May 10, 2019

The Goldenrod Shawl

According to the forecast, our next nice, sunny day is next Thursday, so I decided to just make the best of it and get some photos of my finished shawl.

Project deets:
     - this is the Simple Yet Effective Shawl made with stash fiber.  It is American wool, hand dyed with goldenrod, purchased from Ginny's shop ages ago (before it was Little Meadows).  The pattern is clearly written and was easy to follow, a great beginners project.  I love the subtle color variation in the yarn, giving a simple shawl a little depth.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.

The days are getting warmer, and it looks like the rain might be winding down for a spell.  I'm trying to psych myself up for The Big Garden Bed Clean-out.  I haven't put a garden in for the past two summers, and the space is completely overrun with grass and weeds.  But it will be totally worth it when I am bringing in armfuls of zucchini, right?!

Also, did I mention it is wedding season? ...

I've enjoyed working on the shawl so much that I've set myself up to start on another one.  I was thumbing through my pile of old Taproot magazines (everyone has one of those, right?) and I found the perfect project.  This time I'm listening to the pattern-maker for once, and using the recommended fiber, Quince & Co. Lark in this gorgeous hot-chocolatey color.

Astrid has been sick the last couple of days so plans are a bit up in the air at the moment.  If anything, it may be a good excuse to stay home and start that next shawl. :)

Crafting on

May 7, 2019

Early May

I finished my shawl!  And I would love to share it with you just as soon as we can get some sun and I can get a decent photo.  Spring for us is a lot of grey and rainy days, and busy weekends.  It's wedding season, you know?  And the Dagorhir season is starting.  This is sort of how it rolls for us from now until mid-July.  Mother's/Father's day, birthdays, weddings, and graduations.  And let's not forget Ragnarok prep.  Oy!  This season for us is just as busy as the winter holiday season.  ...and I haven't even thought about homesteading projects!

In the midst of all of this, Cynar and I are each doing our own version of a low carb diet.  My energy has really been flagging lately, and I know I feel better when I am more mindful of what I eat.  So I've committed to one week of Paleo, and I can decide at the end whether I want to continue.

In all my online digging I stumbled across the idea of a bitters and soda "mocktail" for those moments when you would like a little something.  It's actually quite good and does the trick as a no-carb alternative to a boozy drink.  Just a few shakes of bitters into a glass of club soda, maybe with a little dash of lemon/lime juice, makes a nice little refresher.  Give it a try and let me know what you think!

I will share the shawl just as soon as I can!

April 27, 2019

All Natural

Spring has definitely arrived this week in our area.  Last week the trees started to bud.  It seemed like it was only a handful of days between a dead brown lawn and one in need of a cut.  Here's to praying that the mower starts and we don't have a repeat of last year.  Oy!

There was a bit of making this week.  While Cynar and Astrid were tied up with their respective work and school schedules, I was able to get a few things going.  My first shawl is officially off the needles!  Astrid has already tried to claim it.  I should have it all spiffed up and ready to show in a few days.

I made our first loaf of zucchini bread this week, and I've become convinced that I *must* put in a garden this year, even if it's all zucchini.  My garden bed has been unused for the past two summers and it is completely overrun with grass and weeds.  It's going to take a bit of work to get it ready, but I have a bit of time.  Our last frost isn't for another couple of weeks.

I put down (up?) a couple of jars this week.  The first is an infusion of dill in vodka, taken from Taproot Magazine issue #9.  It will be ready just in time for a little Beltane spring feast celebration.  Pickled Bloody Mary's.  Yes, please!

The second jar was actually inspired by a post on natural weed killer.  I followed the beautiful mystery of the interwebs, and found myself at a simple idea for DIY non-toxic citrus cleaner.  I've never used anything like this before so I'm giving the benefit of a full two-month soak before giving it a test run.

The rest of our day is full of fun social engagements.  Cynar and Astrid are headed off to a Dagorhir event with friends, and I'm headed to a bridal shower for my cousin.I'm looking forward to catching up with my mom's side of the family.

What have you been making this week?

Linked to Ginny.  

April 1, 2019

Green Sweater WIP

The spring making energy has indeed been spreading through the house!

Cynar's puttering in the basement turned into testing leather dyes, which turned into a new belt.  The belt blank was one he pulled from his stash, and the buckle was salvaged a couple of years ago from an old belt.  Astrid has been thinking leathercrafting as well.  She has drawn up designs for a new mask.  It should be fairly interesting if they can figure out how to make it work.

I think I might be getting the hang of this DPN thing (hopefully I didn't just jinx it!).  I made it passed the seed stitching on the sleeve, which was my roadblock on previous attempts.  I'm having my doubts that it will work out to be giftable, but the experience gained with DPN's makes the time worth it.

...and I may already be scrolling the craft blog archives for my next project. :D

Linked up to Crafting On.  And Yarn Along.

March 27, 2019

A Taste of Spring

Happy spring all!

It would appear that my knitting has taken on its own little taste of spring.  It was really not intentional that my projects are each their own shade of pastel.

My first shawl is coming along nicely, with about 25 rows left to go, but it's going much slower now that they are so long.  I can only get to a couple of rows at a time these days.

On Saturday I ended up with an unexpected afternoon home with Astrid, so we sat for a spell, each working on our own project...hers art, mine craft.  I pulled some DK from stash and started my *third* attempt at this sweater.  So far, so good...but I'm not getting too excited yet.  It's really the sleeves that give me so much trouble so we have to see how it goes.  My fingers have just not found their way with DPNs yet.

With the warmer weather comes a return of creative energy.  Even Cynar wandered his way down to the basement to putter with his leathercrafting supplies.  There's been talk of cleaning out the Florida porch for foamsmithing work.  I've been eyeing my completely overgrown garden bed.

We've made it through another winter folks!  ...and with a sigh of relief we look ahead to the new season and begin the work of the new year.

If you're like me and still trying to figure out what you want to work toward this year, you may enjoy this post I stumbled into recently:  How To Set Homestead Goals You'll Actually Achieve 


(linked up to Crafting On)

March 7, 2019

My First Shawl WIP

It's been a relatively quiet handful of days.  Everyone is just plain ready for the winter to be over, waiting out this latest (and hopefully last) Arctic blast. 

I started my first shawl on Saturday while Astrid and Cynar were at Dagorhir practice.  This is The Simple Yet Effective Shawl in some goldenrod dyed wool from Ginny.   You may recognize the fiber from that sad little sock attempt I made many moons ago.  I just so happened to have exactly the right yardage, so it came out of the stash.

Cynar is headed downtown after work for a guys night, so I am in for an evening of clothes shopping with Astrid, Mediterranean food, and some more knitty time!

Linking up to Crafting On

...and Yarn Along.