You Are Old, Father William

A little inspired needle felting from some recent bed-time reading:

Rabbit and Caterpillar

‘You are old, Father William,’ the young man said,
‘And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head –
Do you think, at your age, it is right?’

‘In my youth,’ Father William replied to his son,
‘I feared it might injure the brain;
But, now that I’m perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again.’

‘You are old,’ said the youth, ‘as I mentioned before,
And have grown most uncommonly fat;
Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door –
Pray, what is the reason of that?’

‘In my youth,’ said the sage, as he shook his grey locks,
‘I kept all my limbs very supple
By the use of this ointment – one shilling the box –
Allow me to sell you a couple?’

‘You are old,’ said the youth, ‘and your jaws are too weak
For anything tougher than suet;
Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak –
Pray how did you manage to do it?’

‘In my youth,’ said his father, ‘I took to the law,
And argued each case with my wife;
And the muscular strength, which it gave to my jaw,
Has lasted the rest of my life.’

‘You are old,’ said the youth, ‘one would hardly suppose
That your eye was as steady as ever;
Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose –
What made you so awfully clever?’

‘I have answered three questions, and that is enough,’
Said his father; ‘don’t give yourself airs!
Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?
Be off, or I’ll kick you down stairs!’

In case you couldn’t guess, that was from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll. Now, if I could just figure out how to make a wee little hookah…

Rabbit and Caterpillar

Bounty, Bread and Bunnies

Organic strawberries were on sale this week. Although these are not local strawberries, it’s still good to take advantage of the bounty – particularly in preparation for when there will be none (I’m thinking of the cold wintery months that will inevitably be upon us).

Bounty of Strawberries

These early, store-bought strawberries are washed, cut up and frozen on cookie sheets for later storage in freezer bags. Doing the bulk of the saving now, will let us enjoy (a.k.a gorge on) the fresh local strawberries when they start showing up (including the ones from our yard), without having to save them for later.

Also new this weekend, is my adoption of a new bible. I’ve been hearing a lot about this book, so I’ve decided to acquire a copy for myself to follow. I familiarized myself with the master recipe today, and looks like the hype is warranted (and, I bet it’s good for the soul, too).

Bread (Before and After)

This, of course, is the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. For this initial trial run, I cut the salt back quite a bit (almost half of what was called for), but that’s the only change. I now have a bowl of dough in the fridge ready to be drawn from and baked during the coming week (which fits perfectly with my tendency during the summer to wake up early). I’m sure Virginia won’t mind the smell of baking bread in the wee hours of the morning.

And, some of you may have seen this photo when I uploaded it to Flickr the other day. Our yard, full of all things green, is also home to a couple of bunnies. Their own bounty has made them probably a little too comfortable with their surroundings.

Lounging Bunny

It cracks me up whenever I see them hanging out after they’ve grazed, lying on their fattened bellies. We’re starting to call our house “Bunny Acres.” They’ve also inspired a few felted creations, including this little felted friend with a carrot.

Felted Friend - Bunny with Carrot in Garden

Ripple Wrap (and a Happy Valentine’s Day)

Ripple Wrap

Ripple Wrap

The colorful world of crochet continues to expand. You saw some of Virginia’s projects in progress a couple of posts ago. Since then, Virginia’s latest project, a wrap, features 12 colors of Cascade 220. That’s 12 out of a possible 220 colors available. Which, in my mind, makes it seem like she’s still got a long ways to go before all possibilities have been explored.

Ripple Wrap

Of course, the endless possibilities are one of the reasons we create. While a project is planned and executed, the next one begins to take shape. Inspiration can strike from many different angles. I can’t speak for the rest of you, including Virginia, but I believe we owe it to ourselves to make room for our ideas to grow. Maybe they won’t pan out, but you won’t know until you have tried.

Me, I may have gone a bit overboard with the needle felting inspiration this last month. But, without it, I wouldn’t be able to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day in quite as fun of a way as this:

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at ScratchCraft!

Felted Lineup

Yikes! It’s been a little while since my last post. We have been busy making stuff, and I will be sharing some of the goodies that have come to be these last couple of weeks (including some excellent mittens and a few pairs of socks). I thought I’d check in, though, and share with you a little of what I’ve been doing with some of my unspun fiber (oh, spinners out there, do not begrudge me this happy pastime).

Winter 2009 Felted Lineup

This is a small lineup of some of the creatures that have developed from some of the clouds of roving laying about the house. We’ve got some alpaca/mohair/merino blends, some polwarth, and I believe the dark brown bear is california variegated mutant. All fibers that would make excellent yarn (and they will, too, one day), but for now I am using them for other purposes (it’s hard when owls are cuter than yarn, and, honestly, more fun to watch take shape).

In addition, I can’t help but share a photo of the tool involved in the process.

Finishing Touches

It does an excellent job illustrating the fact that this Thursday I’ll be having my 3-month checkup, complete with bone marrow biopsy. I’m also hoping that, with the help of some premeds, I’ll be feeling as fuzzy as Mr. Bear. We’ll be getting results in the next couple of weeks. Keep your fingers (and toes) crossed the results are still quite resoundingly normal.

Springtime Bunnies and Socks

Inspired by the foraging bunnies in our back yard, a sign that Spring is on its way, I decided to show my support for warmer weather by making some little effigies.

Springtime Bunny

Of course, there’s never just one bunny in the yard. So, true to nature, I started putting together a whole warren.

Springtime Bunnies

Although, I have a feeling I did something to anger the weather gods, because I just finished shoveling 8 inches of snow off our sidewalks and driveway this evening. So, looks like we’ll be waiting a little while longer for Spring.

In knitting news, Virginia finished making a pair of socks from the new “Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn” book by Interweave. Our friend Barb (owner of Wild Geese Fibres) designed this particular pattern in the book, and this pair was knit with Koigu.

Sock #36 (52 Sock Challenge)