Goodness

I’m certainly not doing a good job of keeping up with my blog in 2019, I’ve either been busy or struggle to find words when I have free time.

The company Toph worked for closed a couple of weeks ago, so I’ve been picking up extra hours at work when they are available. I don’t make nearly as much as he did, but it is enough to cover groceries and some bills so the money in the bank doesn’t need to be touched.

Since I posted last we, like most of the country have had a lot of snow.

We’ve celebrated birthdays

Had a puppy house guest

And at least everyone in the house was hit with a stomach bug

I also played a bit more with my Cricut

One thing that is new here, is that we have decided to start looking for a new house. We do love our house very much and we are lucky to have such a property. Alas, I am the only one in the house that enjoys the snow and doesn’t mind the cold, but I am also aware of how it affects the moods and minds of everyone else and so we have decided on a warmer climate.

We are not 100% sure exactly where we will be going, we’ve tossed around the idea of putting things in storage, selling the house and traveling in an RV for awhile to see where we want to be. We’ve also talked about moving somewhere in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We’ve driven through there before and really enjoyed our time, Toph has started to look for jobs in that area.

Luckily he can work remote should we go the RV route, though looking at non remote jobs in areas we might like broadens the job horizon. Maybe we won’t move at all, this is a conversation that is often had in the winter time, but snow puts on too much stress for our family so time will tell what we do.

Have a great day folks!

The wheel isnโ€™t turning

And that is because my spinning wheel broke today, I am hoping that it is an easy fix because I was in the middle of plying this gorgeous romney I blended together.

I have been having so much fun blending batts lately, I wanted to finally spin some up to see how they turn out….I’m also trying to keep myself occupied spinning these batts while I impatiently await my recently purchased wool combs from Susan’s fiber…I won’t lie, the fact that she allows sheep to roam around her shop was the reason I choose to buy from her ๐Ÿ˜‚

I have so much merino waiting in my basement to play with, but it does not turn out well when I run into through my drum carder….the one I spent almost two years researching…the one that claimed it was for fine fiber like merino (it was written right in the description!!!)

I am excited to try out these combs and see how well they work (Hopefully better than my handmade combs ๐Ÿ˜ž not very pretty & it’s just tetanus waiting to happen)

The snow is starting to melt, the chickens are laying over 80 eggs a day, we have 150 chicks arriving any day now (I hope) & seeds have been started for this years garden.

We have been making plans for when the snow melts. A wattle fence is on the list, more fruit trees & berry bushes (Elderberry Jam anyone?).

The fiber festival is happening soon, because of course the 60lbs in my basement just isn’t enough, one must try out all wool options before choosing a breed of sheep.

Another big trip will be to Fedco in Maine, for their annual tree sale, lots of fun planned for the year!

Have a great weekend folks!

Color everywhere

Oh Mother Nature sure fooled us, with her warm sunny days melting all the snow. We were expecting rain today, but woke to a wintery mix.

The chickens don’t seem to mind the weather cooling off, the greenhouse is still warm believe it or not.

Ragnar is still walking around, keeping an eye on everyone to make sure all is in order.

His brother Bruce is soon in need of a new home

Too many roosters in this 50’x24′ winter home. Anyone need a good Easter egger Roo?! Free to a good home.

I’ve been playing more with the wool I dyed last Sunday, I had an idea yesterday morning and it stuck with me all day.

That is some angelina that was sent to me from Natalie Redding from Namaste Farms

Every single bobbin I own is claimed by one fiber or another, I simply couldn’t wait however and dug out a drop spindle

I hope to get a little more spun up this weekend.

Now for the last bit of color fro, my home to yours

Have a great weekend folks!

Adventures

The snow is melting. I’m most certain that I am one of the unpopular people who is sad about it, but to be fair, this week was the first time all winter that the snow has been wet enough to build snowmen and extremely tall snow forts

Perfect for ducking down just in time to miss snowballs heading our way.

We spent a quiet morning inside Monday, waiting for it to warm up outside. We played games, read books, spun some romney

Attempted to build wool combs

Still a work in progress, the nails all fall out, which I am okay with as I plan on buying a new box of nails to replace the ones with rust. This is more for show.

Today, if you can believe it, got up to 70 degrees. Snowmen and snow forts are gone, replaced with wet muddy grass. Not much fun to play in if you ask me.

Today needing to get out of the house, we went on an adventure to Portland Maine to visit my dad. We also stocked up on some goodies at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, just odds and ends that we can’t find in our area.

Two exciting things happened while we were on our adventure today. The first was happening upon this amazing shop, Port Fiber.

This is my idea of Heaven, honestly it was hard to pull myself away.

Look at this gorgeous fiber, the colors are simply stunning. I managed to keep myself in control and only purchased one roving of fiberI have yet to have the experience of spinning Targhee, I can’t wait to work with this fiber! I recommend this shop to all fiber lovers. If getting to Portland Maine is an issue for you, well don’t worry, Port Fiber has an online shop ๐Ÿ˜‰ I know I will most certainly be going back!

The second exciting thing to happen today, happened only moments later down the road when I stopped in to Tap Root. This was my first visit, I’m not certain who was in more awe of the shop, myself or the kids. Who do you think I got to meet? Amanda from Soule Mama. Very exciting indeed!

We had quite the adventure today, which made for a quiet ride home.

Have a great evening folks….oh and it’s going to snow on Sunday ๐Ÿ˜Š

And weโ€™re done

After 8 weeks of crocheting, piecing, and sewing

The plaid moose loveys are finally finished and in their new homes

This was a challenging project, they were delivered on Valentine’s Day and I can tell you, my hands still hurt.

I’ve had a request for more, but all I want to do right now is spin wool (and catch up on granny squares).

So on today’s list of things to do (after I finish my large mug of coffee), there will be carding, spinning, maybe some would dying, and an attempt to finally make some wool combs.

Have a great day folks!

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 โค๏ธ

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!

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!