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Merry Christmas from Ramstack Farm

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Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Let it snow!


Yarn Along: Pussyhat Project

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I'm linking up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.


Knitting FO: Pussyhat
In case you haven't heard, Women's Rights Marches are happening all over the country on January 21, 2017. I know one lady who is going to the D.C. march and another is keeping it a little more local and going to Madison, WI. I'm knitting them Pussyhats to show my support.

The Pussyhat Project aims to:
Provide the people of the Women’s March on Washington D.C. a means to make a unique collective visual statement which will help activists be better heard.Provide people who cannot physically be on the National Mall a way to represent themselves and support women’s rights. To read more about the Pussyhat Project, click HERE. Such a cool idea!

Pattern: Pussyhat Project (free on Rav)
Yarn: Yarn Love Anne Shirley in colorway Sweet Tangerine and Plymouth Encore Worsted in colorway 453 Rust Roadster


In trying to use up my stash, I realized I wasn't going to have enough of the Anne Shirley yarn …

Yarn Along: Striped Apolonia

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I'm linking up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.


Knitting FO: Striped Shawl
I just finished this striped shawl. The ombre yarn that changes from peach to pink to lavender is one that I dyed myself. I've been wanting to see how my ombre yarns knit up so this is a sample. 


Kind of a fun pattern in that you start with one skein (in my case the charcoal color) and knit with only that color for awhile. Then you add in another yarn and switch off every 6 rows. When you run out of the first color, you continue on with the 2nd until your run out of that one too. And then your shawl is done!


I like to wear a shawl more like a cowl and this one looks pretty cool when it's all bunched up. Super cozy!
Pattern: Striped Scarf by Hiromi Sakurai (free on Rav) 
Mods: Switched from Sport weight to Worsted
Yarn: Cascade 220 Worsted in colorway Charcoal Gray and my own hand-dyed ombre yarn.

Reading: Apolonia by Jamie McGuire
This book has gotten very mixed reviews on Goodreads. People either …

Cyber Monday Sale in My Etsy Shop

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Enjoy 15% off your entire purchase from my Etsy shop, kejeara. Use coupon code SHOPKEJEARA at checkout. Code expires at 11:59pm CST on Tuesday, November 29th.

I have a lot of cool vintage tins for sale right now. Use them as gift boxes for your holiday gifts or keep them for yourself for storing your trinkets or crafting supplies. Are you a baker? Use one of my vintage tins as a pretty package for your holiday cookies or fruitcake. Or disguise a gift card by placing it inside a pretty tin. Many of these items are one-of-a-kind so get them before they're gone!

This is just a sampling of the items in my shop. Click HERE to view them all.


Wisconsin Wake-Up

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November 5, 2016 at 7:46 a.m.

Hike 100 NCT Challenge (Miles 65.1 to 67.6)

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In celebration of the National Park Service's Centennial Anniversary, we are hiking 100 miles of the North Country Trail in 2016.


Miles 0 to 7.1  |  Miles 7.1 to 18.9  |  Miles 18.9 to 30.4 Miles 30.4 to 42.4  |  Miles 42.4 to 44.9  |  Miles 44.9 to 50.6 Miles 50.6 to 60.9  |  Miles 60.9 to 65.1

Our last day of backpacking in the Porkies was much like the previous day in that we put on a lot of miles but only a few of them counted toward the Hike 100 challenge. We had an ambitious itinerary - going up and over both major ridges in the park - but we've done it in the past and knew we could handle it. In fact, day 4 ended up being much easier than day 3 even with all of the elevation gain and longer miles. Good trail counts for a lot. This is the first backpacking trip where I wasn't ready to come out of the woods, take a hot shower and get a burger and beer. 




Hike 100 NCT Challenge (Miles 60.9 to 65.1)

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In celebration of the National Park Service's Centennial Anniversary, we are hiking 100 miles of the North Country Trail in 2016.

Miles 0 to 7.1  |  Miles 7.1 to 18.9  |  Miles 18.9 to 30.4 Miles 30.4 to 42.4  |  Miles 42.4 to 44.9  |  Miles 44.9 to 50.6  |  Miles 50.6 to 60.9

On our third day of backpacking in the Porkies we had to retrace our steps 4.2 miles back to the Little Carp River. The rest of our hiking for the day is not included in the Hike 100 challenge because we weren't on the North Country Trail. Bummer - because those were some hard miles! The Lake Superior trail got hit hard this year - a flood that dropped 9" of rain in one day followed by a tornado 10 days later. Needless to say, the trail was a mess. Instead of 10 miles, I felt like we had hiked 20.



Hike 100 NCT Challenge (Miles 50.6 to 60.9)

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In celebration of the National Park Service's Centennial Anniversary, we are hiking 100 miles of the North Country Trail in 2016.

Miles 0 to 7.1  |  Miles 7.1 to 18.9  |  Miles 18.9 to 30.4 Miles 30.4 to 42.4  | Miles 42.4 to 44.9  | Miles 44.9 to 50.6

On our second day of backpacking in the Porkies, we headed down my favorite trail in the park - the Little Carp River trail. This route winds through old growth forest and has two unbridged crossings over the waterfall-laden river. We were a little leery about the second leg of our journey. The last time we tackled the section of trail from the Little Carp into Speaker's the trail was in really rough shape - mud pits, deep gorges with hard-to-find trail, swampy areas, etc. This time it wasn't AS bad but it was still a difficult 4.2 miles. But - I've been wanting to stay at Speaker's cabin for years and it's never been available before so the slog through the swamp was worth it.



Hike 100 NCT Challenge (Miles 44.9 to 50.6)

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In celebration of the National Park Service's Centennial Anniversary, we are hiking 100 miles of the North Country Trail in 2016.

Miles 0 to 7.1  |  Miles 7.1 to 18.9  |  Miles 18.9 to 30.4 Miles 30.4 to 42.4  |  Miles 42.4 to 44.9
To add another chunk of miles to our Hike 100 challenge, we set off on a 4-day backpacking trip in Porcupine Mountains State Park in upper Michigan. We've been backpacking in the Porkies almost every autumn for the last 10 years and it felt so good to be back on her rugged and muddy trails. As we've done in the past, we stayed in a different rustic wilderness cabin each night because sleeping in a tent this time of year can be miserable - chilly wind coming off Lake Superior, rain, snow, short days and cold nighttime temps. Because we were trying to get more miles racked up on the NCT, we started our hike from a different trailhead than we've used in the past which, in turn, led us to stay in two new-to-us cabins. 


Hike 100 NCT Challenge (Miles 42.4 to 44.9)

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In celebration of the National Park Service's Centennial Anniversary, we are hiking 100 miles of the North Country Trail in 2016.

Miles 0 to 7.1  |  Miles 7.1 to 18.9  |  Miles 18.9 to 30.4 Miles 30.4 to 42.4
In August we volunteered for a weekend with the Heritage Chapter to help build a new section of the NCT near Copper Falls State Park in northern Wisconsin. Trail building is hard work but it's also very rewarding. You eye-ball a path through the forest then start clearing away rocks, logs, hummocks, duff and roots to create a smooth and level path.




Sometimes it feels like you're not making much progress, but at the end of the day, when you walk back over all of the new trail you've just cut in, there's a huge sense of accomplishment.




Yarn Along: Ready Player Shawl

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I'm linking up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.


Knitting: Striped Shawl
I started dyeing yarn over the summer and have been playing around with creating ombre yarns. I thought I would knit a shawl using my ombre yarn to see how the colors change. This is a pretty mindless knit. Just rows and rows of garter with a few short rows thrown in. I'm just about to get to the next color in my skein and I can't wait.
Pattern: Striped Scarf by Hiromi Sakurai
Yarn: Cascade 220 Worsted in colorway Charcoal Gray and my own hand-dyed ombre yarn.

Reading: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (audiobook)
Set in the year 2044, a virtual reality game called the OASIS has people scrambling to solve riddles and clues to win the fortune of the game's deceased creator. The book is rife with '80s references and, as a child of the '80s, I find this to be highly entertaining. I'm not a video game player and I don't think you need to be in order to enjoy this book. The narrator …

Sunday Wake-Up

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October 16, 2016 at 8:16 a.m.
Fall colors peeking through the morning fog and corn ready for harvest.