Hopefully you like the new layout. InMotion Hosting has been great to work with to redesign the website. All of the bugs are not worked out yet but I’ll keep moving forward to correct mistakes.
Mother Nature is giving us the major cold shoulder and the driveway is covered in ice in several places. We won’t be open again until Thursday January 11th. Hopefully by then the temperature will have gotten above freezing at some point to clear the ice. (Even with salt, there are places that will not clear!)
Thank you for your support over the years and we look forward to seeing you in 2018. Happy New Year to all.
June is baby alpaca time here at the farm and we have 5 so far. There’s another one due any day now also. It’s always fun to watch the herd take care of the crias and see the crias running around and playing together.
We’ll be away until after the 4th of July for our annual fishing trip to Canada but look forward to your visit in July.
At long last, this trip is finally here!! We’ve been working hard to get the farm ready for us to leave. We’re very grateful to Andrea Perno for farm sitting for us again so we can visit Hannah in Scotland. With Icelandic Air, you can stopover in Iceland for up to 7 days when flying to Europe (and maybe other locations?). When Paul set up this vacation, he included 2 days in Iceland.
This photo is the outside of the bed and breakfast that we’re staying in while here in Rejkavik. We landed early this morning, came to the B&B, took a nap then went on a walking tour of Rejkavik that included stopping at different restaurants to try typical Icelandic foods. Lamb soup, seafood soup, cheeses & smoked meats, and rye bread ice cream were just a few of the delicious treats that we enjoyed. This is a beautiful, rugged island and we’re excited to see more tomorrow.
The farm will be closed until our return at the beginning of June.
The driveway is clear–Paul had a great time playing with his new snow plow–and the goats have have all had their kids. The babies are showing off their cuteness and jumping skills on an hourly basis and they would love to entertain you.
Please mark your calendar for shearing day April 15, 2017 from 8-2. We are really hoping that the weather cooperates this year.
These scarves should look familiar. They are both from the book 50 garter stitch gifts to knit and were seen in the natural ecru and fawn earlier.
I took Kathy Kenworthy’s advice and dyed them teal. Usually have difficulty with this color not bonding completely and bleeding. Not this time!! I used 0.75 teaspoon of the dye and 1.5 teaspoons of citric acid and the dye water was clear at the end of the time in the pot. Hallelujah!!
Today was exceptionally busy because one of our fainting goats had twin girls a couple of evenings ago and is not making any milk. We’ve been working on bottle feeding and made a trip to the vet today to get them checked and some advice. A change in nipples and letting them go longer between feedings is getting us in the right direction. Fingers crossed!!
Went back to the 50 garter stitch gifts to knit book for this cowl. It’s the double stitch cowl. In the book, it’s shown in two different colors so I used my new 100% alpaca yarn in ecru and fawn. While the fawn part is garter stitch, the ecru is in a simple 8 row lace pattern. The lace pattern requires double yarn overs, SSK, knit 2 together, and some twisted knit stitches. Not exactly garter stitch but all of the special stitches were well explained so an adventurous beginner knitter would do just fine.
You’ll see this cowl again tomorrow along with the lace ecru scarf from several days ago. They’re going into the dye pot!
Look at this beautiful yarn. It was hand spun by Linda Bauer of Bauer Family Farm here in Pennsylvania. She and her spinning partner, Laura, are experts at their craft and I’ve learned a lot from them. Some of it is from watching them spin at fiber festivals or retreats and some is from the classes in spinning that Linda teaches at our farm. Another way I’ve learned is by watching their yarn go through my fingers while knitting. This yarn is exceptionally fun with all of the color changes that occur. The brightly colored single is paired with a black and this gives a stained glass effect to the final yarn.
Because the yarn is so interesting, the hat is my simple go-to pattern that is in my head. Any fancy stitches or cables would be lost with all that’s going on with the yarn. I especially like the starfish like shape at the top of the hat that comes about by the decreases to form the crown.
Thanks, again for all of your support. One week from today I go to the doctor’s and hopefully will get the good news.