for the love of yarn!

A friend came over last week and lent my mom and me her swift and ball winder. I cannot tell you how excited I was that she even offered! I have so much yarn and hate so much to wind it all by hand. Mom and I went right to work getting out all of our stashed yarn wound.

It is so satisfying to see my yarn all prepped and ready for knitting. It has motivated me to get out of my knitting funk and to get busy!

This yarn is Serenade. It is super soft (70% cotton, 30% angora) and will be knit into two pairs of socks for a friend in exchange for a pregnant goat. I’m so excited about this trade! I already have the red pair on the needles 🙂

This stuff is called Mohair Ragg and it comes from my LYS (local yarn store), The Spinners Warren. The woman who owns the place has her own sheep farm and this is some of her farm spun yarn – mohair and rag.  It is super soft and a bulky weight. I think Piper will be getting a few sweaters as I got 3 colors of this and 3 skeins each. The best part about this yarn is that it was free! Yes, there was a section of her store with yarns she was actually giving away! I couldn’t believe it!

On the agenda for this spring: Learn to spin on your spinning wheels, Nicki!

      * Spinner’s Warren 49 Foxes Ridge Rd Acton, ME 04001 (no web site available)

from the kitchen

There are a lot of different waffle recipes out there. Some are temperamental, and some have strange exotic ingredients in them. I, however, find that the simplest is the best (at least for me).

That being said, sometimes I like to get creative. Most recently, I noticed that I had a lot of buttermilk and whole wheat flour I had sitting around that were crying out to me to be used up, and this is what happened:

Basic Waffle Recipe: Tweaked / /

Mix in a large bowl:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c. milk 1¼ c. buttermilk
  • 3  Tbsp. vegetable oil cold pressed extra virgin olive oil

Stir in and mix until blended:

  • 1½ c. flour  ¾ c. all purpose flour & ¾ c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 2 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt

Heat waffle iron, and brush it with butter or oil if necessary . Put in enough batter to just fill. Close and bake until steam stops and the waffles are crisp, tender, and brown.

They were light and delicious! A recipe tweak well played 🙂

thursday thanks

Taking time to reflect on God’s goodness, no matter the circumstances.

As my little one refuses to fall asleep tonight, I thank God for:

  • Piper surviving this long in her short life
  • sisters who live close by and are able to properly administer the Heimlich Maneuver
  • friends coming to visit
  • a friend lending me her ball winder and swift (!)
  • family outings
  • sleep training that is harder on mama and papa than on baby, but well worth the work

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God concerning you

catching up

Oh boy! A lot has happened this week and I am so behind on posting it all!

Here’s a glimpse into our week so far…

Piper enjoyed some tummy time

She did not enjoy some mashed avocado

Her new friend came over to play, and mama also got some company!

and finally papa and mama took her to the library.

How has your week been?

self-sustainability for everyone #3

make it homemade / /

This should be a no-brainer. To be self-sustained is all about doing it yourself! There are so many things that can be made at home. Just take a look at Etsy to find out!

I understand that it can be intimidating to do something yourself for the first time; especially when there are ready-made things out there that can be had right away for a price. However, there is nothing so satisfying as making something yourself and seeing/using the finished project made by your own hands.

Taking on and learning a new skill is good for your self esteem, for your brain function, and for your home. Maybe this week you could start researching something new.

Soap Making
Wood Carving
Beer Brewing
Bread Making
Cheese Making
Basket Weaving

There are so many things that can be learned which are forgotten arts that everyone used to be able to do.  There are free tutorials, recipes, and and YouTube videos for these things all over the internet. What have you always wanted to do but haven’t had the courage to try?

You can do it!

good morning

Papa had to do some errands this weekend, so his girls begged him to take them along.  Piper is never so happy as when she is riding in the car!

Her taste in music now includes

Florence and the Machine
Shane & Shane
City and Colour

I’ve been trying to get her to crawl, because I know it’s important for babies to crawl before they walk, but she is constantly trying to pull herself up onto short furniture. When you hold her up by her hands she is putting one foot in front of the other to move forward. She also hates tummy time, so I have to endure her wails if I am to teach her to crawl. Motherhood may be rewarding, but boy is it tough!