Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sweet face

This little guy is one of the new lambs at Elihu Farm in Valley Falls, New York, my favorite source for pasture raised fleeces.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Vernal Equinox!

Tomorrow is the first day of spring and tonight we have this nice big full moon.  I think getting a full moon to coincide with the Equinox is pretty unusual.  The moon is also supposed to look nice and big in the sky.

I don't know about all of you, but I'm enjoying the longer days and am pretty excited about spring.  I find myself visiting my tiny broccoli sprouts every day to see how they are doing.  On warmer days, I prop open the cold frame so they don't get too warm.  I keep them watered.

I also wander around my yard taking note of all the emerging bulbs.  The crocus are doing great and you can see them below with one of the tribbles I knit for my Ravelry Nerd Wars challenge.  I must keep my fiber addiction alive in the blog even as I slowly transfer my postage stamp suburban plot into a little vegetable farm!  I'm still not sure if backyard chickens are allowed in Naperville. I doubt it.

I also spend a lot of time checking out the daffodils and other spring flowers we have in a large area under our linden which we refer to as "the grotto."  Grass doesn't grow well in the deep shade so we are putting in lots of native woodland wildflowers like spring beauty,  trillium, wild geranium and ferns.  We are hoping to have our own little wildflower haven right in our backyard.  We also added quite a number of daffodils because they are fast and confident producers.  Plus, it keeps my neighbors from complaining too much about the profusion of violets, which, though they are the state flower, are considered weeds by some suburbanites because they are hardy and spread rapidly.  Later this season I'll treat you all to a photo of them.  They are lovely in full bloom and grow well in the shade.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Suburban gal

Broccoli getting a head start.
Tina Fey, in an autobiographical article in the March 14 New Yorker, described herself as an "obedient white girl from the suburbs."  The label struck a chord.  Here I am nestled in my upscale suburb doing all the right things (I am cooking for my elderly relative as I write this)  and my idea of boldly stepping out is planting some ruby chard in my front yard amongst the roses.

Sheesh, what has happened to me and all those youthful dreams? I have a job, of course, but it is not a "career" by a long shot.  It's a dead-end gig that helps shape my days, provides medical insurance and funds my fibers addiction and my quest for sustainable living. I love to write having been a journalist in my earlier manifestation. But, I cringe to admit, I was definitely the obedient white girl from the suburbs back then. No envelope pushing for me.

I blog my suburban middle-aged white gal angst, knowing full well I am just a drop in the bucket of an  over-committed demographic doing the right thing expected of us.  Pictured above is my latest attempt to break that mold.  Okay, not break it, let's say just a tiny chip.  No not even that. Let's say, drop it on the floor so, though it doesn't break, it is weakened just a little bit so maybe the next time it will chip.

My experiment in turning my tidy suburban plot into a suburban farm--baby broccoli I started a few weeks ago. I have tucked them into the cold frame I put up against the back of my house which has the most awesome southern exposure. Will enough heat escape from my house to warm them at night and allow them to survive and eventually flourish?  They are suppose to produce deep purple florets that I hope to sneak into my front yard amongst the daffodils.  I have plenty of seed for fall planting also--a sort of edible aster.

We shall see and I will pick up the dropped mold and move forward.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Woven Heart Fibers

The next time you see this yarn, there will be tribbles.
Naperville finally has a new yarn store, which is great since we lost three in recent years.  The new one is at 232 Washington, in that little building that once housed one of the yarn stores. I really loved the store! The owner  is an artist an you cans see her unusual knit work all around the stores.

What I love best about the store is that she groups her yarns by color, so you can get all kinds of ideas for making lovely things.  I went in the store originally to get furry yarn for making tribbles for NerdWars but I was amazed at all the lovely yarns she had including some scrumptious bamboo.  I plan to head back to get some accent yarn for this gold bamboo I've spun and would like to make pretty summer pullover with.  I'm also thinking of some green cotton she has, also with some interesting embellishing yarn.  Obviously, I need to go back.  More later....