Smells like spring 

All that snow we got is quickly melting away, we have patches of grass in our yard right now, while I know spring won’t be here for another few weeks, and I’m certain we will have a couple more light snow storms, I can’t help but get excited at the thought of starting seeds & the baby critters headed our way! 

The temperatures have been above normal this week, yesterday it was 60 degrees! That’s Mother Nature for you, always keeping you on your toes.

We are on school vacation this week which means we have built snowmen 



We have started the onions


And yesterday we went swimming. 

The downside of vacation is however, the large amounts of traffic, being cut off while driving, and the worst, people throwing beer bottles in my yard. Sadly that is something I came home to yesterday and it breaks my heart. Please, I get that you want to go out joy riding and see where different roads lead (we really need a dead end sign on our road), but please don’t drink while doing it and if it as passanger drinking and not yourself, please have a spare trash bag with you so you aren’t littering.  

The fine in the state of NH is $150 for having an open alcoholic beverage in your car, however the fine for littering is is up to one year in prison and up to $2,000. I personally don’t think either is worth it. So wait till you are at home folks, okay? 

Sorry to be a buzz kill but we work hard to keep our property clean for our children & our animals, the people in my town work hard picking up trash off the side of the roads to keep our town looking nice. Consider this before you so carelessly toss trash out your window. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem


On a happier note, I finished up the alpaca/silk combo I starts spinning last August and have started spinning up the merino/yak/silk wool I purchased 

Isn’t it beautiful, so soft and silky, like a cloud. I am loving it! Once again I purchased this on etsy from StickChick and I highly recommend it (I’m not getting paid to advertise her page, I just really love her product, though I do get paid a small commission if you purchase something from the ads over there ——> )

And with that note, I hope you all have a wonderful day folks!!

Remember, nobody likes a litterbug.                                         Not even these bug eaters right here. 

That’s a lot of snow!




And it’s still snowing. Yes that is right, we got about two feet of snow and are in the process of getting another 10-14″ and you know what, I’m part of the minority that is absolutely loving it.


I recently purchased four knitters pride dreamz crochet hooks and sadly have misplaced the size H. I have torn every room apart looking for this hook and alas it seems to have disappeared, however it has inspired me to organize my tools a little better. I got a good chunk of the organizing done this morning before the kids were released early from school.



Then I ran out of steam, not even the two large mugs of coffee helped. 


I am hoping to pick right back up this evening after they go to bed. Don’t let that board fool you, I have twice as many circular knitting needles than what you are seeing.

“Did you find your hook?!” I found several H hooks, though not the one I am searching for. 

Hopefully I get this project finished soon because I bought some pretty fabric that I have plans for and I’m ready to start cutting


One fiber related project I am hoping to finish up today is this Divine Hat that a friend asked me to make for her to match the mittens from the previous post



I have another fun fiber treat coming my way in the mail, I ordered 4oz of beautiful merino/silk/yak roving from StickChick it’s my first time ordering from her shop and I am very excited for this roving to arrive!

That’s all I have for you this week folks! Hope the rest of your week is fantastic!

Well this is new

Growing up I was a bookworm, I still read now but not as much as I did as a child. Late at night I would read books under my covers at night until the batteries in my flashlight died. In the summers I would take sheets and make a makeshift tent on the top of the swing set, sides closed together with clothes pins. Just myself and a stack of books.

One series I read over and over again, even when the books fell apart, was Little House on the Prairie. Growing up on a farm myself, no running water, and outhouse, and no electricity until I was ten, my life at the time didn’t seem that far off from Laura’s, I was easily able to picture in my mind exactly what was written in the book, except for one thing… the blizzards.

Sure we have had blizzards in New England before, but in my life time I don’t recall ever seeing a storm like the ones described in the books “The schoolhouse had disappeared. They could see nothing but the swirling whiteness and snow and then a glimpse of each other, disappearing like shadows” The Long Winter 

Laura Ingalls Wilder was fantastic at describing things, however this was something I always had a hard time picturing. That is until this morning when it was so windy and snowing so hard, that we could barely see the frame of our house. 

Now it certainly was NOTHING like what happened in Laura’s books, please don’t think that I am claiming that at all, I do however think that I next time I pick up one of her books and she mentions people not being able to see ten feet in front of them, I will now be able to picture it in my head and understand.

With that being said, yes it is snowing outside…welcome to New England lol the wind is blowing and the snow is falling heavily, more in some places than others. 

We are staying inside today, reading, knitting, and drinking large amounts of warm tea. Some of us are even doing research for a paper. She’s writing about the hard winter of 1881

 

She’s getting more into the fiber world recently and I am crossing my fingers that once she moves on from carding she will try spinning and maybe want to start knitting again



She spun up some lovely merino mixed with the soft fiber I’ve saved up from Carrick over the years. 


Wherever you are and whatever the weather may be doing, I hope you are all staying safe and warm!

Have a good day folks!


Well folks it’s official! There is a ten year old in the house! We celebrated with a few friends at the local indoor pool, followed by a slumber party.

Per the request, with a bit of hesitation from the chef, there was a Boston cream cake made from scratch by yours truly


It’s not pretty, but it was delicious. Another first was that I made butterscotch pudding for the middle, now that I know how easy it is to make pudding, I might do it more often.


Well we did it, we placed the order for some new feathered friends! Black Australops and Golden Comets, 11 more Golden Runner 300 ducks, and then our short term Cornish Cross birds.

We have a couple of plays (<—what?! 2/5 edit), escape artist in the greenhouse that are either eager for new surroundings or really just want to free range with the chickens and ducks.
Every so often when it warms up they keep trying to tunnel out, we’ve been moving them weekly to to help dig up the soil for spring.

​                                I’m looking forward to spring to see how Noël will react to grass. 


Last week I took a two day break from knitting & crocheting due to swollen joints from…over crocheting I’m sure. On the third day my hands were back to normal and faster than ever


The top hat has been tossed up on my Etsy page though I am toying with the idea of adding a bow. The others will be added as well when I can finish weaving in the ends


I tried a new pattern this weekend, it isn’t perfect but I’m still the new kid on the quilting scene so that’s alright 


And now my internet friends I have a task for you, my quilting guild was gifted with some already made blocks and we are in search of this green fabric


I have been searching online with no luck but maybe someone out there has the matching fabric or knows where we might purchase some.

Have a great day folks!

Hats, hats, and more hats


Welcome to the land of ice


It is slowly melting but we are expecting more rain & freezing temperatures followed by snow, so I have no doubt that it will look like this again tomorrow. Unfortunately three out of four of us have now taken a tumble.

Toph was the first to take a tumble, hurting his hip. I slipped on the ice with one foot in a the truck and one foot out, mine was less of a tumble and more of a throwing out my back. Leif was the third tumble and luckily is always bundled up in thick layers outside, so to him it was more of an annoyance.


I made a lot of hats last week, I hadn’t planned to but I’ve gotten orders left and right and I also wanted to make a hat for my father in law who celebrated a birthday last Wednesday. 


Everyone is still going crazy over the messy bun hats, I hadn’t planned on making them when they came out but people want them. I’ve made 8 since December and I have about 9 more to finish up.

This next hat I am really excited about, it was a new stitch I had never done and I am not completely in love with. The puff stitch. This particular hat is the ‘Slouchy Beanie Greystoke hat’ and you can find the pattern here 



It worked up fast and I want to incorporate this stitch into other patterns.


So we are very excited for the up coming year on the farm, seeds & trees have been ordered, we have been hovered over catalogues trying to decide which meat & egg chickens we want this year as well as throwing around the idea for ten more ducks because really, how could you not love these little faces?!


We are tossing around the idea of trying a new heritage breed of pigs and of course I am now as always, pushing for you guessed it….sheep. We need the fencing first but I am working on it!!

Next time I update, I will have a ten year old 😳 where has the time gone?!

Have a great day folks!!

11 days

& 2,216 yards of yarn.


Not exactly the best picture, it is indeed finished & has been gifted to the young woman for who it was intended. Not as big as I had intended, I had to run out to get more yarn few times.

….and not just yarn for this current blanket. There was a break in the weather and I was able to head on over to Maine to visit my father…who happens to live exactly a stones throw away from a Joann Fabrics.


And then there was that package from Michaels that resulted in this 

   I had planned on making each child a blanket but at the last moment Lorelai changed her mind and decided she wanted Caron Cakes lemon lime yarn…which of course I only had two of, so as there was only one day left for the sale and it was snowing outside and you can only get them in packs of three on the website…naturally I ordered 9 skeins…though I may need one more lemon lime and of course, it has been discontinued 😳

Another item recently finished that has also found its new home 

I won’t lie, I enjoy the messy bun hat trend going on. They whip up fast and they fund my yarn habit.

Another thing supplying my yarn habit are my little rabbits, who have found a way to escape and torment the chickens     🎵 One of these things is not like the other 🎶

We did have to move the pen to harder ground so they can’t dig out again. It’s not the being out with chickens that worries me, as Carrick frequently free ranged with our birds in the winter. It’s the digging underneath the greenhouse that has me concerned. 

Stay inside bunnies!! We have too many predator issues and it’s too cold for Moose to be sleeping outside with you!
Have a nice night folks!

Better

It is now my turn to work through a illness of some sorts, everyone in the house has had the pleasure of some type of cold, I myself am currently working through bronchitis…I blame the lack of bacon in my life, when I eat bacon I’m not sick, when I am the only person in my house eating bacon, I am the only person not sick. Therefor I need more bacon in my life.

We are currently surrounded by a winter wonderland, we had a good 2 feet last week and last night we had a mix of rain and snow, giving us this view


However trying to leave the house this morning to feed the animals was a real….treat

Luckily Toph is strong than I am, because I was unable to open the door.

I have finished the tiger 


I started a blanket for Lorelai’s best friend who just turned 11 and I am hoping it will be finished by her birthday party

I’m on day 8 and almost ready to decrease. 

I have also started a veil for one of my best friends who will be getting married this coming fall

We are excited for the upcoming year on the farm, we have ordered several fruit trees, we have wood to build some animal shelters so we can get cows and sheep within the next two years and we also have left over free lumber that was given to us, that Toph wants to use to build a cabin out in the woods….he may watch too much Alaska The Last Frontier 😉

Hope you folks have a fantastic day!