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“It is easy to put off relating to your self, spouse, kids, friends and animals- Decide. Not. To.  Decide to relate.”  A lot has happened in the last year. Its been a year of loss, a year of grieving and coming to terms. There have been many happy moments, many changes- changes for good- changes for a stronger & more stable future. I am so blessed with wonderful family- a great husband and sweet daughters, wonderful parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, on and on it goes. The blessings have made the sadness bearable but loss is loss and while we can smile and put on a good face and tread water I am learning it is okay to admit some vulnerabilities. I told a friend today I didn’t really have a particular skill to share with our church’s Women’s Fellowship group.. A big fat lie straight from satan. A lie I believed. And then Jesus whispered something in my soul.. he reminded me of a passion I love. One I’ve been grieving deeply the loss of. One I put on hold, sat on a shelf, one I think of almost daily in memories of and in future planning. Oh, I’ve busied myself with hobbies and learning and keeping busy- all good things,  but I forgot to enjoy the sweetness of what I love. I drifted back to visit my page here and decided its high time for a REAL status update. We lost the farm. We lost a baby. Really “just a miscarriage.” That just doesn’t seem to cover the truth of the sadness though. And this is shameful to admit but I miss my farm. I miss it so much I can hardly think of anything else some days. My husband is a gift from God. He hurries and scurries and wants to provide- he calculates and plans and promises and its not fair. Its unfair to expect him to give what God took away. Looking at this page. My two beloved Angora boy goats died. They were well cared for. They were given to a farm where I know they got what they needed. Animals die sometimes. Its life. My girl goats are doing well. They all three made it back to breeding farms- the dairy girls to the very farm they came from. I will someday have their babies- this is the promise I cling to. We’re going to rebuild. We’re going to save like mad and sacrifice and start over. But trying not to live for tomorrow or hang on to yesterday… trying to appreciate today. It’s hard work sometimes. Read yesterday that Real dishes break; That’s how you know they are real. I posted this inside my kitchen cupboard. We use real dishes most days. Its a strange thing. We use my grandmas real china. With chipped edges. I think maybe I shouldn’t do this. But the quote resonated for me. These are the things I want my girls to appreciate. Real dishes break. We should use them and enjoy them. Beautiful dishes in a box bring no daily joy. So even if we break them- its okay. Our Women’s Fellowship decided on a theme of Back to Basics for this year. We’re going to teach each other something new each month. Canning, Making pies, Sewing- that sort of stuff. I’m hoping  my sister in law will teach quilting. I love to hand stich and its something I desperately want to learn- all the tricks of piecing together a beautiful work of art. I thought I had nothing to teach. Even said it. I am still learning. I don’t know how to spin yarn yet. I am going to learn. In this year of fasting though I have learned two more crotchet stiches though. I can whip out scarves and purses and bags like nobody’s business. I have stacks of blankets. Made from my own goats wool. Cashmere blankets meant to keep my precious baby warm. They will be used someday. Maybe another baby. Maybe a grandbaby. I don’t know what the future holds and I’ve been saying it all along: I trust our future to God. I’ve been saying it even when I didn’t believe it. Real dishes break and we’ve been a little broken this year. I don’t know when we’ll have a new farm or if we’ll have a baby or when I’ll have my fuzzy goats, a yarn business and a farm store back. But I do trust God.  I really do. So thank you to the friends who have bared with us this last year even when I’ve been out of sorts and I’m sorry for dropping off the face of the earth in certain circles like this one- one that ended before it was hardly started. I’ve avoided a lot of things fiber related but man oh man- I am really looking forward to sharing a demo at Women’s Fellowship. It’s silly but these women have given so much to me all through my life. Getting to do this- when I almost missed it is a gift in itself. It will be silly to some of the ladies, but that’s okay. That’s the fun of learning new things. Hearing a guy talk about making a scarf from his goat was what started this whole journey for me! Just sounded crazy enough that I though, “hmmm. that would be fun. ” I never imagined what joy it would bring me.  My girl asked me last night if I’d started taking antidepressants or something…. said it on the heels of a big long, trying not to pee yourself belly laugh.  Nope . Just starting to really heal though. I realized its okay to admit we’re broken.  Its okay to show the world our chipped up edges.

I’m going to head over to Pears Avenue this week and scoop up anything there made with my cashmere. I’ll restock some newer cuter, cheaper stuff that’s made with better craftsmanship and not so sentimental- if they want it. My purses have gotten cuter and I can make cheaper blankets with store bought yarn.  I miss my goats and home-grown yarn but we’re adjusting and life goes on.  I still have 40 pounds of wool tucked back and this winter I will be carding and spinning it. “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” While I don’t know our future at Keener Yarn, I know the Shepard and I am happy to share that I trust Him.  With everything.  Babies and Farms included.

 

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Big News!

Roseann Bowman is doing an article for the Lima News Sunday about our yarn & goats… hoping we don’t look too silly!

I love the photos Richard Parish took. Wish I’d been to beauty shop first though… oh well… such is life,right? At least the yarn looks good!

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It’s terrible! Every time anyone comments on my crotcheting I want to dive into a long winded explanation about it being homegrown yarn! I’m shamelessly shoving my project at them telling them to feel it! That it’s from my own goats! People almost always flinch. I expect they want to smell their hand after they touch it! Come on people! Be glad I’m not making you smell it!! It has been washed & smells like mountain breeze whatever… I actually worry that buyers may be offened by a perfume smell so I only use the fabric softener on my own stash! My vet and I accidentally strayed into a discussion on my goats and yarn habit when I had our dog in for a checkup the other day. I instantly decided I like her because she thinks my yarn is cool! HA!  She asked about the website & a card which made my day. And so, I ordered cards today. I wish I’d done so sooner since Yellow Springs Wool Gathering at Jersey Dairy Farm is this weekend…. I’d have liked to have been able to share them there. Oh well, guess I’ll just have to enjoy the shopping & take it easy on the socializing. I’m looking forward to hanging out with other crazed fiber enthusiasts though!

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I ignored the vacuuming & laundry waiting to be folded and I dyed yarn! Never ever in my life thought that statement would bring me such joy… but here we are! Stalls did get cleaned (they are dirty again… oh well!) Coop still needs tending as does the yard! House was cleaned… gilrs have happily been attending school, cheer & soccer practices- I love life! Thankfully we have a weekend around the corner. And regardless of it all, yarn is colored and drying as we speak! Its so fun to plan projects as I design the different color combinations. We have some varigated pink- enough for a baby girl blanket, some green & blue blend, some purple & blue blend- enough for baby blankets. Also have several other skeins for scarves, purses, whatever! I happily charted out the girls games yesterday in anticipation of lots of time to work on my  projects! I love this time of year. I bribed my honey withe the promise of a “Chilli” weekend- for those who arent close family: this means he gets to make his wonderful chilli & we will enjoy it all weekend long! It’s just the right blend of sweet & heat with steak and chunks of cheese & onion.. also lots of little tweaks that I sneak in to “his” recipe! (Don’t tell him!) And our best news for last! Pears Avenue in Lima will be selling our scarves! Hopefully blankets & purses too! I’m also working on getting the yarn placed in a local hobby store & hoping to secure one more spot east of town. Keep watching!

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Okay really, I wanna DYE! Last two weeks have been crazy with getting ready for fair & my girls showing horses… I guess only fair showing families can really “get it.” I remember my curiosity before the days of my girls showing at the fair… i never really understood the hype & whining.. now I get it & laugh as I see other new families getting it!  Anyway, really wanted to dye up some yarn to work with while “on vacation” at the fair & it just never happened despite my desperate desire! This week has been much of the same… cleaning up from fair, housework, barn work, laundry, back to school shopping & hair braiding & getting ready for labor day festivities… big ole family reunion!  Still wanting to get the dye party on… its do or die tonite! Guess I should say “dye or don’t!”  Still have soccer & cheerleading practices to get thru… stalls & a coop that really need some attention… oh, and a yard that needs BIG help… we’ll see what wins out! I’m having visions of pink, orange & yellow for this go-around. I did finish a cowl & headwrap last night while visiting with my grandma as the girls shared their fair adventures. I’m thankful for that. I also know if I dont get a dye lot done for my next project that i can start on a natural baby blanket. Thats on my list too. And some purses! Keep watching for more postings- probably next week. I have a feeling that my neighbors are going to have to suffer another week of our overgrown yard!

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Hand Dyed

Our yarn is dyed by hand in custom color combinations

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