So this time, my bobbin is filling with Brown Jacob wool. It is a lovely dark brown with a bit of cream mixed in, giving it a almost heathery purple hue.
I have one full bobbin and one partial bobbin, and I had finished my first 1/2 lb ball of roving. I wanted to have *Hopefully* similar lengths of singles on each bobbin for plying. So what am I to do, with no scale to use?
Make an improvised balance!
So since my spinning is still less than consistent, my hope is that by spinning similar weights of wool per bobbin, I will end up with about the same length of yarn*Crossing fingers*. Now since I already have yarn on both bobbins, I am also basing my balance on the belief that the bobbins have a similar mass when empty. So I tossed one bobbin per bag, and hung it where it could tilt freely as I removed lengths of roving from my second 1/2 lb of roving until the hanger appeared to be relatively level.
The extra lengths of roving have been set aside for later use, or to be added to the next couple pounds when I have saved up my crafting budget once more. I fully intend to order several more pounds of this lovely Brown Jacob from AlbaRanch again. The Goal project is a Sontag Shawl. We shall see where the spinning and knitting adventures take me this time…
Until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
There are some breeds that may be able to be trained more quickly using a breed customized training/Blup schedule. For these schedules, the only “items” needed will be a center with all food items, shower, and trough. It can be done without the shower and trough, it will just take longer.
I will be slowly creating a few breed customized schedules as time permits.
Todays customized schedule: Donkeys.
Donkeys are the only breed whose gp will go down, this is desireable and the goal of many donkey teams and breeding groups.
Top three skills are Stamina, Dressage, and Jumping. Donkeys do best in Classical Competitions.
- Complete Foal Games, just as with other horses, this will help with competitions, and will not effect gp or blup.
- We want to earn all the dressage and jump points first. Forest rides: Groom, Mission, Mash, Carrot, Water, 1 hr forest(with shower&trough or 30 min without), Feed( always feed 8 oat and recommended forage), 5 hr forest, stroke, bed. Repeat until Forest rides are complete.
- Train Dressage and Speed. Groom, Mission, Mash, Carrot, Water, 1 hr train, Feed, Train until energy ~10%, but not past21:30, stroke bed.
- Dressage, you may be able to train until 22:00 and still have 20% energy. Never go past 22:00 with less than 20% energy, it will mess up the schedule the next day.
- Enter show jumping comps, until no more skill is gained, ~25 comps.
- Train Jumping.
- Enter Cross-Country Comps until you have 25 wins.
- Complete Mountain Rides.
- Train Stamina.
- Train Trot and Gallop,and enter requisite comps if bolding.
Yes, training with speed slows down the process slightly, however, it increases your chances of getting wins in show jump comps.
Other tips, only enter Donkey Competitions, this keeps your donkey from competing with the skillers and other rookies.
I enter them in x-country, then show jump, then trot and gallop races then dressage comps. If one comp has no active donkey competions I move to the next one, just watch the energy levels and time. Most donkeys will have a few wins in every comp. This image is from Jenny on my UK acount.
So I got busy and forgot to host book club this month. Sorry! Anyway in Science Fiction this month we honor a very special person, The Grand Dame of Science Fiction, Andre Norton.
If you haven’t read any of her works, I highly recommend doing so soon. Many of her works, while aimed at young adult readers, are still highly enjoyable, and personally I will grab one of her books just to get away from all the controversial or symbolic works that are assigned for classes.
Side note and most of the reason that I forgot book club, I discovered Wattpad. If you are not familiar with it, it is an online reading/writing community. You can write stories and publish them for the wattpad commutity, or just read. Many print published authors also got started on wattpad, and will often publish short stories and novellas to see how a new idea will be accepted.
I have moved my story, Keeva and the Sword, to Wattpad, and will update, as school, work, and imagination allow me to finish a chapter.
Until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
In the last Yarntastic Adventures I mentioned that I am now the proud owner of a Honeybee Spin’n’ply spinning wheel. This wheel was my gift to myself, through working extra shifts at work.
Anyway, today I really wanted to talk about preparing fiber on a major budget.
So since I am just starting to prepare my own fiber for spinning I do not have tons of cash to spend, after college is another story. Currently my fiber prep tools consist of
- Andis Dog Brushes (about 90 tpi)
- Grooming Combs
- The spare key for my file cabinet
- A sweater snag hook, think mini latch-hook
- A diy Niddy-noddy
- several woolite laundry bags
- and a spare solid plastic trashcan
The Niddy-Noddy Was made using two heavy cardboard rolls, and duct tape. Water resistant, and mostly free, also no having to deal with pvc.
I use the dog brushes and combs just the same a standard fiber tools, just with smaller amounts of fiber. I can then make mini batts, rolags, or rovings. I use the key hole as my diz and start the roving through with the snag fixer. I can also wash some raw fibers in the laundry bags using the trashcan as my wash tub.
So I have been quite a busy bee since the last yarntastic post. My purple sweater is coming along nicely. The body is finished, and now I just have the sleeves and neckline to complete
I finally finished a year and half long endeavor in knitting a giant Cable Sampler Scarf by Debbie Macomber back in late November. Seriously, this thing is longer than I am with my arms as high as I can reach. I am 4’8″ and the scarf is about 6′.
I am currently in love with my Twinfit dressmakers dummy. It is wonderful to be able to fit and photograph as I go without having to get a friend to help.
I have started and frogged and restarted a lace shawl. This shawl began on my summer trip to the Northeastern usa, where I picked up 7 skeins of lace weight baby alpaca in a blue/green color. It got frogged and restarted when I found a dark purple wool blend yarn by Lotus at a local odds and ends shop. I also changed patterns to one from ravelry, Steampunk Kerchief. The new pattern has eyelets up the center and along the edge.
And finally there will be a new post series involving my lastest fiber tool aquisition, A Honeybee Spin’n’Ply spinning wheel!
Until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand,
Today I will be sharing my tips and tricks to manage your ec.
- Equs- the equs you earn with your horses and when you make profit in your ec all goes in the same pot. So when you are fist starting up your ec Take it slow!
- I make my ec earn its own funds to some extent.
- Start with the largest meadow or green house you can afford. I recommend a green house first as you will be able to grow all month long. plant carrots or flax using fertilizer, manure if possible. these two crops are good cash crops, and the flax can be used as bedding or to make blankets, wraps, or bonnets.
- Get a meadow and plant apples. Each fall you will have a crop that can either be used in mashes or sold for equs.
- Set up competitions, Divine or Rookie only comps will earn 500 equs each time they run.
- Buy a workshop
- The workshop can make anything your center needs, typically for cheaper than you can buy it at the shop.
- Small workshops make 1 set of items, Medium makes 2, and Large makes 3. These are made in the same amount time, however the larger the workshop the more items you get in the same manufacturing time.
- Wait to build items such as boxes or showers until you have earned all the materials first. Example forest center, earn wood for the box, then buy sand and metal for box shower and trough.
- New as of February 2017 you can move your center ONCE per 30 days for 1 pass. So if you want to build all your boxes with extras, start in the Forest, move to beach, then move to mountain. You can earn 1 free pass every thirty days with the loyal players pass.
- Start building Boxes
- If you are trying to build a high prestige center you need at least 100 3* boxes with showers. You can build boxes slowly over time, or if your center is already established slowly replace smaller older boxes. Note that destroying old boxes does not give you any equs nor do you get to keep any showers or troughs already in the box.
- Never build more boxes than you have double the pasturage for, so that you can rotate pastures to maintain high fertility levels. Ex 10 boxes have 20 acres pasture.
- Bed with flax for higher prestige, always grow your own bedding, whether straw or flax.
- Other tips:
- You can set the mission ratio of lessons to gathering
- Always grow crops in as many fields as possible- money and supplies
- You can reserve all the boxes to yourself as you are setting up.
- You do not have to offer items as a public center all items made in workshops go straight into your personal inventory, this will affect prestige.
Just wanted to let you know that I now have parts 1-4 up on Wattpad!
Keeva and the Sword
I would love it if you would read and comment and/or vote!
That’s all for tonight,
Until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
So a friend introduced me to Wattpad recently. I have decided to post my story there, and keep the blog more for my games, crafting, and reading club. Any how, here is my cover for the story, I found the main image via google and added text using paint. Image source is Dreamtime.
So far I have uploaded Part 1, which can also be found here on the blog, as well as 2 yes 2 brand new sections, never before seen by my viewers! PLEASE, go check it out, and leave a comment or like, any feedback is appreciated.
Until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand,
Today’s Post is on speed blupping on Howrse. Note, this method does use a few bmi’s, thus this tutorial is intended for a player who has been on at least 6 months or is able and willing to buy passes.
I speed blup my Faux skillers and Pre-Skillers, these are horses with higher gp, greater than 1200 but whose parents may not have had 100 blup, or did not have Aphrodite’s Tears.
They will have:
- Achilles Heel
- Philote’s Stroke
- Sometimes Chronos Timer if I already have one
- Some if not all of the bonus items including, whip, lunge, boots, and spurs
So here’s how I do it.
- Foal Games
- Check Skills, list in name, Ex Tb 1528 M-Sp, D,G (Fake horse)
- Board in Forest center with trough and shower and all food items for 3 days, changing to Mountain with same requirements when mountain rides begin around age 2 years:
- 1 year 6 months-1 year 10 months: groom/1.5 hour ride/carrot/drink/feed( suggested fodder and fodder#-2 for oat amount, should put you at 100% energy)/ride 6 hours/stroke/stroke/ride 1.5 hours/bed
- 2 years-end of both rides:groom/mission/mash/carrot/drink/ride 30 min/feed/ride 6 hours/stroke/stroke/ride 1.5 hours/feed again if needed/bed
- Note:keep an eye on the points being earned, I always check by sliding the time down 30 min to see if the number change
- you may be able to throw in 30 minutes of training at the end of the day if your horse go one of the extra energy items like beets or sugar cubes during the day.
- Training make sure that you are in a center with trough, shower, and all food items, free tack is good too, though you can buy tack as well.
- Look at the skills again and decide which competitions your horse is best suited to compete in. For Example KWPN is Speed, Dressage, and Jump. I will enter in Show Jumping, Trot, or Gallop Comps as speed and dressage are good skills in all three.
- Train the Secondary and Tertiary Skills for the comp you want to enter
- Enter Comps which will improve the second and third skills but try to avoid the first as you want to keep the comp difficulty as low as possible.
- Once you have bolded the second and third skills enter comps that will improve the first skill, you can begin training the first skill as needed to get wins, no more than an hour at a time to keep difficulty low.
- Once your horse has 25 wins and has stopped earning skill from comps finish training the primary skill.
So last month, December 2016 we read My Favorite short story by my favorite Author.
The Smallest Dragonboy by Anne McCaffery.
I first met this story in my high school freshman writing and composition textbook. It had a picture of a dragon, what else was I supposed to do besides read?
Keevan is the smallest of the candidates for the current clutch of telepathic dragons eggs. In this story Keevan must deal with the bully, and overcome seemingly impossible odds to make it to the hatching. Will he make it to the hatching, be chosen and become K’van, or will his dreams be put on hold for good?
So because we are getting a late start into January, please continue enjoying short stories from Decembers book. I look forward to hearing and seeing which stories were your favorites.