Monday, September 19, 2011


I am still on my soapbox so watch out, folks!

The following paragraphs are taken from Penny's Tuppence's blog.  I feel that the information is important enough to pass along.   The links will not work as this is a copy and paste. 

"Alert for Chinese food

"The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) has notified the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) of reports of possible toxicity with chicken jerky treats from China.
The recently reported Fanconi syndrome-like symptoms in dogs are similar to those documented in 2007 by the AVMA, also associated with chicken jerky treats made in China.

The AVMA issued an alert to its members, state veterinary medical associations and allied organizations to 'remain vigilant for illness possibly linked to chicken jerky treat consumption.' "
Dr. Becker recommends you not feed chicken jerky treats to your dog. Select an all-natural, protein based treat like Beef & Bison Bites, or another healthy treat made in the U.S.
As with any treats, they should be fed only occasionally, not routinely. This is especially true for small-breed dogs."
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Karen in the Woods left a comment this morning.  She asked if the chicken in the chicken and noodles I fixed last night was from the chicken that hitched a ride under the motorhome.  Nope Karen, as far as I know, the girl is fine.  Three people said they would give her a home and we did not see her wandering around as we left.  

It has rained all day making it a lazy, lazy, sleepy day here in the John Bryan State Park.  The deer come and go at will.  Some with their camouflage spots fading.  They seem so small to be going into winter.

There are only 5 campsites occupied tonight.  Couple that with the campsites being quite large and the pads being blacktop for nice, level parking, what else could we ask for?  

I have found some new dyes to try.  I am ordering them over the Internet and looking forward to their arrival.  They are dyes that contain no heavy metals and are so good to the environment.  If I like them, I will be selling them on my website and at fiber events.

I am going to be more scientific in my dyeing.  Thus far, with my acid dyes, I have been a throw the dyes in the pot and see what I get type of person.  

Now that my hand spun and hand dyed yarns are selling, I want to have larger lots of colors for people to create larger projects such as wraps, sweaters, etc.  Just more of expanding our business to provide our customers with the best we can find.  

I love it that my hand spun is selling, but that means I need to be spinning, spinning, spinning.  And that's not all bad....well....that's not bad at all!   I just wish that I could spin, crank socks and felt at the same time!  I wonder if the Bionic Woman was able to do hurts!

We did not find a weaving loom that we liked at the Wool Gathering.  We will be looking at them at SAFF in  Asheville, North Carolina in a few weeks.  I am patient, I can wait, I think....

I am also looking for a yardage counter for my yarns.  Right now, I wind the yarn around the lip of my felting table....then I must rewind the yarn into a ball or cone in order to package it or to knit on my circular sock machine.  

Have I ever told you I love all things fiber?  Can you tell?  There is only one weight never goes down.   

That's all for tonight!  Be safe out there!

God Bless!


  1. A regular old fishing line yardage counter is what I use when wounding yarn off of cones onto my skein winder, prior to dyeing the skeins. They're inexpensive and found at any sporting goods store....possibly even a hardware store that sells fishing gear. Seems like I paid between $15-20 for mine and they're easy to use.

  2. I may be asking a lot, but maybe you could post a picture of two of what you're talking about for those of us (me) who don't know what you're doing. I find it fascinating but I have a hard time picturing it.

  3. Glad your little hitchhiker chicken is safe from the pot! LOL

    I used a number of those Shakespeare fishing line counters, but they have tiny plastic gears in them that wear out fast. Instead I just measure around my swift, calculate and count my turns and go at 400 yards for a good skein. Enough for a large pair of socks, and they are a bit larger than what stores sell (which is usually by the gram or ounce.)

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  4. How outrageous! This needs to be taken off the market. More research needs to be known about unsafe products. Rhodiola is one I came across recently in this article


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