Monday, November 25, 2013

Around here....

Around here, we geeked out at the live Radiolab show. Oh, it was artsy and science-ariffic and pure  NPR candy. If you don't know Radiolab, you should go binge-listen right now and then we can be fan-girls together, want to?

Friday, November 22, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Materials.

The world of textiles is an imperfect one, filled with imperfect choices - so I thought I'd tell you about some of the fabrics I'm using and why. Fascinating, right? Go get a cup of coffee and come back, I'll wait.
This is Hempcel. It's 55% Hemp and 45% Lyocel. It's a new one for me.
My impressions: light and strong, great feel, easy to work with, washes up with a satisfying line-dried-linen-like crinkle, but slightly silky. Lovely.
Sourced from a Colorado-based company where a rep calls me when they're about to run out of something I like. Good sales technique, probably. Also, nice.
The upside: Hemp is an extremely fast growing crop, producing more fiber yield per acre than any other source. (Fewer resources used.) It is commonly grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides. Lyocell is made from renewable wood pulp (eucalyptus) in a closed-loop system that recycles almost all of the chemicals used.
The downside: Made in China (but, with considerable disclosure about the factory's employee and environmental policies). Lyocell production is energy intensive and involves an iffy petrochemical.
So there you have it - imperfect. Worse than some choices. Better than most. Where's my coffee?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Around here....

Around here, it's fall and we are celebrating by falling ill, one after the other.... Plus, I think I may have adult onset ADD.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Workroom glimpse.

Ahhh, look at my newly cleaned and organized workroom! YES - this is what passes for clean around here. And it only took ten days....

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

On the farm.

On the farm, things are looking a little rough - but that's its own kind of lovely.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Around here....

I'm wishing for a little more light, since daylight savings ended. I like that the sun is coming up at a quarter to seven and I'm not bumping into nocturnal animals on my morning run. But, when it starts getting dark at 4:30? I'm not okay with that.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday, I'm in love....

With my kid! Seamus wrote an essay about the American Revolution that is so flinging-flangin awesome and I wish I could share it with you but he says I'm not allowed to discuss it in front of him, or behind his back. Or after he goes to bed. Not a lot of wiggle room there.