Hey man slow down, slow down

;) – That’s when you see sparks

As promised, a garden update and a freebie!

Garden first, well lets call it the Micro-farm cuz that’s kinda what were trying to do here. The apple trees are bearing up well and we discovered a surprise on the new pear tree, an actual PEAR!

I am so planning on doing this in a few years

The beans are climbing all over the fence, the peas are beginning to flower and the tomatoes are really beginning to take off. Over in the main garden we are almost done with the first bed of radishes, a few more coleslaws and salads and we’ll be ready for a second planting.

We also have a bunch of little berry patches that we hope to consolidate for next year.  Black raspberries, I feel a pie coming on!

The cockerels and pullets have been separated. The male Steves are living in the new “dude-coop” and the lady Steves have moved down with the hens.

We also picked up 5 Leghorn chicks, from Mr. Lipman’s 2nd grade again, whicj brings us to a grand total of 35 chickens. I know, but really, we’re pretty sure that 2 of the leghorns are male so that means that by the end of the summer we’ll be down to 21 hens. Holy shit, did I just say 21 hens?

Who needs eggs? You do, right? Right!

And how do we corral all these chickens? a Liberal use of chicken wire and other fencing which brings me to the freebie!

My hair is kind of a crazy thing to begin with and the summer humidity does terrible things to it. I often wear my hair in a ponytail but sometimes I just want it out of my face. So what’s a girl to do?

Chicken Wire!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a simple mesh kerchief that ties at the back neck to help corral your frizzy summer locks (it also doubles as a great neckerchief!)

Grab the PDF of Chicken Wire here or over on <a href="download now“>Ravelry

Toots

I’m fancy free darlin’

;) – So who shall I start with

New Summer patterns are up at Webs!

Math for Kathy, Hill Log Cabin blanket, Bartholomew’s Cobble vest and my favorite, The October Mountain cardigan.

This sweater went through SO many changes from idea to garment but I am thrilled with how she came out.

Rav links are all here.

I’m also really happy to finally show you my current favorite sweater. Kirsten was designing this as I was getting my feet wet with spinning. I decided to spin my own yarn so I could make one. I spun up 8 oz of Kangaroo Dyer Merino and 8oz of Louet Merino and Silk and plied them together.  I love the color!

I knit and knit until all that was left was scraps of yarn for seaming and sewing on the buttons.

I am over the moon for this sweater and I wear it all the time, I’m wearing it now.

I’m hip deep in Fall design work now but I reward myself with mini spinning breaks. The bag of sample nubbins that I got at the 2011 MSWF from Into the Whirled is filling this need perfectly.

Alright, I’ve got a pattern to get typed up and a class to finish packing up supplies for. Next time I’ll have a garden update and a free pattern for you :)

Toots

Drawing lines above my head

;) – But the fan keeps spinning over me

Life has been SO busy here the last few months, well its been busy for my hands. I have not been without a hook or needles in my hands in weeks, and there doesn’t seem to be an end to it anytime soon – not that I’m complaining.

potholder edges

I have a series of crochet workshops at WEBS this summer, plus a year long blanket class, my summer run of Crochet 1 and a 6 week tutoring session, and all the samples needed to be done by early May, to be put on display in the store, photographed for the website, and available so potential students could see what they’d be making. Then it was time to start on the samples for Fall classes!

potholder in 2 sizes

Somewhere in there my kids finished up school, I attended 2 baby showers – with gifts that HAD to be handmade, my sister’s 30th birthday party with her handmade gift, my 13th anniversary slipped by, I participated in a hotpad/potholder swap ( I needed 5 – I made 12), weekly trips to the farmers market started, we got to meet the 2 chickens that will come home with us sometime this month, jam making, pickle making and I was asked to take over the Friday afternoon drop-ins at WEBS

decorative discs

Just to see how high I could pile it, I wrote 2 patterns. This one from last week and one more. The potholders that I did up for that swap were my own creation, based on a inspiration pic I’ve had for a couple years, and now you can make your own. The pattern is up in my Etsy shop – have at it ;)

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Don’t stop till you get enough!

;) – Lovely Where We’re At 

I’ve been makin’ coasters – and now you can too! you can buy the pattern or you can buy some of mine. Either way, stop by the Etsy shop to pick out your goodies!

green coaster set

I promise a return to actual, regular blogging in July. Be well my little chickadees!

Toots

till my arms fall off

;) – I want to hug ya

New Pattern!

Gail is just one of the most generous persons I’ve ever met and recently she gifted me with 3 lovely skeins of her own hand-dyed handspun yarn just because I helped her carry some boxes from her car. So, I made a little something for her as a thank you and now I’m sharing it with you.

Hugs for Gail

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Enjoy!

Toots

To get into my hair again

;) – Uneasy in my easy chair

Man, I have just been the worst blogger this month. My apologies. Lots doing.

In my defense, I have been working finishing and writing up 4 different projects that I can’t give you the real details on because they’re being submitted for publication and you kow how prickly those publishers can be about original material, blah, blah, blah…

So what can I show you. hmmmm

I’ve been trying out ideas for a new hat, thinking and trying different bobbly stitch bits to see if I can make with yarn and hook what I see in my head. I should be done with with my “can’t talk about em” bits just after Halloween and then i can get to work on…

the holidays.

My bus broke down again this morning – some electrical fritz – this is the 3rd time in a month. argh!

I did manage to make it through that chapter and am now happily speeding through the rest of the book again. I read a line about something that Bree was wearing and laughed outloud to myself because the first thought that popped into my mind was… “I need to read through these books again and look for knit/crochet pattern inspiration!”

uh huh

Toots

Hey, Summer!

;) – where ya been?

Last winter I made a lovely scarf to lift my winter blues. Remember?

After a couple pokes and prods, I finally got around to writing up a pattern. I’m not sure if you can get your hands on that brown/blue combo of the yarn anymore  – it was hard to find for awhile, but any dk weight silk or silk blend of your choice should work just as well. And I’d love to see how it looks in other yarns! The pdf is here.  The Ravelry link is here

Enjoy!

Toots

sweet and low, little girl

;) – when that day comes

School time again – they left this morning at 8 (right after the neighbor knocked on our door to tell us that the black bear was back! – more on that later)

Two new school bags were made this past week in fabrics the girls chose themselves. I put up a tutorial if you want to make one – SO simple.

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Toots