Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Farm Update

Summer is definitely bringing forth the beauty of the earth this year! Here are a few reprises of flowers that I showed you a little over a month ago.

There were also happy surprises that involved finding a PLETHORA of fruit trees on the property. At least 3 crab apple (nice size fruit), three regular apples that are yellow and red, and a mini plum tree that features very sour fruit. There is plenty of applesauce up in this tree! The pie I already made was delicious!

There are also several wild spots on the property that need addressing. Very pretty, but not very functional.

So we went to the Small Engine Warehouse to rent this tough guy: Billy Goat (Gruff)!

At times, we were hoping the Billy Goat would be tougher... That brush was super high after a rainy summer.

The Result:

And now why would we be clearing all this land? Someone has a new hobby desire: raising a few alpacas. As as fiber enthusiast, I could not be more thrilled with my husband's choice! Here are a few pictures of the Suri breed at an alpaca farm we visited last Saturday.

How can you resist something so CUTE!!!

Happy Knitting, alpaca style! (Hummmmmm!)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

State Fair 2010

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to visit the 2010 Indiana State Fair, where I entered several items for judging. I am pleased to report that the peacock shawl that I knit for my sister-in-law's wedding last September won a blue ribbon! She is a wonderful person to let me borrow this from her.

My sister-in-law makes the most exquisite quilted wall hangings from prize ribbons. If you have a lot of ribbons that you have won in competition and wish to have them made into a quilt, make sure to visit her website: She would be happy to take your order! It's going to take me a long time to amass enough for a showpiece like she makes!

The shawl amidst its competitors.

Here is a proper picture of the shawl over a wedding dress.

I also entered two antiques which won some ribbons, while some strawberry jam and a photo did not win anything. All in all, a Very successful year at the fair for me! Thanks to my good friend P.O. for inspiring me to enter some items.

Till next time, Happy Knitting! (Maybe I'll have something finished for a change!)