Celebratory Num Nums

sweet rewards

Having finished our adventures in Iceland (tales still to follow), we came home to early release and snow delays and other weather related chaos. The truck wouldn’t start and A seemed to be having a problem hearing, but that was last week. We spent an uplifting weekend in Philadelphia, ambling along on what was definitely the most enjoyable protest we’ve participated in so far. The Women’s March was upbeat and friendly, with weather in the mid-50’s and sunshine to accompany us. Coming back home to a low key week is perfect for catching up on all of the little things that were set aside for the holidays and vacation. No sewing has happened not as the result of a lack of time. There have been several small windows that I would normally have used, and the urge is there, but when I look into the craftroom and see the piles of stuff on top of stuff (not to dissimilar to much of the rest of the post holiday/vacation house)…stress makes me want to hide. It has been a long time since I’ve allowed the room to get any near this bad. Project leftovers, projects that fell aside due to lack of time, new arrivals that were piled in a way to hide holiday things from the kids. Stuff everywhere. That combined with some very Mommy hungry little ones means not much gets done.

Today, I did the ironing, freeing up once space in the room-the ironing board. Seriously there are even piles of things on the floor,which has never happened before. Then I tackled a long standing problem. The Thinking Putty stuck to the fabric that would have been my second option for a holiday dress back in the beginning of December. That niggling irritation took only minutes to conquer after I found the right process and ordered the right tools (99% isopropyl alcohol). Things are looking up. The fabric seems to be saved and when it comes out of the wash I’ll know for sure one way or the other. So before I run errands or tackle the next pile. I’m rewarding myself with almond milk cocoa and Oreos.

Pre-publishing Update: As last week’s post just went out this will wait until tomorrow and I can tell you that the fabric is rescued.

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Snow Quiet

3 alafoss roving

Apparently this did not publish seven days ago when I wrote it.  I apologize for the long silence.  I’ve a few more posts ready and some projects to share as soon as photos are taken.  For now, please pretend this went out last week…

It’s so quiet this morning with everyone out.  It feels odd to be alone in the house after being surrounded by people for weeks.  The snow blanketing all of the outside noises is so unlike the howling winds of Iceland that played the entryway, whistling so loudly I thought the kids were screaming.  Jetlag is still keeping me company, but the fridge is restocked, the bags (all but one) are unpacked and the holiday decorations and travel things have all been put away.  Things are back to normal, apart from the mail, which it seems they’ve decided not to deliver until they feel like it.    That too is normal, on occasion.

So about Iceland…

We stayed near Reykjavik and did the tourist things as best we could with two small children about one bit activity a day.  Our first stop was the Blue Lagoon.  You pretty much have to go.  Ours were the only children there and apart from the staff we didn’t see a single Icelander, just drunken tourists walking around permanently attached to their selfie-sticks.   The hot water was relaxing for all of our cramped muscles after the cramped flight and it was nice to start the trip out with a new experience of swimming outside in the dark in January’s cold.  We stayed long enough to watch the sunrise.  Even slathering on conditioner and leaving it in didn’t protect our hair from the silica in the water.   Our skin felt crusty after swimming too, but we headed off to our Airbnb, which was small, but perfect.   I heartily recommend having a kitchen and washing machine while traveling with children.  Another great tip that saved money and time, particularly with my food allergies was bringing freeze dried meals with us.   Just add hot water and stir and you’ve made lunch or dinner.  I actually felt like cooking again when I got home and am thinking of tackling dairy free bread making.

We tried for the Aurora, but there was near total cloud cover and rain for the duration of our stay.  Once was enough.  That will be staying on the bucket list for now, but I can cross off seeing a volcano, geyser  and swimming in geothermal pools.  The Laugardalslaug  complex in Reykjavik was like a second home we went several times enjoying the many heated pools and waterslides without damaging our hair at all.  If you go, be a polite tourist, the locals don’t yell and are overall more mellow while swimming than I’ve seen folks in the US or Australia.

We made it to the Alafoss factory store, where we  bought most of our souvenirs.  It was well worth the 13 minute trip outside the city.  The store had tourist knickknacks, furs, handknit goods, yarn and in a small corner Icelandic roving in bags.  You could just grab a sack and fill it with handfuls of the various colors, then have it weighed.

Alafoss neutrals

Roving was about $25/kg. which is quite inexpensive.  Each bag above is 1 kilogram. It’s a bit scratchier than you might want up against your skin, but for outerwear or bags it’d be fine.  This would also be a good option for needle felting.  A quick warning:  like many places in Iceland some goods had price labels, some didn’t.  We found that the unlabeled goods tended to be even more ridiculously expensive than most things in Iceland.

Stay tuned for more from our trip to Iceland.  Enjoy the winter.

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Museum Finds

Museums are so much more meaningful when you know what you are looking at. Having read Women’s Work: the First 20,000 Years, then seeing the post holes from a vertical loom one day and an actual vertical loom the next was pretty cool, but I’ll always have a soft spot for the spindle and whirl.

The fact that scissors like these were used hundreds of years ago and are still used, at least by many seamstresses, in the form of snips is also pretty cool. Feeling so connected to the past.

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Persuing Adventure

Posting has been and will be random for a while.  No apologies.  I wish you fun and wonder in 2018.  I’m not gone, but will be back.  Lots of hugs.


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Vintage Finds: Apron Stamped for Embroidery

Vintage Apron Stamped for Embroidery

This was an E-bay find.   It has only just arrived and has yet to be considered with regards to colors.  But the roses will go well with my upcycled rose apron.  It even has a pocket.  It will be a nice stitching adventure some day soon.

Vintage Apron Stamp Close Up


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Winter Rainbows


New babies, new afghans.  More photos on my Ravelry.

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Merry Solstice: 4 Days to Go


Grapevine Final Side 2

Merry Solstice to everyone.  Are you celebrating the shortest day?  We like to celebrate as much as we can.  I’d apologize for getting this out late, but O and I were having fun baking cookies, which was long overdue.  They were Daddy’s favorites.  Tomorrow we’ll make the kids’ favorites.  Later, while O was practicing his reading, I got to do a little stitching and this is the result.  The final edge of my grapevine tablecloth  is in progress.  It’s going well enough that I’m working from both ends.  Four days more and it should be done.  Sooner if I can use a few of the hours of sleep I give up over the weekend to work on it.   It wasn’t done for fall of 2016, but it has been just slightly less than two years and it’s looking good.


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