2020 Uberlist · Goal 3 · Knitting · Knitting Pattern

Knitting Pattern: Plush Junimo from Stardew Valley

As part of our 2020 Uberlist, I plan on releasing a couple free knitting patterns. Knitting is one of the many facets of what I do here on the farm, and bringing it all together in one place seems logical for us.
Robert has been playing Stardew Valley pretty consistently since it was released. He has a Nintendo Switch, and it was one of the first games he got for it. I love watching him play, and I wanted to knit him something from the game as part of his birthday gift back in December.

I whipped up this cute little buddy, and decided I should share the pattern with you in case you have a fan of Stardew Valley in your life! It’s a very simple pattern, and the extra details like arms, legs and antenna were made super easy by using pipe cleaners. If you want to have it be a little softer, feel free to knit a black i-cord in place of the pipe cleaners, and sew it on. Please keep in mind that this is not a toy suitable for small children.

Yarn
Any smooth worsted weight in the color and fiber content of your choice. I used some random blue acrylic that was sitting in my office.

Needles and Notions
US 7 (4.5mm) DPNs (Or size needed to obtain a tight fabric that doesn’t show stuffing through)
Darning needle
Pair of safety eyes (I used some of the second largest from this set)
2-3 black pipe cleaners
Something to stuff the plush

Instructions
Using Judy’s Magic Cast On, CO 8 sts (This counts as the first row)
Row 2, and all even numbered rows: Knit around
Row 3:KFB around, dividing evenly between four needles
Row 5: *K1, KFB* repeat around
Row 7: *K2, KFB* repeat around
Row 9: *K3, KFB* repeat around
Row 11: *K4, KFB* repeat around (total 48 sts)
Knit approximately 15 rounds, or until body is long enough to make a rough sphere once stuffed.

Place safety eyes. Junimo eyes are usually widely spaced, and slightly below the midpoint of the body.

Cut one pipe cleaner roughly in half. Insert each end through the inside of the body so they come out where the legs should be. This can be moved around until you find the right spot. Once placed to your satisfaction, fold back about ½ inch of each end, twist to cover sharp end, and bend to form the feet.

Stuff body about halfway.

Poke second pipe cleaner through each side to make arms. Trim a few inches off to desired length. Repeat folding, twisting and bending so as to form hands.
Add more stuffing.

Resume knitting top of head:
Decrease 8 sts every other row as follows:
*K4, k2tog* repeat around
Knit around
*K3, k2tog* repeat around
Knit around
*K2, k2tog* repeat around
Knit around
*K1, k2tog* repeat around
Knit around
Add more stuffing here if needed to form spherical shape.
*K2tog* around
Break yarn, using darning needle, thread through remaining stitches, add more stuffing if needed, and draw shut. Weave in end.

Top Leaf:
Using same needles, CO 2 sts
Knit across
KFB twice
Knit three rows
K2tog twice
Knit across
K2tog
Break yarn and draw through final stitch. Weave in ends.

Stick end of pipe cleaner left over from making legs through CO end of leaf. Fold over and twist to secure.
Fold up ½” of opposite end and bend and twist to secure. Place firmly through small BO hole in top of Junimo’s head, adding glue if desired.

There’s your Junimo! I would love to see your finished projects on Ravelry, or in the comments here!

This post was sponsored by our Patreon supporter Melina. Find her gorgeous hand dyed yarn on Facebook, Instagram, and Etsy, and find her knitting patterns on her website and Ravelry.

2020 Uberlist · Animals · Goal 65 · Sheep

Ushering in a New Year with Ups and Downs

When we published our goals for 2020, I really wasn’t expecting to get started on them right on January 1. I was truly expecting to sort of lazily glide into the new year and start tackling goals by the first weekend. Unfortunately, that’s not the way life goes on the farm, and we lost one of our sheep overnight.

Verse was born on our farm on March 18, 2019 to Haiku. She was an adorable little lamb who was our only surviving lamb between the two ewes. For the last few months, she has been dealing with an unknown illness. We’ve had the farm vet out to take a look at her, Verse received some medication, and good food, and she continued to decline despite her extra TLC. Last night, she passed away due to an injury caused by the complications of the illness that she couldn’t recover from. I removed some of her wool to be used in a project in the future. It’s wonderfully soft.

We were both very upset, and sort of abandoned some of our plans for the day. However, as other farmers know, you can’t just give up when one thing goes wrong. We took care of some other chores, and then we headed north to another farm to bring a new ewe home. A Romeldale/California Variegated Mutant sheep fell into our laps recently, and we couldn’t say no to her. While picking her up from the farm about an hour away, she attempted to jump through a gate twice, and was generally quite rambunctious. That is until we got the halter on her and tried to lead her. Apparently, she forgot she has legs, and just turned into a bag of bricks. Robert carried her to the truck and loaded her in, where she happily rode the hour back home in a large dog crate surrounded by hay bales. When we got her home, we introduced her to the rest of the flock through a gate. The boys took an immediate interest in her, even though she should already be bred. We will see what happens in May when she is due! We named her Calypso, which follows our “hop variety” name theme for 2019. (We were supposed to pick her up in 2019, but scheduling just couldn’t work out)

As much as it hurts to lose Verse, she is no longer in pain. We need to continue to build the farm even when we suffer losses like this. We will continue to grow throughout this year, and we hope to share the ups and downs with all of you.

Not Farming Related

We Are Now On Patreon!

Since starting the farm, we have had folks from all over the place follow us on social media. We regularly get comments and messages asking how people can support us from afar. And we’ve finally come up with a solution!

Over the course of the last few days, we’ve signed up for Patreon!

What’s Patreon? Basically, patrons (people like you!) sign up to support us. You can choose the level you support at, and that determines what kind of benefits you get. Extra behind the scene photos, sponsoring a feeding, sponsoring a blog post, and more rewards are coming soon. It’s an easy way to support artists and creators and other small businesses without having to be nearby.

So what does this mean for the blog, and all of you? Well, if you don’t want to send us a couple bucks a month, that’s totally fine! Nothing here will change other than seeing the occasional “This blog post was sponsored by *whomever*” on a few posts.

Why did we sign up for Patreon? Well, in short, farming costs money. We spend time and resources sharing our content with everyone, and some people want to support us. This just makes it easier! No one is obligated to support us, but we would be very appreciative if you did!

Become a Patron!

2020 Uberlist · Animals · Chickens · Ducks · Geese · Goals · Goats · Not Farming Related · Sheep · Turkeys

Our Goals for 2020

Finding inspiration from a bunch of other blogs, we decided to work on an “Uberlist” for Frontière Farm House. These are mostly my (Nicole) goals, with some that are for both of us to accomplish together. I am hoping that by sharing them with all of you, I will keep myself more accountable, and follow through on them. I may not update about the progress on each one, especially the more personal ones, but I will do my best to keep everyone updated on the ones that are farming related

My four categories are Self, Farm, Fiber, and Home. Those are four areas that I would like to see more personal growth this year. I will give more information on why we chose a goal, or what exactly it means, when we start updating. So, without further adieu, here is our 2020 Uberlist:

  1. SELF get a drivers license
  2. FARM blog 2x/mo for the farm
  3. FIBER share another free knitting pattern
  4. SELF/FIBER/HOME get her office functional
  5. HOME put up closet door curtains in her office
  6. HOME get his office functional
  7. FARM get all the rest of the business licensing squared away for selling other meats
  8. FARM get lamb in the freezer
  9. FARM get another meat consignor
  10. FIBER keep one Jacob fleece to play with
  11. FIBER start playing with a spinning wheel
  12. FIBER knit something for me with OUR YARN!!!
  13. FIBER knit something for Bob with OUR YARN!!!
  14. FIBER get other fleeces processed in a timely manner
  15. FIBER make dryer balls
  16. HOME get all the freezers organized
  17. HOME get rid of upright freezer and replace with chest freezer
  18. SELF go on at least one good walk with Luna weekly
  19. FARM get to ??? posts on Instagram
  20. FARM continue Tomorrow At The Market posts every week
  21. FIBER finish up as many unfinished knits as I possibly can
  22. FIBER frog any unfinished knitting projects that don’t spark joy/lost their needles/etc
  23. FIBER knit enough items to do shows in the fall/winter
  24. FIBER do at least two non-farmers market shows
  25. FIBER consign knitted stuff somewhere
  26. HOME get garage park-able
  27. HOME get saws back to Todd
  28. HOME organize spare barn stall
  29. HOME/FARM get shelving in barn organized
  30. SELF get eyes examine
  31. SELF get teeth cleaned
  32. SELF get tea cupboard under control
  33. SELF drink tea at least once a week
  34. SELF make cold brew coffee at least a handful of times in the warm months
  35. FARM sell gravity wagon
  36. FARM sell hoop house OR put it up
  37. FARM get birds in movable layer coops
  38. FARM re-seed south pasture
  39. FARM/HOME build raised beds for personal gardening
  40. FARM/HOME grow herbs on front porch in pots
  41. FARM build new shelters for fuzzy beasts
  42. HOME clean all the crap out of the attic
  43. HOME insulate the attic
  44. HOME fix moldy spot in ceiling from leaky roof
  45. HOME finish painting the spots we never finished
  46. HOME acquire baseboards and install them
  47. HOME get all the art framed/mounted
  48. HOME get all the art on the walls
  49. HOME investigate new trash collector options
  50. FARM get round pen cleaned up
  51. HOME get two stupid trees in front of house cut down
  52. HOME get junk pile at end of driveway cleaned up
  53. HOME use gravel to repair driveway
  54. HOME get new mailbox
  55. FARM raise 20+ meat ducks
  56. FARM raise 80+ meat turkeys
  57. FARM raise 200+ meat chickens
  58. FARM raise 5+ meat geese
  59. SELF earn $1000+ through Amazon Affiliate marketing
  60. FARM do another CustomInk campaign
  61. FARM order another batch of StickerMule stickers
  62. FARM figure out how to package and sell smoking wood bundles
  63. FIBER attend two or more fiber festivals
  64. FIBER vend/co-vend at one or more fiber festivals
  65. FARM add at least three videos to YouTube
  66. HOME get garbage disposal wired in
  67. HOME get outlet on kitchen island fixed
  68. HOME get kitchen wood shelf cleaned off and organized
  69. SELF go on a date once a month and pay attention to each other instead of our phones
  70. SELF see a therapist at least 4 times
  71. FARM run some sort of giveaway on Facebook
  72. HOME get thresholds installed throughout house
  73. HOME get that stupid piece of trim attached to the kitchen island thing
  74. HOME get dining table cleared off consistently
  75. HOME/SELF eat dinner at the dining table 2x monthly
  76. HOME/FIBER empty out current yarn storage
  77. HOME sell/donate all the current yarn storage I don’t need
  78. HOME make 1+ bread pudding a month while we are overwhelmed with eggs
  79. FARM find a business to work with regularly to collect food scraps for the chickens
  80. FARM/HOME organize all the egg cartons
  81. HOME get vent grate for dining room
  82. HOME get hutch into office if it fits/works with layout
  83. FIBER knit at least five items with scraps
  84. FARM get all the animal’s profiles up on the website
  85. SELF get a tattoo
  86. SELF go on a mini vacation (at least one night away from home)
  87. FARM plant garlic
  88. FARM/HOME harvest raspberries from patch/property perimeter
  89. HOME/SELF make something with those raspberries
  90. HOME can tomato sauce
  91. HOME can apple stuff
  92. HOME make five+ batches of sauerkraut
  93. FARM investigate camelid acquisition
  94. FARM have Doctor Walker out to the farm at least twice for general herd health
  95. FARM/SELF write at least one article to be published elsewhere
  96. HOME sell lawn sweeper
  97. HOME clean all the windowsills/windows
  98. FARM get gate wheels under gates that need it
  99. FARM put welded wire on gates that need it
  100. FARM figure out pasture rotation and stick with it
  101. SELF join Jodi in some creative endeavor
  102. SELF get personal email inbox under control
  103. FARM/FIBER register the farm with JSBA
  104. FARM register original three sheep
  105. FARM register this year’s offspring
  106. HOME clean out lazy Susan and re-organize it
  107. SELF attend ??? DCFC matches
  108. SELF intentionally hang out with a friend at least 10 times
  109. SELF bake bread at least once
  110. SELF ride a horse
  111. HOME fill all the holes in the baseboards and trim
  112. HOME fully organize master closet
  113. FIBER make 5+ things on the weaving looms
  114. HOME repair/replace downspouts as needed
  115. FARM get Facebook page to 2000 likes
  116. FARM get Instagram to 1700 follows
  117. SELF take Luna to a pool/lake at least once
  118. SELF read 10+ books
  119. FARM/SELF milk a sheep/goat/cow by hand
  120. FARM/SELF make soap/candles/something similar at least once

These goals may be removed, replaced, or modified at any time. If a goal will no longer assist in moving us forward, we will make adjustments as needed.

As you can see with goal number 2, we plan on blogging more in 2020. I already have a loose idea of what I want to share more of, and I am working on a posting calendar. We look forward to sharing this progress with all of you! And I would love to see your goals for 2020, please leave a link in the comments!

CSA

Frontière Farm House Holiday Gift Guide 2019

With December here, many folks are still working on their holiday shopping. We can’t promise you that we have a gift for everyone on your list, but we can promise we will do our best! We will give you a type of gift recipient, and a suggestion on what you could get from us.

The Baker
What better gift to get for someone who loves to bake than a Duck Egg CSA? Duck eggs make for wonderfully fluffy and moist baked goods, and 12 dozen duck eggs is enough for a couple baking days for the next year! (And we have them on sale for $50 until the end of December 1!) If you would like to give this as a gift, contact us and we can print up information on how to redeem them to include with the punch card for your recipient.

The Health Nut
Bone broth has been incredibly popular among people following Keto or Paleo diets. It’s naturally gluten free, naturally low sodium, it can help improve your joint health, and it simply just tastes good. We sell Bone Broth Bundles for just $35, and you will get 10+ pounds of pasture raised chicken necks, gizzards, hearts, feet, and stewing hens. This is enough to make a whole bunch of bone broth, which can be consumed as-is, or used as the base of soups, gravies, or adding flavor and nutrition to just about anything.

What your Bone Broth Bundle could look like!

The Grill Master
In Michigan, many folks view grilling as a year-round activity. We have some amazing whole chickens that are perfect for cooking on the grill. With or without the beer can, they are a tasty alternative to store bought, confinement raised poultry.

The Canine Niece/Nephew/Granddog, and Their Human Parents
Not everyone gets gifts for the canines they love, but some of us do! Check with the pet parents if it’s okay, but our chicken feet and necks make great dog treats. Many folks are started to feed their dogs raw, and we have a freezer full of great quality meat for them.

The Special Teacher
We have a huge selection of hand knit scarves and accessories, and can do custom items with a pretty quick turnaround. If you’d like to have something made in some custom school colors, feel free to ask!

The Person Who Has Everything
Everyone has to eat! We are still selling our gift cards! They can be loaded in any amount, and we will have a special happening for the month of December. Stay tuned to see what that is!

We hope this gets a few ideas going for you. You can find us at the Marshall Area Farmers Market December 7, 14, and 21. If you need a special gift on a different day, send us a message on Facebook, or send us an email.

Animals · Meat · Turkeys

Happy Thanksgiving from Frontière Farm House

As we approach Thanksgiving, we are being bombarded with ads for Black Friday. Which started… before Halloween? It seems so wrong that the day after we are expressing our thankfulness, we are expected to go buck-wild in a retail store and spend all our hard-earned money to show our loved ones how much we care. This is something I’ve seen repeated time and time again, so I will stop there.

But, at Frontière Farm House, we are very thankful for all of you. We are grateful for the support you’ve given us during this growing season. We have had more people ask us for our pastured turkey than we were able to provide. We have a few turkeys that have not been claimed, and we will be bringing them to the market this Saturday. They will be available first come, first served. This is the only way we can offer them fairly, and not risk going home with a truck full of turkeys because people haven’t shown up.

We have one request from all of you fine folks. Don’t forget about us. And we don’t just mean us as in Robert and Nicole. We mean “us” as in all the small farmers in your area. Follow them on Facebook, and Like or comment on a photo now and then. Like their photos on Instagram. Give them a retweet if something you enjoy comes up. And a big one that we love to see is when people tag us in the photos of their meals. For many of us, we are entering the slow season, even with freezers and coolers full of meat and produce. People get busy with holiday parties and preparing for family get-togethers. Going to the weekly farmers market becomes a task that is pushed to the back of your mind. But we are still out here, feeding our animals, growing veggies in hoop houses, and caring for our soil. We still need you.

Pick up another turkey for Christmas. Or get a duck, or a chicken and put it on your smoker. Get a ham from your local pork purveyor instead of one of those spiral sliced ones full of MSG and other weird preservatives. Get a bag of onions from the farmers market, because they will keep for a while. Get your honey and jam made by someone you’ve met, instead of off the shelf in the grocery store. There are so many ways to support your local farmers. And I promise that they ALL still need you.

Our friend Greg Gunthorp, of Gunthorp Farms, made a Facebook post today suggesting that folks make a 2020 New Years Resolution to purchase from their local farmers more often than they did in 2019. Or to sign up for a CSA. Or to become a regular at their local farmers market. Or to purchase a freezer bundle of tasty, high quality meats. And we would absolutely love if you did this. We are changing up the way we are doing things this year, and we don’t want to make any promises we can’t keep. But the one thing we can and will promise is that we will continue to provide the best quality meat and eggs for our customers that we are able to raise, for as long as we can. With your help and support, this will be for a long time to come.

Happy Thanksgiving from Frontière Farm House. We are thankful for you.

Market

Upcoming Event: Pick Up Your #TrunkMeat

To start things off: What is #TrunkMeat? I promise it’s not weird. Okay, maybe it is a little weird… The hashtag started as #TrunkEggs. The two of us drive across the state to attend soccer matches in Detroit. Many of our friends started asking about us bringing eggs with us. We sell them out of the trunk of the car, thus #TrunkEggs. Once we started bringing meat, it progressed into #TrunkMeat. Only a little weird, right?

Now that that’s out of the way, we are doing a small event in Detroit on November 24, 2019 at Detroit City Clubhouse from 1:00-4:00. We will be bringing meat and eggs for those who pre-order. To pre-order, fill out this form.

For those who are picking up their Thanksgiving turkey that day, here are some really good directions on how to thaw your bird for dinner! We really don’t suggest the microwave method, so be sure to check the weight of your bird and see how long it needs in the fridge or in water as soon as you bring it home!

It’s super simple. Place your order, we will contact you if we have any questions, and show up on that day! We can take cash or card payments to make things easy on you. See you there!