Salvaged

2014-09-13 08.13.11 How do you like my new pullover?

I am not sure if you know. I certainly haven’t really made it a secret… I am on a budget. A  TIGHT budget. So my clothes usually come from the thrift shop, yard sales, or free piles (which are plenty around our city).

I am not ashamed of it, if I can use something and keep it out of the landfill, I think I have done my job. I firmly believe we do not own the land, but are mere caretakers and as such should do what ever we can, when ever we can, no matter how small we think the gesture is.

My husband found the LL Bean, 100% Merino pullover in a free pile the other day. He brought it home, we washed it and then I noticed a little tear in the right sleeve cuff. No doubt, this was the reason it got tossed out in the first place.

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Well. It’s 100% Merino and the colour is amazing, so a little tear is not going to keep me from using it. I was thinking about how to fix it. Maybe a pretty ribbon? I don’t have any handy. OH!!!! YES! Some handmade lace! Why not? I have amazing gray coloured yarn that would look great with it.

A few blanket-stitches, so I have something to anchor the lace to and it also hold the cuff turned under, so the tear is not going to be seen. Then the fun part: deciding what lace to use.

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I opted for crochet this time around. There are so many beautiful edgings out there. Just do a search on pintrest and you will be busy for hours.

I finally narrowed it down and went for it. 20 minutes after making up my mind, I had a brand new sweater. One of a kind now, that I personalized it.

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:) I am happy about my new sweater and that one more piece is staying out of landfills for a little while longer. (don’t worry, when it gets to a point where one can’t fix it any more, I use it as a cleaning rag until there is literally nothing left lol)

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Review: The Spinner’s Book of Fleece: A Breed-by-Breed Guide to Choosing and Spinning the Perfect Fiber for Every Purpose

The Spinner's Book of Fleece: A Breed-by-Breed Guide to Choosing and Spinning the Perfect Fiber for Every Purpose
The Spinner’s Book of Fleece: A Breed-by-Breed Guide to Choosing and Spinning the Perfect Fiber for Every Purpose by Beth Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book about a week ago from the publisher for review.
I have not put it down since!

I don’t know how I could live without this book for so long!

What a wonderful resource!!!

This book will NOT teach you how to spin. It will teach you how to spin a yarn that suits the fibre you have! We(well I anyway) think about our projects and what the end result will be and then go from there. I have not ever started with the fibre. This book has toppled my spinning habit on it’s head! I cannot wait to go and find some of the breeds Mrs. Smith is talking about in her wonderful book and spin them into the perfect yarn for the perfect project!
I have always loved to knit with my home spun yarn, but this will make the whole experience even more rewarding, I think. To know the best way to show off any fibre’s strong points and really make it work for you and the project.

Mrs. Smith also gives a bit of a background on the sheep breeds, she discusses in the book. Couple this book with The Field Guide To Fleece and you are pretty much set for any fibre market, or breed auction you could imagine! I CAN’T WAIT TO TRY OUT SOME OF THE TIPS she gives for choosing your fleece at an auction, or a fibre festival! :)
I feel so much more confident to go and buy a fleece instead of processed fibre. I feel armed and ready!

But wait! There is more!
The book also teaches you how to identify the random bits in your stash, to which you lost all notes and labels. (yes, I have those too!! LOTS of those!)
So much information about the breeds and how to keep your head on straight when going to fibre shows and how to pick fleeces, or more processed fiber.

I honestly believe this book is a necessity in every spinners library. No matter if you are a beginner, or an expert. We all can use a refresher course from time to time and a little place to look things up. We can’t keep EVERYTHING in our heads, all the time.

Thank you, for such a wonderful resource book! I know I will recommend it to all my fibre friends.

The information is well written and easily understood and put in, are o practice. I find it always so important that even books like this one, for plain information are written well and in an engaging manner. This is absolutely the case for Beth Smith. She knows what she is talking about and gets it across in a way that doesn’t make you fall asleep three pages in.

I feel so much more confident in picking my next fleece and processing it myself to really show it off to it’s best.

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Summertime. Time to pickle and ferment.

DSC07965I love fresh vegetables. I also love pickles of all sorts. They have to be SOUR though. It is really hard for me to find GOOD, SOUR pickles here in the States. They are never sour enough for me. I have long made my own pickles, although the last few years I didn’t really have time, so we were without pickles.

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This year I made some. Veggie pickles. We love them! I made them SOURRRRRR and some have also garlic and one spicy one for my husband. All of them have dill from my garden to season. I also added mustard seeds, peeper and turmeric.

Super easy and fast and now they are in the water-bath to be canned. I can’t wait to taste the first few!

I won’t put up a recipe for this, since there are TONS online already ;) Just use the google machine lol

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I have some apple cider vinegar fermenting right now. Only a few days so far, but it already smells and starts to taste like vinegar! SO EXCITED!  And I am in the process of setting on some Sauerkraut.

I am off then to chop the cabbage and massage some salt into it. More of the kraut and pics of the finished vinegar  in a later post.