Some people like to build legos, I like to build…

When I said the other week that I had ordered something to help me along with my crafting, I never expected the reveal to take this long.

My package arrived last week….well sort of, the mail person suddenly decided that they were no longer driving boxes up to the house. I can understand that and respect their feelings now that we have two dogs, one being a jumper, I probably wouldn’t want to deal with that either.

Instead of a package I was left with a “Sorry we missed you, you can pick up your parcel after three” note 😭 a very sad not to get at 11:30 am when you are anticipating something magnificent.

So I picked up my package, gazed at the lovely wool and started putting the pieces together, but then something happened…a duplicate piece.

Uh oh. I got in touch with the dealer who had never before seen something like this and contacted Ashford straight away! Within a matter of hours it was settled, Ashford was sending me a new treadle. Friends said “why not flip the treadle and drill holes and use it in the meantime?”

Because this is built from the bottom up! No way I was going to build it and take it apart again….well now that it’s together I doubt I could anyway.

I waited and waited and waited for my new treadle, trying to occupy my mind on something other than a package coming from New Zealand.

Behold! Yesterday when I got home there was my correct treadle!!! There was also a note from Kate at Ashford apologizing, THANK YOU KATE!

I started building….and then stopped because there was food to cook, people to feed, and dishes to wash.

After dinner I went back to it

Here she is, the new Ashford Kiwi 3. I am in love.

Have a great day folks!!

Three years

I started this king size blanket three years ago next month, I’m on my 5th cake of yarn and yes while it is going slowly, I was very happy with my work

Two days ago Toph said something that made me question what I did.

“The holes in the beginning are smaller than the current holes” and now I see it… for some reason I started adding two chains between double crochet groups, thus for bigger holes.

Normally I would do one of two things, I would either frog the project until I got to where I made the first mistake or I would toss it aside and never look at it again, because it would get under my skin.

Not this time friends, first because I refuse to frog three years worth of work and it was probably the second cake when I started my mistake, second I couldn’t tell until it was pointed out to me, it looks normal and I’m just going to go ahead and say I did it that way on purpose…plus it’s leaving my house when it’s finished.

It stills keeps me warm and toasty while working on it, it’s not damaged in anyway and I would really like to finally be able to give it for Christmas this year.

7 cakes to go.

Have a great night folks!

Back at it again

I’m here, splint free and going at full speed! I’ll make this short and sweet I need to tackle the house to prepare for Toph’s birthday tomorrow.

Here are a few things I managed to whip out as soon I was able to use my hands!

This lovely unicorn I was about to work on with my broken finger, pre-wrist issues. Knitting with a broken finger is a breeze, crocheting, not so much.

Toph’s Aunt really loves turtles, she has 10 where she lives in Arizona and has had them for many years.

My friends I must tell you, I have recently added a new craft into my life (because of all the free time I have 😂), for Christmas I received a beautiful Cricut air explore 2 and I use it every day.

First I jumped in and made some lovely lettering for a mug (Lorelai is totally okay with what I wrote, she laughed)

Then I made a card (I must remember to use the correct setting and make sure then pen is in)

After that I decorated my car…it’s almost finished.

Yesterday I decided we needed labels on some of my mason jars

And today because I am restarting a pattern I started many years ago, that has several different cable stitches and I needed a little reminder of what stitch went in what section.

So naturally stitch markers were needed.

Before I go, one last picture to show that even with all the electronics out there in the world, you can still have fun with your crocheted tiger.

Happy New Year Folks! See you next year!

Broken

A few short weeks ago, after Halloween, before a big Christmas craft fair, I had the great misfortune to join the club of my parents, siblings, cousins, nieces, and nephews, by breaking my first bone.

The details are rather silly, I feel up the stairs and landed on my right hand. Having never broken anything before I wasn’t sure how to tell. When I described the pain to family members I was told “you just bruised it, you’ll be fine” (I have a very high pain tolerance, I suppose they had worse pain when they broke bones).

Though after showing my black and blue finger that had now developed a lump, to my friend who had been a nurse for 35 years, I was informed that it was indeed broke and I needed to get it checked out. That is the story of my disappearance, I sit here with my finger in a splint.

As I am sure you can imagine, crafting is difficult for me right now, I’ve been using the loom knitter every now and then but I missed being able to sit for an hour and comfortably crochet or knit.

These are a few items I worked the before the big fall

I had the girls sewing for home economics

I played with Australian Shepard’s, my own girl and of course my brother in law brought two mini’s at Thanksgiving

I’ve been busy learning about my ancestry. I received the DNA kit for my birthday last May and I downloaded my raw dna file and uploaded it other places and I’ve been intrigued by what I have learned since then.

Some of this I knew (Scottish, British, Spanish, French) and some completely surprised me. It makes me want to learn more!

Have any of my readers done the DNA test? What was your biggest surprise?

Have a great day folks!

Oh hey!

So my screen break took a little longer than the rest of my household, they all immediately jumped back in, while I dipped my toes with audiobooks, waded in a little more with kindle unlimited and now here I am with projects and introductions.

School has started and some of us have returned to our old ways of learning and by that I mean we are once again homeschooling. While Leif remains at our local elementary school that I do love, Lorelai skipped ahead to seventh grade and is now currently sitting next to her best friend (who has also joined our homeschool world), reading the free choice book.

During my absence, I have harvested and canned food from the garden, as well has competed a few items.

We have really gotten into playing outside

We observed our critters

Went on a homeschool field trip to Boston

And we have a new family member.

Meet Runa

She is a ten week old Australian Shepard, we are kind of fond of her 😏

Staying cool

Leif is back to his normal, crazy self. He has been spending his afternoons swimming in the lake.

I’m looking forward to my back being healed so I might join him. We don’t have air conditioning at our house, the lake has been our way of keeping cool this summer.

His evenings are spent camping out with dad

This morning he spared an hour of his “survival practice” time to help pick blueberries to freeze and make into jam.

We like to start harvesting berries as soon as they are big and plump. We freeze them for winter snacking and use them to can jams & jellies.

The rest we leave for the bears, because it my personal experience, if you leave fruit for bears, they will leave your animals alone. I’m sure it’s not exactly true for everyone, but on our farm, so far I’ve see plenty of bear scat near where our animals are and yet the bears leave the critters alone.

We have been trying to beat the heat by working in the early mornings and getting chores finished before it gets too hot.

The garden is happy right now, we have been picking plenty of veggies to sell at the farmers market (North Conway Farmers Market if you are up in the White Mountains 😉 )

Sunday while it was still cool out and I had the house to myself, I overdyed some yarn I had dyed a while back.

Some New Zealand wool and Corriedale, while I like the colors somewhat, I wanted something different.

The New Zealand wool still has a spot of orange on it, I’m not sure what I will make with it.

The Corriedale (to me), is simply stunning.

It’s also currently up on the Etsy shop.

I am crossing my fingers we see cooler temperatures soon. It is too hot to spin wool and I’m trying to crochet/knit in the early morning hours and late at night when I can stand to touch yarn.

Stay cool folks! 😎

Sheep and Gardens

Don’t get too excited, it isn’t what you think. Believe me when I say, that I want this title to be about my very own sheep. Alas, the sheep in which my title refers is to all the beautiful sheep that I saw Mother’s Day weekend at the NH Sheep and Wool festival.

I had my mind made up before I left the house, I had a list & knew what I wanted.

And I will tell you friends, that Alpaca was definitely not on my list

But I bought a pound.

Goat was also not on my list…yep, I bought an entire angora goat fleece.

I had considered buying merino again, from a new vendor this time. Alas I found none. Instead I went to the judging barn and fell in love with a beautiful Corriedale fiber. The only thing I got this was actually on my list was Navajo Churro, I am interested to see how that spins up.

Not everything thing has been washed, but I finally got the chance to washed the beautiful Shetland wool that I was gifted last fall. I’ve been using my new combs and combing up a storm at our booth at the farmers market.

I also has some of Noël’s fiber to spin up. She has fought me for so long about getting sheared, last week we had a hot day of 85 and she just sat on my lap with no fuss and allowed me to cut away. She looks like a whole new rabbit!

As much as I love snow, I am glad the heat is here. We have been busy transplanting veggies out into the garden beds. Last week we had the help of my nephew who was up from Georgia!

He helped with the beds and helped us fence off two acres of woods for the pigs

The potatoes are getting bigger every day, we planted thirty pounds this year!

Set up a drip irrigation line in the greenhouse

And finally put the babies out with the big girls.

I have two (yes that’s right) projects finished

This beautiful lap blanket that I had been making for my grandmother, I gave it two her two days before she passed.

The second is the mandala waistcoat I had been working on for my cousins wife. This was a challenging project, but I enjoyed making it.

As we are on our first of many days of rain and it is dreary outside, I will end this with a bit of color. I’ve had a request at the farmers market for colorful wool for felting.

And I delivered!

Have a great week folks!!