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Shelling beans is fun.I have a handful of bush beans plants that were hard to reach in my raised beds and they've gotten huge- I'll leave them to dry on the vine or use as shelly beans.

Wow you've been putting up a lot of veggies for the winter! I love your fat carrots. I got some from farmer's market the other day- best tasting carrots I've had in a long time.


You've been busy! But oh so nice to have all that food put up to enjoy all winter.

Love your gloves, are they really easier than they look? I always cop out and do fingerless mitts. lol


Just came across your blog, love your style of writing and the photographs are stunning. I'll definitely be dropping by now and again.


Yup, I thought they were quite easy. I used magic loop, though. I don't
think I'd enjoy having dpns with only 18 stitches or so on 3 needles. (On
the other hand, it's a lot of pulling on a long needle to get set up every 9

The first time I tried them was for some fingerless gloves, so each finger
was only an inch long. That was reallllly fast.


On Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 10:11 PM, wrote:


Why, thank you. I just left a comment on your blog.

Shoreham is a town 10 minutes from here in Vermont. (Not the original
Shoreham, to be sure.)


On Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 4:06 AM, wrote:


Wow, there is so much here I'm excited about! but I'll leave it at:
a/ GORGEOUS gloves
b/ Use tons of thrum in those mitts... I was stingy when I did my Fleece Artist ones and even when I added more later, they still aren't warm enough to wear in winter in Toronto if there's any breeze at all (though to be sure, there wasn't any angora in the mix)
c/ I love the Fox and Geese book too and have been too intimidated to try any of the patterns. Go you!

Becky in VT

I have a question? Why blanch and then cut the corn? I usually cut and then blanch. It's a bit trickier getting all the kernals in and out of the steamer, and it takes longer then boiling (I just use the time to continue cutting more off the cobs) But I figure the kernals take up less space and I'm heating less total mass.

I love knitting gloves - and yes fingers are much easier then they look!


Good question. I think either works. I feel like if I cut first and blanched
after, I'd lose some juices in the blanching water. You can't do as much per
batch, but I reuse the blanching water so once it's up to temp it's not a
lot of reheating.

Some people freeze the blanched corn right on the cob but we don't have
anywhere enough room to do that!

On Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 9:12 AM, wrote:

donna lee

I haven't made the leap to gloves. I have heard the fingers are not so hard but they look like a pita. My husband really wants some thrummed gloves (can you imagine?) since he saw my thrummed mittens.


It's good to hear from you. Putting by your own harvest will save you a bundle this year. Knowing there is food on the table helps a bunch. I'm envious of your beans. I have always wanted to grow my own kidney beans, but have such limited space. And, it's good to hear good news from you. Take care!!


We grew 3 kinds of dried beans this year. Easy gardening - plant, weed them a time or two early on, then just ignore them until fall. And bean soup will taste sooooo good this winter!
I knit glove fingers on dpns. I keep meaning to try Magic Loop, but haven't sprung for a long enough needle yet.


needed here


love all your beans and the corn and apple harvest. I guarantee you that those will all taste better than the dried ones in the store that are probably ten years old.
good job!!!
Love the hat and gloves.
sorry about the car.
good about the walking exercise.
living on a farm = constant challenge to make ends meet (unless of course you win the lottery, for which I will continue to hope for you!)


i don't understand why you think you are not living on a real farm. I think you do. It may not be huge, but at least you are working in the right direction. I love to read about everything that happens there. I live vicariously through your experiences. I wish my husband and I could have done this years ago. You combine two of my favorite things, anything yarn and nearly self sustainable living. My husband's grandfather just had his backyard garden all his life and hunted for the meats that they ate. He only paid for staples for the family. You do more than that with all your animals. I give you kudos for what you are able to do. You are an inspiration to me. Thanks for writing about your life. Lisa


Great post! I love the hat and the sleeping husband ain't bad, either! The veggies, apples, etc. look wonderful! You have been busy but I agree, a full freezer is a wonderful thing. I'm having trouble with Typepad, too. I'm not getting any email notification when people leave comments. Aggravating. Glad you got your car back. Your little incident sounds quite scary.


Sory about the animals but your produce sounds yummy!

Pom Pom

What a wonderful post! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with you this morning. It is snowing in Denver. I'm having my tea by candlelight, resting and pondering a bit before I start cleaning for our house guests. Your knitting is inspirational and your car story is hilarious (but I'm so glad you're okay!) Stay warm! I love fall, too. It's a continual delight to the senses. WHAT a blessing!


Thanks for sharing your gloves. They look beautiful. I know I own Handspun, Handknit, but finding it may be another story! I think my husband needs some gloves just like the ones you knit.

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