The Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl is a popular free pattern that's been waiting for my attention for a few years now.
I love the feminine, homey stitch pattern that lends itself so well to stripes of coordinating colors and I've dreamed it into existence with so many different combinations!
This large shawl came to be using a skein of handspun ...read more
Nothing says summer more than the smell of food cooking on the grill. I love grilling because the food has a special flavor and cooking outside has the added bonus of keeping the house cooler. The secret of keeping the chicken moist is to marinate it before grilling. Here's a great recipe for light and delicious chicken skewers - paired with ...read more
Every year I fuss over my herbs, feeding, pruning and generally loving them up until they're gorgeous and full, then I sigh when the first unexpected frost takes them all away. I mentally kick myself for not preserving all that aromatic bounty when I had the chance.
Well, not this year! Did you know that herbs can be preserved in olive ...read more
Because it was so fun to spin up my own handdyed fiber, and because I also promised I would share, here's the Sun Fiber I recently blogged about, dyed in the big Sun Tea jar, now transformed into a beautiful bouncy two ply yarn.
From pretty braid:
To squishy skein:
Although the red dominates - the blending of the other colors ...read more
The "back to school" season is upon us and no one is more excited than my four girls. We've been collecting new outfits in small shopping trips throughout the summer to save my pocketbook a knockout in September. Now that we've assured that no one will have to return to class naked, we can focus on the tools they need - namely technology! In recent ...read more
I'll bet you've heard about replacing regular pizza crust with the healthier cauliflower pizza crust. About a year ago I tried my first cauliflower pizza crust and have not had a gluten crust since. The cauliflower crust is so much better! Now I've went one step better in the healthier eating department - I've replaced the high glycemic potatoes ...read more
I've shown before how much I enjoyed the result of Navajo plying on the drop spindle. On the wheel, it's even more rewarding because in comparison, the process is completed in such a short time. I like the look of Navajo plied yarn - how the colors stay together. I must admit that on the wheel, it does take some coordination and practice! After ...read more
Quinoa, pronounced [KEEN-wah] has exploded with popularity over the last few years. Though not technically a grain, quinoa can be substituted for nearly any grain, such as rice and wheat bulgar, in recipes. Packed with protein, this seed delivers a big nutritional punch, as it contains every amino acid. It's particularly rich in lysine, which ...read more
With the summer heat on full blast, it's the perfect time of year to try whipping up some homemade frozen yogurt treats. Testing our recipes, we happily licked our way through about a dozen fruit combinations. Raspberries, kiwi, watermelon, limeade, etc. Although they were all amazing, our favorite were our own creamy honey strawberry ...read more
Warm, but light, Herbaceous mitts are just the ticket for cool fall days. The branched leaves lace pattern grows out of the lower ribbing and twines up the front of these long lacey mitts. Knit in the round, they knit up surprisingly fast in a fingering weight yarn. The pattern shows up best in a solid or tonal color.
Materials: ...read more