Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Crafting On

The act of creating, in one form or another, preserves my sanity amongst the chaos of life. This explains why I always have more than one project going at a time as well as why my housework tends to fall behind. I enjoy seeing what others are working on and keeping calm with, too. What are you creating? What is keeping you going? Snap a picture or two, post it on your blog, on Instagram #craftingon and/or Flickr and then share it with the rest of us by leaving your link below.

These items found in nature became... IMG_4155 this warm colored yarn.crafting on yarn we dyed naturally

As you can see my children and I have been playing around with natural dyeing again. Well, the top darker shade of brown yarn was one I brought with us to Oregon. We dyed it back in Idaho (before Baby F was born) with walnuts we gathered from Walnut Hill at PWS. However, the bottom yarn is the skein we just dyed. We used dockseed plants and just a touch of yellow onion peels. I am quite smitten with how it turned out. The brown is much richer with subtle variations than my first attempt with dockseed. I added that acorn I knit with my last batch of dockseed yarn to the photo so you could see the difference. I want to knit all the things with it. Alas, all I have is the one skein. I'll just have to get as much as I can out of it. Both of these skeins came out just as I had hoped. They are going to be used together in a pair of acorn mittens for Baby F.

You can see my original post on dyeing with dockseeds here and dyeing with walnuts here. My two most used resources for natural dyeing are this book and this one.

What are you working on? Happy creating!


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Schooling on a boat

K's nature journal page on autumn leaves (drawing a close up of the chlorophyll within the leaf) Nature journaling The girls writing and drawing about chlorophyll in leaves in their nature journals (Little L did this, too). boat trip boat trip that face! boat trip boat trip boat trip boat trip
Not only do we have the gorgeous Pacific Ocean nearby but also many beautiful rivers, streams, waterfalls and lakes - a water lover's dream. Kevin had been wanting to take the children out on a boat for years but we just never made it happen. Over the summer he finally got the chance and took our three oldest out in a canoe all day on Delake. They had such a great time that he decided the whole family needed to experience it. We talked about it here and there, again not finding the time, and then one day the stars aligned and it just happened. We decided a canoe was not the best idea for our high energy, rambunctious Baby F (I mean, did we really want to all end up in the freezing cold water?) but rather a somewhat larger motorboat. Our three oldest had a blast. They each took turns driving it. Learning how to drive a motorboat is schooling right? Life learning I say! Much to my surprise, Baby F aka Finnbar the Mobile (Kevin's viking nickname for him) enjoyed it, too. He seemed mesmerized by the feeling of gliding over the water. We spent hours out on the lake, stopping here and there at playgrounds and parks to observe the wildlife and study the plants and ecosystems. We even came across deer in the water. Kevin tried to get the boat as close to shore as possible so I could get a picture but the water was far too shallow and we almost got stuck. Another lesson for the children, right? 🙈 All in all I would say this day was an experience they won't forget.

Some school days require field trips. Sometimes those field trips are just the break you all needed from the monotony of home life. This mini field trip was just that.

p.s. - Completely unrelated but felt the need to share.
When your knitting tools (blocking mats) are found and become toys... when your knitting tools become toys...
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