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Monday, January 16, 2017

The Seedy Side of Life

It's that time of year.  Actually, I should already be a little bit further into the process.

SEED SHOPPING!

I have three places that really float my boat when it comes to selection and customer service.  My top three choices are:  Botanical Interests, Indiana Berry & Plant, and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.



Botanical Interests is, hands down, my favorite source.  This year they definitely cemented a place in my heart by printing natural plant dyes for wool dying information in the catalog!



Indiana Berry & Plant is my go-to source for actual plants that are best for my growing conditions.  Their customer service is incredible!  Baker Creek was my "gateway" to purchasing heirloom seeds.  While I appreciate their enormous variety, I find the catalog to be incredibly overwhelming...in a good way, but too much for my brain to process and choose from.

A side effect of ordering a seed catalog is how you magically get put on just about every other seed catalog mailing list resulting in a bumper crop of catalogs that are not needed.

As soon as the inventory of purchased and saved seeds is complete, it will be time to peruse, dream a little about my hands getting in the dirt, and then place those orders!



What are you planting this year?


Thursday, January 12, 2017

I've Lost My Mitten(s)...

and don't know where to find them.

Seriously.

I have no clue.

At all.

Wayyyy back in 2013 I started on what appears to be the never ending Peerie Flooers adventure.  The hat was cast on and actually finished in a normal time span.

Then came the mittens.  Oh, the mittens! So cute and begging to be in my world.

I cast on (in December of 2013!).  And they got pushed aside for other projects.

Then, hold the phone, it's time to work on them again! Never mind that it took over a year to get back to them.

Wait a minute...do you see a trend here?  Fast forward to December 2015.  Surprise! They are back and still not done.

This is where the whole story begins to unravel.  Because, I persevered and finished the first one.  I know, I know:  if there are no pictures then it never happened, but the ladies from my knitting group can attest that said finished mitten was in fact a reality.  Trust me on this one, ONE lonely mitten was finished and the mate was cast on LAST YEAR about this time.

Which brings us to this week.  Seems about right that I should work on the never ending pair of mittens.  (side note, the cute little matching hat that I did finish is still so stinking adorable and wonderfully warm to wear when outside doing barn duty)

So, I ventured to the basement and my  stack of storage boxes bursting with yarn and WIPS lovingly curated/organized stash of yarn and WIPS.  Success!  Located the project on the first try!  Waiiiittt a minute.  Where is the finished mitten???  In my hat/glove box?  No.  In my car?  No.  In my dresser?  No.

Sigh, I have lost my mitten.

So, here I sit with a cuff lining and most of a cuff done on the mate to a missing mitten.  I don't dare rip it out and reclaim the yarn because that would guarantee that the missing mitten would magically reappear and require this be started all over again.



I feel like a forlorn little kitten.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Monkey Butt

What do you get when you cross a few burs picked up from the fencerow and smushed into fleece with an old ewe that likes to lay down and snooze more than anything else?

Monkey Butt...that's what.


Rose is taking her sweet time heading back to the barn so she can take another nap.


Tocq doesn't care where she gets to go as long as the grain bucket makes an appearance and she gets some chin scratches.




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