December 9: Farmer's Wife

We bought a farm this summer. I’m a life-long suburbanite, so this was a bit of shocking news to many. While we really were just looking to buy a bigger house, we somehow wound up with a quarter-section of land instead. We plan on building a house, once we recover from the sticker shock.
While I descended from German farmers, there is nothing remotely “country” about me. I can’t stand country music. I don’t like bugs, critters and dirt. I tried wearing cowboy boots back when I was a skinny minny, but was told I looked like Kermit the Frog in boots so that was the end of that.
My boys are over the moon! They’ve been pulling largemouth bass and catfish out of our ponds like crazy.
We now own a tractor, although it looks like something from Mr. Haney on Green Acres.
I have hay bales! I guess you could call round bales our “crop”.
And I even have a 117 year old barn.
The only critters we have are those that can feed themselves. Keith set up a wildlife camera and we have several deer, coyotes, raccoons, opossums, and even a beaver. He is obsessed with catching that pesky beaver who keeps chewing up his pond trees. So if you see my husband sporting a new beaver hat, you’ll know he was victorious. So far the score is Beaver 10, Keith 0.

Unlike Granny Clampett I don’t have a possum stew recipe to share with you. But I do have possum yarn!
possumNew Zealand is overrun by long hair possums with luxurious fur, unlike the ratlike critters we have here. They are not native to New Zealand, have no predator, and have taken over the country. The possum fiber industry is part of the effort to “remove” the possums and save the native wildlife.
It really is lovely and luxurious to work with. Warmer than wool, soft as cashmere, durable and pill resistant. Zealana made some great videos that are definitely worth watching:

Zealana’s most luxurious yarn, AIR is an extraordinary lace weight blend of brushtail possum, cashmere and mulberry silk.
Zealana has two pattern booklets filled with patterns for AIR.
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Today we’re giving away a skein of the luxurious AIR yarn, along with a free pattern to knit these light-as-air fingerless mitts.
To get your name in the hat to win a skein of AIR, simply comment with the color you’d like to win. You have until midnight tonight.
To get the free pattern, simply click here to download.


  • Heidi

    09.12.2017 at 00:46

    Looks like very lovely yarn. I would like to try it in Peacock.

  • Shawndalynn Wilkinson

    09.12.2017 at 03:03

    Oh that peacock look right up my ally.
    The farm looks great and that barn is amazing.
    Tell Keith that beaver dig out channels in ponds and if he leaves it alone your ponds are less likely to dry up.
    If he puts out a salt block it is also likely to leave his stuff alone and make the dear happy.

  • Carol Powers

    09.12.2017 at 07:40

    That bright air is a lovely pop of color!
    Congrats on the farm

  • Mary

    09.12.2017 at 07:45

    Cobalt blue. I can’t wait for the next installment of life on the farm.

  • Cari Deen

    09.12.2017 at 07:56

    The Tuscan red is very pretty. I m going to have to come maul this yarn. 😉

  • Cheryl

    09.12.2017 at 08:02

    Tuscan Red, please.

  • Anita Roesler

    09.12.2017 at 08:06

    Love the farm story. Mauve is a lovely color.

  • Ellen

    09.12.2017 at 08:28

    Love your pics and stories…fingerless mitts are my favorite thing to knit for my friends who appreciate my craft. Having said that, I think I’d treat myself to mitts knit with this.
    P.S. I loved the videos,

  • Jennifer Dodd

    09.12.2017 at 08:33

    Peacock is a lovely color. I can’t wait to feel it. And, I love your farm.

  • Patrizia

    09.12.2017 at 08:57

    Love your 117 year old barn! What a great place for a knitting retreat! Thanks for the videos and the chance to try Air. I would love it in Peacock!

  • Edwyna Honderich

    09.12.2017 at 09:02

    Beautiful yarn. I love Tuscan Red.

  • Stacey

    09.12.2017 at 09:09


  • Stephenia D

    09.12.2017 at 09:52

    Bright gold!

  • Jennifer Smallwood

    09.12.2017 at 10:01

    tuscan red

  • Renee

    09.12.2017 at 10:19

    I love the cobalt blue. I wNt to bring my rocking chair and stitch while watching the wildlife.

  • Sarah Bailey

    09.12.2017 at 10:21

    Congratulations on the farm! Maybe one day you can add sheep and grow your own yarn! I’d love the Tuscan Red if I win.

  • Melissa

    09.12.2017 at 10:55

    Those mitts in #15 Grey would be just the thing!

  • Jennifer Walker

    09.12.2017 at 10:55

    Tuscan Red is beautiful!! I love learning about all this yarn and seeing patterns! I’m gonna have to make a trip up there!

  • Patricia Riden

    09.12.2017 at 11:20

    Peacock. It looks beautiful.

  • Jenna

    09.12.2017 at 11:22

    Gold please. Surprisingly soft.

  • Pattye McAbee

    09.12.2017 at 11:27

    Cobalt blue or gray

  • Brandie Ferguson

    09.12.2017 at 11:47

    Love peacock

  • Eve

    09.12.2017 at 11:48

    Peacock or Red are very nice!

  • Carolyn Munholland

    09.12.2017 at 12:09

    Love watching your adventures. I love Tuscan Red

  • Beatrix

    09.12.2017 at 13:02

    Peacock. The barn looks amazing!

  • Tammy D

    09.12.2017 at 13:18

    The cobalt blue would look lovely with my eyes.

  • Jenny

    09.12.2017 at 13:21

    Please don’t make possum stew! Also, I like the mauve.

  • Beth Seeliger

    09.12.2017 at 14:48

    Peacock looks lovely.

  • Betty

    09.12.2017 at 15:49

    Snow is my choice.

  • Tammy Adamson

    09.12.2017 at 16:59

    Charcoal or Peacock. Lol

  • Debbie Henderson

    09.12.2017 at 17:07

    Who wouldn’t love a pair of Tuscan red mitts!

  • Sheri Blaylock

    09.12.2017 at 17:58

    Cobalt blue is lovely. I love the farm! You need sheep now!!!

  • Teresa

    09.12.2017 at 18:22

    Pink to make fingerless mitts!

  • Kathy Plummer

    09.12.2017 at 18:31

    I love the Peacock. I would probably knit a scarf or shawl with this yarn.

  • Stacy

    09.12.2017 at 20:30

    Cobalt blue looks lovely and fun!

  • Jillian Dunn

    09.12.2017 at 21:27

    Charcoal is amazing. I love the farm!

  • Machelle

    09.12.2017 at 21:30

    I think the mauve is lovely. Keely, you are such a great cook, if you made opossum stew I am sure it would be scrumptious!

  • Elise

    09.12.2017 at 21:32

    Exotic yarns always catch my eye! Mauve would be my choice. : )

  • Jaden

    09.12.2017 at 21:35

    Camel or Hot Pink would make a beautiful scarf.

    • knorthup

      10.12.2017 at 09:10

      Congratulations Jaden! You’re the winner. I have your prize aside for you. Please pick it up by January 31, or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Bryn Brown

    09.12.2017 at 21:36


  • Susan Phillips

    09.12.2017 at 21:36

    Crazy that homely possums could spin such beautiful yarn! Peacock would make a yummy hat or cowl!

  • Ana Johnson

    09.12.2017 at 22:16

    Gorgeous! Peacock ❤️

  • Linda W.

    09.12.2017 at 22:31

    With a herculean effort, I will bypass the Bright Gold I’m so fixated with right now. But that leaves me undecided between Hot Pink and Cobalt Blue. If I win, will you decide for me? That would be fun!
    How exciting to have a farm! I dream of having enough land to have fruit trees and a big garden. I’ll look forward to more farm stories so I can live my dream through you. 😀 (P.S. I can’t believe how much Mason has grown since I last saw him!)

  • Stephanie Miller

    09.12.2017 at 23:04

    Interesting yarn…. I like Tuscan Red

  • Pam Harris

    10.12.2017 at 14:20

    Wow! I didn’t know you’d bought a farm!!! I’m a city girl married to a country boy, so I’d be singing Green Acres right along with you!!