Sarah Jane Humke

The life of a traveling, reading, writing, spining and knitting shepherdess.

Early Birthday Gifts January 19, 2015

I’ve received two early birthday presents this year.  The first was a set of Knitter’s Pride Karbonz double-pointed needles.  My honey got them for me as I have been knitting a lot of socks lately and, as a result, have broken more than a few of the wooden needles.  I already have a couple of sets of these and really, really like them.  I am a big fan of carbon fiber in knitting needles!!


The second gift is a lovely shawlete from my wonderful friend Tini.  I wouldn’t have opened it early except that the post office had already taken care of it for me!Bd2

I am a lucky, lucky woman!


Mending Monday

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Today I decided to finish a project that I have been putting off for a while.  I have a pair of jeans that had developed a hole at the corner of the right back pocket as well as were worn very thin between the thighs.  I originally had two pairs of these.  The other pair was converted to shorts in order to fix issues with them as well as to provide mending material for the remaining complete pair.MM1

It seems that jeans are always a pain in the butt to mend.  There was no good way to use the sewing machine for the hole by the pocket so it was sewn by hand.  The thin spots I was able to use my handy-dandy little IKEA sewing machine.MM2This endeavor is in line with my trying to not buy any clothes for the next year.


I am still using the cut-off legs from the first pair of pants that I turned into shorts.  The photo above is what the three patches looked like from the inside.  I am not a seamstress, but I haven’t had any problems so far with the repairs I’ve made previously. The repairs aren’t pretty but virtually unnoticeable from the outside.


My next project is a pair of jeans that have a slightly more complicated problem.  MM5

There are two belt loops that are torn at the bottom.  The other one is less torn than the one above but both are ripping.  Any suggestions from any of y’all on how to remedy this?MM6



Baaaaad conversations January 8, 2015

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This is a excerpts  from texted conversation with my boyfriend last night. We were just talking about what we were doing (as one does) and these started coming from him..

“You are so bahahahad!”

“Sheep are the worst. Well at least that is how I felt at the time.”

“I see. I can no longer ply you with sheep humor.”

“I thought that I could always count on that staple of yours”

“I like to weave a good fiber joke into the fabric of our lives.”

“If I had things might spin out of control.”

“Darn it! Now I’m hooked!”

“He is just worried that I will pull the wool over his eyes.”

“He’s afraid of being fleeced.”

“Don’t worry, I won’t card him.”

“You saying I’m off my spool?”

“That’s it.  I have no more purls of wisdom tonight.”

“My humor has been shorn.”

“It is now quite threadbare.”

“Humor has never caused anyone to dye.”

“Night my sweet lamb.”

I don’t think anyone needs to wonder why we are together!!!!




Chugging along January 6, 2015

I know, I’ve not been on here much of late.  Alas, there hasn’t been a lot for me to write about lately.  Winter is a time to hunker down, stay warm,  and plan for spring here.

Christmas was nice.  Lots of lovely and thoughtful presents.  I got a lot of books that will hopefully help me prepare for the coming year (I would like to get a few sheep and some laying hens).  I spent a lot of time with both my family and my boyfriend’s family.

New Year’s brought specken dicken at the Ackley Civic Center and colder weather.  No big parties or fancy nights out. That’s not really how I roll:-)

This past week I’ve been doing a big cleaning and rearranging.  Trying to make my space more useable and pleasing to be in.

I did, in fact, finish a bunch of knitted items before Christmas.  One, in particular, I am especially proud of.  I finished a pair of socks for the boyfriend made from hand-spun, 4-ply sock yarn.

Joel's Socks
This is a 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, & 10% Nylon blend that was custom dyed for me by Diane Pals of Bugsnugger.  It’s a lovely blend that I took my time spinning.  I have more yarn like this and I will probably be knitting another pair of socks from it but they will hopefully go to the Iowa State Fair before going to their final home.

I also knit a pair of “normal” socks out of Kroy and Opal.Joel's Socks 2  I used the red Opal to finish off the socks as there wasn’t enough of the Kroy in the 100 grams for a pair of size 12 mens socks.

Here are the socks together:

Joel's Socks 3

There was also a scarf for my mother made from some of the ruffle yarns as well as an infinity scarf from Debbie Bliss Angel for my sister-in-law.  There were also another pair of socks for my boyfriend’s mother.  So, I was fairly busy in the days leading up to Christmas!




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I’m not a fan of New Years resolutions.  I’ve watched gyms become packed with fevered folks looking to lose those 10 pounds only to become ghost towns by March.  I’ve seen people tear themselves up trying to stop or change something about themselves and failing.

However, there are some things that I would like to try to do in the coming year.  I’m not making resolutions, those are rather more high pressure than I want to make.  Just some things I would like to try to do more of in the coming year.

~ Travel. Specifically, within Iowa and the Midwest.  I’ve spent a lot of time traveling around to world, I feel that it’s time for me to get to know my home again.  I would like to try to make a few weekend trips around the state.

~Volunteering. I feel that my home should be a better place because I am in it.  I would like to get involved with my local 4-H organization, do more within my guild, and generally use my talents more for my community.

~Clothing.  I want to try to not purchase any new clothing in 2015.  I would like to try to use-up or wear out as many of my current clothes as possible.  I want to become better at mending items as well as making them.

~Yarn, Fabric & Fiber.  I would like to try to use up as much stash as possible.  Trading and sharing for my sock yarn blanket is perfectly acceptable.  I also want to spin more in the coming year.

~Eat local.  I want to try to have as much of my food come from within the state of Iowa as possible in the coming year.  Maybe even from this farm.

So there’s my low-pressure list of things I would like to try this coming year!  What about you?  What would you like to try in the next 359 days?