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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This week we made it back up to the land for Luke-a-palooza.  We do birthday weekends in our family, and for Luke's seventh birthday he chose to invite all his cousins (and family) to camp on our land.  There was swimming in the river, bonfires, fireworks at the town festival, cake and more food than one could imagine possible.  We ended up with sixteen happy campers; a bit of crazy, but a lot of fun! 

Needless to say that we didn't get any work accomplished on our trip up this time.  However, we did have a few young trees that broke in a recent storm.  They were blocking the trails, so we cut them up to use for fire wood.  Fortunately, we didn't lose any of the older trees and I'm really glad we weren't sleeping in the camper when it happened.  

I also got around to photographing the finished shawl.  I'm just in love with the classic modern lines and a hint of femininity around the edge.  It's going to look fantastic with jeans and a t-shirt once the weather turns cool again.  

I hope to have the pattern and yarn available by next week some time.  

What have you been up to this week?


  1. I'm also joining in with Ginny for her weekly Yarn Along!

  2. You are right, the shawl is going to look great with jeans and t-shirt. It's a great color combination.

  3. the shawl is lovely. you know, i need to make a shawl. i keep thinking about it, and then just never get around to it.

  4. Happy Birthday to Luke! And the shawl, of course, is beautiful :) Lots of knitting and designing around these parts, lots of work but lots of love!

  5. i love, love the shawl and happy birthday to Luke!

  6. love the colors in the shawl, so elegant and soft!! Happy birthday to your son :)

  7. Happy, happy day, Luke.
    Really like your shawl, colors, and edging are special.
    Guess I need to put it on my 'shawl-aholic' list

  8. Hi, first I have to introduce myself! I just started reading your blog and I love it. I really enjoy a new message in my e-mail box! Altough I'm far from homesteading and living off the grid, I try to do steps in that direction. I also love to spin, plantdye and knit or crochet. (by the way, love your sjawl and the pictures of them)
    I live in a rural area in the Netherlands near the windmills. This week I joined an startup artistcollective in Amsterdam. They want to start an amazing project in a sustainable way. Your campingparty must have been a weekend to remember for all your cousins and family! bye! with love Marijke

  9. Beautiful colors. And what glee on your son's face! Happy Birthday.