6.25.2010

Creative Ventures

Summer cooking has been a challenge. I hate cooking in the heat. But my new favorite thing to do for a quick easy meal is the giant family sandwich. It's basically a whole foods focaccia bread cut in half and filled with whatever I have on hand. Avocados, hummus, greens, tomatoes, broiled tofu. I just like to make sure the bread gets toasted first and there needs to be some kind or dressing- either hummus or Goddess dressing (our favorite) because I really pile on the greens.
In unrelated cooking news- the pink batter was yet another failed attempt to make a pink strawberry cake. An entire cup of fresh beet juice didn't do the trick. I'm at a loss. But the cake tasted great anyway.


M2's Summer sweater is finished. Its made with Lorna's Laces sock yarn. I did a little wave pattern on the bottom and a little ruffly hem and short sleeves. I happened to find a matching cotton ribbon in my vintage stash so I forwent any buttons. I love the way it turned out. I'm not very experienced with skinny yarns so it's always fun to get some practice.

New curtains for the front window. I actually went out and bought new fabric for this project. It was really nice to go out and buy some brand new fabric for once. Not something that someone else discarded in a salvation army pile. Not having to choose from the relatively limited selection of sustainable fabrics available. Just perusing the endless bolts at a huge fabric store is very therapeutic. I miss that sometimes. And I guess it's ok to indulge every once in a while. Like Icelandic dark chocolate- maybe it's not organic or fairly-traded but it's so pretty and it tastes so good!

It's been a little while since I have spun anything so I decided to spin some yarn up for C3's Summer sweater. I haven't chosen a spinning wheel yet (still welcome any advice on that matter) so I broke out the ole' kick spindle for the occasion.


I got 10 oz. of fiber (also Lorna's) on sale at my local yarn shop. I'm trying to spin it pretty thin so it creates a sweater suitable for Summer.

And last but not least- I've cut out my fabric (also bought for this specific purpose) for another Frock by Friday. It's a really cheap homespun cotton. It's very light and almost gauzy but not sheer. I think it's will be great for the dress which calls for flowy materials. I can't bring myself to buy synthetic fibers ( I don't know- they feel so weird on my finger tips). I was so happy to find this airy cotton in such a nice woven color combination. This is what I'll be working on over the weekend.
I'll post recap from our first official week of Summer this weekend too.
See you then!

6 comments:

Josh said...
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growingflowers said...

Hi there! A midwife student "friend" on facebook just posted your quilt story. I am so moved and so happy to find this blog. What a beautiful quilt and a moving story. I hope you continue this blog - with three kiddos, you must be busy - but I look forward to reading more.... lots of love to your family,
Kiersten

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