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! 

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!!

That’s a lot of snow!




And it’s still snowing. Yes that is right, we got about two feet of snow and are in the process of getting another 10-14″ and you know what, I’m part of the minority that is absolutely loving it.


I recently purchased four knitters pride dreamz crochet hooks and sadly have misplaced the size H. I have torn every room apart looking for this hook and alas it seems to have disappeared, however it has inspired me to organize my tools a little better. I got a good chunk of the organizing done this morning before the kids were released early from school.



Then I ran out of steam, not even the two large mugs of coffee helped. 


I am hoping to pick right back up this evening after they go to bed. Don’t let that board fool you, I have twice as many circular knitting needles than what you are seeing.

“Did you find your hook?!” I found several H hooks, though not the one I am searching for. 

Hopefully I get this project finished soon because I bought some pretty fabric that I have plans for and I’m ready to start cutting


One fiber related project I am hoping to finish up today is this Divine Hat that a friend asked me to make for her to match the mittens from the previous post



I have another fun fiber treat coming my way in the mail, I ordered 4oz of beautiful merino/silk/yak roving from StickChick it’s my first time ordering from her shop and I am very excited for this roving to arrive!

That’s all I have for you this week folks! Hope the rest of your week is fantastic!

Hats, hats, and more hats


Welcome to the land of ice


It is slowly melting but we are expecting more rain & freezing temperatures followed by snow, so I have no doubt that it will look like this again tomorrow. Unfortunately three out of four of us have now taken a tumble.

Toph was the first to take a tumble, hurting his hip. I slipped on the ice with one foot in a the truck and one foot out, mine was less of a tumble and more of a throwing out my back. Leif was the third tumble and luckily is always bundled up in thick layers outside, so to him it was more of an annoyance.


I made a lot of hats last week, I hadn’t planned to but I’ve gotten orders left and right and I also wanted to make a hat for my father in law who celebrated a birthday last Wednesday. 


Everyone is still going crazy over the messy bun hats, I hadn’t planned on making them when they came out but people want them. I’ve made 8 since December and I have about 9 more to finish up.

This next hat I am really excited about, it was a new stitch I had never done and I am not completely in love with. The puff stitch. This particular hat is the ‘Slouchy Beanie Greystoke hat’ and you can find the pattern here 



It worked up fast and I want to incorporate this stitch into other patterns.


So we are very excited for the up coming year on the farm, seeds & trees have been ordered, we have been hovered over catalogues trying to decide which meat & egg chickens we want this year as well as throwing around the idea for ten more ducks because really, how could you not love these little faces?!


We are tossing around the idea of trying a new heritage breed of pigs and of course I am now as always, pushing for you guessed it….sheep. We need the fencing first but I am working on it!!

Next time I update, I will have a ten year old 😳 where has the time gone?!

Have a great day folks!!

11 days

& 2,216 yards of yarn.


Not exactly the best picture, it is indeed finished & has been gifted to the young woman for who it was intended. Not as big as I had intended, I had to run out to get more yarn few times.

….and not just yarn for this current blanket. There was a break in the weather and I was able to head on over to Maine to visit my father…who happens to live exactly a stones throw away from a Joann Fabrics.


And then there was that package from Michaels that resulted in this 

   I had planned on making each child a blanket but at the last moment Lorelai changed her mind and decided she wanted Caron Cakes lemon lime yarn…which of course I only had two of, so as there was only one day left for the sale and it was snowing outside and you can only get them in packs of three on the website…naturally I ordered 9 skeins…though I may need one more lemon lime and of course, it has been discontinued 😳

Another item recently finished that has also found its new home 

I won’t lie, I enjoy the messy bun hat trend going on. They whip up fast and they fund my yarn habit.

Another thing supplying my yarn habit are my little rabbits, who have found a way to escape and torment the chickens     🎵 One of these things is not like the other 🎶

We did have to move the pen to harder ground so they can’t dig out again. It’s not the being out with chickens that worries me, as Carrick frequently free ranged with our birds in the winter. It’s the digging underneath the greenhouse that has me concerned. 

Stay inside bunnies!! We have too many predator issues and it’s too cold for Moose to be sleeping outside with you!
Have a nice night folks!

Better

It is now my turn to work through a illness of some sorts, everyone in the house has had the pleasure of some type of cold, I myself am currently working through bronchitis…I blame the lack of bacon in my life, when I eat bacon I’m not sick, when I am the only person in my house eating bacon, I am the only person not sick. Therefor I need more bacon in my life.

We are currently surrounded by a winter wonderland, we had a good 2 feet last week and last night we had a mix of rain and snow, giving us this view


However trying to leave the house this morning to feed the animals was a real….treat

Luckily Toph is strong than I am, because I was unable to open the door.

I have finished the tiger 


I started a blanket for Lorelai’s best friend who just turned 11 and I am hoping it will be finished by her birthday party

I’m on day 8 and almost ready to decrease. 

I have also started a veil for one of my best friends who will be getting married this coming fall

We are excited for the upcoming year on the farm, we have ordered several fruit trees, we have wood to build some animal shelters so we can get cows and sheep within the next two years and we also have left over free lumber that was given to us, that Toph wants to use to build a cabin out in the woods….he may watch too much Alaska The Last Frontier 😉

Hope you folks have a fantastic day!