Soon

We have 14 days until closing (well maybe sooner now that the house is cleared out), I’ve been busy packing up our lives, hopefully for the final time. Never having lived in the same house for five consecutive years in a row, this is a big milestone.

  
The summer clothes have been packed away for sometime, the mornings are cold here (we had frost yesterday), and there is talk of snow this weekend. Wish I had more time to write, I’ll be lucky if I finish Lorelai’s costume before Halloween or even Leif’s Hobbes, his birthday is also their last day of school before we move. 

Tomorrow I get the day off from packing to head back over to work with the great Carol Felice to learn about making herbal medicines! I’ll take plenty of pictures!

Not sure what the point of this post is lol I just wanted to pop in and say “hi”. So hey, hi, how are you?!
Have a great day folks!!

Free time

School started last week and I have suddenly found myself with spare time to work on projects. Lorelai decided she wanted to test out the public school waters again, Leif decided that he was having more fun acting like he had eaten a bag of sugar, rather than working with me on well…anything really, so we thought he might also do better in a classroom. So now, the house is a bit quieter and while Toph told me he would walk all over the floors after I just washed them, and every once in awhile will scream “Get out of my room” from his office, I still find the silence to be a bit lonely.

However as I said, after all the cleaning is done for the day, I am able to sit down and work on projects. For example, I had started to crochet a Hobbes a few months back. apparently I had decided to do my own weird crochet stitch and forgotten what I did, so I started another Hobbes, a knitted Hobbes this time.

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I was really excited that I was able to figure out the feet! I have trouble with socks, but this has been knit with the turkish cast on and was very easy.

I also started the Virus Shall, I keep seeing it everywhere and my mind wouldn’t let me concentrate on anything until I gave it a try.

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I’m actually two rows further than I was when this picture was taken, however I had to wipe my phone to prepare it to be sent off to Apple to go get a new battery and to get the sleep/off button replaced.

This past Saturday I was lucky enough to attend a dye day workshop with Carol Felice at the Remick Museum in Tamworth NH, if you live in or are visiting New England it is worth a trip to go check the museum out!

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We went out into the gardens and picked Goldenrod, Amaranth, and Marguerite. We used those flowers along with the goldenrod leaves, hollyhock, and marigolds to dye skeins and rovings of Navajo Churro wool.

The results were lovely

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l-r Goldenrod leaves, Amaranth, Marguerite, Hollyhock (gray and blue), Goldenrod flowers, and Marigold (orange ball of yarn).

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It was a long fun day and worth the drive!

Now folks from my new office

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I hope you all have a great day!!

I know why silk yarn is expensive

It’s because it’s hard to ply 

  
I tried so hard not to waste any of it, but after thirty minutes of struggling, I lost about half a foot (finally untangled the part I cut after I finished plying)

   
 

14 wpi (wraps per inch), and the yardage is not long, about 47 yards. However I had a one oz roving, so the yardage isn’t surprising. 

  
The ears aren’t sewn on, but I swear they are the same size!!! Leif’s hobbes is finally looking like a tiger, and despite my sudden disinterest in anything to do with yarn this week, (it’s cold again, and I don’t want to remove myself from the confines of heavy blankets.), I will continue until this project is complete.

Yesterday we looked at farms, only two stood out, but alas one was in need of a big upgrade for heating issues, so that leaves us with our front runner (for now, looking at a few more next week). So folks of NH, if this fireplace looks familiar  

 

Congratulations, we are seriously considering making you an offer on your beautiful home (also, I saw a gray dear while walking the property, I’ve never before seen a gray deer!). If this your farm is for sale, and this isn’t it, fear not we are still checking out a few other options before we make our final decision. 
Have a nice day folks!!

Calvin and Hobbes

Leif has become pretty obsessed with Calvin and Hobbes lately, we read it before bed and when I go to wake him up in the morning I will find him passed out with a book next to his head. It’s cute really, and after reading the Pigeon Books by Mo Williems, every night for three months straight (No complaints Mo, we love your books), he decided that it was time to move on to a book that he couldn’t recite in a drop of a hat.

Yesterday, Leif informed us that from now on he would only be answering to Calvin and let me know he was in need of a Hobbes. As painting that cat orange with black strips was out of the question, I went on a yarn hunt in every yarn stash in my house



Don’t judge me.

After a long search, I finally found the perfect colors, which leads me to today. 



In between cough marathons, fits of sneezing, and the ache that is going on in my back after accidentally being kicked by a five year old this morning, I have been able to start the body of “Calvin’s” friend Hobbes….or should I safe Leif’s friend, as Leif has decided that he doesn’t really care much for Calvin anyhow.

Have a great day folks!!