Evening In Pictures

Every day seems to be gaining ever more momentum toward summer. I took extra time this evening to appreciate the new flowers, the new bits of green popping up everywhere, and the wooly creatures who will be freed of their heavy winter fleeces in the next week or so.



The apple trees are starting to leaf out.








This broody hen is very unhappy that I keep taking the eggs from under her.





A different kind of lambing season…

For the past ten years of my life, early Spring time has been about waiting. Waiting for the pastures to turn green again. Waiting for the mud to dry up. Waiting for shearing time.

But mostly waiting for lambs. I’ve probably spent a hundred nights or more waiting for ewes to give birth, sleeping in my truck or in the barn, or in my bed with a baby monitor propped up on my pillow. Year after year, I experienced the same excitement and anticipation waiting for the very first lamb or kid of the season to be born. Sometimes it felt like it was never going to happen and then, suddenly we were up to our elbows in knobbly knees and pink noses.

Juniper Moon Farm lambs

I am happy to say that lambing never lost it’s magic for me. No matter how many babies I saw born, no matter how many sleepless nights, no matter how many moments-old lambs I saw take their first wobbly steps, it never stopped being an amazing miracle.

Juniper Moon Farm lambs

Last year, we decided not to breed the ewes for lambs this spring. Mostly because our flock was at capacity and we didn’t want to have to make any tough decisions about any of the older ewes. When you have a no-kill flock, there is always a trade-off to be made between the old animals and the new.

Juniper Moon Farm lambs

We also held off lambing because I knew that this year, I would be awaiting a lamb of my very own during lambing season. I am 37 weeks pregnant today, eagerly anticipating the arrival of my very own knobby-kneed miracle.

Juniper Moon Farm lambs

I am feeling all the things you might expect a very pregnant first time mom to be feeling. Excitement. Anticipation. Trepidation. Discomfort (my empathy for the ewes has increased greatly!).  I can honestly say that I have never been so happy– or so content– in my entire life as I am right now.

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But in spite of that, I will miss the lambs this year. I just keep reminding myself how incredibly lucky I was to have that experience so many times.

No one in this world has ever been luckier than me, that’s for sure.

An Easter Lamb Miracle

Hopefully you are all having a lovely and relaxing Sunday.  The weather here is beautiful, if windy, and the kids are about due to crash from their sugar largesse left by the bunny.

I am enjoying the newly blooming flowers and the pea plants which have begun to sprout.



But the BIG news we are happy to share is that Wembley the wonderlamb has made a full and complete recovery.


When I found her downed several weeks back with a thiamine deficiency, we were pretty worried.  When we brought her home from the vet that evening, we were unsure how she’d do through the night.


She lived in my tub for two weeks before I felt like I could move her out to the sheltered front porch.  But after a few days I was still pretty worried. She was still crooked, and could barely stand on her own. When the nearly three week mark hit and she was walking sideways, unable to lift her head completely, I was really worried. But then, suddenly one day, she decided she’d had enough, and walked around the gate and off the porch.  I took her down to the other lambs (lots of bleating was to be had) and worried yet again how she’d do through the night.

But now? Holding her own at the feed trough and hay bale. Walking straight, no head tilting or any indication of illness other than being a bit skinny still.


The only difference between her pre-illness self and now is that she got used to us being her food-bearers, and consequently is very friendly and cuddly now.

I’m pretty comfortable calling this turn around nothing short of miraculous.

And They’re Outta Here!

That’s right! All of you lucky Juniper Moon Farm shareholders (after waiting patiently for what seems like FOREVER) will be getting delivery of your share yarn starting this week, depending on how close you are to the farm.


Trina and I spent the day getting ALL the orders sorted and packed and processed for shipping.  We powered through and you should start getting tracking info in the next day or two.  Full and Double shares will be arriving in boxes; half shares in the envelopes.



The color is a lovely light grey/brown, with maybe slightly more brown than last time.

The biggest difference, however, is that the mill sent them in a different size than we ordered.  Normally share yarn comes in 4 ounce skeins. This time it was a motley mix of assorted sizes and weights.  Trying to make sure everyone got the proper amount STRESSED ME OUT.  And here is why:


The size difference!  This is why we had to weigh everything and fill orders by that metric. I meant it when I said motley mix. We had a hard time of it, but we got as close as we could for everyone.


A full share.


A double share.


All loaded up and on their way to the post office!

Keep an eye out for your packages, and happy crafting!!

Your Annual Sunscreen PSA

WHOO! Springtime!

Warmer weather!



Days at the Beach!


Sun spots!

Skin cancer!

Okay, I’m being silly and dramatic to make a point, but it’s the same point I make every year at this time. It’s time to amp up your sunscreen routine.

I am the palest person on the planet. Seriously. I was once approached by the editor of a fetish magazine for men who are into pale women to be a model. True story. Humiliating but true.

I have spent a lifetime covering every exposed surface of my body with the highest s.p.f. sunscreen available on the market. Covering my face in the thick white glop is the very first thing I do when I get up in the morning. Sunscreen is one of the few things I’ve believed in my entire adult life.

And guess what? A couple years ago, I had a spot of skin cancer removed.

If I can get skin cancer, you can get skin cancer.

It’s time to step up your sunscreen routine, y’all. The World Health Organization has a handy list of best practices for sun protection that includes limiting your time in the midday sun, wearing protective clothing, watching the heat index and wearing sunscreen and re-applying it every two hours. Even if you are wearing sunscreen daily, you probably aren’t re-applying it every two hours, right?

A couple more tips from my own dermatologist. Be sure to get the sunscreen all the way to your hairline– most of the skin cancer docs remove is near there. It’s better to apply a couple of thin layers than one thick one.  And neglect not your neck, décolletage and the back of your hands.

Now, get out outside and enjoy the sunshine safely!

**Sarah V has the great idea to share our favorite sunscreens! I am always looking for something new. What’s your brand of choice?

Happy St. Paddy’s Day From The Flock!


Happy Pi Day!

Since tomorrow is Pi Day (3.14), I thought I would share our recipe for Blueberry Slab Pie with Strawberry Mascarpone Ice Cream. Slab pies are great for feeding large groups and for people who just love a higher crust-to-filling ratio.

Blueberry Slab Pie with Strawberry Marscapone Ice Cream

Blueberry Slab Pie

For The Crust

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups (4 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups ice water

For The Filling

  • 2 1/4 pounds fresh (8 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest, plus 3 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Make crust: In a food processor, pulse flour, salt, and sugar until combined. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, with a few pea-size pieces of butter remaining. With machine running, add 1 cup ice water. Pulse until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed (if necessary, add up to 1/2 cup water, 1 tablespoon at a time). Do not overmix. Divide dough into 2 disks; wrap each tightly in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour (or up to overnight).
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Make filling: In a large bowl, toss together blueberries, cornstarch, sugar, and lemon zest and juice. On a floured work surface, roll out 1 disk to a 12-by-16-inch rectangle. Place in a 10-by-14-by-1-inch rimmed sheet pan. Pour in blueberry filling, then lightly brush edges of crust with water. On floured surface, roll out second disk to an 11-by-15-inch rectangle, carefully cutting out the star shapes. These will serve as vents to allow steam to escape.  Lay over blueberry filling; press along moistened edges to seal. Fold overhang under, tucking it into pan, and crimp edges.
  3. Place pie in oven, then reduce heat to 375 degrees. Bake until crust is golden and juices are bubbling, 50 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 1 hour, preferably two. Allowing the pie to rest will keep the filling from running when you slice it.

Blueberry Slab Pie with Strawberry Marscarpone Ice Cream


This pie is even better with a scoop of ice cream and, if you really want to impress your family, our Strawberry Mascarpone Ice Cream is a dreamy addition.

Strawberry Marscarpone Ice Cream

  • 8 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 16 ounces marscarpone cheese
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt
  • 2  1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup


1. Place the slice strawberries in a bowl and mix with the balsamic vinegar. Refrigerate for overnight, or for a minimum of 2 hours.

2. Mix about 2 tablespoons of the milk with the cornstarch in a small bowl to make a smooth slurry. Whisk the marscarpone cheese and salt in a medium bowl until smooth. Fill a large bowl with ice and water.

3. Combine the remaining milk, the cream, sugar, and corn syrup in a 4-quart saucepan, bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat, and boil for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat, and gradually whisk in the cornstarch slurry. Bring the mixture back to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, stirring with a rubber spatula, until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat.

4. Gradually whisk the hot milk mixture into the marscarpone cheese mixture until smooth. Chill the mixture thoroughly. I usually just put the mixture in the fridge for a couple of hours but if you are in a hurry you can use Jeni’s quick chill method. Pour the mixture into a 2-gallon Ziploc freezer bags and submerge the sealed bags in an ice bath. Let stand, adding more ice as necessary, until cold, about 30 minutes.

5. Strain the strawberries, saving the balsamic vinegar for a salad dressing. Add the strawberries to the ice cream base and pour the base into your ice cream makers’s canister and proceed according to the manufacturer’s directions. Spin until thick and creamy. If you prefer your ice cream more solid, you can pack it into a plastic container and place it in the freezer for a few hours.We like it the way it comes out of the ice cream maker.

Makes two quarts ice cream, which may sound like a lot before you taste it, but it really isn’t.


The Very Hungry Baby Gift

My friend Cris is one of my favorite people in the world. She is funny. She is kind. She has more empathy than almost anyone I know. And she is thoughtful in the sense that when you ask her a question, she really takes her time to give you a considered answer. The only thing I don’t love about this woman is that she lives all the in Kentucky, which is entirely too far from me.

Because Cris lives so far from us, and because she is raising two young sons and managing a career in academia, she was unable to attend the little baby shower get together that my friend Jeannie had for us a couple weeks ago. Instead, she sent us this gift, and I am still sort of stunned by it’s awesomeness.

Cris knitted our baby a Very Hungry Caterpillar sleep sack.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sleep Sack for baby

Have you ever seen anything so sweet in your life?

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sleep Sack for baby

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sleep Sack for baby

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sleep Sack for baby

She got the idea from a crocheted version that we saw on Facebook and tracked down to Ravelry. Since she wasn’t able to find a knitted version of the pattern, she kind of made it up but studying other sleep sack patterns and experimenting.

Everything is knit, except the eyes which she crocheted. Basically, she cast on 96 stitches for the sleep sack and changed colors when she felt the urge. For the hat she cast on 80 stitches. The whole thing is made in JMF’s Neve yarn so it’s cotton and washable.

You can get more details about yarn usage on Cris’s Ravelry project page. There has been a lot of demand for her to write up a pattern and I’m sure she will oblige when she has time.

And I promise to post pics of our little man wearing it as soon as he arrives.




Cheerio and Willkommen!

Several months ago, I had every intention of doing a blog post about the exciting news that Juniper Moon Farm yarns are now available in the U.K. . I’m not entirely sure what happened, but that blog post never made it from my head to my laptop, which is really odd, because I was terribly excited about our yarns being on shop shelves across England, Ireland and Scotland.

Then today I got the great news that very soon, JMF yarns will be available in Germany as well!

I’m really excited that Juniper Moon is spreading around the globe but it’s also sort of surreal. When I started the farm back in 2007, I just wanted to tend my flock of sheep and make high quality yarn with integrity. I wanted knitters to have a deeper connection to the animals that made the fibers they created with. That was my only goal really.

I never could have imagined that one day I would be hearing from knitters living a world away about how much they love knitting with Moonshine or Herriot. I never even dreamed that skeins and skeins of JMF yarn with our little logo would be sitting on shelves across Europe.  It’s all like a lovely dream.

Juniper Moon Farm yarns. Now available in Europe!

 JMF yarns in the wilds of Ireland

Juniper Moon Farm yarns. Now available in Europe!

I am so happy to welcome knitters and crocheters from the U.K. and Germany Juniper Moon Farm. We would love to see what you are knitting with our yarns!


You can  find a stockist in Europe that carries Juniper Moon Farm yarns right here.


Tub Lamb

Just when all was starting to return to normal around here (and all of my seed catalogs were calling to me, reminding me I need to start my seeds), we got another snowstorm.


It was quite lovely.  Of course, the town was in no way prepared for it.  People were trying to drive home from work in it and there were abandoned cars everywhere on our road. Paul was out on the tractor clearing our neighborhood until pretty late, but thankfully neither of us had to be anywhere.


I love when it’s just snowed and all of the trees are heavy with it; it’s very Narniaesque!

Today it’s bright and sunny and in the upper 50′s, so everything is melting off and I am back to thinking we actually see spring soon.

It also means I can let our little Wembley outside to get some sun and fresh air.

Wembley, you see, has been living in my bathtub for the past week or so.


“I know there’s a cat there, but I am going to stare you down for more treats”.

Right before I got sick, we found her at evening feeding time laying in the hay with her head pinned back. Susan and I agreed that this looked exactly like a thiamine deficiency. But, not having any pure thiamine on hand, and out of an abundance of caution, a trip to the vet was in order.

Dr. Davis gave her an IV with thiamine and some glucose to keep her blood sugar up. She couldn’t find anything else wrong with her, so home we went, with instructions to keep her warm and keep her blood sugar levels up.

Into the tub she went, with some hay, food, and warm water mixed with molasses.

She’s been getting many, many shots of thiamine and plenty of attention. Her head is no longer pinned back to her side and her appetite is monstrous. She’s been in the tub awhile, though, and her limbs are a bit unused to holding her weight, so I’ve been taking her outside when I can and trying to get her to stand up.  She tries all the time, but in the tub she cant get any traction to stand.  Otherwise, she is the picture of health!


“Seriously, lady. Make with the treats.”


“Hello, cat. Do YOU have treats?”

I’m hoping her strength returns soon and she can be back out with the flock. Keeping a lamb in the tub is just as adorable – and disgusting – as you can imagine.

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