Not to jinx anything

Everything has been going smoothly since I last wrote. We had a small harvest this year, despite the large garden. The drought complicated things. We had a third of the amount of potatoes, some zucchini, turnips, and well radishes that no one in the house cares for.

I’m trying not to stress about it, I’m working really hard to just relax and chill out. I ended up with a stress induced ulcer, which means no coffee, bacon, chocolate, among other things 😭 so I need to be zen all the time so I can heal up and coffee can come back into my life 😂

We have a new family member who arrived yesterday

Welcome to the farm Soot! Everyone is still trying to adjust, Ailey just doesn’t care.

Soot enjoys my mini Christmas tree. He usually can be found near it.

I’ve made some headway on my knitting and crochet while I’ve been relaxing

Foxy-Fox Mittens from Winter Knits from Scandinavia

A surprise that I am working on, I’ll tell you the pattern name when it is finished 😉 sadly this is going to be too small for me *ahem* up there. However I’ve enjoyed working on it so much I will definitely make another and go up a size or two in hook and yarn size.

Also look what finally made its way into my craft room from the barn

Now I can really start to play with it. Yes, that is bags of raw wool in the greenhouse. Alpaca, Finn, there is some Shetland in there.

More in here (expect the bottom, that tub is full of my kids baby clothes), plus I have four more tubs on shelves. I figured if I publicly shamed myself, I’d have to spend more time spinning it up.

Well folks, I hope you are having a wonderful week. Stay safe and healthy!

A few words and a lot of pictures

I think we can all agree, that this year has been too much. Too much fear, too much sadness, too much anger and I for one am ready for a change.

I have so much I want to write but again I sit here once again struggling. A week and a half ago I got news of the passing of one of my older brothers. He was a favorite of the family, well loved by all his siblings. Not yet 50 years old.

He was number four. Four deaths in five weeks. How does one pull themselves above the water long enough to catch their breath and sort themselves out mentally before the next wave hits?

Honestly I don’t know what else I can say right now, but I have pictures.

Breathing

I’m not sure if it was a night spent under the sky watching hundreds of shooting stars, evenings just watching sunsets

lazy afternoons lounging the hammock that Toph surprised us all with, spending time with my animals

but I am feeling immensely better….it could also just be that my therapist is no longer on vacation and I have been bumped back up to therapy every week which I believe was much needed.

These last two weeks I haven’t pushed myself, I haven’t gotten angry with myself when something doesn’t go as planned. I’m a worried about things…the serious lack of rain yes, but it’s out of my control. So now I just take it one day at a time.

I’ve been occupying myself looking through boxes my oldest paternal sister sent my way, old letters, a journal my great grandmother kept when she was 12 lived in Paris for a year. Odds and ends, beautiful jewelry boxes filled with beautiful treasures

I pulled myself from my house for a trip that had nothing to do with grocery shopping or swimming in the river. Not five minutes from here is a thrift store, filled with odds and ends and lots of books. They were having a sale on old books and I knew if I went first thing in the morning there would be very few, if any people there, so off I went…in search of books you know 😉 and came back with more

Just different things here and there, I like old books and lamps. I love old blue china though until my kids are grown or I have a china cabinet, I don’t dare buy any for fear they will be accidentally broken. There for instead of spending $15 old the cup I really wanted, I settled for a $2 cup that is still equally beautiful…just not newer and less like to hurt if it is somehow broken.

We have had a house some guests recently, no matter how many times I send them out the door, they continue to turn around and come back in.

I don’t mind, I do love dragonflies.

I’ve added new knitting books to my collection recently, as well as some new knitting needles

Working on mittens with my brand new ChiaoGoo needles
And then this one, that just had my name written all over it.

I’m hoping, though with normal expectations, that life continues to carry on this way before anymore big changes happen. I just need to continue to breath.

Have a great week folks!

When it rains, it pours.

It seems every time I think I will get on a roll with things, life has other plans. This is the first time I feel like I have been able to sit and just be.

There were videos I started to record, they are waiting to be edited. There isn’t much content however, so much has gone on in the last four weeks, I didn’t feel right posting it in a video. I tend to ramble and say too much. It’s basically just farm content.

I will share a few things here, though I won’t add detail. I just want you to know what has been going on. While I have big dreams of peaceful farm life with my family, it doesn’t always happen how we want it.

Four weeks ago today, Toph was involved in an accident with Runa. He was riding the dirt bike and she ran into him. While Runa is just fine (confirmed by the vet), Toph has a broken collarbone and has been laid up in the living room recovering.

While in my big dreams, my children help out in the garden and with the animals. Reality is more of me taking care of the animals and breaking up fights every 5-10 minutes. So sadly my garden is a hot mess these days.

Two weeks ago a cousin passed away, we are still waiting for find out the cause. It was very unexpected and I’m still trying to wrap my head around it.

Last week my nephew passed away after a long battle with cancer. It had been a almost ten year battle, but it still came as a shock. I had only known this nephew for a year and he left a big impression on me.

I haven’t really felt like I have had much time to get a grip on everything going on, it’s like a dominos effect, before you can get used to a new normal the next one falls.

At this time all I can do continue to focus on what’s going on here at the farm and continue to tackle the garden and figure out a way to keep my kids happy.

They are 10 & 13 now and they are kids dealing with not being able to see friends, not able to do the normal summer routine.

I think the entire world is having a rough time of it right now, I just want to say I am thinking of everyone. I hope you are all safe and healthy.

Also before I go, this one I feel is important at all times. Please teach your kids to cover their mouths when they cough. Leif and I both have comprised immune systems, however the grocery shopping is currently on me right now with Toph out of commission. This past Wednesday an unmasked teenager came up to me at the grocery store and coughed on me.

It’s just plain rude & disgusting in normal times, let alone right now. Let’s teach our kids better.

Have a great day folks, until next time.

Here, there, everywhere

I’m doing something a little different today. I started a Vlog, sometimes I have so much I want to say but due to sheer laziness, it has to sit in my head until I eventually forget what it is I wanted to write. So I thought, why not vlog?

I thought I would share with you my first vlog, I’m certain I will always add them here, but what I’m not certain of is how long will I keep vlogging for. I’m not good on camera 😂 but I am trying to break out of my shell a little.

CroKnitSewSocial Vlog 1

Hopefully I can become more comfortable behind camera, learn to edit, and next time have better lighting. I hope you enjoy my first vlog episode, all my rambling, tongue ties stumbling, and just general awkwardness 😂

Have A Great Day Folks!

New Friends and Birthdays

Recently Ragnar the Rooster made his way into our flock of chickens, not in the usual way of hatching, arriving as a chick, or being purchased. No, one day he arrived via box left at the end of our property. I have been wanting a new Roo for awhile, a protector for our girls and as it was hard to get new birds this past spring, I wanted to be able to hatch chicks of our own.

Ragnar is incredibly sweet, appears to be a young Easter egger. To whomever dropped him off, thank you. We can hold him without fuss and he is very friendly. This could have gone a different way.

We may have other new friends soon, as we found wild turkey eggs in the middle of our front yard one afternoon, no sign of a wild turkey anywhere. We hunted all around to return these eggs to the nest but had no luck.

Having no idea how to return them to their mother, we have stuck them under our broody Beauty, who yes once again has a desire to become a mother hen. Maybe she will get her wish. Before doing this we checked the laws, I had no desire to get into trouble of wild turkey eggs. However, thankfully no law has been broken and I really did not want to toss the eggs.

We have two birthdays this month, not human form but furbabies.

Ailey is reaching her 9th year. Her birthday is in two days.

This goofy girl will be two on the 29th. Runa has started to hit the “teen years” for sure. Chewing the (electric) chicken fence, digging holes, and ignoring commands. Sigh we will get there, she was far too perfect in behavior and temperament up until now, I should have known 😂

Everyday the garden grows a little more. The rows of potatoes, corn, popcorn, squashes, and root vegetables are looking amazing. Tomatoes this year…well not so much. We are in a drought and have to be careful with watering. Rain appears often in the forecast, but we have seen very little of it this year.

Today however, today looks gloomy. There are dark clouds overhead an the weather app is still showing a storm 🤞 Perfect day to stay inside and work on a project.

Or two, providing my new knitting needles arrive today. While I generally have no issue with these wooden circular knitting needles that came cheap in a bundle, they don’t do so well when more than one strand of yarn is involved 🤷🏻‍♀️

Have a great day folks!

Prejudice is an emotional commitment to ignorance. – Nathan Rutstein

The World

While my hands are better and are now able to function normally without pain, my heart is broken for the world.

Broken for all those affected by the virus. We ourselves have had family who have had the virus and been sick. Friends who family members who have been sick with the virus. It hurts to see people make jokes about Covid-19 being a hoax, fake, saying only elderly people are at risk. Really? Do elderly people not count as people, someone’s mother, father, brother, sister, grandparent? Would it not hurt just as much to lose them?

It’s not just elderly people. People at all ages are at risk. My son for instance, is ten years old, he usually has several lung infections a year. He has asthma and a sunken chest. He won’t be able to attend school in the Fall should it open.

I am 36 years old, I have asthma and celiacs which is considered an autoimmune disease. I am at risk. We are not the only ones in this world with these health issues, please consider that. Even people without prior health issues have died.

Broken for the people who are told to shush, when they speak out and stand up for others. I have spoken up on social media platforms, I have lost friends and family. I am okay with that. If you chose to unfollow my blog after this then do be it but the fact of the matter is, you cannot just go around killing people.

This is a picture I found and shared on my Instagram and it speaks volumes.

I‘ve had people try to argue with me “oh if they weren’t doing anything wrong, they would not have been shot”. Don’t you just find that sad? Little girls have been shot while in their beds, these same people cannot answer me about what those little girls were doing wrong. You don’t just kill people. If people are committing a crime, arrest them and give them their day in court.

I’m not sorry for posting this because it’s truly how I feel. I was raised in a family where you judged someone based off their character, not the color of their skin. I went to a school with kids from all over the world, different races, sexualities, religious beliefs. Am I saying everyone got along? No I’m not, but any fights I witnessed or were big topics around the school was boys fighting over a girl or girls fighting over a boy.

I’m not sure what else to add here, other than don’t be on the wrong side of history. Love each other, educate each other, and instead of going out of your way to annoy each other, sit down and have a serious conversation. The name calling that has been going on, it hurts to see. there is no need for it.

Love you all, have a great week folks.

And we wait

Recently I was glutened, we all know that that means. Little to no hands on activity until it works it’s way out my system. Blankets, sunglasses, lots of water, and a heating pad.

My recent projects have been moved from my eye sight, no use looking at something I won’t be able to work on…and naturally I had a few going on at once

Shawls have been my thing recently

The wool from my last dye project has been set aside with the rest of my wool just waiting for its time on my wheel.

Waiting for more seeds to popup, just waiting on the second set of onions now.

Admiring my daughters animal whisperer abilities

Watching goslings grow.

Have a great day folks!

Chirp Chirp Honk

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The short term guests have arrived on the farm, 30 broilers and 3 geese…I suspect that at least one of the geese may end up as a long term resident, that is if the 13 year old in the house has anything to do with it.

For the first time ever someone in the house has gotten attached to a short term guest, I guess we will have to see how this turns house as the goose gets older.

I recently decorated the greenhouse in Shades of Autumn

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Late one night I decided I just had to dye some romney wool I had been carding up. Almost half a pound to be exact. I went for a certain dye technique that did not work out at all but instead something else happened and you know why? I kinda like it!

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I have all sorts of plans for Shades of Autumn, however I’m certain those plans will change 20 times while I continue to spin up the remaining wool on my bobbins to make way for this beautiful colorway.

For instance Poseidon and Atlantis here, I’m excited to ply these two together and see what happens. I picked up this lovely wool in Virginia last summer but there were only 4 oz of each so combining the two is a must.

For awhile now I’ve contemplated a new fiber art, one that is not new to me but one which I have not practiced in many years. While cleaning up my craft room a while back I noticed my older wheel sitting in the corner collecting dust, I cleaned it up and took pictures, and listed it for sale.

Oh I had some interest and an offer of $150 less than what I was asking that made my eyes pop out of my head. After awhile I de-listed it and decided to hold on to it for awhile.

By way of fate I found someone who was not only selling the one thing I had been looking to save up for, they wanted a spinning wheel for the trade.

That folks is how I ended up with this beauty that is still sitting in my garage until social distancing is over when I can find someone to help Toph and myself carry it into my craft room

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I’m so excited to start weaving and creating beautiful items. I’ve been watching videos on making fabric and cutting that fabric to make clothes. Oh I cannot wait!

Have a great week folks!!