Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Chase's Eggcellent Adventures

Have you met my youngest? If you have, you know he has more energy than most and has a personality about as big as anyone that I know. He's a character. He makes us crazy and also makes us laugh. If you spend a day with him, you will have stories to tell by the end. Always up for an adventure, lots of bug hunting, questions, questions, more questions, "you know something?" telling you things, farm chores, odd outfits, crazy curls, lots of eating, silly faces and more...

We have 8 chickens. They are 8 weeks old. While all of my boys have taken interest in the girls, it's really Chase that is hands-on and obsessed. He has zero fear of them, hunts bugs for them, "helps" with every chore to care for them and genuinely loves these girls.

A friend of mine has started referring to him as Chase and Miss Claire's Eggcellent Adventures.
I see a children's book in the works :)

Here are a few pics from last night. This kid will keep you laughing for sure.

In his underwear, with a worm in his hand, in the CAR. Yup. This is how he roles when it's time to pick up his big brothers from the bus stop.

Miss Claire and Chase

A little chicken guitar to end the evening.

That's my boy.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

iPhone Pics

Too many pictures on my phone. Yikes. Snapshots from the past few days....

Blueclaws game with the baseball teams and cousins. So much fun!!!
Here are Andee's boys and my crazy Chase.

Chase and his ninja moves

This boy is a farmer through and through. He's happiest doing farm chores and "helping"

Dalton giving my dad a hand with cleaning out the hay bins over the weekend.

BEST COFFEE ever.'s excellent. It's going to be huge. And Coco wanted a taste. Silly girl.

Babies!!!!! Padouk making his debut this weekend (baby with the white face).
He has awesome markings. Love him!

Knitting on my lap, boys playing in the yard. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

This is one of my growing girls. Sookie St. James, 8 week old Buff Orpington

I think she approves of my knitting. Or wants to eat the yarn...

Beautiful, wild and crazy Grant. The littlest of the grandsons but one of the biggest personalities!

Ok...ready for this?!!! Seashore Sharon made me a super duper awesome double pointed needle case!
I am making the Rose City Roller Socks for the class I'll be teaching this summer.
When you are putting your work away, you can tuck your needles into this little fabric case, snap it closed and nothing falls apart! Genius! Thank you Sharon!


I knitted this blanket for Grant when he was born and Liz had it displayed so nicely on her couch the other day. It's the Shale Baby Blanket by Brooklyn Tweed. 

Hope you're having a nice week. Summer vacation starts tomorrow for our kids.
Ready to hit the beach with them!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

One for the Road

Below: Jatoba and the newest baby, "Roady"

We have a new baby on the farm.
His name is "One for the Road" or Roady for short.
His mom is Jatoba and she is a first time mom. Her labor was showing signs of distress and something wrong and unfortunately our vet is not close by. In order for her to have the very best care and outcome, my mom and dad put her in the trailer and drove her up to a friend's farm where a vet would meet them. was ok and thankfully everything was perfect.
Little boy was born as they pulled in the driveway and all was well.
Jatoba acted like all of this was totally normal and baby was happy and nursing right away.
Always an adventure here at the farm!!!!

Have a wonderful rest of the week.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Yarn Along- Summer Knitting

My clockwork shawl is growing!! I'm on the second part and it's now too hard to spread out on my needles to take a good picture. That means I'm almost at the end! I am knitting this shawl using sock yarn I bought at Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival from Marigold Jen. 
Fun and bouncy, happy colors and a joy to knit!
This is my project for the Arrow Acres Summer KAL 2015.
 Have you casted on yet? It runs through August 31st. Prizes are rolling in!!!

Ravelry Notes: Clockwork Shawl

Half way through the book, Shotgun Lovesongs. Loving it. I can picture it as a movie. I said it here in a few years when it's released you'll say, hey I remember that alpaca girl saying that it would be a good movie! Just sayin....

My summer knitting class schedule is out! People are signing up like crazy so reserve now for your spot. My lessons will be on Mondays throughout the summer.
Info can be found by clicking here.

Joining in with Ginny for the Yarn Along.
Hop on over there for lots of inspiration and beautiful knitting.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Summer Class Schedule

This summer classes will be held on Mondays at our farm.
All knitting classes are taught by myself (Leanne). If you are interested in crochet lessons, please contact Liz at 732-861-1384 to set up lessons.

If you would like to register for a class, please email me at
or call me at 732-500-6765
Payment is due at time of registration.
Checks can be made out to Leanne Coppola and mailed to:
2011 Bentz Road
Wall, NJ 07719

Supply lists will be provided at time of registration.

Fair Isle: $60 • Includes 2 (2hr) lessons. You will learn the technique of color stranded work known as Fair Isle as well as color theory and how to make the best use of your yarn choices.
Class Dates: July 6th & 13th 1:00-3:00

Intermediate Headband Class: $45 • Includes 1 (3hr) lesson
In this class you will learn how to follow a pattern, decrease and increase, simple lace work using yarn overs, how to make a button hole and the best way to attach a button to your hand knits.
Class Date: July 20th 3:00-6:00

Beginner Lessons: $65 • Includes 2 (2hr) lessons, one skein of yarn and one set of needles, written instructions. This is for the person with little to no experience. You will learn all the basics of knitting and purling, casting on and binding off. 
Class Dates: July 27th & August 3rd 5:00pm-7:00pm

Socks!!!! $60 • Includes 2 (2hr) lessons
You will learn the basics of sock making. You will make the Rose City Roller Sock.
It is a low cut sock, perfect for summer and the perfect way to learn how to turn a heel, make the instep gusset and shape the toe.
Class Dates: July 27 & Aug 3 3:00-5:00

Outlander Cowl • $60 • Includes 2 (2hr) lessons
You are required to purchase the pattern for this lesson. You can either purchase at the farm for $5 or on Ravelry. Click here to purchase pattern. This is a beautiful cowl that my sister Andee designed. It is a great pattern for the intermediate knitter. You will learn how to read a pattern, knit in the round and basic lace work.
Class Dates: August 10th & 24th 1:00-3:00

Knit a Hat in the Round • $60 • Includes 2 (2hr) lessons
You will learn how to knit a hat in the round using circular needles. Learn how to follow a pattern, decrease and finish your hat.
Class dates: Aug 10 & 24 4-6

If the dates that are scheduled do not work for you, please contact me and I will try to work it out so we can fit you in. 

Happy Knitting!- Leanne

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Yarn Along - Summer KAL Clockwork Shawl

Happy Yarn Along Day

As part of the Arrow Acres Farm Summer KAL, I am making the Clockwork shawl by Stephen West.
Fun, quick, light, colorful...summer! Join us for the summer knit-along and you can win some prizes!
Find us on our Ravelry group page.

I am knitting with some sock yarn that I bought at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival this year.
It's silk and merino and a tiny bit of nylon. Hopefully it won't be too hot and I can wear it on summer nights with a tank and shorts or jeans.

I am reading Shotgun Lovesongs right now. It's told from the point of views from all the characters. All grew up in the midwest on farms. Now they are adults and all leading different lives but still connected. So far it's great! 

Joining in with Ginny at Small Things for the weekly Yarn Along