Saturday, April 02, 2011

Link-tastic Friday (Saturday)

Last Sunday, as part of our morning worship with our church, I spun some soft, Shetland wool into thick, bulky singles on stage.    I used a Spunky Eclectic club colorway, Raisin Wannabe, in vintage November 2008.  There were 2 pounds of the wool, so I continued to spin it up over the week, and finished it on Wednesday.  It's amazing how quickly you can power through the ounces with a softly spun, bulky singles!




The spinning was part of a sermon illustration, and this week the intention was to knit the handspun into a project for charity...except, as it turns out the only yarn acceptable for charity is non-wool, machine-wash-only.  So.  Back to the drawing board!  I went out yesterday and bought some soft acrylic/poly blend (I was cringing at the register, but you gotta do what you gotta do -- and yes, I could have bought cotton, but I had limited time to shop, etc., so I ended up at a Big Craft Chain Store), and several knitting friends and I will be knitting that into tiny preemie hats for the NICU at a local hospital.

Link time!

Newly in love with this blog:
  • The Sisters 4 Say More is More.  They come up with cute thrifty, and creative outfits and make me wish that my sisters and I could agree on anything to write a blog about!

Random greatness from the web:
  • Breastfeeding = Breastfeeding.  This encouraging article promotes breastfeeding as "just plain normal", yet doesn't heap guilt on those who choose not to.  I love the overall tone, and the thoughtfulness.  A great read!
  • When I first got married and was left to my own devices in the kitchen, I really wish that I'd known about a site like Food Pickle!  In fact, I am going to keep this saved to my favorites for those moments when I'm in a bind and can't figure out a food/cooking dilemma on my own.

Looking Fabulous: 

  • I am all about this cool/modern take on kitchen gardening over at Ten June: My Love Buckets
  • Repairing clothing isn't something that usually inspires me, but when I looked over this list of Creative Mending, I immediately started imaginging things that I could do to some of the blah or torn things in mine and my children's closets.
  • Refashion Favorites!  Great inspiration for putting some new spunk in your wardrobe.

Food (savory):
  • A beautiful and delicious looking salad: Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Pineapple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette via Joy The Baker.
  • Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Zucchini -- an excellent idea for this warmer weather that's pushing us straight into a long, hot Texas summer. (Via Pioneer Woman)
  • I have a bag of parsnips just waiting to be turned into this Parsnip Soup from Orangette.
  • Wholesome Quesadillas from 101Cookbooks -- sparked with the flavors of capers, wholesome with eggs and wrapped in a corn tortilla, what's not to love?
  • Greek Style Macaroni and Cheese.  I am saving this dinner idea for a day when it's not so hot outside, but it looks delicious!
  • You all know that I am pretty ridiculous about doing everything from scratch in my kitchen, but what you might not realize is that I'll always have a soft spot for those little instant packages of Ramen noodles.  I love these 30 Ramen Hacks that breath new life in to the bowl of my favorite little guilty (savory) pleasure!

Food (sweet):

This video makes me smile and inspires me:

Have a lovely weekend!!


Livnletlrn said...

Those last three links are making me swoon. I might have to stop reading Linktastic Fridays for fear of those 80+ lbs. lost in the past year mysteriously finding their way back to me. :::slurp:::

Cecilia Krueger said...

what an interesting church you must go to! pity about the acrylic thing . . .
LOVELY yarn, um, are you selling that then ?
I've opened almost all those links to go look at next :o)
AND what a great video, i'm a bit too much of a classic dresser myself, i was a little more interesting in my youth, BUT with Goodwill as my friend i'm getting better (i'll post some of this soon!)
have a great rest of the weekend!

Magnicmax said...

Spinning in church? Sign me up.

Great links!


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