Day 2, TdF
The Icelandic singles are just progress from yesterday. It was the third bobbin of Icelandic singles so I wanted to ply but realized I did not have a spinning bobbin to ply onto. I decided to do some plying. I wound off the BFL onto a storage bobbin and plied the Merino/yak and the silk singles with it and cleared off 3 bobbins. I wound that off into a skein and then plied the two bobbins of Icelandic yarn. That cleared off one more spinning bobbin. I still have 2 bobbins of black Icelandic and still need to make a lot more black yarn but I need some colour right now. I have a bobbin of Southdown dyed with indigo on the CPW so I plan to wind that off. I also have two storage bobbins of Swaledale that need to be plied also. I have so many bobbins of random singles that I would like to spin stuff in the stash to go with them and make yarn. I am excited about tomorrow anyway!
Tour de Fleece Day, Icelandic
I am trying to do TdF again this year. The Tour de Fleece is when spinners all over the world spin along to the Tour de France. I spun some Icelandic yesterday while volunteering at the local art gallery. There was a concert yesterday so I am posting the progress this morning. My goal is just to spin every day of the TdF. I realize that black Icelandic is not that exciting but once this bobbin is filled I will have 3 bobbins of this wool spun and can move onto something else. I should finish that indigo-dyed Southdown I was spinning for the Ravellenics. I had some left over. I still have to clear the bobbin on the CPW of what I have spun of the Southdown so far but it will be great to have a bunch of yarn by the end of this!
For those who have known me awhile you will know I try to keep track of my spending. I have a pretty good handle on it but the one area I still need to work on is the unexpected expenses. It wouldn’t be so bad if there weren’t always unexpected expenses!
The absolute best way to start reducing your spending is to keep exact track of your spending in some type of spending journal. It sucks and is a real pain when I am doing a lot of shopping at once like I do when I head in and bulk buy everything but it is the only way to know exactly what is being spent and where it is being spent. That is what I am going to start doing starting tomorrow for convenience (it being the beginning of a month). I have been doing this for quite awhile so I know personally the two areas I can reduce spending are in my food category and in my entertainment category (this includes books and so forth). Food is always a tricky category for me because as I reduce food costs the amount of time I spend preparing and making food goes up. Due to my health problems I have been trying to go in only every 2 months but can’t quite seem to buy enough yet. I have to get more organized so I can buy enough for 2 or more months at a time. I have been able to reduce the amount of time I have to shop in the stores by buying some things online at well.ca for example. I find especially in the summer, I often get to Whitehorse and the shelves in the store are empty so I have spent all that time and money travelling and not be able to get everything. That is rather frustrating.
I am going to also incorporate more foraged foods and homegrown items into the food category. Foraged food at the moment is reducing my pet care budget also because the guinea pigs can eat foraged greens and grasses for the summer. Foraged plants also help reduce my personal care budget slightly although I have been doing this for awhile so I don’t anticipate seeing a reduction in that category this year.
I hope to come up with new ideas to reduce my budget this summer and into the cold half of the year. I am so excited!
The crazy season has started as the summers are so short in the Yukon and there is so much to do while the weather is nice. I picked my first harvest of the shiitake mushrooms a few days ago.
First Shiitake Harvest
They were yummy mushrooms. I ordered the mushroom growing kit from Richters but apparently they are sold out for now which is too bad.
I have been watering like a crazy person and today I saw my greenhouse frog in between my two yellow bedstraw markers.
Greenhouse frog (wood frog, Lithobates sylvaticus)
Where I live there is only one kind of frog and no reptiles. There are some other frogs right at the very southern end of the Yukon as shown in this pamphlet but the wood frog is the only one where I live. I had a frog in my greenhouse last year too and with all that mulch I put in my greenhouse maybe it is the same one.
I have 2 black Hungarian pepper plants that have peppers so far:
Black Hungarian Pepper Plant
I also have one valerian plant that I didn’t plant out and left in the greenhouse and it is growing like crazy! I am going to have to transplant it I think.
The guinea pigs have been chowing down on quack grass and chickweed so far this summer. They love the fresh food right from the garden even if most gardeners don’t like those plants. I am sure they can’t wait for the parsley to get bigger because that is another favourite.
I have done some silk scarf dyeing with the arts society and hope to get more done this summer. I had one mordanted scarf left from the onion skin dyeing workshop and I want to find this resist I had and try using a resist before dyeing. I have ordered more silk scarves for another workshop and some for me to try using resists.
My sweetie was here for a visit but now he has headed back home. He helped me with so many things including installing my new washing machine and taking the old one out. I have shelves for my dyes and mordants in the garage and 4 cords of wood split and stacked sitting in the yard (most of it done by us but he helped with the larger logs). He also built James the dog a doghouse that he can easily get his rather obese self into with an open front so he isn’t claustrophobic while in it which is an issue he has. James loves his new doghouse.
Next week I get some bloodwork done for Lyme disease. Where I lived in Germany had a lot of ticks and maybe all of these health problems are related to something like Lyme (this brain tumour could have been caused by an infection in that area in the past). One more thing to test out.
Life is good!
I have had a bit of a lull lately as far as making things. I needed something to contain my hair this summer and decided to try to make a mesh head wrap. I just finished it and I really like it. Yay!
I used some German cotton yarn I had in the stash (I haven’t lived in Germany for more than 8 years). It is a sage green.
I also finally dug the hole for my lilac bush I bought last weekend. I want to grow a hedge and lilac is one of the few hedge plants that grow up here. I have a pot of raspberry canes for the backyard that I still have to plant. I am almost done planting everything and am busy watering every morning. The weather has been fantastic.
In 2 weeks I will be doing a nature walk as part of the Anvil Range Arts Society Funfest. The walk will be looking at natural dye plants around town. I have to dye some different fibres in the next week to have to show people what they look like so that should be fun. I pulled out my dye books trying to come up with a list of plants I can use. So exciting! It feels great to start the dye studio season. I hope to get a bunch of dyeing done this summer.
Life is awesome!