Dye wool with mullein

As soon as we started to build our pasture for the sheep, I encountered something that looked like Lamb’s Ear, but wasn’t. We didn’t know what it was at first, but noticed the sheep didn’t like to eat it, so we set about trying to eradicate it from our...

Field Trip: Beer and art in Salem, Massachusetts

Every once in a while, Rick and I make a getaway from the farm. Sometimes to visit friends, sometimes to have an adventure, and sometimes, to take in a little culture. Last weekend it was all three. After making the 2.5 hour drive, we met up with some friends...

Pattern Potential: 3 knitwear ideas

I don’t often design my own patterns, but occasionally I have a need. Sometimes, I can’t find a pattern that’s close to a project idea I have in mind. On other occasions, I’m inspired to cook up a new design to show off one of our farm yarns. Over...

Dye wool with Tansy

This was the first time I’d tried dyeing with tansy, and I was pleased with the speediness of the dye set and the resulting color. While a tint shift didn’t work as planned (adding ammonia did not yield a green shade as promised), the color we did get was...

Knitting Notes – February 2018

If you’ve been watching the YouTube channel for a while, you know that I don’t have a regular segment for knitting projects (this is a craft blog, not a knitting show). But, having recently finished Rick’s sweater, I wanted to share the final garment and update you on my...

Dye wool with madder

Madder root, or Rose Madder, is a traditional woody shrub that has been cultivated and used for thousands of years to create red tones. While I’ve used other sources to create red, I’ve found this one to be the most reliable. However, it is temperature sensitive, so carefully attention...