Playing hooky

Monday has been put on the back burner, I am taking the day off from life to work on Christmas presents during the daylight hours.

After my post about trying to find the perfect present for my Minecraft loving 8 year old boy, I came across these pistachio fudge Caron cakes (naturally) and alas, a blanket was born

It is about 47″ tall and after I finish my C2C decreases, I will be adding a boarder. I want this present to last a long time and while a 8 year old who is almost taller than is soon to be 11 year old sister, that is going to be hard.

I am also trying to finish this order today

Fringe is not my friend folks, it takes longer than crocheting the actual project itself.

While I sit and work on these things however my mind is elsewhere, you see we have had just a tease of snow here and it melted as quickly as it came. I am sitting here on my couch, but my mind is sitting in front of a fire on a snowy day, with my spinning wheel, spinning up all kinds of creations.

A few months ago I went to a sheep workshop and met many wonderful and knowledgeable people. Two people I met were a father and daughter, they raise Shetland sheep and I was extremely surprised to come home one early fall day to a box full of Shetland wool!

I haven’t had a chance to play with it yet, but it looks and feels amazing ❤️

If you are interested in purchasing some lovely Shetland wool, you can find this fabulous folks here Abdali Farms Langdon, you won’t be disappointed!

Have a great week folks!

Story time

Let me share with you this tragic comedy that I have been dealing with this year. We usually order laying hens at the end of the winter and brood them inside our breezeway, unlike last year, we opted out of the “buy 50 meat birds, get 50 Rhode Island Red roosters free”deal. I’m not sure how many of you have ever butchered a rooster, but it is hard work. So this year we said no and I knew that unlike last year, I would not get to pick a lucky rooster to protect my girls.

Around the beginning of summer one of last years hens went broody, though we tried we could not break her of it & in the end got several fertile eggs from a friend, which resulted in these cuties

I hoped that one would turn out to be a rooster, I always wanted an Easter egger rooster.

While I waited for the first signs of this, it became apparent that one of the black australorps was indeed a rooster, fantastic it is what I wanted….then it happened, one of my Easter egger hens crowed. Oh two roosters, okay not so bad, more protection for my girls. BUT WAIT! There’s more!

Enter, The Colonel

Oh yes my friends, a second Easter egger rooster. I was thrilled but not long after that it was determined that one of my babies was also indeed a rooster. There comes a time in every farmers life when they have to pick which animal stays and which goes. Obviously the first Easter egger hen/roo had to leave, he bit the head of one of my babies and had always been a bully, so it was a no brainer. The second choice was harder, I had waited for a beautiful Easter egger like The Colonel, but I loved the black australorp as well. Unfortunately the decision was made and before I could change my mind, that was the end of Jari (the BA).

So one would think that was the end of this tale….but then Juliet….crowed last week.

Yes friends, while Ragnar looks the part, Juliet is also a rooster. Four out of five roosters turned out to be Easter eggers, of course now it has been decided that I can only keep one. Ragnar is staying, just by sheer luck of him being the first Rooster hatched out on the farm.

The Colonel will not meet the same fate as the first two roosters, he is leaving tomorrow to enjoy farm life at the home of my best friend. Juliet however is in need of a home, so if you are looking for a rooster and live in southern Maine/Eastern New Hampshire drop me a note.

That folks is the end of my tale…unless another hen should crow. Have a great week!

The house of many projects

The yard has been cleaned up, the greenhouse prepared, and the animals are currently freaking out about the blanket of snow falling softly to the ground. It is as if they have never before seen snow…ok to be fair not all of them have, be it is still a sight to see.

Now that the snow has arrived, I have more time to work on projects and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Here and there during the summer I had the chance to work on one or two items that were not wedding related, but only a little bit at a time.

I have certainly missed the moments of getting to sit and get lost in my work, which sometimes makes me consider Toph’s idea of selling the farm and traveling around the country in an old school bus…. I kid, I shall keep my feet planted firmly on the farm thank you.

I broke out all the projects that I am hoping to finish for Christmas (or the three birthdays that follow in January)

The first project I’ve made time for snow or not is the chemo blanket for a very beloved family member, this will have fleece sewn on the back when finished. This take priority over the other projects.

This is made with the new Caron cake colors: Blueberry Shortcake & Banana Bread. Sadly I had to take half of it out after trying a mix of two patterns that did not turn out as well as the lady who posted the tutorial.

Up next is an order I am in the process of finishing up

This is the Ulyne Unicorn Hood by the Velvet Acorn. I wont lie, I wish I had knit it, instead of crocheting. I made it child size per request and it did not even fit my child who is the same measurements as the intended. So here it is as the adult size, ready to be put together.

The first Christmas project of the year is from yarn I spun up myself. A blend of merino, silk, and yak

Fingerless mitts to help keep hands warm when gloves are not practical

#2

The bulky and quick cat blanket from MJ’s Off the Hook Designs, though this might be turned into a wolf, we will see.

#3

The never ending granny square style blanket, almost ready for the 4th cake.

#4

The start of the Lost In Time shawl, this is a shawl that I need complete silence for. I will be doing this after children are tucked into bed for the night and while my husband works on his new app.

I am still trying to find the perfect item for my now EIGHT year old little boy, he is into so many things. Minecraft, Super Mario, and now books. Time will tell.

Have a great week folks!

In good times and bad

For the good times

fabric carefully chosen

the search for the perfect pattern

hours of cutting

And piecing together (almost finished)

To be gifted to a friend on her big day

And the bad

Moments of sadness, the heartbreaking rush to finish a blanket that will have fleece sewn on the inside, to keep the receiver warm during treatments of chemo

Silence isn’t always golden.

Heat wave

Hi there *wipes sweat off brow* Fall has taken off on us, decided it wasn’t ready to be here just yet.

Which has really not worked out too well when it comes to harvesting food, my basement is abnormally warm thanks to the high temperatures in our indoor green house, which has resulted in most of our pumpkins turning to mush faster than we can process them. We still have several in the garden that I refuse to pick until this heat wave ends.

Late September is usually time for Apple picking and sweaters and hot mulled cider, Sunday we picked 50lbs of apples over at Apple Acres Farm in 95 degree heat, while wearing shorts and tshirts and replaced that hot mulled cider with milkshakes.

I have every intention of heading back to this orchard when the temperatures return to normal and we can pick apples in the proper attire and enjoy that delicious cider.

I have some very exciting news to share with you, it seemed like this would never happen. I’ve dreamt and dreamt about it but never truly thought it would occur. Toph is taking classes for agriculture management and handed me a pamphlet the other day, I am going to a conference in two weeks to learn everything I can possible learn about sheep. Which of course means there are sheep in my very near future and which most likely means no one will ever see me again after I get these sheep, because I won’t be leaving my house 😂

This week at quilting we made pot holders, I finished one set and have a second set that I brought home with me that is also finished. I am also working on a huge fall project that I am hoping to share with you within a month. Unfortunately because it is a present, I cannot yet post it here.

During the last few weeks when yarn was bearable to touch, I’ve made several items, some are already on my Etsy page and some are headed that way. A couple are presents.

As much as I hate to leave this cool area of my house, I have to go brave the heat and working in my garden. Have a great week folks!

Preparing for the cold

The weather is growing colder every day, as we prepare for the winter months. Lots of harvesting and canning filling my days

Soups, jams, sauces, pickles, and jellies line the shelves in my basement, root vegetables are in the process of being stored away for eating over the long winter months, all except for the potatoes which will have to wait until I can find a way to rid of the yellow jackets nest resting in my potato rows. I experienced no less than five stings on Tuesday afternoon and the pain and swelling has only just ceased.

As of yesterday all the firewood has made its way into the house

This wood will warm us through the winter and help cook stews in cast iron pots over the kitchen fireplace.

And this yarn will keep me busy! A Michaels craft store has FINALLY opened near me and I went on a mini shopping spree the night of the “sneak peek” with the help up two 40% off coupons and one 20% off total purchase coupon. As if I didn’t have enough yarn, at least now I have the tea cakes I had been eyeing for sometime. I already finished a hat with one of the Caron Cupcakes.

Of course my favorite part of the winter is planning next years garden and talking about which animals will be making their way to our humble farm. Up next: cows and sheep!

Have a great evening folks!