October 2017 Goals

Pantry & Preparedness:
Purchase two cases of bottled water for our emergency supplies
Scan vital documents to a USB drive for evacuation bag
Walk 1x weekly with evacuation bag & with dog wearing her panniers (thanks to this little lesson learned!)

Handcrafts:
Finish knitting donation hat
Re-start my Tesla shawl (Cast on [again!] 11 Oct 2017)

Education & Personal Enrichment:
Finish first quarter of kids’ homeschooling (DONE 13 Oct 2017)
Read a book from my fall/winter reading list (DONE: Finished reading Ghost Fleet 8 Oct 2017)
Finish the “Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature” lecture series I am watching on The Great Courses Plus
Complete at least one FEMA Independent Study course

Writing & Professional Development:
Catch up on my LinkedIn messages/connection requests (DONE 15 Oct 2017)
Transfer clips list to this site
Type up final draft of the article I’m working on, and submitted to planned site
Work on my non-fiction book, Prepare Anywhere

Genealogy:
Index at least 10 batches/100 image files (DONE 8 Oct 2017)
Participate in Worldwide Indexing Event sponsored by FamilySearch.org
Scan irreplaceable family photos to USB drive

Health & Wellness:
Dental exam/cleaning appointments for children (EDIT: Mine will now be in November)
Make appointments with specialists for myself & one child per primary doctors’ referrals
Walk at least twice weekly (without evacuation pack)

What are your goals for October? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! If you’d like to see what I was able to mark off my September goal list, click here.

Summer 2017 Reading List

As I mentioned earlier this week, my summer reading list for 2017 focused on dyes and colorants. I have several titles on my fiber shelf that deal with the mechanics of dyeing fiber and fabric, particularly with natural items such as roots, flowers, and the like. A few years ago I had the opportunity to take a class on natural dyeing at Arbutus Folk School (located in the Pacific Northwest). The class included a trip to the local farmers market, where we purchased or found items we could dye our silk scarves with, and some foraging for items along the trail to and from the market. I chose to dye my scarves with the bark of the Pacific madrone tree (Arbutus menziesii) for three reasons: 1, it was readily accessible around the base of multiple madrones along the path since the trees naturally shed their bark; 2, because it is one of my favorite trees; and 3, because it is the tree the folk school was named after and a perfect memento of the day.

This year my studies are less on the “how to” facets of dyes and dyeing and more on the history of the science of dye stuffs and the cultural uses of them. If you’d like to learn more about these aspects of dyeing, here’s the list I’ve worked from. You may, of course, have already spotted the titles on my reading list page – I just thought it would be nice to make it a little more convenient for you to create a list for your next library trip or Kindle splurge. Enjoy!

The Modern Natural Dyer – Vejar
Indigo: In Search of the Color that Seduced the World – McKinley
Colors: the Story of Dyes and Pigments – Delamare
Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color that Changed the World – Garfield
A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire – Greenfield
Fifty Animals That Changed the Course of History – Chaline
The Rarest Blue: The Remarkable Story of an Ancient Color Lost to History and Rediscovered – Sterman
A Red Like No Other: How Cochineal Colored the World – Padilla

Knitting and Reading ~ 22 February 2017

Joining Nicole at Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm Craft On and Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along. True confession: last week required a lot of keeping calm in order to craft on! I had the opportunity to attend two classes at Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat in Tacoma, WA, this past weekend and I actually have a nice chunk of pictures for you! Continue reading

Knitting and Reading ~ 8 February 2017

Joining Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along today. Last night I finished the simple knit scarf for a friend’s daughter; just need to weave in a few ends and I can pass it along to her this weekend. I’m about 60% done with the Knúsa shawl. I love it, but I’m at such a high stitch count (for me) that each row takes a very long time. I look forward to learning to knit Continental and continue learning Portuguese style so I can speed things up and hopefully preserve my hand joints a bit more.

On the reading list: I finished Heat & Light and a few eBooks – they are listed on my 2017 booklist page. Now I’m reading Burial Rites in print and SoulSpace by Xorin Balbes on Overdrive. I still have a whole pile of PDF books from the Back to Basics bundle to work through as well – I think I will read Six Dollar Family next.

What are you crafting and reading this week?

Knitting and Reading ~ 31 January 2017

I’m joining Keep Calm Craft On (at Frontier Dreams) and Yarn Along (at Small Things) again this week – and boy, do I have things to share! First up, a finished project:

That’s the crocheted scarf I’ve been working on a bit at a time each week when we go to my folks’ house for lunch. There’s one in the donation basket for the Warm County efforts – WOOHOO!

Next there’s my simple knit scarf, which I’m making for a friend’s daughter. She gifted me a whole hat box full of super soft mohair; so far I’ve made a shawl for her, and my daughter knit a scarf for her younger daughter as a welcome gift when she aged up into our church young women’s group (for ages 12+). This scarf will be for her older daughter. When all is said and done, I’ll also knit a shawl for myself with the leftovers. Yes, there was THAT MUCH yarn in the box! It will be a cozy reminder of their family when I’ve moved. And if you look closely, you’ll see the library copy of Heat & Light from last week’s post. (And for those who are wondering, I had my son take the picture – he’s not a bad photographer; my face is absent since the photo was going on Ravelry and this blog.)

Last but not least, is my Knúsa shawl. It’s officially well past halfway done and at over 225 stitches it’s pretty hard to get a good picture of. As you can see, in order to stretch it out further, I’d have to take it off the circular! Noooope… I think we can all agree that iffy pictures are okay until it’s ready to bind off safely instead. 😉

On to the books, as I’ve got a whole handful I’m working through right now. First of all, in print is Heat & Light, as mentioned previously. In digital format are Give Your Child the World and The Latter-day Morning on Kindle and Sustainability Starts at Home on my laptop (part of the Back to Basics eBook Bundle, which I purchased earlier this month). My son is listening to Elon Musk on audiobook from Overdrive, so I’ve been able to hear bits and pieces of that while driving and knitting. I also finished several other books since my last post – if you’d like to see what I’ve read during the month of January, just click over to my Reading List tab!

So what are you crafting and reading this week?