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!
New 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.
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.