The house of many projects

The yard has been cleaned up, the greenhouse prepared, and the animals are currently freaking out about the blanket of snow falling softly to the ground. It is as if they have never before seen snow…ok to be fair not all of them have, be it is still a sight to see.

Now that the snow has arrived, I have more time to work on projects and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Here and there during the summer I had the chance to work on one or two items that were not wedding related, but only a little bit at a time.

I have certainly missed the moments of getting to sit and get lost in my work, which sometimes makes me consider Toph’s idea of selling the farm and traveling around the country in an old school bus…. I kid, I shall keep my feet planted firmly on the farm thank you.

I broke out all the projects that I am hoping to finish for Christmas (or the three birthdays that follow in January)

The first project I’ve made time for snow or not is the chemo blanket for a very beloved family member, this will have fleece sewn on the back when finished. This take priority over the other projects.

This is made with the new Caron cake colors: Blueberry Shortcake & Banana Bread. Sadly I had to take half of it out after trying a mix of two patterns that did not turn out as well as the lady who posted the tutorial.

Up next is an order I am in the process of finishing up

This is the Ulyne Unicorn Hood by the Velvet Acorn. I wont lie, I wish I had knit it, instead of crocheting. I made it child size per request and it did not even fit my child who is the same measurements as the intended. So here it is as the adult size, ready to be put together.

The first Christmas project of the year is from yarn I spun up myself. A blend of merino, silk, and yak

Fingerless mitts to help keep hands warm when gloves are not practical

#2

The bulky and quick cat blanket from MJ’s Off the Hook Designs, though this might be turned into a wolf, we will see.

#3

The never ending granny square style blanket, almost ready for the 4th cake.

#4

The start of the Lost In Time shawl, this is a shawl that I need complete silence for. I will be doing this after children are tucked into bed for the night and while my husband works on his new app.

I am still trying to find the perfect item for my now EIGHT year old little boy, he is into so many things. Minecraft, Super Mario, and now books. Time will tell.

Have a great 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!

Well this is new

Growing up I was a bookworm, I still read now but not as much as I did as a child. Late at night I would read books under my covers at night until the batteries in my flashlight died. In the summers I would take sheets and make a makeshift tent on the top of the swing set, sides closed together with clothes pins. Just myself and a stack of books.

One series I read over and over again, even when the books fell apart, was Little House on the Prairie. Growing up on a farm myself, no running water, and outhouse, and no electricity until I was ten, my life at the time didn’t seem that far off from Laura’s, I was easily able to picture in my mind exactly what was written in the book, except for one thing… the blizzards.

Sure we have had blizzards in New England before, but in my life time I don’t recall ever seeing a storm like the ones described in the books “The schoolhouse had disappeared. They could see nothing but the swirling whiteness and snow and then a glimpse of each other, disappearing like shadows” The Long Winter 

Laura Ingalls Wilder was fantastic at describing things, however this was something I always had a hard time picturing. That is until this morning when it was so windy and snowing so hard, that we could barely see the frame of our house. 

Now it certainly was NOTHING like what happened in Laura’s books, please don’t think that I am claiming that at all, I do however think that I next time I pick up one of her books and she mentions people not being able to see ten feet in front of them, I will now be able to picture it in my head and understand.

With that being said, yes it is snowing outside…welcome to New England lol the wind is blowing and the snow is falling heavily, more in some places than others. 

We are staying inside today, reading, knitting, and drinking large amounts of warm tea. Some of us are even doing research for a paper. She’s writing about the hard winter of 1881

 

She’s getting more into the fiber world recently and I am crossing my fingers that once she moves on from carding she will try spinning and maybe want to start knitting again



She spun up some lovely merino mixed with the soft fiber I’ve saved up from Carrick over the years. 


Wherever you are and whatever the weather may be doing, I hope you are all staying safe and warm!

Have a good day folks!

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!!

Funk

I’ve been in one of those the last couple of weeks. I’ve been working on orders and more. I love Christmas but this year it has exhausted me. When I do dream at night, I dream about being exhausted.

We have had lots of snow and today is no different, we are expecting anywhere between 17″ – 24″ depending on which weather app or news site you look at. 

We had a good Christmas and have all been enjoying our gifts, especially myself.


I usually use the refillable cups, but my best friend send me this delicious coffee to go in my birthday cup! Any Gilmore Girls fans here?!

Though I am torn between this beautiful silk my MIL gifted me with 

and this set of bags made for us with our farm logo from my Inlaws


Here are a few things I’ve currently finished and one item I had hoped to have finished by now 


Yes I jumped on the messy bun hat board, I have four more I need to finish.


This was supposed to be gone forever ago, I now have the legs and arms sewn on. Hoping to get the tail and head sewn on tonight. 

Illness and exhaustion has kept me from finishing him. Here’s hoping.

Have a nice night folks!

Snow Day

After enjoying a day in Maine yesterday at the Magic of Christmas symphony,


 we were greeted this morning with half a foot of beautiful snow. The kids have been enjoying their snow day reading, knitting, and working on their snow day school work, while the chickens, ducks, and rabbits appear to be very happy inside their new home.


(Yes I know the video is rather dark, this was taken early this morning.)

You did not misread above either, yes I meant rabbits

Meet Noël, she is beautiful satin angora rabbit, a year and a half old. Brontë was not coming out of her shell as much as I hoped and the lady I bought her from posted an ad listing more rabbits. So I went and picked up Noël and after a day they have warmed up to each other. So much so that now Brontë will run up to be pet, where before she would run away.


I’m still working on orders, I finished these two cat hats for a lovely woman out in Kentucky

And I am finishing up a tiger for a nice young man out in Canada!

In between everything else we have gotten our tree up.


Have a great week folks!

A walk in our oasis 

Well the snow is back folks, as my bosom friend says “it only snows when you make plans”, and that certainly seems to be true! Friday I had plans to go visiting, and then we were hit with snow, yesterday I was lucky enough to get out & go grocery shopping with a friend, and made it home soon after it started snowing. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love snow, I am jealous of the amount of snow everyone is getting. I’m just learning that the weather people say sunshine, and that doesn’t apply to my house, because we live on top of a mountain, so it’s hard to plan day to day activities. 

This morning I had plans to go vote in the NH Primary (by the way, I endorse you all to use your minds and vote for who you want, & ignore the celebrity who says “vote this person”).

However the snow that was not in our forcast had other plans 

 
That is our driveway.

The plow trucks don’t seem to visit our road as often or maintain it as well as the do the main roads, so even if I had been able to make it out of my driveway in my car, it wouldn’t have done so well on my very steep road. Luckily my husband was able to get a good amount of the driveway with the snow blower, and after hearing that I was considering tossing on the snow shoes & walking to town, he put the truck in four wheel drive and away we went.

Speaking of snow shoeing, we spent some time over the weekend snow shoeing 3/4 of the boarders of our land, first we started off with the kids in tubes

   
 

But after awhile, the trees started to get in the way 

  

We found that we had a few springs on the property

 And experienced some sibling love  

  

We all had a lot of fun and the parents were certainly exhausted in the end. All my Saturday evening plans (reading, knitting, crocheting) went down the tubes & instead I spent two hours looking at seeds, because that is all the energy I could muster.

My sweater slowed down due to the quality of knitting needles I was working with. 18 sizes of circular knitting needles for $8 sounds like a great idea in theory, but it’s really not. It’s like going shopping for groceries when you are hungry, “why did I buy these?!”.

So, while I was out yesterday I stopped at one of my absolutely favorite yarn places, Nancy’s alterations and yarn shop in Conway, and purchased two pairs of circular needles and had to shield my eyes from the yarn because I want to buy it all but I need a new car…priorities 🙄😒

  
However here is my progress so far

  
Even Ailey appears to be a fan.
Have a great day folks!!