Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Spin!

I had so much fun today! I found a local group of spinners on Ravelry.com, and I had really been wanting to learn how to spin. I PM-ed one of the leaders and asked if I could sit in and watch. She went the next step and got people to bring things for me to learn to hand-spin with! Someone gave me a CD drop spindle kit and showed me how to use it, and gave me a nice fluff of magenta wool to use after I used up the wool in the kit. Another lady showed me how to ply it with itself and set it, and gave me young adult mohair locks and more drum carded fiber to use. I am so excited! It was really fun, and they were such generous, nice ladies that I really look forward to going back and spending more Wednesdays with them. :) Sigh. I love fiber. My son does too, methinks, because watching those ladies and their spinning wheels and watching me were fascinating to him. He also likes to sneakily crawl to my yarn bag at home. I think we have caught him getting into it at least three times, lol. He was a bit cranky today because he was teething, making it hard at times, but I think he will do well at these gatherings when he feels well.

Well, I had better go off to be a good housewife while the little teether still naps. :)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Garden Update/Sunning Diapers

I took my son out in the backyard with me this afternoon and laid him in the shade on a big blanket. It is very warm (I'd say hot, but people from other parts of the county would shake their heads) at 80 degrees outside. It was sunny and beautiful! I revel in this kind of day... but I digress.

So I went outside to sun my son's prefold and all-in-one cloth diapers, hang dry the wipes and bags and covers, and water the garden. Sunning is nature's way of bleaching out stains, and it seems to work quite well! Since my clothesline is in the shade, I laid them down on the lawn.

After I did that, I filled my two-quart-just-like-you-see-at-a-pizza-place pitcher with water from the water spout (where an eensy weensy spider actually lives), and in MANY trips, got my garden watered. We either need to get a hose with a mister head set up back there or buy a real watering can, because that was a bit too inefficient.

Anyhow, when I watered the garden, I noticed that my broccoli, carrots, and bush beans are starting to sprout. The beans haven't broken through yet, I noticed when I accidentally uncovered one with water. But they are there! I was pleased. :)

I picked up my son and showed him around the back yard, pointing out the cat, the bamboo, the shed, the bushes, the raised beds, his diapers, and a garter snake. Yes, a snake! In our little city lot backyard! It was about 18 inches long. Now I have a guess who made the hole in the dirt in the raised bed before we planted. :)

Garden and Skirt

I just planted my corn in one of my two 3x6 raised garden beds on Saturday. I only had room for two 3 foot rows in my little 36 sq. ft. garden, but I am happy nonetheless. I planted broccoli, bush beans, carrots, salad greens, potatoes, and spinach about a week and a half ago. In the next couple of days, I hope to plant two varieties of basil, chives, and peppermint in pots, constituting my mini herb garden. I will try to remember to take and share pictures of the garden in process, and when I harvest what, both for any readers and for my own record for next year's garden.

I also finished a lavendar colored, lightweight skirt. Since yesterday was 75 degrees here, it was good timing. I didn't do my best handiwork, but I kind of wanted it to have a homemade, hippie-esque feel to it, so it is all good. And if the hem ravels, the skirt is long enough to re-hem. I am thinking about doing a tutorial on how to do an easy skirt with one rectangle of fabric, and how to do the waist of an elastic skirt. I also will post pictures of my skirt once it has been washed. :) I may decide to do a weekly post with all my craft projects pictured and described. I am still trying to figure out how to work my blog here best.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Mmm, Mmm!

I have been trying to make our food purchases healthier in the last few months, including switching to whole wheat flour for everything. It had been a long time since I had baked snickerdoodle cookies, sometime far back in the days of white flour (my husband says I have never made them for him, and we have been married for more than 15 months, so... a long time ago!). So I was afraid to try my favorite cookie with whole wheat flour and have it turn out disappointing. I picked up WW pastry flour, figuring I would give them a fair chance, and tried it today to see if they were going to be fit to bring to a small, roughly 20 person group meeting with friends from church in one of their homes.

Success! I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they turned out just about the same as before! I didn't do anything to the quantities, and it worked. Now, I don't know that whole wheat flour really makes a cookie recipe with 1/2c. shortening and 1/2c. butter a healthy recipe, but at least it is better. :)