A Peek Inside the Nursery

Sorry for the light posting this week. Between wrapping our test knitting for the Fall/Winter  2015 collection and the nasty sore throat/chest cold virus-y thing we’re all struggling with, it’s been hard to find time to post.

I’ve heard from lots of you that you would like to see the nursery. I’m happy to say that it is finished and we are pleased to bits with it. The theme is a sort of a Wes Anderson take on a baby explorer’s nursery.

(The space is really difficult to photograph due to slanted ceilings, dormers and the fact that it’s small, but we did our best to show you the whole room.)

We started with the color palette and selected our colors from three of our favorite Wes Anderson films, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Life Aquatic and Darjeeling Limited.

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  We already had a crib but Mike freshened it up by painting it a bold orange. I don’t want to tell you how many coats of paint it took. SO MANY COATS OF PAINT.

Susan and Mike's Wes Anderson inspired nursery

Susan and Mike's Wes Anderson inspired nursery

Susan and Mike's Wes Anderson inspired nursery

The faux antler light fixture is from The Shabby Antler on etsy.

Susan and Mike's Wes Anderson inspired nursery

The chest of drawers was unfinished pine from Ikea and another paint job for Mike! The animal prints above it are by Ryan and Lucy Berkley of Berkley Illustration, also on etsy.  I was trying to create the feel of a portrait gallery at the Explorers Club or the Royal Geographic Society. We put them in simple Ikea frames. I’m so happy with how it turned out.

Susan and Mike's Wes Anderson inspired nursery

The changing table is another Ikea piece painted orange.  (Are you starting to feel sorry for Mike yet?) The wooden boxes are recycled from a Christmas gift basket we got from Harry and David and painted yellow.  They are stocked with diapers, burp clothes and wipes.

The hand-painted oar is by HB Designs, another etsy find.

Susan and Mike's Wes Anderson inspired nursery

Every Wes Anderson set has something covered in gilt. We ordered this ceramic deer mount from the Land of Nod and Mike painted the antlers.

Susan and Mike's Wes Anderson inspired nursery-

So many people told me that the glider and ottoman were the most important thing we needed for the nursery, so that’s where we spent the most money. They are actually a bit bluer than they look here and super comfy.  The constellation lamp and shade are from the Land of Nod. Our friend Sean made the lovely alpaca receiving blanket for the baby.

I know I will get lots of questions about the art so here are tight shots of all the pieces with sources.

Susan and Mike's Wes Anderson inspired nursery

From Inkysquidkids

Susan and Mike's Wes Anderson inspired nursery

From The Print Annex

Susan and Mike's Wes Anderson inspired nursery

From The Curators Prints

Susan and Mike's Wes Anderson inspired nursery

From The Wheat Field

The only thing we need now for the nursery should be arriving in 6 weeks and some change. Thank you all for your support throughout this pregnancy. I have received so many supportive, lovely emails from readers wishing us well and asking how we are doing.  I promise to post pics soon after he arrives.

*If I left out any sources that you’d like, just let me know.

 

Farm Blankets are Here (but not for long).

So, the thing about being 7+ months pregnant, is that  you can justify putting just about anything off.  Didn’t do the dishes? Whatever– I’M MAKING A HUMAN BEING, y’all!

Thus, it had taken me more than a month to get this year’s farm blankets listed in our online shop.

Every year we make a couple of dozen blankets from the fleeces of the older members of our flock who’s wool is no longer fine enough to be blended into our yarns. These blankets are very precious to us, and to our customers, who covet and collect them.

We have a super limited supply on hand this year and I expect them to go quickly. And, because I was so late getting them posted, I solemnly swear I will get them shipped ASAP so you still have time to snuggle in their warmth before this long, nasty winter is over.

Juniper Moon Farm Wool Blankets

Juniper Moon Farm Wool Blankets

Juniper Moon Farm Wool Blankets

If you would like to purchase a little piece of Juniper Moon Farm, you can find out blankets here.

 

Lamb Shoes!

I was looking for a Spring-y project this morning and one of our most popular patterns pattern up.

Lamb Shoes by Pam Wynne are a super fast knit, and the pattern is sized for toddlers up to large adult.

Lamb Shoes, a simple knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm.

There were originally knit in our Yearling yarn, which has sadly been discontinued, but they would work up perfectly in Neve or any other bulky, washable yarn of your choice.

Lamb Shoes, a simple knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm.

Lamb Shoes, a simple knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm.

Wouldn’t they be super-cute in an Easter basket?

You can get the pattern for Lamb Shoes here.

Probably something you would like… UPDATED with a new link!

I have to start off by saying this is NOT a sponsored post. As you all know, I am always sharing little things that I find and love here on the blog, and this is another one of those. In this case, I fell in love with a product and I contacted the company to see if they would be willing to hook you guys up with a deal, but I’m not getting paid for posting this or even getting a discount for myself. I would never cheapen PSYWL by turning it into a paid sponsorship type thing, just so you know.

Have you heard about Blue Apron?  Until a few weeks ago, I hadn’t either.  And then suddenly all of my friends were talking about it on Facebook.

Basically, Blue Apron is a food prep/delivery service. Each week, subscribers receive a box with the prepped ingredients for three meals along with recipes for preparing them. When I first heard about it, I thought it would probably be a good thing for people who don’t cook much, but I am a culinary school grad and it just seemed kind of…silly.

But then my friend Kate sent me a coupon code for a free box so I decided to try it. I mean, $60 worth of free food was nothing to sneeze at, right?

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Our first box came three weeks ago. Right from the start, it’s hard not to be impressed. The packaging is thoughtful and effective. Everything was well insulated and each ingredient is carefully packaged and labeled. The produce included in each box has been top notch– there hasn’t been one ingredient that I would’t  have selected myself if I were at the farmer’s market.

When I say everything you need for each recipe is included, I mean EVERYTHING. If a recipe calls for a tablespoon of butter, you get a tablespoon of butter. The only thing I’ve ever run across that wasn’t included was salt for salting something to taste, and I think once we had to use our own tablespoon of olive oil. Otherwise, if you need it, it’s in the box

Blue Apron Ingredient

Here are the actual ingredients for our first three meals. I will say, if I have anything negative to say about Blue Apron, it’s the fact that all that packaging makes me feel guilty. I’m not sure how else they could do it though, so I don’t have a solution.

Now, about the recipes. I am a bit of a food snob. It’s not something I’m necessarily proud of, but I would rather have an apple and a nice piece of cheese for dinner than eat something bad or even just okay. I can honestly say that we haven’t had a dud yet in the 9 meals we have prepared from Blue Apron. I can also honestly say that a few of the meals have really surprised me by putting together flavor combos that I wouldn’t have thought of. We all tend to get in our little cooking ruts and it’s nice to have someone else come up with the ideas for a change.

Now, I can’t personally attest to the quality of the recipes because (and this is the biggest surprise of this whole experience) Mike has completely taken over our Blue Apron boxes. He has cooked every single meal since we got them.

I think this is the beauty of the Blue Apron service. Mike likes cooking but doesn’t have a lot of time for meal planning or grocery shopping. With Blue Apron, He gets to concentrate on the part of cooking that he likes– the cooking.  Mike says the recipes are all clear and easy to follow, even with minimal experience. And since everything he has made has been delicious and technically well prepared, I’m inclined to believe him.

Here are the meals we’ve had so far: (Sorry I didn’t take more pics! I wasn’t planning to blog about this in the beginning and also, I was hungry.)

Pan-roasted Salmon Ramen (this one was great!)

Pork chops

Center-cut Pork Chops with Beet, Heirloom Carrots and Hazelnut Salad (an example of flavors I wouldn’t have put together but it was my favorite so far.)

Crispy Chicken Thighs with Kumquat Relish & Freekeh Salad (I had never even HEARD of freekeh before)

Bouillabaisse-Style Fish Stew (this was amazing!)

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Mashed Potatoes & Maple-Glazed Carrots (Gabbi’s favorite so far)

Blue Apron BoxSteak & Miso-Roasted Vegetable Salad

Shrimp Po’Boy Sandwiches with Butter Lettuce & Apple Salad (very good, especially the salad dressing)

Chicken & Sage Biscuit Pot Pie with Cremini Mushrooms & Purple Tops Turnips (this one is on deck for tonight)

So you are probably asking yourself, how expensive is this box of wonderment? Honestly, it’s not that expensive. We get the two-person box with three meals per week. It works out to a little under $60 (including delivery), or $10 per serving. Now that may sound like a lot, but we realized quickly that the convenience of having everything we needed on hand and not running to the grocery store for ingredients (and ending up spending a minimum of $50/trip) and not eating out cause neither of us has through about dinner means we are actually saving money with Blue Apron. (I may be a food snob but I am also cheap. Trust me, it’s a good deal.)

We are also eating healthier (each menu is between 500-700 calories per person) and throwing away way less food.

We are also now positively evangelical about Blue Apron, as you can see. Which is why I emailed the company and told them that I have a little yarn company and a little blog, and would they like to offer our readers a special deal?

They were just lovely about it and said yes. My first 50 readers to try Blue Apron will get two free meals with their first Blue Apron box. You have to follow this link to get the Juniper Moon Farm deal, though.  ****

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When you click the link, it will take you to the page screen-shot-ed above. Click on the orange “redeem offer” button to get the discount. (If you have trouble, let me know!)

So give it a whirl. And let me know how it works for you. If you have any questions, I’ll try to answer them in the comments, but you can find tons of info on the Blue Apron FAQs as well.

**** We have a new working link, y’all!

Giveaway Winner!

Thanks so much for all the love you all gave to our new pattern collections and to Neve, our newest Spring/Summer yarn. We have a few more patterns to share with you next week, but I’ll be taking a break for the rest of this week to bring you some other content.

In the meantime, the winner of our Neve Giveaway, chosen at random, is:

 

Giveaway winner!

Marja (lovely name, by the way) please email me with your shipping address to claim your six gorgeous skeins of Neve!

And be sure to check out JMF Facebook page later today to see if you won the giveaway over there.

 

Up next, The Uptown Collection

Can you believe that we have even more amazing news patterns that you haven’t seen yet? It’s crazy but it’s true! The Uptown Collection uses our Findley DK yarn, but all of these patterns can also be knit in the varigated version, Findley DK Dappled, if you prefer.

BLUE LAUREL hat and mitts set

Blue Laurel Hat and Mitts (Knit by the lovely Jen B.)

KHALIFA shell, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

KHALIFA shell, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

KHALIFA shell, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

Khalifa Shell (knit by Danielle K.)

PIPER Cardi, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

PIPER Cardi, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

Piper Cardi

LUCY Collared Tee, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

LUCY Collared Tee, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

LUCY Collared Tee, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

Lucy Collared Tee

As always, these are all available as individual printed patterns at your local yarn shop and as downloadable PDFs on Ravlery. You can find our yarns n the same shops or by using our store locator.

If you love these patterns, please help us spread the word by heart-ing and queueing them on Ravelry, and/or pinning them on Pinterest.

Once again, all photographs by the brilliant  Caro Sheridan, with the exception of the Piper Cardi which was shot by yours truly.

Introducing The Penny Collection!

The Penny Collection are all patterns by Pam Wynne using our Findley DK Dappled in variegated colors.

CALLIE Shawl, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

the Callie Shawl (knit by Katherine Giardina)

DOTTIE Pullover, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

DOTTIE Pullover, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

The Dottie Pullover

English Mesh Infinity Scarf, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

English Mesh Infinity Scarf, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

English Mesh Scarf (Knit by Marie G.)

FRANKIE hat and mitts, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry. FRANKIE hat and mitts, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

Frankie Hat and Mitts (knit by Gillian G.)

GLENN Cardi, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

GLENN Cardi, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

GLENN Cardi, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

Glenn Cardi (Teri Smith)

IVY tee, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

IVY tee, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

Ivy Tee

PATTY pullover, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

PATTY pullover, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

Patty Pullover (knit by one of my knitting A-Team, Teresa H.-F.)

PENNY open Cardigan, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

PENNY open Cardigan, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.Penny Open Cardigan

As always, these are all available as individual printed patterns at your local yarn shop and as downloadable PDFs on Ravlery. You can find our yarns n the same shops or by using our store locator.

If you love these patterns, please help us spread the word by heart-ing and queueing them on Ravelry, and/or pinning them on Pinterest.

Once again, all photographs by the brilliant  Caro Sheridan, except the Penny Open Cardi that was shot by me.

First Snow!

Yesterday we finally got visited by Old Man Winter. When it was all said and done we ended up with at least six inches, though we were expecting up to twelve. The sheep have been enjoying the colder weather and when I went out for evening feeding there was a lot of sproinging and prancing, even with the snow!

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Wembley

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Alabama

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Pretty McPhee

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Orion can’t allow me to wander the field without being about 2 inches from my pockets, just in case I’ve brought treats out.

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Lyra

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Sabine and Lucy

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We removed the sides of the shelter after the high winds the last few days did some damage, but it’s still enough shelter to keep the hay snow-free.

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The chickens had ZERO interest in going out in the snow.

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The goats don’t much like getting wet, either.

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The sun is out and it is very, very bright today.

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Lucy’s been enjoying playing in the snow with the kids.

And now I’ll leave you with pictures of Samantha and Roquefort’s nightly post-feeding frolic.

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The Electric Collection

Last year, we released one of our most popular yarns ever, Zooey! A  60% cotton/40% linen yarn that is perfect for summer knitting.

This year, we’ve released Zooey in a rainbow of new colors.

Juniper Moon Farm's Zooey, a cotton/linen yarn for summer knitting.

Pam Wynne designed four lovely garment that really show off this yarn. You are going to have trouble picking which to knit first.

MONATOMIC Tunic, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

MONATOMIC Tunic, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

MONATOMIC Tunic, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

MONATOMIC Tunic, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

Monatomic Tunic (knit by my friend Beverly K.)

CIRCADIAN pullover, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

CIRCADIAN pullover, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

CIRCADIAN pullover, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

Circadian Pullover

ARGONIC dress, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

ARGONIC dress, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

ARGONIC dress, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

ARGONIC dress, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

Argonic Dress (knit by the uber-talented Pam A.)

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FIREFLY wrap, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

Firefly Wrap (knit by Deb T., a test knitter extraordinaire who I hope I never have to live without!)

As always, these are all available as individual printed patterns at your local yarn shop and as downloadable PDFs on Ravlery. You can find our yarns n the same shops or by using our store locator.

If you love these patterns, please help us spread the word by heart-ing and queueing them on Ravelry, and/or pinning them on Pinterest.

Once again, all photographs by the brilliant  Caro Sheridan.

The Stria Collection, a new yarn and a giveaway!

Had enough yet? Or are you hungry for more?

Today, I bring you The Stria Collection! All of the designs below are knit in our new yarn Neve. Neve is a 100% cotton yarn with a lovely soft hand. It’s named after one of the best people ever born, my friend Neve. Neve works her backside off on the farm and is an all-around good egg. Isn’t that enough reason to have a yarn named after you?

Neve

 Designer Pam Wynne did some really cool things with this new yarn.

Campbell Shawl, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

Campbell Shawl, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

Campbell Shawl (knit by my dear friend Brenda B.)

Oasis Pullover, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

Oasis Pullover, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

Oasis Pullover

RUPERT, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

RUPERT, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

Rupert Vest

SIDNEY, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

SIDNEY, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

Sidney Tee (knit by the wonderful Laurie M.)

PORTRAIT Throw and Pillow knitting patterns from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

PORTRAIT Throw and Pillow knitting patterns from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

The Portrait Throw and Pillow (Knit by Lyn C. and Ann K., respectively.)

Old Shale Kitchen Towel, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravery. Old Shale Kitchen Towel, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravery.

Old Shale Kitchen Towel

STRIPEY potholder, a knitting pattern from Juniper Moon Farm. Available on Ravelry.

and Stripey Potholder (Both beautifully knit by Carol P. and my good friend Erin L.)

As always, these are all available as individual printed patterns at your local yarn shop and as downloadable PDFs on Ravlery. You can find our yarns n the same shops or by using our store locator.

If you love these patterns, please help us spread the word by heart-ing and queueing them on Ravelry, and/or pinning them on Pinterest.

Once again, all photographs by the brilliant  Caro Sheridan.

 Now for the giveaway:

To celebrate the release of this collection and the new yarn, I’m giving away six skeins of Neve to a lucky blog reader. Leave a comment on this post telling me what you would like to knit from this collection. For a second chance to win, visit our Facebook page and leave a comment on the giveaway post over there.

The deadline for entry is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015.

Good luck everyone!

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