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 πŸ˜‰ )

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! 😎

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!

The wheel isn’t turning

And that is because my spinning wheel broke today, I am hoping that it is an easy fix because I was in the middle of plying this gorgeous romney I blended together.

I have been having so much fun blending batts lately, I wanted to finally spin some up to see how they turn out….I’m also trying to keep myself occupied spinning these batts while I impatiently await my recently purchased wool combs from Susan’s fiber…I won’t lie, the fact that she allows sheep to roam around her shop was the reason I choose to buy from her πŸ˜‚

I have so much merino waiting in my basement to play with, but it does not turn out well when I run into through my drum carder….the one I spent almost two years researching…the one that claimed it was for fine fiber like merino (it was written right in the description!!!)

I am excited to try out these combs and see how well they work (Hopefully better than my handmade combs 😞 not very pretty & it’s just tetanus waiting to happen)

The snow is starting to melt, the chickens are laying over 80 eggs a day, we have 150 chicks arriving any day now (I hope) & seeds have been started for this years garden.

We have been making plans for when the snow melts. A wattle fence is on the list, more fruit trees & berry bushes (Elderberry Jam anyone?).

The fiber festival is happening soon, because of course the 60lbs in my basement just isn’t enough, one must try out all wool options before choosing a breed of sheep.

Another big trip will be to Fedco in Maine, for their annual tree sale, lots of fun planned for the year!

Have a great weekend folks!

Color everywhere

Oh Mother Nature sure fooled us, with her warm sunny days melting all the snow. We were expecting rain today, but woke to a wintery mix.

The chickens don’t seem to mind the weather cooling off, the greenhouse is still warm believe it or not.

Ragnar is still walking around, keeping an eye on everyone to make sure all is in order.

His brother Bruce is soon in need of a new home

Too many roosters in this 50’x24′ winter home. Anyone need a good Easter egger Roo?! Free to a good home.

I’ve been playing more with the wool I dyed last Sunday, I had an idea yesterday morning and it stuck with me all day.

That is some angelina that was sent to me from Natalie Redding from Namaste Farms

Every single bobbin I own is claimed by one fiber or another, I simply couldn’t wait however and dug out a drop spindle

I hope to get a little more spun up this weekend.

Now for the last bit of color fro, my home to yours

Have a great weekend folks!

Learning

When my kids take interest in a hobby I enjoy, I am always tickled pink!

I was slightly nervous sharing my wheel, silently cursing at myself for giving my other wheel away. Biting my tongue and trying to keep myself from interrupting with a “hey, you are holding that wool too tight” or “you are too close with your hands, back up”

Then we moved on to sewing by hand, did you know that “sewing by hand is actually super easy.”, as someone who dislikes sewing by hand, I wish I took to it as easy as he has.

Even mom is learning new things

Dying wool in mason jars for one, I don’t own a microwave and lacked the patience to dye one color at a time.

Reminds me of Easter.

Have a great day folks!

Adventures

The snow is melting. I’m most certain that I am one of the unpopular people who is sad about it, but to be fair, this week was the first time all winter that the snow has been wet enough to build snowmen and extremely tall snow forts

Perfect for ducking down just in time to miss snowballs heading our way.

We spent a quiet morning inside Monday, waiting for it to warm up outside. We played games, read books, spun some romney

Attempted to build wool combs

Still a work in progress, the nails all fall out, which I am okay with as I plan on buying a new box of nails to replace the ones with rust. This is more for show.

Today, if you can believe it, got up to 70 degrees. Snowmen and snow forts are gone, replaced with wet muddy grass. Not much fun to play in if you ask me.

Today needing to get out of the house, we went on an adventure to Portland Maine to visit my dad. We also stocked up on some goodies at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, just odds and ends that we can’t find in our area.

Two exciting things happened while we were on our adventure today. The first was happening upon this amazing shop, Port Fiber.

This is my idea of Heaven, honestly it was hard to pull myself away.

Look at this gorgeous fiber, the colors are simply stunning. I managed to keep myself in control and only purchased one roving of fiberI have yet to have the experience of spinning Targhee, I can’t wait to work with this fiber! I recommend this shop to all fiber lovers. If getting to Portland Maine is an issue for you, well don’t worry, Port Fiber has an online shop πŸ˜‰ I know I will most certainly be going back!

The second exciting thing to happen today, happened only moments later down the road when I stopped in to Tap Root. This was my first visit, I’m not certain who was in more awe of the shop, myself or the kids. Who do you think I got to meet? Amanda from Soule Mama. Very exciting indeed!

We had quite the adventure today, which made for a quiet ride home.

Have a great evening folks….oh and it’s going to snow on Sunday 😊

Focus

As the days have shifted once more from 40 degrees down to -1, I find my self spending less time in my basement craft room and more time in the living room, we all seem to congregate here at different times of the day.

Some of us like to enjoy a bowl of beans and a special moments with a good friend while warming ourselves by the fire.

Whether we are enjoying a nightly show together, using our imaginations to turn a simple tub of legos into a jungle adventure, filling the house with music via, or as stated above, some of us come here to work. The living room seems to be the most beloved room in the house.

While I may have been here all weekend working on this order

My mind still goes to my craft room and all the fun things that are awaiting my return. I’m having a hard time focusing now that I’m a week and a half away from when this order is due.

I still have heads, noses, antlers, and arms to finish, I have several moose I need to stuff and sew, I also have very little attention span.

I’m fighting the urge to run to my craft room and spin up a bunch of beautiful Romney wool. I keep thinking of the sewing projects that are overdue and need my attention like yesterday. Let’s not forget the set of sock needles from Christmas, I have yet to cast on a single stitch.

I give praise to my husband however, who is finding other things to do right now, than helping me build a set of wool combs. He knows I need to get this done, he has better restraint that I do, more focus and hates starting something new when there are other things left to finish.

Speaking of focus and distractions, it’s time to go collect the eggs.

Have a great weekend folks!