Mar 28

Have a great day!

Mar 26

Scott and I were both beyond tired Saturday morning, and neither of us felt like staying home and working on those things we should be doing, so we went to nearby Noblesville.

I have walked all over Noblesville many, many times, but I had never noticed this storefront before.  A wee touch of jolly old England in the heart of Indiana.

One of the reasons we went to Noblesville is the antique stores.  While wandering through one of them, we came across this – a folding sheep shearing table.  Let me tell you, if I had had sheep to shear, I would have snatched this baby up.  It was so cool!  If you are reading this and want to know where I found it, it was in a store on the northeast corner of the square next to a children’s book store called Wild Things.  I wish I could remember the name of the place, but I can’t. 

So, Saturday was relaxing.  I got to do some knitting on the second sock.

I’m past the gusset and onto the foot portion.  I’m hoping that I can have this done by the end of next weekend so I can get back to work on my sweater.  Also, because IU lost to Kentucky in Friday night’s game, I now owe my SIL a scarf in Kentucky’s colors.  I am already working out the details of the scarf design and I think she’ll really like it.

Yesterday, I finally dug into my paperwork and got my taxes done.  Remember, I have to do the studio’s taxes as well as our personal, so the only other thing I managed to do yesterday was to wash the next Fiber Binder Club fleece.

Just a wee hint to you Fiber Binder Club members.  Month 16 is one I’ve been holding onto because I wanted to have it all ready to surprise you with.  It’s a very hard fleece to send off because it is so lovely.  The packages will be in the mail early next week.

So, our first weekend of spring was both relaxing and busy.  I am soooo glad the taxes are done.  I dread doing them every year.  You’d think the IRS could make them less nasty to do.  I don’t mind paying my fair share of taxes, but figuring out their forms and instructions make me want to scream and cuss.


Mar 22

This is such a cool article!

I made most of my clothes as a teenager, too, as well as my mom’s work shirts.  In fact, when I went to college, 90% of the clothes I took with me I had made with the exception of my winter coat, my underwear and my jeans.  I had several favorite patterns that I would mix and match parts (sleeves off of one, collar off of another, etc) to create my own styles and looks, and the skirt and pants patterns were adjusted and marked over to get the perfect fit for me.  My mom’s sewing machine lived in my bedroom for many years and she’d have to come and get it when she wanted to use it.

This article makes me soooo happy!

Mar 21

Remember the picture of the hawthorn and redbud trees just getting ready to bloom?

Well, they bloomed!!!  Everywhere you look here in central Indiana hawthorn, redbud, crabapple, pear and magnolia trees are glowing with color and there is forsythia making yellow spots in yards and along the edge of roads, and pools of daffodils here and there just makes the bright, sunny and warm days even more so.  I was ready for spring mentally, and it is giving me back some of my energy.

Sandy and I worked Saturday on a series of shirts and accessories to support breast cancer research.  Both Sandy and I have mammograms that showed irregularities, and I have had a partial masectomy on my right breast, plus I have a aunt who is a breast cancer survivor, so finding a cure for breast cancer is high on our wish list.  In order to do our parts, we decided to create and sell certain items and give 10% of the retail price to breast cancer research. 

So, here is the first example of what we are producing.  They won’t be going up into the Dyed in the Wool store until after Kentucky Sheep and Wool festival in May, but if you are interested in a T-shirt, a tote bag, a draw-string bag, socks or a scrunchie, let us know.  We aren’t charging any extra for the breast cancer items, either.  And Scott drew the ribbon for us, which gives him the chance to show his support for breast cancer research.

Mar 19

Spring has definitely sprung here in central Indiana and the groundhog was wrong this year – thank heavens!  Saturday morning, I decided to take a walk before Sandy arrived for a day of tie-dyeing and I took my camera with me to see if I could capture what spring looks like here.

To start, the grass is greening up nicely and the dew was quite heavy on it.  By the looks of things, I need to get my tractor ready for mowing becuase it’s going to start a month sooner than most years.

Speaking of tractors, several fields around us had activity in them as well.  This is our neighbor working in his field, and later in the day, our own field had a tractor going back and forth in it.  The guys who rent our land are hard workers and were taking advantage of the lovely day.

My daffodils are usually late, but this year they are blooming when everyone else’s are blooming.  When I was a kid, we called these Easter lilies because they seemed to bloom about Easter time, but this year, they beat Easter by nearly a month.

The hawthorn tree is about to burst into bloom and the redbud trees won’t be far behind. 

Even the peonies are beginning to poke up through the soil.  Everything is about a month ahead of season this year and, for once, we are enjoying a real springy-spring.  Usually we go from snow to mow in about a week.  This year, spring has been slowly showing her hand and most of us who expected to be surprised by another round of the white stuff are beginning to believe that spring is here to stay and that Old Man Winter has been thoroughly trounced by Ma Nature.

And it wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day if we didn’t have some clover to show.  In another week, I’ll be taking some of this in to work for a co-worker’s bunny to munch on.

When Sandy got there, we spread some cut up bits of thrums and yarns left over from projects as well as some not-good-enough to use wool for the birds to use in their nest building.  Sandy had put some wool out at her house a couple of weeks ago, and she said she has seen birds taking off with bits of it to line their nests.

Sandy and I then spent most of the day dyeing pink shirts to help support breast cancer research.  10% of the sales from these shirts will be donated for research, which is something near and dear to both of our hearts. 

And my final picture for the day is Pete.  See how much he has grown?  He took to Sandy immediately, although shyer Dylan took some convincing that Sandy was not frightening.  Both are such joys to us.

I hope your St. Patrick’s Day was fun!

Mar 16

It’s official!  I will be teaching a one-day, outdoor workshop on natural dyes. 

This is going to be fun!!!

Mar 15

Officially, I walked 20,042 steps yesterday, blowing my previous record of someplace in the 15,000 range out of the water.  According to the program I use, that’s 7 and a half miles.  Whew!  And how much weight did I lose?  0.4 of a pound.  Grrr.

If you decide to use, start it when you are really ready.  I started it when I weighed 160, then ignored it for a few weeks.  When I went back to it I weighed 164.5.  Since then, I’ve lost 5.1 pounds (in a week and a half), but My Fitness Pal shows only .6 lost because it is looking at the 160 as the beginning point whereas I’m looking at the 164.5 since that is what I weighed when I finally decided to get serious with this thing.

And, while I was getting dressed this morning, I noticed the beginning of some muscle definition on my upper arms.  Woohoo!!!  It’s working!!!

So, only Roxie and I have committed to walking 10,000 steps at least one day a week.  Any others???

Mar 14

Or in this case, it was people plying together.  Last night, I taught my spinning class at Starstruck Cat Studio in Greenwood and we worked on plying.  Once the first bout of yarn was plied and niddy-noddied off, we soaked them, rolled them in a towel, danced the excess water out of them and hung them.  Pretty, newbie yarn!  Sorry, no pictures.  I forgot my camera.)

Also, last night I discussed the different between roving (carded) and top (combed) and had them begin spinning some top so they could see the difference.  Both students fell in love with the top I had taken them, and getting to compare the Corriedale roving with the Corriedale top (both Ulf’s fleece) will be a good lesson for them.

One of the student’s has an English angora bunny and she is going to bring some of its fiber next month.  I’ll bring some washed fleece, the cards and my combs and show them how to blend fibers.  Getting a blend of the angora and wool will be fun as we can play around with ratios.  I think I’m looking forward to it as much as they are.

The weather here is definitely not March – more like May.  When I left the shop to come home last night, it was in the low 70’s and the air was lovely on my skin.  I have been enjoying my morning walks outside the last few days and yesterday, at lunch, I took a long walk in the cemetery next to where I work (see Year of Seasons if you want to see the cemetery).  It was so hard to come back inside.  And it helped push me over 10,000 steps so I met that goal as well.

Today, it is supposed to be sunny and 80 degrees.  It’s March 14th for Pete’s sake!  It kinda makes me worried what this summer is going to be like.

Mar 13

After a couple of months of ignoring the weight loss thing, I gained back about 9 pounds.  Last week I lost 3.6 of them, so I still have over 5 pounds to go to be back where I was last fall, but with Sandy working out at the gym with me, my workouts have gone from 45 minutes to 90 minutes three days a week, from 30 minutes to 60 minutes two days a week and to 30 minutes on each of the weekend days.

I almost lost 5 pounds last week, but in a moment of weakness, I had some Chinese food Sunday.  Chinese food is full of sodium and that made me go from 4.9 pounds lost to 3.6.  Grrrr!!!  It’s a good thing this is a new week.

I am using the www.myfitnesspal website to help me track everything and I love this!  For once I can add in calories burned during my cardio training sessions, which I had no clue about before.

Also, I am going to revamp and restart the 10,000 Step Club.  I’ll admit that I’ve let it go over the past couple of years, but beginning March 5th, I started purposefully to get in a minimum of 10,000 steps a day.  On the days I go to the gym, this is pretty easy, but on the days I don’t, I have to put in the steps on the treadmill or take a walk elsewhere in order to get the steps in.  I made it most days, and this week I intend to make it all days.

So, with this relaunching of the 10,000 Step Club in mind, and in order to help you dedicate yourself to getting fit and healthy, I am asking you to pledge yourself to walking a minimum of 10,000 steps so many days each week.  Below is a poll asking you how many days you intend to meet the 10,000 step minimum.  I am curious as to how many days a week people think they can do this.  And, let’s face it, I work at a desk all day, and my hobbies are weaving, spinning and knitting, so I sit doing those as well.  If I can get in 10,000 each day, then so can most people out there.

Also, let me know if you are interested in the 10,000 Step Club T-shirt. 

If you are, I’m thinking about putting it up on Cafe Press so you can get the shirt in the color of your choice and maybe add in tote bags, coffee mugs, etc.

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Mar 12

I got very little work done this weekend.  Two weekends on the go and being swamped at work made for a tired Benita, so I rested.  The good news, though?  I lost 3.6 pounds last week.  Let’s see if I can beat that this week.

I hope you had a good weekend, too.

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