Monday, June 27, 2011

The end of June, already?

How did that happen? I've been busy trying to get things done lately and haven't had time to blog. I probably have 3 entries' worth of stuff so you'll have that to look forward to.

This year I joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) at That'll Do Farm [check out the farm blog -it's a good one]. One of my knitting buddies co-owns the farm with her step sister. Another friend of mine was in a different CSA the last couple of years, but it was kind of pricey and I was the only one who'd eat most of the stuff, so it didn't seem worth it. This year, though, I was able to get a half-share and support my favorite farmer to boot, so I jumped right in.

Friday was the first delivery:


We got fresh eggs, a zucchini, onions, garlic scapes, lettuce, dill, little carrot-shaped chocolates and goat cheese from a local dairy [for those of you in the Cleveland area, I highly recommend the chevre strawberry rhubarb ice cream at Mitchell's, which is made with cheese from the same dairy]. I came home and used my zuke and onions to make zucchini boats. They were delicious.

Saturday was knitting at the farm (there will be a blog post on the farm blog at some point). We got to see the new crias, feed clover to the goats and let Joey the llama blow in our ears before we settled in to knit. Ahh... farm life. :) And to make the day even better, I scored some free yarn:

Some superwash wool yarn I've never heard of, that appears to be discontinued anyway

Apparently I'm not the only one who jumps in with both feet for a new hobby. Only this person kept the stash for 15 years or so and then decided to give it up. This is only half of the yarn in that color. There was also a bunch in navy blue. I assume she planned to make an afghan with it. Someone else took some purple tweed yarn. Four of us went home with a sweater's worth of yarn, and that just what was leftover after a bunch was given to charity.

In other news, I've made two sets of fingerless mitts since the last post. First up, for my new co-worker, Lin, who's been supplying me with Chinese candies and teas:

Fetching, in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran

They're very soft, and I have enough yarn left to make a pair for me.

The second pair is for Lin's 16-year-old daughter, who had some pretty serious surgery last week and needed something bright.

Chunky Cabled Fingerless Mitts, in Bernat Softee Chunky, Tangerine Twists

They were quick, definitely bright and she likes them

Now for something completely different. I found these at the grocery store last week. This is what happens when you leave a bagel and a soft pretzel alone together. :)


I usually have a cat picture in my posts, but since I was at the farm this weekend you get this instead.

Funny Face, new alpaca mama