Heat wave

Hi there *wipes sweat off brow* Fall has taken off on us, decided it wasn’t ready to be here just yet.

Which has really not worked out too well when it comes to harvesting food, my basement is abnormally warm thanks to the high temperatures in our indoor green house, which has resulted in most of our pumpkins turning to mush faster than we can process them. We still have several in the garden that I refuse to pick until this heat wave ends.

Late September is usually time for Apple picking and sweaters and hot mulled cider, Sunday we picked 50lbs of apples over at Apple Acres Farm in 95 degree heat, while wearing shorts and tshirts and replaced that hot mulled cider with milkshakes.

I have every intention of heading back to this orchard when the temperatures return to normal and we can pick apples in the proper attire and enjoy that delicious cider.

I have some very exciting news to share with you, it seemed like this would never happen. I’ve dreamt and dreamt about it but never truly thought it would occur. Toph is taking classes for agriculture management and handed me a pamphlet the other day, I am going to a conference in two weeks to learn everything I can possible learn about sheep. Which of course means there are sheep in my very near future and which most likely means no one will ever see me again after I get these sheep, because I won’t be leaving my house 😂

This week at quilting we made pot holders, I finished one set and have a second set that I brought home with me that is also finished. I am also working on a huge fall project that I am hoping to share with you within a month. Unfortunately because it is a present, I cannot yet post it here.

During the last few weeks when yarn was bearable to touch, I’ve made several items, some are already on my Etsy page and some are headed that way. A couple are presents.

As much as I hate to leave this cool area of my house, I have to go brave the heat and working in my garden. Have a great week folks!

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!

Craft fair fun

Today was the day of the long awaited craft fair and boy did we have fun! As of last night I had 8 skeins of yarn


Not as many hats as I was hoping to have done, but I didn’t sell them all anyway so I don’t really mind. I also had a few crowns I made over the last couple of days 



I finished the scarf for the silent auction and was pleased with the outcome, I found that it worked up fast!!


This was our table before our other friend arrived, we had a good spot, right in front of the food & coffee. We had a steady supply of passerbyers.

These next pictures are courtesy of my best friend who did the craft fair with me, these are items she had made


She did all the chalkboard signs as well.

I sold a crown and two of these hats


I have plenty of items leftover for the next craft fair that happens at the end of the month that my friend and I decided to sign up for on a whim!!
Have a nice night folks!!

Making headway

I’m happy to say that even though I have been having issues with pain in my hands and my ball winder calling it quits, I’m back on track! 

I was able to untangle and save most of the Seawool today 

Finished spinning and plying the other half of my coopworth (I have yet to count the yards)


Started seasilk


And have gathered my other skien soft yarn together to get ready for the fair

With all the rain we will be getting this week, I feel like I could knock out two or three more skeins!

Have a great night folks!

Lazy hazy crazy days of summer

This summer has been full of ups and downs, with animals, gardens, activities and trying to finish items for the craft fair. This last week has been full of the downs, my ball winder that I’ve used 7.5 times died and the beautiful Seawool yarn I had been winding on it well…

This kind of stuff never happens with the cheap wool of course 😦

My sewing machine and I haven’t gotten along for awhile now and not surprisingly I have Lyme disease which has affected my joints slowing down my progress. I’m still chugging along slowly but surely. I’m just glad I am sharing my booth with two close friends 🙂

We have veggies popping up all over the garden, we started our garden late this year so they are small but growing bigger everyday


Now I will leave you with this video of our resident deer who hangs out in our east field. 

Go go go

Time is flying these days, when I’m not on the go, this spoiled furry princess is commanding my attention 


Including the exact moment (that picture was 90 seconds old when I started writing this)

We have even MORE babies keeping us on our toes 

The free unsexed Rhode Island Red chicks we got with our order

Rhode Island reds and barred rock ladies 
Our beautiful ducks, which has become an absolute favorite in our house, they are Golden 300 hybrid layer ducks.


They are super loveable


I took the plunge and signed up for the craft fair in August, I’m going to sell yarn and what not which means I need to work my behind off.

I already have one item ready to go 


This beautiful Ashland bay silk & merino yarn, spun up from fiber I got forever ago, yarn I started ages ago. 191 yards. I have more of the same fiber to spin up and I need a warm day to go card more fiber to spin.

When that warm day will happen, I’m not sure. You see this was exactly a week ago.

My kids had no desire to help me, I bribed Leif just to come hang outside with me while I built the chicken and the pig (that looks more like my sisters pitbull lol). Since then we’ve had very few warm days and it has been steadily raining since my birthday party on Sunday. 

Yep, yesterday I completed a trip a round the Sun and I’m ready for trip 32! My “party” was super de duper small but I had fun decorating 

I LOVE Gilmore girls, can you tell?! Don’t mind that some signs are super uneven, those were made at around 11:30 the previous night. Way past my bedtime.

I spent my birthday working on a strip quilt, which may or may not have cause my anxiety attack yesterday


No seriously, the color combinations were not doing it for me, but someone had to do it. Three more rows to go.

Well folks, I’m gonna go hang out with my feather friends and work on some projects for the fair. Have a great day!!! 

A few rows short of a blanket

Last time on ‘The Year I Made My Own Clothes’

  • I had an 8 year old
  • I was crocheting a mermaids tail blanket
  • I found some neat artwork
  • And we had a lot of snow.

Well, I now have a NINE year old 😳, the mermaids tail blanket is almost finished, turns out my girl had a bit of a growth spurt (I also apparently used the wrong size crochet hook for twelve rows 😭) so I am adding rows to the top

  
And I messed up the fin, go me. So while I have presented the mostly finished present to Lorelai (which is how we found that blanket to be too small), I still have a little ways to go.

However I have been enjoying every moment of it & I am excited to announce that I have joined the knitting group in town and I absolutely LOVE every minute of it. I haven’t been part of any group since the spinning guild two years ago, so I am happy to have been invited to join in and have made new friends! 

I started a new project this week (because we all know how great I am at finishing old ones, maybe I have a fear of finishing things…is that a phobia some sort?, I’m attached to the project so much that I can’t bear to finish it?!) 

Anywho (disclaimer for people who keep getting snarky with me, yes I meant to write anywho over anyhow, so simmer down!!)

I started the bluebell cardigan from Jane Austen Knits 2015 designed by Zsuzsa Kiss

  

(Picture curtesy of Intearweave’s Jane Austen knits 2015) 

Lorelai, the budding fashionista she is, chose the colors for me  

I’m using this Caron simply soft Harvest Red & the contrast color will be Caron simply soft Blue Mint. 

I won’t lie, this pattern was a little confusing at first because it called for something I had never heard of before, but after frogging six rows I finally figured it out and now it’s coming along. 

We are currently have strange weather here in New England, some people are getting hit with snow, while here in our part of NH we are having 50 degree days that is melting snow, today we had a mix of rain and snow, and sometime next week we will be getting snow again. 

 We are looking forward to spring however, we just got in the first order of seeds for our garden, with plans to place a second order sometime soon!

 I’m also looking forward to fluffy animals and hopefully spending some quality time with my hand carders and the insane amounts of wool I have sitting in my craftroom. I’m ready to be spinning again!!

  
This was the last thing I spun, seasilk back in who knows when!! 

Oh well, soon enough 😊

Have a great night folks!