Monday, October 10, 2011

A Weekend of Wood and Wool

So even though the weather this weekend was absolutely spectacular (it was in the 70s both days), this is October. And we do live in Downeast Maine. This means that every spare second we have, especially when the weather permits, must be spent preparing for the winter season.

To that end, practically one whole day was spent transporting seasoned wood from the lot across the street our property. We generally buy a truckload of wood each year. We let it sit for a while, then cut and split it. This wood has been sitting for a long time, and it's nice and dry. Oh, it's going to burn so hot! One year we burned wet wood, and this completely sucked. So I feel especially grateful that we have 1) an abundant supply of wood, and that 2) the wood will not hiss and steam when I'm tending the fire this winter.

My guys hard at work!
This might be a good time for me to confess that I actually did not participate in this particular activity. In my defense, piling the wood under cover will be primarily my job (with a little help from Kieran, no doubt). No, I was involved in other pursuits that urgently needed my attention. Like working on knitting this wool poncho for myself:

Here's a picture of what this thing will actually look like.

Pretty cute, right? It's actually a free pattern from Paton's Yarn. It's knit in two pieces, front and back. I've completed the front and I'm well on my way to completing the back. It's easy, mindless knitting, which suits me just fine right now.
I made a mobile out of these cute little guys. 

I also made another cute mobile for my friend's birthday.

This isn't made of wool, but I just wanted to prove that I was also busy while Kieran and Heron were busy schlepping all that wood...
The gorgeous weather makes it hard to believe that winter is just around the corner. But it is. I really need to get my butt in gear. Operation "Batten Down the Hatches" must commence in earnest in the upcoming weeks. It's gonna take more then a poncho and a woolen owl mobile to keep us warm this winter!


  1. Good for you guys! I had pretty much the opposite reaction to this weather....ONE LAST HURRAH! We spent the day at Pemaquid with Jessica and her kiddos.
    I do have a huge bag of apple drops for apple sauce...better get on that. Just doesn't feel right making apple sauce in 80 degree weather!

  2. I can't wait to see you carrying a fern around town with your new poncho on!

  3. I LOVE te fabric you used on those sweet little red birds. Any idea who makes them?

  4. Erica, yeah, those fabrics are great, aren't they?! I'm sorry but I don't know the fabric designer.