Monday, November 28, 2016

Just a Little Photo to Make Ya Smile.....

This is Spice aka Spicy, our Golden Comet! My oldest son Sebastian likes adding clip art to pictures sometimes and this is one of his entitled, "Bookish Spicy"! I just thought it might make ya smile...I know it did me!:)

Saturday, November 19, 2016

All Grown Up!

Howdy, everyone! Its Sebastian again! It has really been a while, and that is why I am writing today's post! To show you all what has become of our baby chicks! They are now 6 months old! Also in today's post, the chicks hatched by our Silkie, Lin. Lin's chicks are now 7 months old and SO big! And guess what? The "Ameracauna's" are not Ameracauna's!!! They're Easter Eggers!!!!! Opal, Gardenia, and Zinnia are all grown up and some of the sweetest hens we have EVER had....they will literally come over to visit and sit in your lap! The Buff Orpingtons are big, beautiful pullets now, and they are very good girls that will follow you around the yard! The Jersey Giants are ENORMOUS! Small beginnings DEFINITELY mean larger, sometimes GIANT chickens!  P.S. We are pretty sure that Opal is part Blue Wheaten Ameracauna which are SUPER rare! She has the most beautiful feathers!:) As always, here are some pics!

Opal is first! STILL FLUUUUFFFYYYYYY!!!!!!!!

Here is....BIRCH?!?!?!?! Waaaaaaay too big to fit under Mama's wing.
Though, we no longer call him Birch. Now, his name is Chubster!(And for good reason!Hes twice as big and as heavy as his forerunner!) Speaking of Mama, Lin is in the left side of this picture! She's almost microscopic compared to Chubster. That should give you an idea of how BIG he REALLY is!

Here is a familiar face! Juniper! Sometimes, because of her angry facade and fluffy eyebrows, we lovingly refer to her as "Junipa Le Mean Chicken!"

Willow!!! You're DEFINITELY not a girl!
Yes, tragically, Willow was never female.
Besides that, we renamed him "YoYo" (My Mom calls him double yarn over a lot...a little knitting humor there)......It fits him a lot better!

Maple! Another one of Lin's chicks!
I personally call her Momo.

Gardenia being snuggly....still!!

Delphi isn't tiny anymore!
She's only 6 1/2 months old and she already weighs 7 pounds!
That's enormous, by the way, for a chicken under a year old!!

She may look like Whiskers here, but she's way bigger!!

Me and Secret Agent Ginger(Who also looks kind of mean!)

Here is sweet BIG Zinnia! Still being absolutely ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!

YYYAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!! It's Saffron!!!
Saffron was the runt of the litter, but she has grown so big that you can't even tell!

Thinking that he will protect him, Sasafrass
hides behind  YoYo. Coincidently, they're twins! Like YoYo, Frass is a

At the end of the babies, we have Matilda, Delphi's sister.
Matilda is kind of smaller than her sibling.

To conclude today's post, an oldie but goodie, Speckles!
I've gotta go, now. Today's Saturday, and I'm reveling in the fact that 
there's no homeschool today, so I have to be with my girls.

This is Sebastian Counts,
signing off for today! Until next time.....

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

And Autumn Came: New Shawl Release

Howdy Everyone! It has been very busy and crazy the last few weeks...homeschooling started back and a number of other things. I have been working on this shawl pattern for the last few months...on and off...changing the yarn weight, yarn colors and back again and languishing over what I wanted to really accomplish with it. For some reason, I completely overthought this pattern instead of just going with the simplicity of what I originally conceived for the shawl in the first place. I did eventually get there and went with the original idea but BOY did I take the roundabout way this time. I LOVE fall! It is my absolute favorite FAVORITE season of any....the leaves changing, the crisp air, pumpkin soup, squash soup, ANY soup, apples, warm woolies, a cup of hot apple cider, the smell of acorn caps baking in the oven....yes, you read that right...for the bead shop last year, I went and gathered acorn caps and you have to wash them and bake them to dry them out on low heat....they smell SOOOO good when they are drying in the oven. They literally encompass the smell of fall. I highly recommend it if you love fall because even though I used the caps for beads and caps for my wool acorn beads/charms, you can always decorate with them and put them in a clear cylindrical jar! So since I love fall so very much....that is how the concept of this shawl began. It is a crescent shawl that features a stockinette background, a leaf lace stitch, a wheat lace stitch and finally bound off with a picot border. It is rather snuggly since it is knit in madelinetosh tosh chunky but could easily be knit in Malabrigo Rios or madelinetosh tosh vintage. I just recommend going down a needle size if you use those. The tosh chunky isn't a true bulky weight and feels just a bit thicker than a worsted like Malabrigo Rios but not as thick as a true Aran weight like Malabrigo Twist. If you are going to use a true bulky yarn then be aware that the yardage might be more.

September 10 
September tenth….the year starts home. 
morning broke clear today 
no fog….no rain 
only a clear cold september morning.
It’s autumn all right 
you can feel it 
with the taste of summer still in my mouth 
my lungs breathe autumn.
the year goes back from where it came 
like a battered kite being brought in 
like a watch spring unwinding 
like children to houses 
when darkness comes.
now night hovers 
and madrigals begin again. 
-Rod McKuen, And Autumn Came

The poem is by Rod McKuen. He is a poet that my mother used to quote when I was younger. I always loved his poems....he speaks with truth from his heart but there is also sadness at times. The poem comes from a book of poetry entitled, And Autumn Came.  

Without further ado, my new shawl pattern:
And Autumn Came on Ravelry! The shawl is at an introductory price of $2.50 until October 21, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Canyons at Sunset

 So after a few weeks of working on my newest pattern, delays from a yarn deficiency and being sick,  it finally culminated into me being finished with the shawl! It is a rather large, rustic crescent shawl that is made with Malabrigo Twist an Aran weight yarn(that's a thicker yarn for those of you who aren't knitters!) in the Liquid Ambar and Applewood colorways. I have come to realize I LOVE large shawls and WARM shawls and texture and color....*sigh*, I suppose that large shawls are not everyone's cup of tea but I guess I just like the fact that the large shawls are super cozy and warm, warm, warm. I can't wait to test this theory out this winter!:) The entire shawl and name were inspired by the colors of the yarn which reminded me of pictures I have seen of canyons out west, specifically at sunset and dusk when all of the beautiful colors of the desert and sunset look absolutely sublime.....I have never scene it firsthand, but I definitely hope to see it someday. I wanted to sorta combine that inspiration with the rustic inspirations of the desert, sand and the lace section reminded me of sun overall I really like the end result.:) Let me know whatcha think!:)

Here it is: Canyons at Sunset
If you are interested, you can view more photos
(I am having trouble uploading photos to blogger today *sigh*) and purchase the pattern
 on Ravelry here: Canyons at Sunset
Right now it is available for an introductory offer of $3.00 through the end of August 31, 2016 and then it will revert to it's regular price of $5.00. 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Remember the Sparrows....

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.

30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 

31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Matthew 10:29-31New International Version (NIV)

Friday, July 15, 2016

Moss On the Old Oak

Howdy Everyone!!!
I have been working on a new shawl pattern for the last 2 months and finished it up last week!:) Part of the reason that it took sooo long for this one is that I kept changing my mind....A LOT! I finally managed to get everything worked out and then I blocked the shawl a few days ago! With this particular shawl, I wanted a LARGE shawl to stay warm....I get cold fairly easy in air conditioning and of course in winter, and you can often find me wearing a sweater around the house to stay with the shawl, I wanted something large, in a worsted weight and also pretty and elegant at the same time. I used Malabrigo Rios in the color Fresco y soon as I saw this mind immediately thought of Moss and thus I began designing with this in mind. I LOVE LOVE LOVE moss....there has always been this thing with moss when as a just looked you could lightly jump up and down on makes me happy so I usually just lightly tiptoe across it....I know that sounds funny, right? It's like if I SEE the moss, then I MUST tiptoe across it!:) I ended up changing a few things from where I initially started and the lace section is a variation based on the beautiful Old Shale knitting stitch pattern! I was so pleased to finally get done and here is the shawl in it's completeness! I am pleased to introduce you to Moss On the Old Oak! It is available right now at an introductory offer of $3.00 until July 22, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST......BUT for all that work of reading the blog, you can get it for $2.00 with code sweetbirchblog   ENJOY!
The pattern starts out with a seed stitch tab instead of a garter tab but the technique is similar! It also features written instructions, lace that is written and charted out and stitch counts after every row repeat.

This is the reverse or wrong side of the shawl pattern and I think it is just as lovely as the front!:)

Sunday, June 19, 2016

And I Sought for a Man...........

23 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
24 Son of man, say unto her, Thou art the land that is not cleansed, nor rained upon in the day of indignation.
25 There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.
26 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
27 Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.
28 And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord God, when the Lord hath not spoken.
29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.
30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
31 Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord God.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Baby Chicks Eye View.;)

Hi, everyone! Typing the post before your eyes is....Da-da-da-daaaaaaaa! Sebastian! Jessica's oldest son! Ha ha! Suprised you, didn't I?:) Anyways, I'm here to tell you, the reader of this post, about the baby chicks mentioned by Mom in the last blog post! As you know, the new baby chicks are assorted, which makes this description even MORE exciting! The newbies to the flock are:Juniper,Saffron, and Ginger of the popular breed, the Buff Orpington, Matilda and Delphinia, two truly tiny chicks of the world's LARGEST chicken, the Jersey Giant(I guess mega chickens have small beginnings!), and Opal, Gardenia, and Zinnia the Ameraucana chicks!(Note:We got Ameraucanas because they lay blue eggs!) They are sweet beyond belief!!!! Every time I put my hand in their pen to fill their waterer or their food, they all swarm around my hand, falling over each other to stay on board!! It has even come to times where if me or Mom aren't in distance where they can here our voices, they start to muster this ear-splitting peep until we come to see what the rumpus is about! As if we were their mama(s), on their first outside day, they struggled to take mad dash after us each time we had to move or check on the other chickens! At one point, all of them fell asleep on Mom's lap!:D As you may have expected.....HERE ARE SOME PICS! I Love that motto!!!!! Anyways....

Here is Opal the day we brought them home....SO FLUFFYYYYYYYY!!!!

Here is sweet little Zinnia, also the day we got them, sleeping in Mom's hair!:)

Here is Juniper on their first outing, pecking a blade of grass.
"Look, a beetle....Oh, nevermind!"

I photographed this awesome Green Dasher Dragonfly on the chicks first outing!

Here is Gardenia on their second outing, bashfully hiding behind a leaf!

Here is Saffron!

Here is Zinnia, doing nothing in particular....Except BEING EXTREMELY ADORABLE!!!!!

Here is Juniper again! As you can see, she has grown a lot!

Here's Delphinia stretching in the brooder!

Here is Gardenia and Zinnia!

Right here are the sun's last rays beaming across our neighboring forest of Loblolly Pines!

Which brings me to this..GOOD BYE FOR NOW!
This is Sebastian Counts, signing off!