Shop Update

Shop listings are live

Also, I want to remind you, all orders over $50 will receive a hand stamped Buckaloo View project bag. And be sure to check out this post to learn about a Treasure Hunt Giveaway to win a $30 gift certificate to the Buckaloo View shop and a code to receive a free lavender sachet!

Thanks so much everyone for all of your support!

Shop Update Reminder (and a Treasure Hunt Giveaway)

Just a quick reminder that the shop will be updated Friday, August 14th at 9AM US EST.  

(Seen above are yarns dyed with cosmos, black hollyhocks and blueberries.)

I'm also running a little "Treasure Hunt" Giveaway! To participate, after the listings go live, simply hunt through the shop to find a hidden clue. (You'll know it when you see it!) Then come back here and fill out the form below. All entries with the correct answer will be entered in a drawing for a $30 gift certificate for the Buckaloo View shop! The winner will be drawn randomly on Monday, August 24th, 2015 at 9AM US EST.

All orders over $50USD (before shipping) will receive a free Buckaloo View project bag. You also qualify for a free Lavender Sachet with every order over $50 (once again, before shipping charges.) Simply enter the code LAVENDER when checking out! (You'll also get a $0.01 discount since that is the only way I can override the discount settings.)


I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

For the longest time, I was a night owl. Since getting chickens, I've been forced to be more of a morning person. Although there is magic under the light of the moon, there is just as much in the early fog.

Thank you all so much for the kindness in that recent post. The compassion in the craft community always amazes me. I will always find the time and energy for these connections, for sharing here. There are some big changes coming to Buckaloo View Farm. I'm excited to share more about them in the next month or so. 

Have a great weekend.

Death, Dyeing and Prioritizing


Apologies for the silence here lately. My blogging has been pretty sparse and sporadic anyway, but this time, I actively avoided it, as well as all other social media.  Simply put, I’ve hit a bit of a quiet spell. Over the last few years, there have been a lot of big things in my life: changes, challenges, joys. I don't always feel comfortable talking about a lot of them here, because, although they affect me greatly, they often aren’t my stories to tell. One of these more recent things was the fact that my Grandma was in hospice since February. Determined to keep her here home, everyone in this house put our lives on hold and made her our top priority. She passed away last month and all the built up exhaustion and emotion finally caught up with me. I'm not going to go into too much detail, just know that I am well and simply feeling the need to be quiet and take it slow. I’ve been focusing my energy on gardening, putting up harvests, soaking in so much sunshine, tending to 41 (!) chickens, and, of course, dyeing yarn. Above is a mosaic---simple iPhone captures of some the moments that stopped me in my tracks with their beauty, charm or humor, in the past month. I can't guarantee that I'll be back to blogging (or podcasts) regularly anytime soon, but I am posting on Instagram again if you want to follow there. (And for those of you waiting for a shop update: I'm thinking a big one in late summer/early fall.)

I hope your days are filled with summer's beauties.


PODCAST : Episode 4 : Finished Knits, Brainstorming, and Basement Sounds

Happy Friday! Today the Buckaloo View Shop has been updated with some new yarns dyed with things like elderberries and tulips and I finally wound up and listed the turmeric skeins I dyed a while back. A striped butcher's apron, more lavender sachets and bags and zip pouches.

Plus, there is a new episode of the podcast up! In this episode, I share the above items that were added to the shop and some recently finished knits (which I've posted about here on the blog already.) As well as three works in progress (another pair of Charcoal and Ash Mitts, Farmhouse and Fair Isle Flower Socks.)  My Spring Swap package arrived from my partner Fran from La Lainiere. No chicken talk this time, but I did mention a little about how the garden is doing and how I want to make mock-version of Takuan, which are pickled daikon radishes.

I also threw some ideas out there to get your feedback. In case you aren't into watching the podcasts, I'll mention them here as well. /// I'll be hosting a Summer Swap soon, similar to the Spring one, so keep that in mind. /// I'd also like to host a Local Fiber Swap later in the summer, if you would be interested. Participants would send their partner yarn or fiber that was sourced within 100 miles from them (or some such similar criteria.) /// A Scavenger Hunt Giveaway to help promote our small shops is another idea I had. Clues would be hidden in a series of shops. To enter, you'd have to find all the clues and a winner would be drawn from the correct answers. Fellow makers with shops, let me know if you want to participate! /// To help promote my own yarn, I'd love to team up with knitwear designers. If you're a designer and would like me to contribute the yarn for an upcoming pattern, just send me an email with your idea/sketch/concept/swatch, what yarn would need and the links to your designer profile, blog, etc. /// Would you be interested in me doing a couple special podcast episodes: one where I share my personal natural dye stash (and/or other yarns in my stash) and one where I review my library of natural dye books?

Have a great weekend!