The wheel isn’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 😂

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 😞 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!

Unexpected guests

This weekend ended with a unexpected visitor of the four legged kind.

We found this cutie wandering down the middle of the road. Now I don’t advice people to just start picking up strays and sticking them in cars with kids, that can be dangerous, but hear me out.

I parked my car on the side of the road and this little fluffy bundle ran up to me and immediately wagging his tail and licking my hand. Once I checked his collar for an address and found nothing but a rabies tag, and then deemed that he was indeed a friendly dog, he was put into the car where he quickly jumped into the back seat and well, as you can see, made himself at home.

Wanting to find his owners ASAP, his picture was taken and posted not only on a few lost and found groups, but also texted and emailed out to neighbors. I think we ended up spending a good 45 minutes driving around, stopping at houses to see if he belonged to anyone.

After no luck, we determined that snowball/snow/Oreo here was in much need of a bath (my car still needs to be vacuumed and possibly sprayed with perfume).

He then spent five hours snuggled up with our little dude

Who was determined that this was now his dog.

Alas, Rohön’s owners called right before bedtime and came to pick up their pup and he was happily reunited with them. As it turns out they live just down the road and it their house happened to be the one I did not stop at, due to the very very long driveway.

While we were sad to see Snowball/Snow/Oreo/Rohön (phew) leave, we were very happy to meet some new friends.

The de-stashing

Happy new year to all you folks out there! I spent the first part of my New Year’s Eve cleaning my always messy craft room, so far it has stayed clean.

The other side of course is still messy, it’s a never ending work in progress.

It’s been nice to work in there with the wood stove roaring during these cold days (-15 anyone?), the wind has been blowing non stop, but is sure does look pretty outside

I have several projects going on ( Don’t I always?), I am still working on the usual things, however those have been out on a back-burner while I finish up an order for 8 moose loveys.

I am really loving the plaid stitch, this is the first time I have ever attempted it and it turned out to be easier than I expected.

As you can see in the first picture, I have a rather large amount of yarn…..I’ve been called a hoarder, while I wouldn’t say that I’m at that level (I can see my floor and move around), I may have a slight…fiber addiction… however I am resolved to use a little bit up each day.

I was inspired by Nadia over at Yarnutopia with her 365 days of granny squares, so I thought “what a great way to use up some yarn” and you know I’ll be able to make that granny square Christmas tree that has been going around.

Not only am I doing squares but I am doing basic crochet hats as well, Are they pretty? Not all of them but why not.

Day one

Day two

Have a nice night folks! Stay warm!!

Short and sweet

I'm quiet I know, in the summer the farm is my full time job. I have little time to do anything crafty and as I have previously mentioned, any crafting I have done cannot be showed until after my best friends bachelorette party. With the exception of this hat I made last week

I can show you farming pictures however.

The turkeys are finally outside full time and I'm not sure who is more excited about it. The turkeys or myself as I now have my breezeway back!
Introducing Bacon seed, Blueberry, Bonny, and Bucket head. Delightful names I know lol.
Our newest babies, recently hatched right here on the farm on Tuesday morning. Beauty is one of three hens who have gone broody and the only one to actually hatch out eggs which I got from a friend over in Maine. The other two are out of luck however, I don't have the time to run all over for fertile eggs.

Short I know, but I wanted to check in! I am here, all is well, aside from the exhaustion of 5 am – 10 pm days. Crossing my fingers for some cooler days ahead of us.

Have a great day folks!

Colorful

Colors are showing up everywhere here on the farm

In the greenhouse 


In the garden


In the front yard


And the backyard


In the kitchen



In yarn dyeing experiments


In after school activities 


On tops of our heads


Or the bottoms. (Only once have I dyed my hair a non natural color…it was by accident…I kinda like this!)


My favorite is the colors that show up in the sky each night as the sun is setting.

Babies everywhere


We have 102 new babies in the house and are they ever cute!!



They are all happy and healthy and noisy!!


The ducklings have been moved to the greenhouse for a few weeks, until they can get big enough to join last years ducks. Sadly we did lose one before the move was made. 

We have had a busy week this past week, not only was school on vacation, but we planted fruit trees 


That so far have been left alone by our daily visitors, hopefully this will continue so we may get proper fencing.



I am finally pain free…in my hands, I am happy that I am now able to pick up my knitting or crochet without wincing. Though my head is still hurting slightly and I am having a hard time focusing on pattern, I’ve worked on a few items


I’ve recently started a mermaid tote bag, I am using red heart unforgettable yarn. I know some people aren’t fans, but I have no complaints. 


I’ve also almost finished the first skien of a Caron cake on my granny square blanket. 


For weeks I’ve been thinking of the pattern I wanted to use with the fabric I have for Lorelai’s quilt. I had my heart set on the Ohio Star, and though I watched many videos, and read many version of the pattern, I could not figure it out. It looks easy enough, though as I previously stated my head is still hurting, so it’s as if it goes in one ear and out the other.

Yesterday a friend from quilting was able to help me and this was the outcome!


I’m happy with the turn out and I am looking forward to practicing more over these next rainy days, so that I may start cutting the fabric intended for the quilt.
I hope you all have a fantastic week!