Looking Back

I don’t look back often. It distracts me from all that lies ahead. It’s actually kind of a melancholy thing to do. It’s probably why the boxes of photos from my childhood, college, and from when my kids were young sit safely tucked away on a shelf in the basement. Some of them have never seen the light of day.

White Barn Farm however is a little different. It’s not only my experience, it has become the experience of so many others. Even though I rarely look back, I am a shameless picture taker. I’d like to share with you all some of my favorite farm and fiber moments (and a few personal triumphs) from 2012. Here goes in no particular order. Enjoy.

The most evocative photo of a sheep I've ever seen. A wonderful gift from the husband of one of my knitters.

The most evocative photo of a sheep I’ve ever seen. A wonderful gift from the husband of one of my knitters.

I started selling these stickers about a year after i opened. Now they are EVERYWHERE!

I started selling these stickers about a year after i opened. Now they are EVERYWHERE!

White Barn hosted a wonderful lecture on the Eleanor Roosevelt. Can't wait to host more lectures.

White Barn hosted a wonderful lecture on the Eleanor Roosevelt. Can’t wait to host more lectures.

The knit groups here are the funnest, bestest, most supportive creative groups ever! Really, I mean ever!

The knit groups here are the funnest, bestest, most supportive creative groups ever! Really, I mean ever!

Classes, a very important part of my year. The ever popular needle felting class. There is just something about stabbing fiber into submission!

Classes, a very important part of my year. The ever popular needle felting class. There is just something about stabbing fiber into submission!

Needle felted creatures

Needle felted creatures

Personal triumph. The best looking and tasting apple pie I've ever made!

Personal triumph. The best looking and tasting apple pie I’ve ever made!

Favorite fibery gift. Yes, a needle felted chicken leg!

Favorite fibery gift. Yes, a needle felted chicken leg!

Newest members of the flock. Diesel and Snowball.

Newest members of the flock. Diesel and Snowball.

A knit group regular. Gertie is always a fashion plate.

A knit group regular. Gertie is always a fashion plate.

Personal triumph. A quick getaway to the Guggenheim Museum to see the Picasso Black and White Show. What a spectacular experience!

Personal triumph. A quick getaway to the Guggenheim Museum to see the Picasso Black and White Show. What a spectacular experience!

Our first 'Knit in Public' gathering! Greasy food, beer, wine, and yarn. (and a less than stellar photo, but I just had to include it).

Our first ‘Knit in Public’ gathering! Greasy food, beer, wine, and yarn. (and a less than stellar photo, but I just had to include it).

Girls just want to have fun yarn bombing.

Girls just want to have fun yarn bombing.

So proud of my plant dyeing experiments. Can't wait to expand my dye garden this year.

So proud of my plant dyeing experiments. Can’t wait to expand my dye garden this year.

Personal triumph. Detangling yarn on the beach during a summer break. Delightful.

Personal triumph. Detangling yarn on the beach during a summer break. Delightful.

Personal triumph. A great year for growing vegetables.

Personal triumph. A great year for growing vegetables.

Color. I love dyeing yarn.

Color. I love dyeing yarn.

Very proud of this year's crop. It truly is 'Heaven' to knit and wear.

Very proud of this year’s crop. It truly is ‘Heaven’ to knit and wear.

Knitting. I knit all the time. I am fascinated by how many dang things yhou can make with two simple stitches. However, as much as I love knitting, this year I have decided to really add crocheting to my repertoire. Something about those granny squares and those flowery motifs has got me intrigued.

Knitting. I knit all the time. I am fascinated by how many dang things you can make with two simple stitches. However, as much as I love knitting, this year I have decided to really add crocheting to my repertoire. Something about those granny squares and those flowery motifs has got me intrigued.

Well there it is, the door I walk through everyday, to one of the best jobs I could have ever given myself. It is definitely 'sunny with a chance of yarn'. Happy New Year Everyone!

Well there it is, the door I walk through everyday, to one of the best jobs I could have ever given myself. It is definitely ‘sunny with a chance of yarn’. Happy New Year Everyone!

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