officially obsessed

i was taught to knit by a farm apprentice in the autumn of 2006. still years away from our own yarn, let alone our own plant dyed fiber, i nevertheless became engrossed in that first mile long scarf of the nastiest acrylic.


in the decade since sheep first started grazing our pastures and my hands fumbled awkwardly with those needles, our sheep and wool projects have taken a solid place in our overall farm plan and my knitting has improved greatly.



this past winter though it happened, really happened, i crossed over into the land of complete obsession. i took the plunge, after countless hats, mittens, wrist warmers, and cowls, i cast on a garment:  a vest made of our own plant dyed indigo yarn knit by me for me.


something shifted when i first put on this top. i’m afraid i won’t be satiated until i’m clothed from head to toe in hand mades. spring is going to stop me i know, but in these final days before i don’t sit on the couch ever, i will finish this cardigan made from our Jacob’s wool.



i’ve spent the better part of the past two decades preaching about the importance of a strong local food system. i can feel the swelling excitement within about local fiber. join me, adorn yourself with hand made, locally sourced beauty. it ranks right up there with the first spring salad.





wool to wood

i am back from SAFF the experience that lasted 5 days including travel was full beyond description:  educational, informational, inspirational, overwhelming, delightful and exhausting depending on the moment. we, my two younger children and two apprentices, spent the days in the mountains of western north carolina with 162 other vendors, 7000 attendees, and countless sheep, goats, alpacas, rabbits and llamas. the venue was full to the brim with all types of fiber, fiber animals, fiber artists, fiber enthusiasts and EVERYTHING you need to knit, spin, weave, crochet, or felt just about anything.


i drove the miles home in an overtired excitement, feeling a sense of subdued accomplishment just for having executed the endeavor at the end of a long growing season. i was humbled by my first foray into fiber madness and thankful for the generous welcome long time SAFF vendors, attendees and teachers offered our product and presence.


then, i plunged into the woodshop. yes, true. packed up the wool and jumped right into the final push to make my man ready for his entry into the Nashville crafts scene. yes, this very saturday we will set up not one but two stands at the nashville farmers market. the 16 year old set up for hill and hollow csa and on the north side of the market, paul will set up hill and hollow farm’s wood working for the first time at the nashville scene’s crafts and drafts:  hand made baskets, trugs, blocks, toys, stools, vases all from reclaimed wood will adorn his stall.



i have a couple of long days ahead, so i will end here. the wool is packed up


the woodworking is in it’s final stages


and i will sleep next week.

taking the show on the road

if you read this blog with any regularity you might know by now that i am thoroughly engaged in my emerging local fiber scene. we have had a growing flock of jacob’s sheep here on our farm since 2005.  we have been raising and dyeing with farm plants since not long thereafter. if you looked over the past decade, you might just say we have been building to what is about to happen this very week. oh gosh. deep breath. we are setting up as vendors at a regional fiber event. Yep, I am actively packing, weighing, winding, sorting our inventory of farm wool products and heading to Asheville, North Carolina to SAFF, the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair. at this very moment thinking about it makes me a bit nauseous honestly. i know that once me, my two youngest kiddos, and my farm’s apprentice load all of our tables and signage and wool and displays into our vehicle and head south east, we will be nothing short of thrilled.

so for the days ahead i will be elbow deep in this


and this


not a bad place to be. friends, anyone within reasonable driving distance of Asheville, come on out. cheer me on, check it out. there will be hundreds of vendors, livestock and fleece shows and more excitement than i can even imagine.