Monthly Archives: December 2013

JMF’s 2013 Heifer International Donation

Heifer International

Look what you did! By supporting Juniper Moon Farm this year, our lovely readers have helped us raise enough money for our Heifer International Fund this year to make a donation of:

Think about that. Your dedication and loyalty to this blog has helped us to help Heifer International life fourteen families out of poverty this year. Fourteen, y’all. That’s huge. That’s insanely, ridiculously huge. It’s more than quadruple the donation we made last year!

You are amazing, kind and generous people. Thank you for helping us pass on this gift.

**You can continue to support Heifer International through Juniper Moon Farm by making all your Amazon purchases through our affiliate links here on the blog. All the dollars we earn through Amazon are donated to Heifer at the end of each year.

Wrapping Up 2013

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Happy New Year, everyone!

Tagged: Farm, food, Garden, Homeschooling, Knitting, Pets, Seasons, Sewing

Happy New Year, Everyone

As you sip champagne at midnight with your friends, family, or sweetie, or just give a little snore from your bed, know that we’re wishing you a bright and joy-filled 2014. We’ve had a lot of exciting, crazy, happy, sad, stressful things happen this year – Buster passed on, new lambs were born, we moved our farm to our temporary headquarters, I started working for the farm full-time, Susan threw out the first pitch in Seattle as well as the trunk show tour to the PNW, shipping 2013 share yarns and The Shepherd and The Shearer with all it’s amazingness and craziness surrounding it, starting our book with Sixth&Spring, Susan and I both getting prolonged sicknesses, introducing new yarns like Moonshine and Tenzing and expanding other yarns like Findley and Herriot.

We can’t wait to see what 2014 will bring for the farm. We have some exciting projects in the works and new yarns that we’ll get to show off in just a few short months.



P.S. If you’ve waited to get a 2014 calendar, ours is still available!

New Year’s 2014 …


Gay Head lighthouse  ~  Martha’s Vineyard


New Year …


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Wrapping things up

All of a sudden, the end of the year is barreling towards me and I’m feeling the weight of the unfinished on my shoulders. Are you? Unfinished knitting projects, works projects, emails, house projects, cleaning, Christmas presents, etc. I’m definitely feeling the weight of it all. I’ve got my list of things I really want to finish up in the next couple of days, and it’s LONG. I wish that I had been able to spend some time after Christmas finishing some things up, but I came down with the super bug and pretty much all I could do was lie on the couch and groan. Today I’m starting to really feel better (I woke up with an appetite!), so I’m ready to work. I’m going to push aside any of the personal finish-up goals and focus on the work ones so I can try to start with a clean slate. This is a pipe dream, but we all have to have goals, right?

So today, I give you a bunch of pictures that I’ve wanted to share with you since Susan and my trip in July for the Seattle Stitch and Pitch. The day of the Stitch and Pitch itself, Susan wasn’t feeling well (nerves) and our friend Karin and I traipsed off to Bainbridge Island. I took so many photos that I felt weighed down trying to decide which ones to show to you. So I’m going to quickly make some choices, free myself from the guilt of a waiting blog post and share a fond memory of 2013 with you.

The ferry ride over:




Safeco Stadium:




Churchmouse Yarns & Tea is a lovely, curated shop. Among other great yarns, you can find Juniper Moon Farm’s Herriot yarn there.





Walking back to the ferry:Bainbridge03 Bainbridge04





Ferry back to Seattle:Bainbridge09


Wow, although I had taken a lot of photos, time has given me perspective and what I thought was going to be difficult to narrow down became much easier. I feel like my photography skills have grown in just a few months, and looking back on old photos makes me anxious to keep working on honing my skills! Since this was easier than I thought, I’m now looking forward to tackling another project!

What are you hoping to finish up before the New Year starts?

Sheep and Dinos

Sometime in late 2012, I bought a copy of Lotta Jansdotter’s Handmade Living. It’s the kind of book I pull out to peruse when I’m feeling dull or uncreative. In her book, she includes a set of stencils for creating your own projects based on her designs–mostly meant to be used on one kind of fabric or another. While I am inspired by her designs, I was never particularly tempted to use her stencils. What I was inspired to do was creating my own prints using linocuts.

This sheep was the first cut I did on my own, and while I made note cards out of it at first,
I’ve always wanted to print it on fabric: make a scarf, make a project bag, make some curtains, but it wasn’t until this week that I realized that I could use my sheep on baby stuff. I mean, sheep and babies go together–and this baby is due right around Easter, so sheepy stuff makes even more sense.

Now I just have to decide what kind of stuff I could make for the baby–because working with fabric means sewing and that, if you’ve been reading this blog for long you know, is something I don’t do very often.

In the meantime, I purchased our first baby clothes this weekend, though it was pretty slim pickins out there after all the holiday hoopla.

tiny dino clothes
To start, our Tiny Dino is going to have a set of tiny dinos all it’s own. Pictured are three Gerber Sleep and Plays. These are my favorite newborn clothes–and the best infant pajamas. I was thrilled to find the dinos!

Kitchen Blogging

The wonderful thing about having a laptop is that I can do my Sunday afternoon blogging while I do my Sunday afternoon cooking.

I’m trying to get better at preparing meals on the weekend so that we can eat easily and healthfully during the week. Until October, I hadn’t worked a full-time job in two years. I knew I had it easy only working 3/4 time, getting off 2 hours earlier than everyone else, but it really hits home how much extra time that is when you don’t have those two hours free anymore–and you arrive home starving. Throw a few pregnancy-related food aversions and some morning sickness in there and you can see how we started eating sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Now, I have nothing against a good sandwich. I could list off three or four that I could eat for the rest of my life and be happy (even if my gut isn’t). Bread is the best delivery system for deliciousness I know. Cheese. Butter. Bacon. Turkey. Mayo. It’s all glorious on a sandwich, but I have this problem with bread. It just doesn’t like me. Even gluten free bread (which is all I’ve eaten for the past two years, when I’ve eaten it.) Gives me trouble if I eat more than two or three slices a week. I’ve always had trouble with yeast. I can’t digest it and I can’t fight it off, even with an arsenal of probiotics on my side (kombucha, sauerkraut, yogurt, pills) I can’t combat the indigestion it causes me unless I just plain don’t eat it. It’s helpful when I avoid sugar as well, but I’ve doing a pretty crap job of avoiding that lately. Thanks, Christams. But now that most of my pregnancy aversions are going away and the holiday season is just about over (just New Year’s and my birthday left!) I’m trying to rein in our food choices a little bit.

Today I’m boiling eggs so we have a fresh supply of deviled eggs everyday. One of the few pregnancy aversions still with me is eggs cooked anyway but deviled–but I still want them for breakfast every morning, if that makes sense. A giant butternut squash has been chopped, seasoned, and roasted, and mini burgers have been prepared, both for lunches.

One thing I keep seeing on pinterest are lunch bots, which are pretty much the coolest lunch box ever, but I’m not sure I can justify to myself spending $30 on one lunch box, even though I know it’s way more economical than sending a thousand ziplock bags in a paper sack. And when you’re not eating sandwiches for lunch, you tend to send a bunch of little things to make up for it. Perhaps for Christmas next year?

And for your patience, a little glimpse at the knitting I’ve done this week. Brock’s sweater grew by a few inches. Now that I’m learning the cable motifs, I’m hoping it goes just the tiniest bit faster.

Aran For Brock Week 2

Ian Takes Flight

Like a lot of little kids, Ian is a huge fan of airplanes. He's loved our visits to the Air & Space Museum and the New England Air Museum, is always flying his toys around and/or pretending to be an...