Time for a story

Once upon a time, there was a woman who had a washing machine that worked. One day, she and her husband decided to move their family to a house out in the country….(or as country as you can get in the state they lived in). As the house they were moving into already contained a “brand new” washer and dryer, the husband thought that maybe they should sell the pair they already had.

Over the years it turned out to be a bad idea, the “new” washer was temperamental. One day the pipes in the house burst and the landlord decided to cut and add new pipes. When doing this he cut the water pipes to the washing machine, after a week he came back and fixed the problem, however he messed up the hot water pipe.

Unbeknownst to the woman who was trying to make a pair of moonkoosas, she tied the knitted boot/slippers into a pillow case and tossed them in the washing machine. After 45 minutes, it was clear that the (slightly used) machine wasn’t going to do its job.

The next morning when she awoke the woman decided that she would attempt something that she had never done before, hand felting. Her family was gearing up for a six mile bike ride/walk (well the boys rode bikes for six miles, and then got in the truck and drove back to pick up the girls after four and a half miles), it seemed the perfect time to rub the wool vigorously after soaking it in hot soapy water and then rinsing the soap.

Well after the first three miles of trying to hand felt the wool, nothing was happening, the woman was starting to get frustrated and found tiny holes in her boots, she argued with herself that she would throw the boots in the first trash can she saw…then her brain reminded her that she paid $11 for the wool yarn, and she had spent three weeks working on these boots.

When they returned home, the husband got tired of listening to his wife complain about the (piece of crap) washing machine, and after 15 minutes, he had fixed the problem. Ten minutes later this happened

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And now I want to make more 😛

Also, the Easter baskets with jelly beans turned out to be a hit

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Have a nice day folks!!!

Boots & baskets

Hippity, hoppity, Easters on its way.

The last year or so we have been celebrating holidays differently, for Halloween, instead of trick or treating, we had a small party with homemade treats, music, and fun. Lorelai pays attention to the ingredients in foods almost as much as I do, and suggested at the young age of six that instead of walking around collecting candy that will make her feel gross and change her behavior, we do a small gathering. It worked, the only thing that upset the children on Halloween night, was that we did not have a trick or treater, which is pretty common as we live on a small back road and our house is set back from the road.
We made handmade valentines for Valentines day, but that was about it, we love each other all year long 🙂

This year for Easter instead of decorating eggs that no one will eat, we will do a small handful of jelly beans from whole foods (small handful due to the price per pound $10 yikes!!), and homemade baskets which in turn can be made into pet beds for their toy animals.

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The first basket was finished last night, I used this from Natural Suburbia. I had planned on waking up in the early morning hours to start the second, however sleep was something that did not occur for very long last night.

Don’t you feel bad not buying toys and chocolate for your kids for Easter?!
Nope, I don’t feel bad at all. I feel like the baskets I made came from the heart and it’s usually the handmade presents that my kids enjoy more then toys from the store. As a matter a fact, Leif requested a homemade knitted farmer boy doll for his birthday, which just warms my heart.

I have almost completed my second Moonkoosa, I had to start a second, second boot as the first second boot looked really bad lol, Leif has been wearing it as a “chainmail helmet”. The second, second boot has a boo boo on it as well, but I want to wear these boots before next weekend, so I will continue on with them and fix the hole.

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The second is no where as pretty as the first, but I am hoping that the felting will take care of that.

Have a nice day folks!