A little bit of planting (and a shop update)

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This week has been such a perfect, spring week (minus the fact that our van broke and I had to abandon it half an hour away from home!) I took my younger children down to the creek and we planted Virginia bluebells. They all went barefoot, and so did I. I’m not sure that I’ll plant a vegetable garden this year, which is kind of crazy because I have for the past sixteen years or so. But, I do have some more native wildflowers on order (ebay) to plant along the little creek in our woods here. So if not a vegetable garden, at least some flowers? We’ll see.

I have been playing with all sorts of natural dyes, mainly dyeing up playsilks with spring and Easter in mind. I have so many beautifully colored silks ready for you! Most of them are the standard 35″ by 35″ squares, but I also dyed a handful of silk “rivers.” These are 11″ by 60″ and are a muted aqua, perfect for a make-believe river (pictured above). I also have (for the first time) some bulky weight American wool yarn ready, in some lovely pinks, yellows, and one wasabi green skein which is probably my favorite because I am such a fan of green. There’s also a bit of single ply fingering and some sport weight as well. I’ll list some undyed gray sport weight too. I made lots of cold process goat milk soap early this year, and it is ready now! I added kaolin clay to a batch of lavender tea tree, so it’s a prefect facial bar or shaving soap. I use it for both. There’s also lemongrass, mint, bergamot, and rosemary. My little studio kitchen smells amazing!

The shop will be updated on Friday, March 31st at 11:30 a.m. EST (I previously said 11, but realized I have a conflict. Sorry about that!) Thank you so much for supporting my little home business!

p.s. Jonny will be making up a storm in a few months, but right now he’s swamped with house and moving related projects! Oh, and Mabel’s vest above was a gift knitted in some of my walnut dyed yarn. The pattern is called “plain vest” and it is on Ravelry.

p.p.s. I almost forgot! Seth recently added some new items to his shop, including fossil sets with a photo key. Those would be a perfect addition to an Easter basket! If you order from both of our shops we will combine shipping and refund the extra shipping charge (give us a few days as I will be shipping orders through next week). Just make sure to leave Seth a note with your order letting him know you ordered from me too! His listings are already live, so if you order from him before my shop is update tomorrow, just leave me a note. (sorry, I’m getting confusing now.) Thanks!

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Still Squishing Together

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This evening, I was smashed against one end of the couch by my little girls, doing my best to cross-stitch without being able to really move my elbows because I was so squished. Jonny was sitting on the floor, with Mabel between his legs, and he commented, “We have all this space now, but look, we’re all in the same room.” The big boys, the little boys, the girls, and the baby. Maybe a dog? I can’t remember. At our other house all ten of us couldn’t hang out together in one room without feeling really cramped, so cramped we were. Now we can spread out a bit, but usually we don’t. That is the gift of having lived in such close quarters for so long. The little boys have started sleeping in the girls’ room, abandoning theirs to the monsters in their closet. Mabel has stopped sleeping through the night in her crib, opting to sleep with me about half-way through. And before I forget, she also has a new trick: the fake cough. I’ve had a yucky cold and she’s heard me coughing. I guess she’s copying me? Her cough is way cuter than mine.

I got through the short rows on her pink jumper and was getting ready to divide for the legs when I realized my stitch markers were in the wrong places, and hence my short rows. I was pretty bummed about that, but then had this fantastic thought just before falling asleep that night: skip the legs! I knit a garter stitch band, added sleeves, and now Mabel has a cute pink jumper rather than a full sweater suit. I think it’s more practical this way at her age. She’s seriously contemplating crawling and would ruin the knees of knitted pants quickly. Since I finished the pink sweater I went ahead and cast on for a Granny’s Favourite cardigan for her. I’m knitting it with some of my dk wool that I stashed away for just this sweater a few months ago. I can’t remember what I dyed it with–definitely indigo, maybe it was over dock seed? I think so. Anyway, I’m so excited about having a new project on my needles!

Some of you asked to see my cross-stitch project last week. I’ve been working hard to finish up My Sweetpie ABCs, a project I started and shared here as a stitch along in early 2015. As a friend accurately commented recently, “You really fell off the wagon with that one, didn’t you?” Yeah, I really did! But I’m making lots of progress now. I’m working on “Q” for quilt and once it’s finished, then I’m done! I’m so excited to get this framed and hung over Mabel’s crib. It will be what I see on the wall in front of me when I am sitting on my bed.

Do you remember that old version of the game, Payday, in my photograph? My Aunt Genie recently sent it to me, one of my very favorite childhood games. My older kids have been playing, and really like it too. Actually, there has been a lot of late night game playing recently. My older boys are getting along so well since we’ve moved. There’s is far less fighting. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me. Exhale. Exhale. Exhale.

p.s. Thanks so much for all the raffle entries!