Thursday, March 7, 2019

On My Needles and New Yarn!

My needles have been busy! I casted on my Rhinebeck 2019 sweater. I have always wanted to knit an all-over colorwork sweater. So why not this year?! This is the Wiolakaftan sweater. I am knitting this is a combination of Navia and Cascade 220 yarn that I purchased from my friend Paige's shop, Frame & Fiber in Pt. Pleasant, NJ.



I am also working on this baby sweater for a co-worker's grandson.
I have made this once before. It's an easy knit but I remember having trouble with the zipper last time. Hopefully it will be easier this time! 



There is LOTS of new beautiful yarn in the shop! We have new Cascade alpaca, Cascade Lana D'Oro (50% alpaca, 50% wool). All new spring colors. I'm thinking a Birkin by Caitlin Hunter would be perfect in these colors.
Fluffy approves!!!







If you are interested in purchasing the yarn, you can visit the shop on Saturdays 11-4. Details are on our website, arrowacresfarm.com. You also contact Liz anytime and she can send you some!

We still have some farm yarn in stock. And Liz is going to be busy dyeing up more yarn in the next month. She lists them on etsy too. I'll let you know when she updates the shop.

Hope you're all doing well and making wonderful things!

-Leanne

Friday, March 1, 2019

Speckle and Pop Shawl FO






I started this shawl on Christmas morning. Using yarn from my stash, some gifted to me, some purchased from favorite yarn dyers and one from the NJ Sheep & Wool Festival. When I started it I had the intention of learning at least one technique as part of our "New to You" MAL. Little did I know that i would do many new things. I had never started a project with an icord cast on. What a clever way to start! This knit was challenging and kept my attention. I have to admit that towards the end I was ready to be done. I'm glad it stuck with it and I have already worn it a few times. I plan on wearing this to Maryland Sheep & Wool in May. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Inspiration

Hi all! Wow....now that we have the podcast I'm REALLY bad at keeping up the blog! I guess that makes sense. I get a chance to talk about and show you what I've been working on and doing.

I've been busy knitting and I have two baby sweaters that I have to make for people. So my "to-do list" is full! But I'm always looking for inspiration and adding to my forever list of "what I want to knit".

So I thought it would be fun to do one of my inspirational posts.

Here goes....


















Just a few things I've been eyeing up and hoping to make someday.

Hope you have all been busy crafting and making!


Friday, December 28, 2018

New to YOU Make-a-long!!!

Hello friends!!

I am SOOOOO EXCITED to announce this epic make-a-long that I am hosting to celebrate the New Year! 



I had the idea to create a make-a-long that would inspire you to do something new. A new craft, a new technique, a new pattern that you've been wanting to try, something that would get you out of your comfort zone. I think it's so important to learn new things as we get older. When I began knitting I always chose a project that would introduce me to a new technique. I wanted to learn something every time I made something new. After 10 years of knitting, I find myself NOT doing this! I have found a comfort level and have avoided some projects that have a technique that I am not familiar with and I wanted to change that.

I also love to bring people together. The maker community is so strong and supportive so why not include all of you and some of my favorite podcasters and makers??? I reached out to a few of my maker friends and we are so excited to host this make-a-long. 

Hosts and links to their spaces on the web:
Just One N Podcast (Liz Zimmerman)
Earthtones Girl (Denise)



Here are the details:

Try something new! This includes all fiber related crafts:
knitting, crochet, weaving, embroidery, yarn dyeing, spinning, rug hooking, punch needle, felting, sewing, etc. The possibilities are endless! 

Start date: January 1, 2019
End date: Valentine's Day 2019
(Projects do not need to be complete to be eligible for prizes.
The point is to try something new!)

How to enter:
Use the #newtoyoumal on instagram
or
Post in the Arrow Acres Farm Ravelry page thread

Prizes:
We will award one random grand prize with donations from all the hosts (how great is that prize going to be??!!!)
Each podcaster will also send a prize to their favorite entry.

What will you try? Let us know and have fun!!

Happy 2019 to all!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Merry Christmas













Today is the day after Christmas. I'm at work today and as hard as it is to leave the house when all the kids are home on school break, I am thankful to have a career that I am proud of and a place to work that is amazing. I love what I do, my coworkers have become some of my closest friends and the company I work for does so much good for so many people. So overall, yes....I would much rather be home with my family right now, knitting, still in pjs and watching movies but if I have to be at work, at least it's a great place to be!

Our Christmas was very nice. We had a much needed lazy day yesterday full of presents, games, good food, cooking, knitting, napping (YES!! I took a nap!!), laughing and movies. The five of us stayed home all day. Never got out of our pjs. It was wonderful. I started knitting a new project and I was able to knit for a few hours straight! It was glorious!!!

Christmas Eve is our night with relatives. For as long as I can remember we all go to church at 5:00 then back to my parent's house for a delicious dinner. We follow the dinner up with presents for all! So many nice gifts were exchanged. We had a secret cousin swap this year. This was new to us and it was so much fun. Each boy got a secret cousin and they had to think about what to buy. The exchange was fun and i'm sure we'll keep this tradition going for years!

This time of year always makes me sentimental. Honestly, I'm always sentimental but this year really brings it out in me. But this holiday felt a little harder for me personally. This past year we lost a lot of people in our family as well friends and friend's family members. 

I couldn't stop thinking about my friend Christina's family. I don't know how they are able to go on every day without Christina and Tyler. So young, so beautiful, so happy and in love and to be taken away in such a violent senseless way still and will forever haunt me. They were on my mind all day.

I also thought about my Aunt Connie. She and Mommom must have loved watching from above as Michael lead us in song on Christmas Eve.

Mr and Mrs Koffler, our neighbors who lived long good lives and passed away within 6 weeks of each other. They would be so happy to know that the couple who bought their house are always working on it, making it look nice just as they did.

My cousin's husband, Pat. His presence will be missed at New Years! He always called Liz the Chili sister. I hope he joins us in spirit this year as we bring in the New Year at his house.

My aunt's husband, John. She mentioned to me that she didn't have it in her to put up a tree this year. I hope the joy and excitement on all her grandkids faces this Christmas took away some of the hurt.

And my friend John's mom, Amy's mother-in-law and Grandma Gracie to Jack and Matt. She just passed away last week after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. These two people are my dear friends that I can't imagine life without. They feel like my family and it breaks my heart to know what they are going through right now. They had lots of tears these past few days.

My heart goes out to those that are missing people at the holidays and especially for those going through all the "firsts" without them. I am beyond thankful for my people...my husband, my three healthy boys, my mom and dad, my sisters and brother-in-laws, my crazy nephews, my grandparents, my inlaws, my dog, my chickens, the herd of alpacas that give my parents so much joy, a job I love, and a hobby that brings me close to so many people like you that are reading this. 

Sorry if that was a bummer at the end!!! But my heart was all over the place this holiday and I needed to write it down somewhere! 

I hope you all have a happy New Year!




Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Yarn Along

Hi fiber friends!

Only have a few minutes, but thought I would share two quick little projects I recently knitted up. They are both from the Mason Dixon Knitting Field Guide No.8: Merry Making. I picked the book up in Rhinebeck and had it signed by the lovely Mason Dixon ladies. I love the size of the book, the patterns are all great and I highly recommend it to everyone!


First up is the Slip-Stitch Cap. I held Cascade alpaca worsted double to make a chunky hat. I love it! Pattern is very easy to memorize after the first repeat. 



And this is the Appleseed Coaster. Fun knit. Just a heads up...if you have the book, Row 5 has a mistake but the corrected notes can be found on the ravelry page.
I used some Peace Fleece that I had in my stash.



I'm working on a secret Christmas project and I also have a few baby orders I have to do. That should lead me right into Christmas. Ahhh!!! It's TOO CLOSE!!!!!!

Happy knitting!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving



Wishing all our USA friends a very Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you have a wonderful time doing what you do. I'll be watching the parade on tv, possibly braving the cold to watch the rival football game and enjoying some food. Hopefully there will be some time to knit :) 

I hope you have something or someone to be thankful for this year.
I am thankful for my family, having a job I love and a house to live in.
This time of year overwhelms me and I spend more time wishing it was over than I care to admit. Holidays were so much easier as a kid!!! So I'm going to try to enjoy it a little more this year. 

The farm will be OPEN Friday-Sunday this weekend.
Come on by and say hi!