Summertime 

Dance season has ended, school is winding up, and summer vacation starts on Friday!


With special permission from her dance teacher, with her brother off with his YaYa & Grootvader, and side by side with her best friend, Lorelai finally got a little more colorful


(Don’t let this picture fool you, her friend on the right is actually a foot taller than she is) 


They a now twinning it up at school.

Her dance recital was fantastic and we are excited for the fall season, though we have decided to test the waters at a different dance school. 

Unfortunately I didn’t get the best pictures, so here are two from her second dance 



Also last week we got to enjoy a play at the school put on by the first and second graders, I was informed last minute by chicken little himself, that he needed a mask. So after combining four patterns,  around 11:30 the night before the play, chicken little had a mask


While I was in the process of making this mask, I was also teaching my dad how to crochet


I have so many crafty items I wish I could post right now but alas, they are surprises for a bachelorette party I am attending in the Fall, I’m afraid if I post them the bride will see them. I am excited to post pictures of everything I’ve been working on after the party.

I can however show you what I have been working on for the craft fair



Hats and coasters, I also have cupcake scarves though I have no pictures at the moment.

I also have some lovely Romney all washed 


And thanks to a new friend, today I will be using her wool picker to help separate the locks before carding it up and spinning! 


Next week will be my last week of quilting until school starts again, I am currently working on my favorite project.


Of which I have very intention of purchasing when finished!

Have a great week folks!!

Sheep!!!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there! I just spent the afternoon at my favorite event of the year, The New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival! We had fun dodging raindrops and admiring all the beautiful yarn and delicious wool.




The kids were very much in love with this little lamb.




We talked to a lot of vendors who helped in my mission to get my own little flock, as of today they have jumped the list ahead of highland cattle. I thank you all!

My goal this year was to purchase wool I had never spun before


I got an ounce of Teeswater, an ounce of Leicester longwool, a pound of Cotswold, and then the large bag is Romney which of course I did spin last year, but I couldn’t walk away from it.

I am very excited to get this all clean and spun up, I’ve been testing out a few new yarn dyeing techniques and well…I may never go buy yarn at the store again.




I just realized that it is two days past my four year blogaversary!!!! Once again I would love to say thank you to everyone who follows me, even though I rarely make clothes or finish anything I do start. I try, I really do, and I appreciate you coming back regardless. 

To all my new readers, Welcome to my blog, I hope you are enjoying it so far…if not stay tuned for all the baby animals.

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers & mothers to be, also to all the Fathers out there out take on the role of both mom & dad!!

Have a great week folks!!

Patience Grasshopper 

It’s very hard to wait for things to pass through your system, when it effects your entire body, on good days when my hands don’t hurt I tend to over do it. Which has two results, the first being a baby sweater that went from 3″ to 75% completed (which is amazing considering in my brain fog, I knit the button holes on the wrong side of the sweater, which meant frogging 11 rows and starting again)


The second result is that despite not touching a crochet hook or knitting needle since Thursday, my hands and fingers are swollen & painful. I need to learn to some patience to let it all pass….I should probably stay off of ravelry as well.

So as to not make it worse, Leif is the one who made the homemade gluten free doughnuts this past week 

He has also been reading with Hobbes recently 


And has moved on to new interests. For the first time in a year, he picked out a book from the library that had nothing to do with minecraft.


More seeds have been started….despite the fact that it looks like Spring and Winter are in cahoots (did we really get 16″ of snow this weekend and do we really have more snow on the way?!) 

Along with onions, we now have cabbages and eggplant started and we repotted some high blueberry bush cuttings


Now on to what you’ve all been waiting for, I won’t tease you any longer 


The babies have arrived and they are cute


They are all in good health despite arriving a day later than expected.

Lots of noise happening the the breezeway and on warm days I set up a folding chair and sit out there with them so they get used to me. 

Have a great week folks! 

Not over yet!

Well once again we have a couple of more storms rolling in this week, the first being tomorrow with talks of 17 – 24 inches of snow during the day and well into Wednesday, followed by another 7″ of snow on Saturday, though I’m going dress shopping with my best friend for her wedding & we are both crossing our fingers that it holds off until night fall, as she is flying in from Illinois and will only be here for the weekend.
Well the chickens are back full force with the egg laying! We have been getting nearly three dozen eggs a day for the last several days.

 It has Toph’s hopes raised up so much so that he has considered buying an additional 60 chickens on top of the 50 we already have coming. 

We already see our eggs to a local natural food store, however we are hoping to set up at a farmers market mid-late summer, by that time we should have plenty of chicken and duck eggs to go around.

Last fall we took my niece to the Sandwich fair, where she fell in love with one of those blow up doughnuts, it was a prize for one of the games, you know…the games no one ever wins. Well we didn’t even attempt to win it, but I made sure to make a mental note to find a pattern to see if I could somehow make one for her, for her birthday!


Behold, the doughnut pillow. I used THIS pattern and it took me about six days to make. She was a happy camper, she had foot surgery the day after she had it, so it made for a comfy foot rest on the way home.


This past weekend we had tempatatures ranging from -5 to 15. We spent our days indoors trying to stay warm and keep busy. I spent my day in the kitchen sitting by the fire while dinner cooked 

We have been cooking a lot in the hearth lately, so it has become a favorite spot in the house.

Spending my day at the kitchen table next to the warm fire, I worked on many…still unfinished projects. Unfinished mainly because I would start working on one thing & think about how nice it would be to work on something else.

At one point I had three projects next to each other and I would work on them like they were part of an assembly line

Then I got the spinning wheel out, however the wool was so warm that my hands began to get uncomfortably warm and so that lasted about twenty minutes.

Followed by the fabric 

At this point I gained a whole new level of respect for the ladies who cut out the kits at our quilting guild. These are only 55 of the 678 flower centers, petals, and leaves that I need to cut out. Of course I found that I am short on fabric and I can only hope that this fabric is still available when I go back into town on Thursday. 

Last Monday I finished two quilt tops that I had started awhile back


The quilt on the right I started last June before I had to take a break for summer vacation. I started on my old crappy sewing machine and had just barely gotten the yellow and red piece sewn together to make 60 rectangles. I started in on it again and within two Mondays on my amazing machine, I was able to complete the top. 
As I feel I’m getting repetitive when it comes to talking about the snow, (as I am type it out I think in my head “Your reader’s get it, it’s winter and it snows”), I was thinking that I’d would like to do a Q&A for my next post if anyone is interested. I will answer questions next week or if no one has any questions to ask, I will just write a regular post. My blog isn’t as exciting as most bloggers, but I’m willing to try a Q & A!

I hope you all have an amazing week! Have a great day folks!

One more week

I have a one week left before life starts to slow back down and everything becomes “normal” again. I’m ready to get things finished and start other projects that I have been putting off but need to get happen. 

We went into negotiations with the chickens & ducks last week & after much squawking, quacking, and clucking, we settled on these terms: we agreed to an extra scoop of feed & all the compost, and in return they up their egg production. 

They were going crazy for awhile and then as soon as we started delivering eggs to the local natural food store, they slowed down to a mere 14 chicken eggs and 4-5 duck eggs a day. Not cool. This week however, after meeting their terms our numbers are up! 18-20 chicken eggs and 6 duck eggs each day!! Though that’s not a great number to be coming from 50+ birds, it’s better than what it has been! 

The snow to grass ratio is 60/40, Spring is headed here quickly which means, gardens, baby animals, and campfires. It also means the NH Sheep and Wool festival! 

We ordered more trees yesterday, along with strawberry plants & blueberry bushes, we won’t see any fruit this year but I am looking forward to seeing what we get in the years to come!

I haven’t done much this week, I crocheted two hats and I am currently finishing up my nieces birthday present

Pictures of the present will have to wait, but I assure you it is fun!

Until next time, have a good week folks!!

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. 

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!