New babies

We have been hit with the flu, school has been missed, and house work has been ignored. We’ve spent our time cuddled under blankets with books and “pizza”

Or consuming large amounts of coffee to get us through the day

We won’t let it get us down, there is far to much to do.

Despite the freezing rain coming down outside, we have flowers popping up

We have veggies of all kinds making appearances in our indoor greenhouse

and we have 150 new babies

Making friends with old babies.

My wheel has been fixed and the cake batter romney yarn has been plyed.

Wool combs have arrived

and I can already see a large difference between combing and carding, also carding already combed fiber is softer than regular carded fiber.

The merino for instance. Combed vs carded. Not perfect as I am realizing this merino was picked out when I had no idea how to pick wool and I have a lot of second cuts it appears. I know better now.

Look how nice and clean the romney looks, free of dirt and neps.

Combed and carded together.

My mind is racing with different ideas for this wool. Will I stick it on Etsy, will I dye it and spin it? I’m just not sure. I can say that I am very excited for the fiber festival in a few weeks.

Have a great day folks!

Easements are killing my dream

Lets talk about easements folks,  once easements used to be put in place to stop developers from turning farmland into shopping malls and condos. I can get behind that. 

But it seems people are trying to use easements to their own advantage these days. We recently came across an amazing house that came with a conservation easement, I’m all about conserving land and restoring it, however this easement came with rules that I’m just not down with.

  1. Not allowed to drive a tractor on the property that I purchase 
  2. I’m not allowed to repair current or add a new structure. 
  3. The grantor, their heirs, lawyers, and their heirs for years to come, are allowed to build a vacation home with a swimming pool….they can put a swimming pool on land that I am paying for, but if a barn is falling down, well that’s just too bad.

Let me just add, that this house had three hundred acres and we were only allowed to touch 10 of it. I think not.
This last week we fell in love with another house, this one had thirty acres and it seemed to fit perfectly….until our realtor emailed us the land deed

  1. Horses and cattle only
  2. Not allowed to put a trash can out for the garbage man, because it is unsightly 
  3. No cutting down trees for firewood.

Now if we found a farm with an easement that stated “no condos, apartments, or strip malls shall be built, no pesticides, insecticides, or chemicals shall be sprayed” then heck, we are you’re people.
So there you have it folks, if you are selling a farm in New Hampshire and you have a crazy easement on it, good luck to you. If you are trying to sell a farm with a reasonable easement, well chances are, your house is on the list of houses to be viewing next week.

After the magic cast on

I’ve had to put down my bartók once again to quickly work on a birthday present. My daughter was invited to three birthday parties, all of which overlap each other, all of which she did not want to turn down.
The first birthday party is for a third grader who loves art, we picked up pads of drawing paper, chalks, & colored pencils along with a easy carry around storage container for a budding artist.

The third birthday is for a classmate (first grade), we found masquerade my little ponies & a littlest pet shop set.

The second (was actually the third birthday we were invited to) is for a second grader who loves to read…also whose parents do not allow anything made from china in their home which is a-ok with me! A challenge woo!! For her I am making a knitted book sleeve/purse which will be able to hold multiple books depending on their sizes, along with a couple of horse chapter books.

Now in making this book sleeve, I have come across Judy’s magic cast on, which I have tried once before and could never for the life of me figure out. It took forever to figure it out and then when I finally got the cast on I was stuck….where did I go from there?!

Well friends I found one site that gave me a little information, I had to go by one picture to figure out. I thought to myself (as I did when it came to reading knitting charts, one blog back), surely I cannot be the only person who struggles with the damn cast on (no offense Judy, I figured it out and I love it).

So this morning when I got up super early (4:59, that’s a whole different story) and went to work on the book sleeve, I noticed I missed a small step (not relating to the cast on) and was actually elated that I had to take the entire thing apart ( I was only on row 20 of 70 no big deal), so I could take pictures of what to do after the cast on.

So here is my little tutorial, if you want to know how to cast on well…my main camera is actually just my phone and it was too hard to take pictures while casting on but there are plenty of pages to show you how.

So here are your needles after the cast on…here is where I had previously been stuck.

Here’s the thing, you can take your right needle and just pull it through. I always thought it would screw up the project some how. It doesn’t.

Pull it through as much as you need to be able to start working the pattern.

Because you cast on with both your tail and working yarn, for the first round or so it is important to keep them separated or else you could be starting round three and realize “gosh darn it, I’ve been knitting with the tail”. So the working yarn should stay on the side of the needle you are working with and just hold the tail with the needle that has all the stitches waiting to be stitched.

My first stitch on this project is a purl, usually you come in this way, but for the first round you want to knit and purl into the back….trust me it is easier that way. After the first round you can work the stitches in the front again.

If you don’t know how to work stitches in the back, well this is a purl. Instead of going in from the top, you go in from behind the needle and go up….it almost looks the same in these pictures I know. Maybe I’ll make a video about it sometime.

This is knitting in the back.

So you’ve finished the first half of your stitches and your back in the same “what the heck do I do now” spot

Go ahead and just take that right needle and pull it up again

Keep following the pattern

I’ve finished the first row here and just wanted to show you the results. From here on out you can just keep knitting the way I showed you but knit in the front as normal.

Have a great day folks!