Dye Project #2: Rhubarb Leaves (plus Rhubarb Crisp recipe!)

As any Midwesterner worth their salt knows, rhubarb is the true sign of spring. Specifically a pie, crisp, or other culinary delight. My family has been blessed by the rhubarb gods – our plants are prolific, massive, and darn near impossible to kill. They may or may not have even emigrated to Utah (shhhh). InContinue reading “Dye Project #2: Rhubarb Leaves (plus Rhubarb Crisp recipe!)”

Dye Project #1: Red Onion Skins on Wool

After my recent natural dye apostrophe epiphany as described in this post, I couldn’t wait to get started. Specialized equipment? Nah. Mordants? What are those? I have some cream colored yarn that will surely take up some dye. LET’S GET GOING! Ahem. Friend google helped me find the perfect first project. A food-safe, kitchen worthy,Continue reading “Dye Project #1: Red Onion Skins on Wool”

I think I want to Dye (Fiber. Naturally.)…

I would describe my recent obsession as starting with an epiphany, but that wouldn’t be quite correct. It more snuck up behind me, tapping my shoulder and peeking around doors and corners (especially as I learned to spin from some fabulous hand-dyed roving) until one day I smacked my forehead and wondered why I hadContinue reading “I think I want to Dye (Fiber. Naturally.)…”

Spring Update… or Chicks and Spinning and Gardening Oh My!

So. I’m going to try to get back into posting here regularly – I have so many projects and suburban homesteading adventures and I feel like we should keep track of them someplace. First of all, let’s start with an update. We have baby chicks! This is our newest, arguably biggest, adventure this spring. WeContinue reading “Spring Update… or Chicks and Spinning and Gardening Oh My!”

"Sapphires" A new sock knitting pattern, or how I learned to stop worrying and love knitted sock design

Oh, I’m so excited! Seriously, big time, excited. Today I launched my first peer reviewed (ie test knit), big time sock pattern. It’s legit yo. This sock pattern entered my brain when I found myself the owner of some lovely Cascade Heritage Paints in a gorgeous, glowing, blue sapphire color. (It had somehow made itselfContinue reading “"Sapphires" A new sock knitting pattern, or how I learned to stop worrying and love knitted sock design”

Launching Something New : Knitted Play Bracelets

I’ve been working hard at the Etsy shop recently – updating photos, SEO (should I think about a post on this?), and promoting in and outside of Etsy. I also had an idea for a new product, inspired by my own daughter’s desire to play with my yarn. Not that I am upset about herContinue reading “Launching Something New : Knitted Play Bracelets”

DIY Denim Heat Pack

We recently had a night that threatened frost… so this post is right on time! What you need:Old jeans. The softer the better, but not too threadbare or you may lose some rice.Rice.A sewing machine. Not strictly necessary but makes life easier. Tea. Makes everything easier. These jeans were the husband’s. They have a holeContinue reading “DIY Denim Heat Pack”

Baby Wipes – Tutorial

We try to be reasonably green around here… and I like to keep the chemicals touching my baby to a minimum. We cloth diaper as much as possible and I wanted a way to use plain water to wipe the little baby bottom. Although we ended up with several baby washcloths from a variety ofContinue reading “Baby Wipes – Tutorial”

Greening the Post Office – Sewn Parcels!

Lovely snowy day here- greened the (nearly daily) trip to the post office in two ways. 1. Walked. I love the days I get enough time to make the 2 mile round trip on foot (or bike in the summer). Today was especially great due to the fresh snowfall.2. Sewn packages! I have to admitContinue reading “Greening the Post Office – Sewn Parcels!”