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I live on a farm ... — Life

Summer time and the living is easy

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That line from the old song is very appropriate for the summer we have been having on our old farm in Upstate New York. The weather has been amazing, the flower gardens have been resplendent, and the farms seem to be thriving. Of course there is always much work to be done, both inside and out, but even with the normal day-to-day chores of living that must be attended to and the inevitable difficulties and problems life poses on a daily basis, we have managed to enjoy the past couple of months as if we were partially on vacation and...

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Should I be having this much fun with yarn?

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Today it is close to 80 degrees with hazy blue skies and gusty winds; tomorrow it will go below freezing and we will have snow. This should be interesting. It is amazing to see how quickly things start growing with the least provocation ... show them one warmish day, sprinkle on a bit of rain and lovely green sprouts start peeking out all over the lawn. They are not likely to be discouraged by tomorrow's snowfall, spring is here to stay. This weekend I cast off my new lace shawl and wet blocked it. Now I am adding a bit...

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Howling wind, flying fingers

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This is one of those spring transition days, bringing with it the inevitable blustery winds Winnie The Pooh made famous. For the first time in more than six months it is 70 degrees outside ... ah, the pleasures of 72 degree air. Not that I was unhappy with our winter; no, far from that, The winter we are finally emerging from was my favorite winter of my life, as far as the weather goes. It was horribly cold, but I was able to spend much of the time snug at home knitting, baking, studying, reflecting, enjoying family, organizing my studio,...

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We are makers of things

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Hello. I have been away ... at home.  Enjoying life, working out of doors on flowers and vegetables; working in doors on many new things including books (writing, as well as making actual physical books), making pendant necklaces using prints from my photography and paintings, clearing out and rearranging various rooms in our home in search of a new studio space to create for my creative endeavors, cooking, baking,  organizing and participating in our annual Art Trail Festival, resting, reading, studying, ... living. I received an email a while back from Martha Stewart with this as the subject line, "Are you a...

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And, we're off ... at Live From The Oak

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Before launching into the main subject of today’s blog, I wanted to fill my knitting readers in on where I am at with my hand knit wrap / throw (official title still undetermined, but I’ve listed it on Ravelry in my projects as “firefly wrap“). I finished knitting the main body of the piece a couple of weeks back and since have been working on the border. Initially I was going to knit the border in white, but I didn’t like the contrast so I started it over again ... Read the rest of this blog post over at my...

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