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Ep 94 – Will it Wood Stove?

The oven has died, and I am looking for ways to cook some of the items that I still have in the refrigerator that require an oven. Should I do more of this? What would you like me to try and cook on the wood stove? Leave a comment and let me know! #woodstove #fails #cooking #woodstovecooking #cookingfails
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Episode 93 – Mozzarella Fail – What did I do wrong?

Ali got a cheese making kit for Christmas, and attempted to make Mozzarella cheese, but failed miserably. What am I doing wrong? What crucial step am I missing? Please comment below and let me know because I still haven’t got it sorted out. I tried following the tutorial listed here –…
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Ep – 92 – JiJi the Cat – An Amigurmi Knitting Pattern – Kiki’s Delivery Service

Ali makes Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service for the kids in the family

So for Christmas this year, I was reminded that “Kiki’s Delivery Service” is Arden’s favorite movie. (The 2003 version with Phil Hartman doing the dub of Jiji the cat) It’s my first experience with Miyazaki films, and really is such a sweet, wholesome movie. I decided I would grab a bunch of the newer DVDs for the other kinder in the family, and I knitted them all up a Jiji the Cat from this pattern that I found on Ravelry, but I found that I really wasn’t a fan of the completed product, so I redid the pattern and am posting it below!

Jiji the Cat


K – knit
KFB – Knit front and back
SSK – slip slip knit

Cast on 6 stitches and split between two needles (magic loop) and join in the round. Please note that you will repeat all stitches between the asterisks.
Round1 * kfb*all stitches (12 stitches)
Round 2 k
Round 3 *kfb, k1 * (18 stitches)
Round 4 K
Round 5 *kfb, k2* (24 stitches)
Round 6 k
Round 7 *kfb, k3* (30)
Round 8 k
Round 9 *kfb, k4* (36)
Round 10 k
Round 11 *kfb, k5* (42)
Round 12-22knit
Round 23 *ssk, k5* (36)
Round 24 k
Round 25 *ssk, k4* (30)
Round 26 k
Round 27 *kfb, k4* (36)
Round 28-38k
Round 39 *ssk, k4* (30)
Round 40 K
Round 41 *ssk, k3* (24 stitches)
Round 42 K
Round 43 *ssk, k2* (18 stitches)
Round 44 k
Round 45 k
Round 46 k
Round 47 *kfb, k2* (24)
Round 48 *kfb, k3* (30)
Round 49 *kfb, k4* (36)
Round 50 *kfb, k5* (42)
Round 51-64
Add some stuffing
Round 65 *ssk, k5* (36)
Round 66 *ssk, k4* (30)
Round 67 *ssk, k3* (24)
Round 68 *ssk, k2* (18)
Row 69 *ssk, k1* (12)
Row 70 *ssk* (6)
Thread yarn through last 6 stitches and pull closed and weave in the end.


Cast on 20 Divide in half on circular needles & join.
Put stitch marker in after 2 stitches to mark the beginning of the round.
Knit 8 rows
Row 9 1st 2 stitches slip slip and knit together, knit 6 then slip slip and knit those two togetherrepeat to end of round (16 stitches)
Row 10-12 knit
Row 13 slip slip knit together, k4, ssk (12 stitches)
Row 14 k
Row 15 k
Row 16 ssk, k2, ssk, ssk, k2 ssk (8 stitches)
Row 17 k
Row 18 ssk x 4 (4 stitches)
Row 19 k
Row 20 ssk x2
Cut and pull string through last 2 stitches to tie off, and tuck end inside of ear


Cast on 6 stitches and split between two needles (magic loop) or 4 DPNs. Mark the beginning of your round
Round 1 *kfb,k1* (9)
Round 2 k
Round 3 *kfb, k2* (12)
Knit each row until piece measures 10” -12″or reaches the top of Jiji’s head.

Then after 10”-12″ of tail, *ssk, k2* (9)
Next row *ssk, k1* (6)
Next row *ssk* (3)
Thread yarn through remaining 3 stitches and weave in

Sewing up

I recommend gluing your felt to his ears before stuffing and sewing to the body using a whip stitch. I attached his tail using a whip stitch as well.
When gluing on the eyes and nose, I recommend applying the glue to the parts, smearing it around with your finger to the edges, and then lightly applying them where you’d like them on Jiji’s face. Then you will either need to clamp him between a couple of boards, or if you don’t have clamps, use something heavy to apply pressure until the glue is cured. He will look silly, but it will keep his face on.

For the eyes and nose, I used this template from the original pattern. I did shrink down the eyes and nose just a bit, but not a whole lot. Maybe 1/8-1/4″ around the eyeballs. As for the ears, I found it best to trace the actual ears and then come in maybe 1/8-1/4″ from the edges. Please note that the link for the template will automatically download the PDF. At least it does for me.

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Ep 91 – Easy Holiday Ornaments

These ornaments are easy to make. I used a log from the firewood pile cut into slices, sanded, and added a bevel with the dremel rotary tool. After that I painted the pieces, glued to a craft stick (for the snowmen) and glued on a ribbon for a scarf and a piece of yarn to hang from. A quick project to send out to my family for the holidays! #DIY #ornaments #woodworking #painting #painted #beginnercrafts .....................................** Visit our website and purchase some of Ali’s handmade soap Support us by becoming a Patron! Visit us on Facebook! Visit us on Instagram @lazy_ahole_ranch @lazyaholepets @lazyaholesoap @evilmightyacorn @michaelprovines
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Ep 90 – Christmas Miracle!

Once upon a time, Mike lived in Denver, and had a house with a complicated mortgage situation. After a lot of messing around, and a bajillion phone calls, we were able to finally sell the place….. to pay off this property.
debtfree #nomortgage #christmas #miracle #buildingdebtfree #archedcabin
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Ep 89- Grief

Missing William. A video portrait of grief after loss of a child. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call 1-800-273-8255 Available 24 hours everyday If you are in the US, you can also now dial 988 to speak to someone immediately. #grief #loss #grieving #suicideprevention #sadness We’ll be back to build videos as soon as I’m feeling up to it again.
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Ep 88 – Happy Thanksgiving!

Mike & I wish you all a very wonderful Thanksgiving! Ed’s Super Stuffing Recipe – #thanksgiving #lazy #DIY #homestead #archedcabin #vlog #mikegyver #lazyaholeranch .....................................** Visit our website and purchase some of Ali’s handmade soap Support us by becoming a Patron! Visit us on Facebook! Visit us on Instagram @lazy_ahole_ranch @lazyaholepets @lazyaholesoap @evilmightyacorn @michaelprovines
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Coming soon!

Just put a batch of Sage Cedar Soap, and a batch of Orange Blossom Goat Milk Soap onto the curing rack! The Sage Cedar Soap will be ready to use December 14th & Orange Blossom Goat Milk will need a little more time on the rack to firm up. It smells amazing in here!

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Ep 87 – Hoar Frost, Eco Egg Update, Concerns, & Firewood

We awakened one morning to find ourselves in a surreal world in a forest full of hoar frost. It was incredible.
Ali has some concerns about acquiring the knowledge to maintain the ranch if Mike were unable to for whatever reason.
Update on the eco egg & wool dryer balls
Firewood is rapidly being depleted, and we need to take action!
homestead #vlog #archedcabin #DIY #firewood

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Ep 86 – Ali’s Staycation Solid Lotion Tutorial

Mike had to go to Denver for a few days to do Denver things, and left Ali home alone to do those things that Ali won’t do while Mike is around
#solidlotion #tutorial #DIY #archedcabin #homestead

Makes 9 solid lotions if you’re using 2 oz tins.
Just under 1 cup of beeswax. Leave about 1/4″ from the top. Use less if you’d like it a little softer
1 cup coconut oil
1 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons of evening primrose oil or any other supplemental oil you’d like (optional)
2 tablespoons vitamin e oil (optional)
2 tablespoons fragrance oil. I used Nag Champa in this batch.**** If using essential oils, I would use a capful at the most. They are potent!****

Melt your beeswax & coconut oil in a jar or pyrex measuring glass in a bath of hot water, and add in your olive oil to heat and blend. Once all the oils are melted, remove from heat and add the optional oils and fragrance oil. Blend well with a popsicle stick, and pour into your 2 oz tins. Allow to cool. 

Cheetah lady reference:

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