plentiful. Plus we don't put feed in our feeders anymore because we have squirrels. haven't figured how to make them squirrel proof...sigh...

    DC: I have to do more sewing this year too. Too much fabric in my sewing room and not enough room for other things...like spinning fibre and yarn!

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    Peanut, what kind of fibres are you hoping to work with?

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    ok here's my list and try to keep it as thrifty as I can, re-do-overs and yard sale finds, and home made.
    1/ learn to knit cables
    2/make 3 embroidery gifts
    3/listen to 3 help audio books
    4/get family pic done
    5/new frame over couch or second hand restained.
    6/ 2 sets of sheets for each bed by fall to make matching sets.
    7/newer wardrobe by fall
    8/mirror for bathroom door
    9/make 2 seasonal prim type embroidery tablecloths.
    10/get material for inside of glass cabinet
    11/redo over by summer glass cabinet- restain dark maghony.
    12/buy empire cards early for stocking stuffers
    13/do inside cuboards line with lineolium stick and tiles
    14/find on sale- willow tree and2 new prim objects for kitchen or LR
    15/make 1/2 of the blocks for my own hm quilt
    16/put enough money away for find second hand-on dvd-Indiana Jones Trilogy.
    17/Find nice area rug for kitchen entrance .
    18/get pillows for LR couch
    19/Find old fashion chandlier metal look(country like) for LR
    20/try to grow nails

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    1) Go to either the Santa Cruz or Ashland Shakespeare Festival
    2) Make a quilt (because everyone here keeps telling me how fun it is)
    3) Replace all my carpet with laminate flooring
    4) Design a better chicken coop
    5) Get new livingroom furniture
    6) Get a season pass to the Sacramento Music Circus
    7) Take a day hike in the Sierras when the wildflowers are in bloom
    8) Set up an agility course for the dogs
    9) Plant at least six fruit and/or nut trees
    10) Plant a small lawn/oasis for the house

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    Well right now madhen I'm just trying to spin different types of wool. But I also have alpaca, cashmere, and silk sitting here to spin. And I'll be learning to spin cotton in the intermediate spinning class I hear. I'm hoping there will be other fibres to learn as well.

    2. Knit through "The Knitter's Almanac" by Elizabeth Zimmerman.
    I'm spinning the yarn for the first project, an Aran cap. Today I plied the first batch of it. Need to work on spinning a bit more. I'll be using the drop spindle though, so it will be slower than the spinning wheel. If I want to use a wheel I have to go to the yarn shop, which I'm avoiding for the month of January. Too much temptation!

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    Alpaca and angora are relatively easy. If you can spin wool, you can spin those. I have never tried spinning silk.

    Cashmere can be tough, because the fibres are so short. I tried spinning it with a woman who teaches spinning, and she recommended blending it with a longer fibre.

    One of my goats is an angora/cashmere cross. I LOVE her fibre!! It is as soft and fine as cashmere, but as long as angora, and she sheds it naturally, so no shearing!!

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    My cashmere is mixed with Merino wool, so I think it should be okay. And the silk and alpaca are mixed as well. Though i do have some plain white silk. Right now I have a ton of wool to spin through, thanks to a friend. So I'm working on it.

    I'm currently spinning Textl and Blue-Faced Leicester. That's what the Aran hat is going to be made from. Not sure I appreciate the short fibre in the Textl. It makes a fuzzy yarn.

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    Thanks LB! I have always wanted to TTY making butter and I found an easy recipe....it sounds like the way you did it actually!




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    That's how we do it with our students too and serve it with biscuits that we make in class too!! Mahalo for remnding me we haven't yet done it this year!!

    Have so enjoyed reading everyone's list. Plan is to have mine ready by Jan. 1

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    I remember eating dinner at someone's house once and being totally impressed when she made butter from cream by agitating it in a plastic container. I was also impressed when she made whipped cream by whipping cream rather than pulling out a can. It was my first introduction to truly HM food.

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    1) Sew curtains for dressing room/sewing room
    2) Try my hand at window quilts
    3) Make cupboard curtains and a sink skirt for kitchen
    4) Finish redecorating son's room
    5) Finish redorating bathroom
    6) Bring sofa down from attic and put in living room
    7) Turn dining room into a butlers pantry

    That's it, all the fun I can manage LOL!

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    I love the idea of the butler's pantry. I used to have one of those in my old house.

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    Here's my list. I've got 21 items and once I got started I realized I could come up with many, many more than this....so many things I'd rather be doing and me with a day job *sigh*

    1 Knit a pair of socks.
    2 Knit a sweater.
    3 Learn to knit cables.
    4 Take quilting classes.
    5 Take sewing classes.
    6 Learn to use pressure canner.
    7 Make/can apple butter.
    8 Make/can blackberry jelly.
    9 Bake a Carnegie Deli cheesecake.
    10 Bake baklava.
    11 Learn to do a really good Swiss cheese fondue.
    12 Learn to make chocolate covered strawberries.
    13 Take a class on refinishing hardwood floors.
    14 Plant a garden.
    15 Spend a weekend at the coast.
    16 Go to the Newport Seafood & Wine festival in February.
    17 Learn to make a cookie bouquet.
    18 See Cats again when it comes to Portland in March.
    19 Go to the 12th Annual Mo's Crab and Chowder Festival at Willamette Valley Vineyards in January.
    20 Visit the Naked Winery….bonus points for buying a T-shirt that says "Get Naked" or something equally naughty
    21 Take a wine appreciation course.

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    Still trying to come up with 20...

    11) Run a marathon

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    Wow Luckybustert! I wanna come work with you on your 20 wishes! I like some of those!

    Aww madhen, you'll make it. I feel sure of it...as you work on one, something else will come to mind.

    Pollypurebred39: I see you have the interior decorating itch! I contemplated putting that on my list, but chose not to. Seems I get the itch every spring. Can't stand staying inside any longer due to the bad weather. Don't know what I'm going to do this year. Maybe go on a vacation somewhere...

    miss_thrifty: you have quite a list too. Have you checked to see if making cushions for the couch might be cheaper? Or maybe you can score some free ones on Freecycle and recover in a fabric remnant from the fabric store? Course, you might find some just the right colour, like I did.

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