Jana is a Corporate Ninja, an Immunology geek, and a Rogue Knitter born and raised in the Tdot. She is a heavily tattooed, breastfeeding, baby wearing, co-sleeping, cloth diapering, rainbow coloured clothing mama to Silas Gray. She synthesizes and shares data, connects the dots, and likes to help people make better decisions.
A week or so ago we tried finger painting for the first time and it was a huge hit. I bought a set from the art store to use. We had a lot of fun, but I couldn’t imagine spending that much money all the time so I did some pinterest research. I found a recipe for homemade finger paints and tried them out yesterday.
These were simple and fast to make (like 15 minutes). I spent some money ($30-ish) and bought liquid water colours for various toddler art projects instead of using food colouring (which can stain). But judging from how much I used for this project alone, these will last quite a while and be cost effective in the long run. I really like how vibrant the colours I got were and they washed off / left no staining which was awesome! I’ll also be using the water colours when we make bath tub friendly shaving foam paint.
I’ve added this recipe to my old school recipe box because it will definitely get made again.
Also, thank goodness for Ikea art smocks. Those things cover everything.
Sometime last year I bought three braids of New Zealand Perendale from Maude and Me, two in an orange/brown colourway called Maple and one in a yellow/brown colourway called Mr. Brightside. As soon as I saw them I knew that they needed to be a 70′s hand spun yarn in a lovely 3-ply.
I bought the braids and they languished in my fiber cupboard (if you’ve been to my house you know that I have an entire hutch FULL of fiber), waiting until my Hansen mini-Spinner arrived. I knew that my Majacraft and it’s tiny 4oz bobbins wouldn’t be enough to hold this yarn, whereas the giant Woolee Winder bobbins will hold a massive 8-10oz of fiber!!
For reference, each of the bobbins has about 4.5oz of fiber on it and still has tonnes of room left.
For the people who wonder where I get the time – these singles took me 5 week to spin. Pre-child I could have had this same amount spun up in a weekend at most. I might still get stuff done, but it takes way, way longer.
This past weekend I finally got around to plying these. Man oh man is this yarn full of retro awesomesauce. The orange and yellow and brown work so well together – so, so well. It reminds me of a chevron crochet afghan that my mom made in the 70′s.
And yes, that is snow in the background. Welcome to Canada, where the crazy spinners stand in the cold with no coat/sweater on (I may have been in a tank top) at 9am to take photos of hand spun yarn against a snowy backdrop to make the colours pop.
Because it’s me and I’m not a process person I didn’t bother to count yardage. I did end up with a dk-worsted-ish 3-ply in one massive skein, one medium skein, and one baby skein (where I had a breakage and started again). But one breakage in 12+oz of singles is pretty good by my count!
I don’t have definite plans for this yarn yet, but in my head it would be an amazing crocheted granny square pillow cover. This just might happen if I can finish up some of the top secret projects currently in the queue.
We’re starting to ramp up for Tiny Cabin Life this summer. The renovations are all done, so now it’s decorating and furnishing. First up are these awesome Cath Kidston Chairs. They were originally my Nana’s and we had them rebuilt and upholstered in some amazing Cath Kidston fabric. Since we’re so small I wanted to make sure that we really love what’s there.
The original chairs were the gold brocade and the velvet stripe. I loved the mis-match patterns and wanted to keep that vibe. It also meant that I got to chose two prints that I loved, which was much easier than having to pare down to just one!
I am so, so in love with these two chairs now – the little roses and bright prints are going to cheer up our small space.
The little footstool was originally covered in gold brocade and plastic, but we had it recovered in a red & white polka dot oil cloth so that feet can feel free to rest with no worry about dirt.
Next steps – scotch guarding the hell of these so that we don’t kill them with dirt (toddler + cottage = dirt) and taking the one chair up in two weeks when we go check out our finished renos.
Our friend Jacob had some Sprecher Hard Root Beer late last fall. Being an awesome gentleman he saved me bottle to try over Christmas (yeah, I’m a little late on the write up!). So here is my root beer review of my first in the bottle alcoholic root beer.
Oh man, I had such high hopes for this. Because really – how could it not be AMAZING?
As it turns out, it can easily not be amazing or, for that matter, not even very good. This has a strange after taste that made it difficult to get through the entire bottle, which is never a good thing.
Long story short, if you want a root beer which a bit of a kick you are better off adding it yourself then buying this off the shelf.
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