I have an ability It’s pounding at my door

;) – So fly one time

Here I sit filling in my June schedule on the calendar and updating my projects whiteboard and I realized just how much I already have planned for this summer. Then I realized how much of what I did this past Winter and Spring that I never told you about!

I had 4 design in the Spring 2011 Valley Yarns Catalog, the Old Sheldon House Capelet, the Pincushion Moss Shawl, the Carle baby sweater and a collection of Potholders.

Here is the Shawl blocking.

I’ve also been working on a series of small, round, animal, amigurumi with Webs Design Coordinator Kirsten Hipsky. She does the knit version and I work up the crochet. This project has been, at times, frustrating and hysterically awesome. Wait till you see what we come up with next!

I guess I should tell you a bit about this summer so you can get in on some of it if you’re local. I’m teaching another great series of classes at Webs.

We’re starting out with a Design your own crochet cowl class that runs for 4 weeks and really gives the students insight into what it takes to design something as simple as a tube! Yarn choice, hook/gauge choice, choosing a stitch pattern or several and deciding on the type of construction: flat and seamed or in the round.

Then we have 3, two week workshops for specialty crochet techniques.

Broom Stick Lace, Hairpin lace and Tunisian or Afghan crochet(which is already full but you could add yourself to the wait list if any seats open up).

As always, if crochet interests you but you’ve never picked up a hook or its been years since you have, I’ll be running the Intensive version of our Crochet 1 class the second week in August.

Today I’m finishing up with some editing of patterns that will be released in the Webs Summer catalog (soon my pretties!) and working out details for some fall classes up at Metaphor Yarns.

What have you been up to? Anything you like to see? Let me know!

Toots

Somebody hit me hard, right in my own back yard

;) – I heard you callin’ to my soul

We are in full swing with the Yarden this year. We’re making a serious effort to convert most of the yard to food production over the next few years.

We have added 9 fruit trees.

This is our line of apples at the North side of the property. 5 trees. 2 MacIntosh, 2 Courtland and 1 Red Delicious. My secret hope is to plant seeds from some of these apples and see what kind of awesome, or terrible, new apples we’ve bred. 3 of the trees went in last summer and we just wanted more, it didn’t feel like enough. What is truly lovely is that we will actually have fruit this year! We’ve also got 2 pear trees and 2 cherry trees that we’ll get into the ground in the next week.

To expand the garden we put up a partial fence this year for the climbers. We have cucumbers, peas, pole beans and a couple varieties of pole tomatoes. We’re calling it the “Hipster Garden” because the raised beds are made of old barn wood and we all know that Hipsters LOVE old barn wood. Today Patrick dug out the old hanging racks for his Pez collection and converted them into climbing frames. This man is awesome!

On the chicken front we have 4 laying hens, collectively known as, “the Ladies” and 25 chicks known this year as, “the Steves“. They are 5 weeks old now and we have about 2 more weeks before we separate the males from the females. We have 4 New Hampshire Reds, 5 Buff Orpingtons, 5 Black Australorps, 5 Barred Rocks, 5 Silver Laced Wyandottes, and 1 Patridge Cochin.

Here are the Ladies doing what they do on hot days, we call it the flop. They dig their way down to cool soil and spread their wings out to cool off.

More garden news and CROCHET soon.

Enjoy this beautiful Spring my chickadees!

Toots