Here and there

We’ve been everywhere.

Enjoying violin lessons, today will be our third lesson. We’ve spent countless hours practicing at home.

We went to my favorite place on earth (well because my sheep aren’t here yet, someday 👏)

I brought home the Christmas version of monopoly and now we all have our own set.

We spent the day at Pine Point in Scarborough Maine last Friday. The water was perfect and the sand just right for building. Our spot on the beach wasn’t overcrowded and the weather was sublime. What felt like an hour was really four and it wasn’t until tummy’s started rumbling for something other than the snacks brought along, did we finally pack up and go in search of dinner…and then ice cream (Bayley’s chocolate raspberry truffle is amazing and highly recommended.)

We’ve been at our own beach where I’ve been working on this ten stitch baby blanket.

For my little nephew due next winter.

And then we have been home

Making chicken sausage from laying hens that went into the freezer last fall, after many failed attempts they were just too hard to eat, so we tried another approach and I must say, they are delicious. I am thankful for this because we had 20+ hens in the freezer and short of feeding them to the dogs, we had no idea what else to do.

Now they will feed us through the winter and continue to keep us from having to rely on the grocery store.

We’ve been in the back pasture moving the 15 remaining laying hens, the rest have found new homes on other farms. We now move our coop on wheels once a week rather than every other day.

What have you been doing to fill your summer days?

Tour De Fleece

For the first time ever, I am taking part in Tour De Fleece….mainly because this is the first time I’ve ever heard of it, also because I can’t seem to stop spinning. I joined team Port Fiber after stopping last weekend to grab more polworth and silk blend to re-create this yarn

I love the color-way so much, yet 155 yards won’t get me very far.

Three 4.1 Oz braids were purchased this time, split up and set to dye

They dried all morning yesterday in the indoor green house

Everyone joined mom outside for some spinning time

By the end of the night, I had decided that I wanted to spin this up thinly, to see how many yards I could get out of a single, especially because this will most likely be a six ply if I want to achieve the same colorway.

This should last me all of Tour De Fleece right? If not, it will keep me busy during the long summer days.

Summer days

Vacation is here and we’ve managed to find ways to entertain ourselves during all the rainstorms.

From canning rhubarb pie filling, from what little we had this year

To 5+ hour long games of monopoly

To combing wool for more spinning

Some of us found ways to entertain ourselves that ended with pain and a trip to the vet

Ouch! (Both dogs are fine, though Moose is sporting a new haircut on his leg)

When the sun came out we had beautiful sights waiting for our eyes

In about a month Toph and I will journey down to south to see if that is really where we want to relocate or if perhaps we should just stay put. We will be looking in PA, WV, VA, and NC. I’ve been compiling a list of places to go (beaches, hikes, sites of interest), searching for celiac friendly places to eat (We will be bringing a lot of snacks, after a close call I just had at a restaurant, I need to be even pickier that already am. Sometimes gluten free menus mean nothing.)

The children will be staying behind to enjoy time with the grandparents and help out taking care of the animals and the garden.

We are definitely looking forward to this adventure!

Have a great day folks!

What season is it?

With the chilly weather outside, one could hardly believe that it is almost summer time, the bugs, flowers, and allergies are here, but we have been lacking the warmth from the sunshine.

I’ve found ways to distract myself though, in the form of canning and you guessed it, spinning.

For the first time ever I have canned some jelly/honey like concoction from lilacs

More like honey, less like jelly. A little of both but not at the same time. We enjoy it though.

I love lilacs, my grandmother’s loved lilacs as well and each year I look forward to smelling their sweet scent in the air.

I’m really enjoying my new wheel, it’s so smooth and easy to use.

This is Doodle/Romney blend I spun up for a friend who lost her pooch a while back.

This is a Polworth/Silk blend that I dyed myself

Thoughts of the beach were my inspiration for the colors

Around this time however I started to realize the sad truth about my wheel…or my bobbin per say. It can only hold so much yarn, that would not do.

So I placed an order and while I awaited for my parcel, I spun up this beautiful chocolate mint Shetland/Merino combo.

The super flyer kit was exactly what I needed for my wheel

It’s huge and will hold a 500gms of yarn compared to the smaller bobbin that only holds 130gm.

I can also make bulky yarn now if I chose to!

With my order came this lovely merino wool to sample

Shades of blues and grays

I hope your day is more sunny than gray wherever you are!

Have a great day folks!

Spinning

When I went to the New Hampshire Sheep and wool a few weeks ago, I learned something new and it changed my life….

I can now spin “thick” yarn, the entire time I’ve been spinning I’ve struggled to spin anything thicker than the picture on the left and it kind left me in a funk. My yarn was nice, but it wasn’t what I was going for.

So after the lesson at NHSW I took a deep breath, took up the merino/silk I had dyed and went to town

I was happy with the result of the single I had spun up and those colors 😍

I made three of these and started to ply

So dreamy

Folks, when I spin yarn it usually takes months because I’m just not happy with how things are looking and I tend to avoid my wheel. I did this in ONE day! Okay so it was only 120 yards but this is absolutely the best yarn I’ve ever spun, my favorite.

And it is working up nicely too!

Have a great weekend folks!

Hello May

First I just wanted to say, that I am not disappointed about the snow that is supposed to arrive tomorrow. Yes, I know it’s spring, I can’t help it.

I am however worried about these little creatures

Hopefully they will stay nice and warm under the heat lamp.

I would also very much like to get these veggies in the garden

May is here and along with it a birthday (My 35th 😳), Mother’s Day, and well, a weekend that I can compare to Christmas.

Yes folks that’s right, New Hampshire Sheep and Wool! I went alone this year but was specifically told that I was not allowed to bring home any animals…and believe me, there were a few for sale, so I very well could have.

Instead I had to settle for sheep and alpaca cuddles, browsing all the fine wool and yarns, and of course I purchased three fleeces

Cotswold, though I just realized I still have a pound from last year I haven’t even touched (whoops!), Finn which is a new one for me, and then coopworth 😍, I also purchased a new bobbin for my wheel and believe it or not I actually came home with cash.

Yesterday for Mother’s Day was spent shivering under layers and layers of fleece sweaters, though it got up to 57, the sun never came out to say hello. My mother in law and I spent our day working on my walkway

I am not the best gardener, almost all the flowers on my property were planted by the previous owner who won awards for gardens. Thankfully they are almost effortless to maintain. My mother in law use to work at a nursery and is very helpful, helping me get flowers that are low maintenance.

Last week I purchased some beautiful merino and silk roving from Port Fiber over in Portland Maine, every time I go there I make sure to stop in a peruse all of the beautiful fibers Casey has in her shop. (If you are a fan of Taproot, they are less than two minutes down the road)

I was on a mission as soon as I purchased this wool, I knew the exact colors I wanted to dye this wool and holy moly…I’m blown away!

I have to finish the doodle/romney blend I am spinning up for a friend and then I will start spinning this up, I took a short five minute class at the Sheep and Wool Festival and was taught how to spin my yarn just a little thicker, so I have high hopes for this yarn!

Speaking of homespun

The Bandana cowl is finally complete, I need to give it a soak in something (I don’t know what) to soften it up, but I am a happy camper.

Have a great day folks, and for all you snow lovers in Maine and New Hampshire, enjoy!

Here, there, everywhere

That’s where my mind is tonight, because I dared to have two cups of coffee and one cup of black tea today.

I keep going back and forth to working on this beautiful Bandana Cowl I found on purl soho

To looking up areas to visit when Toph and I make a trip down south later this summer, to looking at houses online, to planning what food we will bring with us because eating out with celiacs is a pain in the padded you know what. Then my mind goes back to knitting, how much yarn will I need on this road trip, and is the tundra big enough for me to spin on my Ashford wheel while we drive? (Probably not)

So while my mind is all over the place and I thought I would pop in and say hi and share with you how I am progressing on

this awesome cowl with the accidental mystical colorway yarn

And the doodle/romney yarn, which has suddenly become easier to spin!

Have a great weekend folks!