Yesterday was the last day of the Saturday Amherst Farmer's Market. It was cold and raw but great fun seeing our customers for the last time outside this year. We were very lucky to be included in this market for the 35 Saturdays it ran in 2011. Besides selling lots of our farm-raised lamb, we met so many new friends in the vendors including Julie and Deanna from Bread Euphoria in Haydenville (do you know about chocolate bouchons - Julia's favorite), Ann from Crystal Brook Farm (yummy goat cheese), Jeanette Fellows from Chase Hill Farm (fabulous organic cheese and veal), Roxanne and Maureen from Austin Brothers Farm (beef and pork and a corn maze!) and many more. Everyone needs a break and the winters here in New England are when farmers typically re-charge their batteries...... unless you are a sheep farmer and you lamb in the winter months of January, February and March like we do. Olympia, our paper mache mascot needs a bit of repair..... her ears have really had a hard time surviving the rides in the back of the truck.
Here's my little family staying warm in their Quarters Caps made by moi. This pattern is such a fun quick knit and is available on my webpage for PDF Download or on Ravelry. My Farmer is really picky about his hats. He doesn't like them too tight and this design is great because the garter stitch stretches really nice. It's a great choice for those of you just beginning your knitting career. $4.50 and sized for babies to adults and made with my (sadly discontinued but still available at Webs) Julia worsted weight yarn.
Here's Sneak Peek #2 of my new Sunflowers and Zinnias To Knit and Felt Pattern which is launching Friday, Novemer 25th. I couldn't stop knitting these things. And using them on all kinds of accessories including this new Harris Tweed bag I sewed last week.
And a detail shot.....
Have you seen what this French knitter/blogger is doing? She makes statements about politics by knitting up little figures depicting political figureheads and cleverly photographing them in miniature scenes. She began with the hotel scandal back in May and keeps going. You can read more about it here. Craft Political Activism for sure. You never know where knitting will go next, do you?