Good bye city life! Our family designed and built an industrial but old fashioned farmhouse on nine acres.
Now we are building our homestead ~ or is it building us?
Grab your boots and join us on our journey to country living.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Broomstick Crochet Infinity Scarf

 All of the yarn from our sheep sold.
Yes, ALL of it.
It's going to a local specialty yarn store,
Sealed With A Kiss
and that is really exciting!

For the unveiling at their trunk show,
 I wanted to wear something I had made 
from our Red Farmhouse Fibers yarn.

I picked a nice soft gray from our girl, Alexa.
She is sweet and quiet but fancy
so I thought this broomstick crochet pattern 
would make a great project for her fiber.

It may seem silly but I like keeping the characteristics
of the sheep consistent with the final project.
It's a personal way of looking at the wool and it's why we process
our fiber from each individual animal.

This infinity scarf was a little challenging since
 I've never done broomstick crochet before.
That's a size 50 knitting needle.  Looks like it could be a weapon!
It worked great though.

You start by chaining on to the "broomstick"
working in one direction and then work
your way back with a shell stitch the other way.

After a while, I got the hang of it.

I love trying new things with yarn!

When it was finished, I joined it together 
with an antique brooch that is just the same color of gray.

I love it.  More broomstick crochet is 
definitely in my future.
Here is a similar pattern on Ravelry.

Exodus 35:25
All the skilled women spun with their hands,
and brought what they had spun,
in blue purple and scarlet material and in fine linen.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sprinkler Time

"Hey Lady, Did you know it's hot out here?"

"There is a sprinkler out here in my pasture and it's NOT on."

"Oh, yeah.  Thank you, ma'am."

"Us too please."

"Me first! Me first! I never get to go first."

"I'm going first. So there."

"Yep, It's still my turn. Don't make me spit on you."

"Mom, I didn't get to go first. I always go first."  

"OK. Move over.  It's my turn."

"Whiners move to the back of the line."

And on and on it goes...

 It's dangerous for alpaca and llamas to get overheated.  So if it's over 90 degrees we turn on  sprinklers in their pastures to cool them off.  We keep them turned down really low so it doesn't wet down the fleece blankets on their backs and matte the fiber.  They really prefer it on their legs and bellies anyway.  It keeps them happy.  Well, except when they are fighting over the sprinkler!

A happy heart makes the face cheerful,
but heartache crushes the spirit.
Proverbs 15:13

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy Birthday USA

Fireworks are fun
but I prefer

to sit on the porch and watch
fireflies as the sun goes down.

Happy 4th from the Little Red Farmhouse
& the Little Blue One too!

God Bless America.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Just Peachy

Our peach trees are loaded this year!

We planted them three years ago.
The first year we pulled off the first fruits 
so the trees would spend their energy growing roots.
Last year, we thinned the peaches out
but then the remaining peaches fell off.
This year, we left them alone to do their thing.
They didn't disappoint!

This weekend, I picked a full 5 gallon bucket
and there are still a ton on the trees.

 I put on my apron and 
the peach processing began.

how to peel a peach perfectly

Some went in the freezer 
and  I jammed the rest.
I love peach jam!

peach freezer jam recipe

Today I picked some more and
 just put a peach crisp in the oven.
Seems like it's going to be just peachy around here for a while.

For no good tree bears bad fruit;
nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit.
Luke 6:43

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