Friday, March 30, 2012

Farmday Friday; quietly

I am old fashioned.

I don't throw it away immediately.

As is obvious from this old relic (spot the tape?)

I try to only spend what I have (((try)))

I hang my clothes out to dry because I love knowing that the air is free.

I sow lettuce in my window box because the simple act of providing even one food item for myself makes me feel free.

I am old fashioned.

And I have to admit, it's more work.

It sometimes makes us tired.

But it's a good, happy kind of tired.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Back in the Saddle

Weaving is a funny thing.

You have this giant loom sitting in your room, a room loom you know, and you take the time to measure the warp, get everything situated and then it just sits there, for maybe a year, without anything being done.

I think it's because warping it (putting the white threads in photo at left, through the middle portions and winding them on to the back portion) is such a royal pain in the arse you KNOW if you finish the project, you'll be at that part again.


Maybe it's because my loom is possessed by


And she wants me to pet her rather than sit down to weave.

Yeah, that's gotta be it.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

I won an Award! Yaaaaaay!!!!


Many many thanks to Sheryl and Denny at Cypress Hill Farm! for this award.

Sheryl has been leaving some great comments on my posts and I always like checking out her blog to see what she's got to say.  We farmgirls stick together ya know?  

Unfortunately I was awarded while on vacation, when I came back I  had to move in to another place that I'm house-sitting (it's a real farm with chickens!  OMG I'm in heaven!) and then I came down with a cold.

So, no more excuses, I'm still sick but I can type right? (cough, hack, wheeze)


Rules for this award:

1. Add the award to your blog. Check!
2. Thank the blogger who gave it to you. Check!
3. Mention seven random things about yourself. Check! (see below)
4. List the rules. Check!
5. Award to 15 bloggers. I can't!  I'm sorry!  I stink! (see below)
6. Inform each of those 15 by leaving a comment on their blog.  :-(

7 bits of randomness about Fearless Farmgirl:
  1. I have had a million different jobs and feel like I could probably work anywhere
  2. If it weren't for a little self-restraint, I'd be as fat as a meatball
  3. The wind makes me happy
  4. Being fearless is sometimes a pain
  5. I like lots of different colors but have always loved purple
  6. I don't have a coat that matches my purple knitted scarf and hat
  7. I think matching is over-rated
Ok and  now the stinky part.  I simply cannot award 15 people with this award that I hadn't already awarded with the Liebster award fairly recently and I don't want to randomly award this award without knowing the bloggers I give it to better SO I will try to get on here more often to get more familiar with more bloggers but the simple fact is, I just don't have time to read too, too many blogs.  I'm very sorry.  I hate to be defunct on this but I don't see how to avoid it!  

If a ways down the road I feel I can honor the award by awarding it, then I will so maybe this isn't saying an absolute 'can't' but a 'I will try'.

Thanks for your faith in me and my little blog!  I'm enjoying it when I can.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Farmday Friday Fiasco...

Well I've gone and done it. 

I've gone and messed up a knitting project soooo badly there's nothing for it but to rip the entire thing out.


So see this?:

This is a lace stocking from a lovely fiber called Suri Alpaca and it's the second of two I made and I knit it with at least one needle size SMALLER than the first one.

So the thing to learn this Farmday Friday is really; check the first sock before you move on to the next and for heaven's sake TAKE NOTES!


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Needles In Hand

A while ago I happened across a killer sale on super scratchy bright blue yarn at my LYS.  Ok so maybe that doesn't sound so appealing to you.  BUT it was the 'just so' blue my husband loves and when I mentioned it was super scratchy he said, "I love scratchy wool!".  Go figure.

So I went back and bought something like 30 small skeins of it for something like $2.50 each.  This stuff obviously had SWEATER written allllll over it.

I've been meaning to make a sweater.  For like, five years I've been meaning to finally bridge the gap between accessory and fun knitting to 'serius bidness' sweater knitting.

Except it's not that serious and half of it is starting with a simple pattern and I think, with a pattern that knits up one piece at a time.  I'm real big on wanting to know how things work (that's the secret to learning just about anything besides paying close attention btw) and doing a piece by piece sweater is just the ticket.

So without further ado: Piece Number One (the back, not totally done but getting pretty close!
The weird part is that it looks kinda like a skirt.

It's not!  It's the Manly Sweater out of Stitch-n-Bitch, my knitting bible.  I knit on it while I'm on the phone with my husband and love thinking of his surprise when he gets it.

They say never to knit a sweater for your boyfriend.
If this turns out looking like a least he married me so there's no escape.

first sweater
keys to not hitting a rut: push through something in the pattern you don't like so when you pick it up again it's on something you do like
knitting as therapy or obsession?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Coop Envy Cure

OHmygarsh I disappeared!

Well here I am.  I'm still here.

A couple months ago my friend and co-worker asked me to house sit on her 100 acre farm out in the middle of the midwestern cornfields.  For three lovely weeks I got to collect the eggs from and look after these babies:

I'm not jokin' it was great fun.  I talked to these lovelies and they gave me anywhere from 8-13 eggs each day.  What a set up!  Now I'm back to having Coop-envy but hey; it was good practice.

Oh and just for good measure, I bought these today:

I think this means I'm hopeless but that's just a guess.