Paths

On a recent morning while walking to let the sheep out to graze, I felt charmed by the path they’d made. When I was young our dairy farm was covered with cow paths.  One of my favorite past times was to follow those trails through the pastures and woods on the back of my horse.  I loved that the cows had their own route to travel around the farm. I always appreciated that they’d made my life a whole lot easier ...

Exploring Wild Mushroom Dyes of the Northeast with Allisa Allen

Over the years I’ve become fascinated with naturally dyed yarns. I find myself whizzing past yarns dyed with chemicals at fiber fests and making a bee line to the sellers who offer plant dyed yarns. The obvious reason of being gentle to our planet aside, I’ve found I simply look better in garments dyed naturally. I’m drawn to the subtle shades and slight variation and want to learn to create that with my own yarns. When my research brought me ...

Bennett

Our beautiful BFL ram Bennett is for sale. Please see our craigslist ad for details. Thanks!  

Wishing fall would arrive….pronto!

because I have a poncho to wear. I finished the Easy Fold Poncho in May, just in time to be a gift to myself for Mother’s day. The pattern is simple and perfect, just the right thing for when you need an uncomplicated knit….or perfect for a beginner. The yarn, what can I say about the yarn, it’s perfection. This BFL/Romney blend is one of my all time favorites and natural gray is my color. I’m dying for the weather ...

A fresh start

I’ve found blogging to be no fun at all when there’s tons of spam to weed through. It’s all gone now and I’ve gotten, what I hope to be good advice, on keeping it manageable. I’m truly sorry if the process deleted any comments that were not spam but it had to be done to save my sanity. There’s tons of news and new yarn to tell you about. We’re just finishing up a lovely end of summer vacation so ...

Poncho progress

Just a quick update, lambing season is over and the poncho is almost done! We have 14 beautiful new lambs-more on that soon, and this poncho has saved my life. It’s easy and mindless (always a big stress buster) and has given me something to do while waiting for lambs. I’ll be honest though, I probably wouldn’t have finished if it wasn’t for my friend Stephanie. The day I started swatching for the poncho she came over to hang out ...

Heritage Festival!

To celebrate our family farm’s 225th anniversary we’re having a Heritage Festival at Hopkins Vineyard. Follow the link for details. Hope to see you there! http://www.hopkinsvineyard.com/events.html

Beautiful Bluefaced Leicesters!

The Sachem Farm has a long history of raising livestock as well as crops. There is some mention in family papers of sheep being here, but sadly no pictures. I’d be very interested to know what sheep breeds our ancestors raised, likely it would have been a meat or dual purpose breed. I doubt it was the beautiful BFL. When deciding what breed of sheep we wanted to raise, my husband Jason and I attended sheep shows and fiber events up ...

A WWOOFer’s Farewell

One of my dear friends and fellow WWOOFers once remarked in his blog that farming is a job that is never done. I’m sure that all farmers, as well as those who have briefly dabbled in farming (i.e. me), would agree. It seems ridiculous that I should reflect upon four weeks of farming and try to come to some sort of conclusion about this short-lived occupation. I don’t think it can be done. The most I can say is that ...

Lambs!

As we wrap up lambing season this year I thought I’d share some pictures of our adorable lambs with you. They’re growing in front of our eyes and won’t look this small for long. I love the lambs at this age, they do lots of napping in the sun and they stay very close to their mothers throughout the day.  When checking the pasture it’s very easy for me to do a head count, all I have to do is ...