Going Going Gone

The rain turned to wind and snow sometime around ten last night.

Big white heavy flakes.

By morning it was going, going, gone.

And with it, the last of the leaves on the trees.

I'm so grateful we had such a nice long autumn this year.  We've been desperately trying to finish a list of projects before winter, {hence the radio silence around here} and have made a pretty good go at it.  Our top of the list items are to finish the siding, build a woodshed, maybe a small workshop and general clean up.  Mike broke two fingers last week, so the well will have to wait until Spring again. He can still do a lot with the injury, but pounding a well is out of the question.  If you'd like to see more of what we've been up to,  I've been posting almost daily on Instagram.
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Corn Husk Wreath

I came across this recently and Luke asked if we could make it.  Not wanting to spend any money, we made our own straw wreath base out of our hay and twine, then raided the neighbor's field for left over corn.  A little hot glue was all it took to secure the husks in place.  The boy who rarely lets me take his photo asked if I could take one of his wreath.  Be still my heart.  Now where to hang it?
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Autumn Leaves

A leaf obsession started a few weeks ago when I found these adorable felt leaf coasters.  I made about a dozen of them out of the merino felt I dyed last year.  {You can see them here on Instagram.} 

Then I got tired of all that hand stitching {because it takes me forever} and the leaf project was done. I'm keeping some for gifts and a few will end up in the shop.

In the meantime, our woods have become the most glorious shades of autumn.  Leaves to crunch under our feet and just the right amount of crisp in the air.  It's become our morning tradition.

Leaves.  I just can't get them out of my mind.  

Into my stash I went for the perfect color of yellow. This dandelion dyed wool was just right for an autumn leaf.  I started knitting until I came up with the same shape as the felt version and wrote up the pattern.  I adore these leaves. They're increadibly fast to knit up {seriously, it took me about fifteen minutes once I got in my groove} and just the right size for a cup of coffee.   And the twine stems... Aack! Luke also came up with the idea of a bunting for the window, instead of our yearly beeswax leaves.  I suggested he get his needles out and start knitting.  We'll see.  His knitting has been pretty sporadic lately.

If you'd like to make your own set of Autumn Leaves, you can find the pattern Etsy,  Ravelry or buy now through the button below.  If you're on Instagram, you can use #knitautumnleaves to share your leaf obsession!

Autumn Leaves

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10 Things on a Thursday

1.  Our well is coming along.  Pounding it by hand is awful and we've been avoiding it at all costs. Except when the old guy up the road comes over and asks if we need help pounding the well.  It's his polite way of saying we should get this s#*t done.  Oh, and it looks like we're going fourty feet, not twenty five.  Also, my dad keeps calling to ask if we have water yet.  

2.  Last window installed.

3.  A pair of sandhill cranes have been hanging out in our field every morning.

4.  Made an apple pie as an excuse to go visit the old guy and his wife up the road.

5.  We found Chanterelles on the forest floor.  They turned into the most delicious mushroom risotto.

6.  I need more yarn.  No, seriously.

7.  This week, I really miss a tub.

8.  Mike and I celebrated our fourteenth wedding anniversary.  I met him when I was fourteen. We've been together more than half my life.  It's crazy good.

9.  We had our first frost on Tuesday.  All my basil in the herb spiral died, because I forgot to cut it.  Sigh.

10.  The wood pile is growing by leaps and bounds.  And that's good, becasue it's October!

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