The first frost has come. Luckily we got a good supply of apples and green tomatoes in. Potatoes, onions, carrots and beets are all harvested and ready to go. The winter squash is in and the butchering of our meat chickens is underway little by little (far from my favorite job). For the most part harvesting has slowed way down. With the exception of kale and collards that don’t mind a frost pretty much everything going into our CSA has already been harvested and ready to go. In just 2.5 weeks we will be done with that portion of our year.
Soon we will have to put the fields to rest, clean and put away the harvesting tools and settle the animals in for the winter. But for now there is a little breather. For me it is an excellent opportunity to get caught up on some projects I have been wanting to work on for about 9 months now.
Pillows!!! normally I would say that there is an excess of pillows in normal decorating, but as we turn our house into a home I am discovering the beauty of homemade pillows. And this weekend I made 4! I finished the quilted one from the previous post and finally put together some of the panels I had purchased awhile ago for the children. So these pillows don’t all go in our room but you get the point. The children love having their own decorative pillows.
I love giving and getting homemade gifts. So I have started Christmas preparataions early. The problem is with children especially young children if they don’t actually see you working on a project for them they don’t know you made it. So no surprises at Christmas. Each of these pillows was supposed to be a Christmas present but since I don’t have much time to sew when they are asleep or doing something else they were present for construction. But they loved seeing it come together.
Another project I have been wanting to do was mittens for everyone. With the current issue of Taproot Magazine there is a pattern for family mittens. Here is the first off my needles for Mavis. I plan on crocheting a string to attach them and hopefully cut down on missing mittens. This was supposed to be a Christmas present but you know. Mavis took so much joy in watching the mittens come together and trying them on that I thought, oh well I’ll figure something else out for Christmas.