RealBigFun

                                                 photo by Josh Tack

In case you're in need of some adventurous inspiration this weekend, hop on over to RealBigFun.  My cousin, and his fiance are on a five month bike tour from Fairbanks, Alaska to the Mexican border via the ALCAN highway and the Great Divide.  This will never, ever be me... not in a million years!  But lots of folks have said the same thing about our adventure.  I think it runs in the family.  


Have a wonderful weekend and happy adventuring, where ever it may lead~


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Gradient Yarn: Part 3


(Joining in with Ginny)

As I sit and write this post, my shawl is finished, blocked, and drying on the hallway floor (don't ask).  It's a good thing, too.  This shawl and I weren't on the greatest of terms, since it's the second time I've knit  it.  (You can read Part 1 and 2 here and here.)  

I really do love the way it turned out, though.  The colors.  The shape.  Also, I can hardly be upset about knitting again with this dreamy merino wool.  I'll post some photos as soon as we have a break in the heat!  

I've had lots of requests for the gradient yarn to be stocked in the shop, so I've ordered a shipment of yarn and should have some ready in a few weeks!  

What have you been working on this week?

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Homesteading


Homesteading:  A weekly account of our journey to becoming off grid homesteaders.  Our path will be long as we are only paying in cash and our funds are very limited.  Mike and I have no idea what we're doing so we'll be learning as we go.  I know we'll make mistakes and that's ok.  It's all part of the process.  

We would love to read about your homesteading experiences, so if you'd like to share your favorite resources, tips, funny stories, recipes, books, website or even just a photo from the week, please leave a link in the comments.



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We hadn't planned on going north this weekend, but when my mom called and said they had a trailer full of stones to get rid of, we jumped at the chance.  Right now it's in a pile next to the woods, but I'm pretty sure it will end up in an outdoor kitchen or garden path someday. 

Moving stone is good hard work, which leads to good long rests nestled in the wildflowers.

Of course I couldn't help but take a photo of each new flower blooming in the field.





















(I never get tired of kids running on hay bales in the evening sun.)


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This Week


This week...

* We're celebrating the long sweet light of the Summer Solstice.

* I'm relishing the joy of a hand written letter.

* We devoured handfuls of wild strawberries and raspberries.

* I'm playing around with my favorite colors.

* We're intoxicated with the sweet scent of basswood flowers carried in by the cool evening breeze.

* I spent a morning catching up with cherished friends.


Wishing you a beautiful weekend~


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Gluten Free Yarn


(Joining in with Ginny)

Gluten free cookbooks and yarn.  It's what's going on at the library on this stormy Wednesday.  We've been spending a lot of time at the library this week because, well.... the library has air conditioning and it's been raining.  A lot.  They also have a giant card board box and puppets for the kids!

I'm starting over on the shawl I frogged last weekend.  The shaping is looking much better this time, but it's really discouraging to look at.  Mostly, I'm not knitting the shawl and finding new recipes for gluten free treats.

I'm really in need of some good gluten free recipes.  Any ideas?



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Homesteading















Homesteading:  A weekly account of our journey to becoming off grid homesteaders.  Our path will be long as we are only paying in cash and our funds are very limited.  Mike and I have no idea what we're doing so we'll be learning as we go.  I know we'll make mistakes and that's ok.  It's all part of the process.  

We would love to read about your homesteading experiences, so if you'd like to share your favorite resources, tips, funny stories, recipes, books, website or even just a photo from the week, please leave a link in the comments.


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*  Mowing the trails and raking the clippings for our compost toilet.  (More on this next week!) 

*  Watching all the insects in our field of wildflowers.

*  Waiting for the humming birds to find the new feeder.

*  Learning how not to hang a hammock.

*  Wishing we had a few of these handsome creatures.  









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Right Now



Right now....

* I'm ripping back the entire finished shawl.  It was a beautiful geometric piece of art. Small equilateral triangles don't drape well around the neck.  (I'm so mad I couldn't even bear to take photos).  I really should have known this in advance.

* Te letter " " is broken on my keyboard and I'm really tired of aving to manually add te letter " " from keyboard viewer.  Note to self... make a trip to Goodwill for external keyboard.

* Laughing out loud at Luke's rain ensemble from yesterdays storm.

* Enjoying very limited internet access for a few weeks.

* Giving a helping hand to the younger ones who have been busily finishing up their homemade Father's Day gifts.

* Really looking forward to heading up to our land for the weekend to check on the wild berries plants we found a few weeks ago.


Wishing you a wonderful weekend~
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Library Day







Yesterday morning Luke asked if we could go to the library.  Of course, I said.  We packed up the bike and made our way across the highway, past the cemetery, through the old streets lined with ancient maple trees and elegant turn of the century homes, across the damn, and back across the highway again.  

Our small brick library sits back on a corner lot overlooking the Willow River.  The large front lawn is speckled with more ancient oaks and maples, perfect for a picnic or as it happened to be yesterday, a petting zoo.  The traveling zoo hosted exotic animals such as a camel, a kangaroo, and a lemur, as well as many familiar animals like skunks, ducks, rabbits, llamas, and a white raccoon.  Luke enjoyed them all, but was really drawn to the fainting goats and spent an hour watching this beautiful bird.  We're pretty sure it's a mourning dove, but he’s planning on looking it up this afternoon in his bird book.  



I think it’s colors would make a beautiful skein of yarn, don’t you? 
Also, I think we may end up with a few fainting goats on the farm.  
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Gradient Yarn: Part 2



(Joining in with Ginny)

I'm plugging along at the shawl I designed for the gradient yarn I dyed last week.  I'm really happy with the colors and knitting with this soft merino is sublime.  However, I was hoping the colors would change a bit more gradually and not so much like stripes.  I'll have to allow for longer color changes with the next skein.  I love experimenting, don't you? 

What have you been working on this week?




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Homesteading

Homesteading:  A weekly account of our journey to becoming off grid homesteaders.  Our path will be long as we are only paying in cash and our funds are very limited.  Mike and I have no idea what we're doing so we'll be learning as we go.  I know we'll make mistakes and that's ok.  It's all part of the process.  

We would love to read about your homesteading experiences, so if you'd like to share your favorite resources, tips, funny stories, recipes, books, website or even just a photo from the week, please leave a link in the comments.
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Recently, we cleared out some downed trees in the woods to make room for the older, more well established trees and underbrush to thrive.  A few of the branches were the perfect size for buttons.  

I really love the rustic, natural feel of hand cut buttons and the sweet smell of our homemade beeswax polish.

They add a nice touch to handmade items and as you can see, the younger ones can't resist playing with them, too! 














I'm also trying out something new... "buy now" buttons from Paypal.  It's only an experiment of sorts for now.  You can checkout right here from the blog using your Paypal funds or pay directly with a credit card. (No Paypal account needed!)  Let me know what you think and if you have any questions at all, please feel free to email me at sittingtree@frontier.com.







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