Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Lots of Photos

This week I have been knitting on my Capture a Cozy Moment vest (pattern by Carol Sunday). It never seems to look any different but it is slowly growing. I really want to put it away and work on something else, but I know that it will never get done then.

Other things I have been working on - I did the tiling in the kitchen,

and we finished the front garden (cut out the grass, added mulch, rocks and some bushes).

Farm photos -

a little nest in the grass
beautiful sky
perennial Batchelor Button
seed head from the Three Flowered Aven
the garden is growing well
field of chives
walking path
the surround field of soybeans is growing well too
walk in the woods
burning sawdust
reflection on the pond
aquatic plant
 All the best!♥︎

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Pieced Quilt Top!

I finally unearthed my sewing machine! After over three months it was so nice to sew again. I finished sewing Flowering Snowball blocks together.

These are blocks that I started about four years ago! They are 12" blocks cut with the GO! cutter. I just have to figure out if it needs a border, and how I am going to quilt it. Since I have been searching online for ideas on how to finish the quilt I have found lots of ideas for more quilts using this die - this one in particular caught my eye.

I also finished knitting a pair of socks. This has been my car/waiting/carry in my purse knitting. I knit them for my husband (the first pair of socks I have made for him), with Patons Kroy Socks FX yarn that his sister gave me. The yarn is lovely and made such a nice pair of socks, they even look handspun because the plies of the yarn are different colours.

I finished up a little project in the yard too -

This is the before - a little circle of stones around the flag pole,

I made it larger, planted some 'soon-to-be' tall perennial grasses, added found objects and some wood chips from some of the dead trees around the yard.

All the best!♥︎

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Not Much!

This past week I have added quite a few rows to the Granny Stripe blanket (free pattern from Attic 24).

I am making mine with all kinds of leftover hand spun yarn, all about fingering weight. This is such an easy project to just pick up and work on for a bit.

The vegetable garden is all planted now, lots of things are starting to pop up. The bird baths were frozen solid on Sunday morning, so I was glad that I had waited to plant the tomatoes and peppers.

Around here photos -

Seven Snow Geese and a pair of mallards by the pond.

A Western Kingbird (blends in well), 
there are also Eastern Kingbirds around.

 A well framed Grackle.

Some new flowers-
Flowering Almond Bush
All the best!♥︎

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Another Bag of Wool

During renovations I have been combing a raw fleece (when I woke up too early to make noise around the house).

I ended up with 562g of clean fibre. I plan on dyeing about half of it shades of grey, maybe some black, and drum carding it all back together, with some small bits of dyed silk noil or sari silk for a bit of a pop of colour.

There will be enough for a sweater.

We have had some new birds at the feeder this week -

A Red-headed Woodpecker-

and a Canada Goose -

Some other birds that I didn't get photos of are and Ovenbird, Northern Oriole, Gray Catbird, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and a House Wren.

Flowers have really been blooming -
This is a Plum Tree -

It smells so nice.

Tulips -

Narcissus -

Lily of the Valley-

All the best!♥︎

Monday, May 20, 2019

Planting Time

This past week I have been gardening!

I have been cutting in new garden beds - this one is for the perennial flowers. Most are ones I brought from the old house, and some are from here - it will be interesting to see what they are. I have also started planting the vegetable garden (in the background), hopefully the rest will be done in the next few days.

It has been lovely to see so many Goldfinches at the feeders -

The little cat enjoys watching them too -

The only crafting I have been doing is knitting on this vest -

It never looks any different, but it is almost at my waist when I try it on, so it is growing. The pattern is Capture a Cozy Moment by Carol Sunday, knit is some handspun Merino wool.  It is really a nice pattern to knit - all knit stitches, a small amount of pattern to keep things interesting and a good amount of plain knitting.

All the best!♥︎

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Farm Life

Renovations are coming along - all the kitchen cupboards have been installed and mostly filled. It is so nice to have a stove and kitchen sink again!
Not much time (or energy) for crafting - I am so looking forward to unpacking my sewing machine and have been planning projects I want to make.

Around the farm new plants are growing - 

This is a Three Flowered Aven-

I am so glad to have rhubarb here too -

A pair of Canada Geese are making their home here -

 They seem to spend a lot of time on the septic field!

There has been quite new birds at the feeder - this one is a Blue Jay (there were 4).

And Goldfinches.

A goose likes to stand on the workshop roof every morning - a Crow didn't seem to like it and dove at him.

Also another pair of geese seemed to challenge him too -

It was amazing how loud three geese honking, and stamping on a metal roof was!

The ponds in a light rain on the weekend -

Some wildlife caught on the trail cam-

We knew a skunk was in the area -

But were surprised to see a racoon!

All the best!♥︎