Batch Cooking To Save Time

Batch cooking chili

People sometimes ask me how I do it all: run the farm and a business and have a life. One of the ways I managed to save time is by batch cooking. Often times Sundays are filled up with cooking and laundry, though I always seem to find time to relax and knit on Sunday …

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Using Stitch Markers in Knitting

Using Stitch Markers

Stitch markers are a valuable tool for knitting, and your use of them will vary depending on your personality, knitting ability, and how hard you like to concentrate. I use them a lot because I want my knitting to be as relaxing and easy as possible. There are 2 basic types of stitch markers: ones …

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Reading Knitting Charts

I love knitting from charts! A Knitting chart takes up much less space than written directions and it is a visual representation of what the pattern looks like. In this article, I’ll cover the basics of reading standard knitting charts. Color work techniques such as fair isle, intarsia, and double knitting are usually done in …

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Calculating Gauge in Knitting

How to Knit a Swatch & Calculate Gauge Swatching and measuring your gauge is ESSENTIAL to make sure your garment fits! Swatching is also a great way to test yarns to make sure they will produce a fabric suitable for the garment, and to practice pattern stitches used in thet pattern. Make a swatch that …

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Why Knit Socks?

Why Knit Socks?

I used to wonder why people were so enthused about knitting socks. Socks? Why would you spend all that time to knit socks when you can buy them at Walmart for a couple bucks? I don’t wonder that anymore. And my feet have thanked me for it! I’ve been thinking about this because our next …

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Goat Combing Days

Did you know that the luxurious fiber used to make cashmere sweaters comes from goats? It does! Being a knitter and crocheter, I was terribly excited when I learned that cashmere comes from goats. You see, I was researching what kind of animals I wanted to raise on the farm we were starting. That was …

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Bees Again!

After two futile attempts at beekeeping we are trying again.  The first two times we bought our bees in a 3 lb. package from an apiary in Georgia through our local bee club.  I’m not saying that there was anything wrong with the bees; it was more likely my inexperience that caused our problems. This …

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Listening, Learning, and Creating a Community

     We’ve spent a lot of time lately at the farm brainstorming about how we can better serve our fellow crafters. In years past we have participated in the East TN Yarn Crawl, taught beginner knit and crochet classes, as well as knit-alongs. We also host a twice weekly Stitch n’ Spin. We consider …

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