good.

waking up feeling heavy with a cool, fresh breeze licking at my nose is good.

eating simple, fresh meals with a side of warmer weather is good.

waiting (impatiently) for our two little eggs to (hopefully) hatch this week is good.

evening thunderstorms that rattle window panes…

planning trips to visit loved ones…

new opportunities to learn and teach and grow…

good.

father-in-law breaking his tooth and now matching a proud five-year-old granddaughter?  

also very good.

dog nose coming in for the attack.  good.

sweet sleeping kitties…  well, you know.

dear sunday

i’m willing to share a good deal of my dyeing and spinning secrets once and for all!  ha!  most of them are dirty ones so if you’re a dyer or spinner by trade you may want to brace yourself.


sunday morning dye pot.  hot pot.

i turn on the heat and in go the first bits of merino to become the dark wool.  then a few minutes after the pot begins to steam, in go the second bits of merino to become the light wool.  laziness brings forth many of my happy accidents so i’m learning to fine tune the art of corner cutting.  

sink dump and i thorough hot rinse.  now to cool.  i squeeze the wool gently, then jelly roll it in a towel and stomp out the excess water and straight to the wheel we go.

singles.  dark and light.  lovely on their own actually. and yes, you read correctly.  i spun the wool while still damp.  it’s one of my greatest dirty little secrets.  i was impatient once last year and began spinning before the wool was completely dry.  it didn’t bother me in the least and i felt like i had more control over the fiber.  when i plyed the singles and let it dry it became a smooth, bouncy, soft yarn.

i thought i’d give it another go to see if i could get the same result.

here the yarn is still wet.  it seems stiff and has almost no spring to it, but late last night i checked on it and it was dry, smooth, bouncy, and soft as can be!  i actually knit a swatch, too which i forgot to take a picture of - and we’re looking at size US4-5 needles making this a sport weight.

i hope that wasn’t too terribly jarring.  hee

it was good to get that wheel out, tighten it up and watch the flyer whirl.  i needed that break in routine.  i needed to remember what it was like to sit quietly and draw.  inching and pulling and working those legs.

mae and i did the hard work of weeding in the afternoon.  with the warmth and the rain and the fresh soil i laid down, our seeds weren’t the only things springing to life.  it seemed over night our entire garden was overrun with weeds.  the dandelions.  so bittersweet pulling them, yanking and breaking them.  i hear my liz in my head telling me how much good they can do and in my untainted soil they’d be perfectly medicinal.  maybe some day i’ll grow a dandelion patch.  wouldn’t that be something?  beans and corn are making their way out of the soil now.  we found so many of them.  i think all but a few of the corn have come up now.  march.  woah.  

sunday dinner.  my mother has been making artichokes this way for as long as i can remember and i’m sure i was the only kid in second grade who not only knew what one was but had it at the top of her list of favorite foods.  i remember going around the room on the first day and having to telling the class your name and something about yourself… what your favorite foods and colors were, etc.  i said artichokes and my teacher gasped.  she asked if anyone knew what an artichoke was and no hands raised.  then she asked my to share with the class about that “unique vegetable”  how horrifying.  ha!

my alizah loves her artichokes, too.  she was squealing with delight when she got home from her dad’s and the house was filled with the thick odor of garlic and greens.

and now for the SURPRISE!

saroyan is DONE.  perfect.  it’s cooling a bit outside and now is the time for it.  

 

newbees?

i just posted some new stuff to the shop - and it was about time, too!  i’ve been so busy with the kids and the extra kids and the outings and our upcoming trip (squeal!!!) that i’m feeling especially ADD right now.  i’m so completely preoccupied right now that i just up and skipped HOSTS today.  horrible.  i didn’t even realize what i had done until after 10am.  mae asked if my kids were there and i told her they were and then i envisioned them sitting at a table with an empty seat and no explanation.  OH GUILT.  and i won’t be there next monday either because we’ll be on that trip i mentioned.  SO, anyways.  the new stuff.

i absolutely love this infinity scarf!  it’s tot sized which makes it ever CUTER!  mae and i dyed this yarn together and i think we ended up being spot on even though i was certain it was going to end up a bit to rainbow-ish.

and i found a use for those chicken prints!  these are both 4” hoops but i think i could get more out of that curious little chicken by using a 6” hoop.  aren’t they just the bees knees?  HA!

alright.  now that we’ve gotten that out of the way… part two of the new news.  i was accepted to show at the hoosier artisan boutique this year.  you can check out more about the organization HERE  i held off until the last second to pay my fees because - let’s face it.  like my print up there, i’m a chicken.  this will be my first real craft fair and they have all these rules and i have to get a floor length table cover (that honestly, i’ll probably end up making myself out of burlap).  so, yes.  daunting.  even the location is daunting.  oh lord.  i’m such a nerd.  the flip side to all my nerves is that in order to calm them i must make things.  keeping my hands and mind busy keep my from loosing my marbles and i think the infinity scarves are a great direction to continue in.  

i’ve been doing a little beekeeping research as of late, too.  if you’re a curious hoosier and haven’t begun doing much research, check out the indiana state beekeepers LINK HERE  there is also the indiana beekeepers association that has information on a young beekeepers group (ages 12-18)  LINK HERE  see, hubs and i made the mistake of watching that documentary about the bees vanishing and there i go.  off the edge.  i need to stop watching these things!  or i need to watch more of them.  i don’t know.  either way i was up in arms.  i’m not going to hop onto my soap box and give a good rant but i will say this: people need to mind their own damn business.  have you ever noticed that the more we meddle with the natural order, the worse things get?  out of all the arguments and ideas portrayed the one thing that really stuck out to me was the one man who said instead of one man having 60,000 hives there should be 60,000 people that have one.  and he’s right.  people are scared of bees though.  i think that’s why it would be unlikely to happen.  just yesterday at the hill climb there were bees everywhere!!! and people were swatting and smacking and running and killing them left and right.  but, they liked my girls and me.  they just landed on us and crawled around a bit.  our friends joked it was because they knew i was the bee lady.  well, i’m not there yet but it would be nice.  it’s more likely that we’re just used to them because our garden is usually a buzz with every variety of bee around.  they love our garden and our flowers and our ability to not kill them for existing.

wanna check out a couple super mamas who also incorporate bees into their lives?

miss heather

miss amanda

thanks for being an inspiration ladies!  and on that note, i bit you adu.  there is still much to be done today and not enough hours to do it. xo