Staying cool

Leif is back to his normal, crazy self. He has been spending his afternoons swimming in the lake.

I’m looking forward to my back being healed so I might join him. We don’t have air conditioning at our house, the lake has been our way of keeping cool this summer.

His evenings are spent camping out with dad

This morning he spared an hour of his “survival practice” time to help pick blueberries to freeze and make into jam.

We like to start harvesting berries as soon as they are big and plump. We freeze them for winter snacking and use them to can jams & jellies.

The rest we leave for the bears, because it my personal experience, if you leave fruit for bears, they will leave your animals alone. I’m sure it’s not exactly true for everyone, but on our farm, so far I’ve see plenty of bear scat near where our animals are and yet the bears leave the critters alone.

We have been trying to beat the heat by working in the early mornings and getting chores finished before it gets too hot.

The garden is happy right now, we have been picking plenty of veggies to sell at the farmers market (North Conway Farmers Market if you are up in the White Mountains 😉 )

Sunday while it was still cool out and I had the house to myself, I overdyed some yarn I had dyed a while back.

Some New Zealand wool and Corriedale, while I like the colors somewhat, I wanted something different.

The New Zealand wool still has a spot of orange on it, I’m not sure what I will make with it.

The Corriedale (to me), is simply stunning.

It’s also currently up on the Etsy shop.

I am crossing my fingers we see cooler temperatures soon. It is too hot to spin wool and I’m trying to crochet/knit in the early morning hours and late at night when I can stand to touch yarn.

Stay cool folks! 😎

Happenings

I'm not saying that summer is coming to an end soon, but the signs of fall are rapidly approaching.

From the leaves changing to the cool weather to the insane amount of acorns everywhere.


We have been harvesting lots of goodies from our garden!

I've actually spent three days away from the farm this week:
We spent a much needed day at the beach

I went with my best friend for her hair and makeup test for her upcoming wedding
(No pics until after the wedding sorry)

Friday was the long awaited craft fair, I didn't have much to offer but my bosom best friend had enough to fill our table


My empty little side

Very thankful that my super talented friend had more to offer.

I am still finishing up items for the bachelorette party that happens THIS weekend! By finishing up items, I mean doing every knitter and crocheters favorite thing…weaving in the ends. I am very excited to share what I have been working on, it really has been a fun project.

Have a great week folks!

Patience Grasshopper 

It’s very hard to wait for things to pass through your system, when it effects your entire body, on good days when my hands don’t hurt I tend to over do it. Which has two results, the first being a baby sweater that went from 3″ to 75% completed (which is amazing considering in my brain fog, I knit the button holes on the wrong side of the sweater, which meant frogging 11 rows and starting again)


The second result is that despite not touching a crochet hook or knitting needle since Thursday, my hands and fingers are swollen & painful. I need to learn to some patience to let it all pass….I should probably stay off of ravelry as well.

So as to not make it worse, Leif is the one who made the homemade gluten free doughnuts this past week 

He has also been reading with Hobbes recently 


And has moved on to new interests. For the first time in a year, he picked out a book from the library that had nothing to do with minecraft.


More seeds have been started….despite the fact that it looks like Spring and Winter are in cahoots (did we really get 16″ of snow this weekend and do we really have more snow on the way?!) 

Along with onions, we now have cabbages and eggplant started and we repotted some high blueberry bush cuttings


Now on to what you’ve all been waiting for, I won’t tease you any longer 


The babies have arrived and they are cute


They are all in good health despite arriving a day later than expected.

Lots of noise happening the the breezeway and on warm days I set up a folding chair and sit out there with them so they get used to me. 

Have a great week folks! 

Put on your dancing shoes

Hello *waves*, I am back from my unplanned sabbatical. We’ve had a few weeks of craziness going on here, and as a result I am still trying to catch up on sleep, so I can catch up on knitting & crochet projects.

First I just want to take a quick moment to talk about domestic abuse. I’m not going to go into full details, but I have a friend who over the past year has been a victim of domestic abuse, first with words, then with control, towards the end she wasn’t allowed to talk to anyone, including her child, and after came the physical abuse.

I am happy to say that, she has made it out of that relationship and will hopefully be getting help. I am hoping her boyfriend will be getting some professional help as well. If you know of someone who is being abused, as scary as it is, please speak up. You could be saving someone’s life.
I’ve never been more afraid, then when my friend banged on my window at 2:00 in the morning, I’ve never shaken so much sitting in my house with the doors locked and the lights off, waiting for the cops to arrive. My friend was crying and terrified, she is safe now, and will hopefully never have to go through something like that again.

If you are in an abusive relationship, there are ways out. Shelters, safe houses, or maybe even a family member or friend. No matter what, don’t take the blame for their actions, don’t make excuses for them. There is no excuse to verbally, mentally, or physically harm someone. Break the cycle.

Now on to something a little more uplifting and positive, and fluffy

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I finally have 95% of my wool, silk, bamboo, seasilk, and tencel ready for either carding or spinning (either way it’s all washed, save for pound of Lincoln long wool).

I am ready for all of that to be yarn when we move next summer. I actually just finished spinning a pound of alpaca, yeah you read that right a POUND

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I spun it up bulky and had a few mistakes, but that is all trial and error right?!

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I am in the process of crocheting three scarves for a friend, with the yarn above. That too did not happen without a little trial and error, so I broke the rules. Yeah that’s right, I’m a crochet rebel. 6″ wide and 60″ down?! Heck no, 60″ wide and 6″ down is how I role, and the first scarf looks really good if I say so myself.

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I’ll post a better picture when I am finished with all three.

I was hoping to have them done tonight, but guess what?! I have kids. They like to sit on my lap when they see me working with yarn, they like to get out of bed twenty five times a night and when I set my alarm to go off at 5:15 in the morning with the thought of knitting, guess who is up half an hour before that alarm goes off?! You know what though?! I wouldn’t trade them for all the yarn in the world, now that’s love.

I probably won’t write again until sometime next week, this week I have rehearsals and three performances of The Nutcracker!! I am super excited! If you happen to live in the North Western part of NH, you may or may not have seen fliers for it, and if you have, well what are you waiting for?! Go buy yourself some tickets! Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,

I have two finished items to share with you this week, and then I will leave you with a picture of Aileys latest obsession

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Here is a batman hat I made, I think I’m going to sew the yellow circle on with black yarn and redo the bat, so I lied…semi finished project.

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My bosom friend had an open house today, she sells party green products and she ordered something lights to put natural lip balm in.

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Someday, but not today

We all have dreams in life, my dream is to wake up at five am, sip tea on my porch, and knock out a couple projects while watching the sunrise over the mountains. I want to make my family a nice breakfast for when they wake up and have a pleasant school day in a nice clean house.

I’m sure I’ll have that dream one day….you know when my kids start sleeping through the night, stop fighting, and start picking up after themselves. When I learn the secret tips of the other crafters out there who finish four sweaters a week, because we all know that I can never get anything finished in a day. And when I can convince my kids that homemade oatmeal is better for them, than cereal.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty happy with my life, my ambitions are just higher then my energy level and the amount of free time I have in a day.

I shouldn’t complain, I do get to do fun stuff and see some interesting things during the day.

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We often play “where are the cows?” *hint* all three are there, so is the mule, and the mountains.

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We make homemade bird feeders out of grapefruit

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We make scarecrows named “Grandma”

And then sometimes, after many months and several thousand mistakes, I get things finished.

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Have a great weekend folks!!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year folks! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!

We’ve been busy as usual, but made time for some fun, and we are currently enjoying a two day snowstorm.

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I’ve made several things since I last wrote:

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A silly but warm hat for Toph

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A little hard to tell here, but I made each of the kids a stuffed animal. They honestly didn’t come out too well, but the kids love them and snuggle with them at night, so I’m glad.

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I also made some cloth tissues, I’m sure some would say this is pretty gross, however it’s easier to wipe little noses with something soft instead of something that is going to hurt their noses after awhile.

We had a nice Christmas, though the present I ordered for Toph on the 9th didn’t arrive until this afternoon

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Nice handmade leather gloves with wool inside, they fit me snugly, & surprisingly they fit Toph as well. My present was delayed as well, as the wrong item was shipped, however it was well worth the wait

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Long have I admired this set, and I knew it would be arriving, as Toph suggested that these would make a much better present then the silkworms I had been thinking about…honestly I had gone back and forth on the idea & even if the silk was harvested humanly, well I’m not a fan of bugs.

I’m still working away at the Min Ulla

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I have moved on to the fourth chart and have two more to go…before I have to work all six charts backwards. It has been great fun and I’m looking forward to more fair isle knitting as I go forward. Thankfully, even though I have been plugging away at this scarf, since I’ve gone gluten free I have had no issues with carpal tunnel!

I only have a few knitting projects that I will be working on after this scarf is finished however, as I have two dresses that need to be sewn up for two important upcoming events. The first is the regency dress for my 30th birthday party & then a dress for a rehearsal dinner for the wedding of one of my very best friends. I knit better then I sew, so I welcome any and all encouragement!

I have been using my hand carders as blending boards and I have to say, I am very happy with the results

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This is wool from dye day and while I do not have a picture of it spun up, it certainly turned out beautiful.

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I also spun up a little of the silk as well, I am amazed with how thinly it can be spun and how strong it is.

Have a nice night folks!

Texting and Driving, not just the teens.

This post is going to be different from the rest, you see I was almost hit head on twice yesterday on our way to the library. Now the library is exactly five minutes from my house, I’ve timed it, I know exactly what time I need to start getting my kids ready in order to arrive for kids hour with ten minutes to spare.

The first incident occurred less then 30 seconds from leaving my house, I had barely made to my neighbors driveway when a car coming from the other direction started to come into my lane, I move my car over as far as I could as the other drive looked up and quickly swerved back into her lane. Less then two minutes later, another driver who I recognized as a grandmother who I would see at parent pick ups, was swerving in and out of my lane as if she decided she didn’t want to let the driver behind her pass or she is simply reaching that point in her life where she shouldn’t be driving anymore (no hate ok, there are older people who can drive perfectly fine & then there are some who shouldn’t be behind the wheel).

Now back to that first driver, I am writing an open letter for her but really, if you text and drive perhaps this is something that you should think about before you pick up your phone while behind the wheel.

To the first woman who almost hit me head on yesterday,

I’m sure as you weren’t paying attention to your surroundings, that you didn’t realize that I could see that you were texting on your phone, I bet because you weren’t paying attention you didn’t realize that I had two little beings in my car that I love more the life itself. I’m sure you didn’t think I would notice that you started texting again after you swerved back into your lane.
I’m sure you didn’t realize that I would recognize you, but I did. Like the lady after you, I recognized you from parent pick up, as it was right after the time kids normally get out of school, I am betting you had your kids in your vehicle as well.

There is no text message that is worth risking your life or the life of others, I’m sure whoever texted you would understand if you waited until you got home until you texted them back. It infuriates me that you would put texting over the safety of your kids, regardless of whether I had been there or not.
If you truly need to be in contact with someone while driving, place your phone in a GPS mount, call the person, & put it on speaker phone (all while you are stopped please).

So please to all who text and drive, put your phones down until you car is parked. There is no text more important then a human life.