Monday, June 29, 2015

winding yarn

Make a small snip in the end of a toilet roll

Tie a knot in the end of yarn

place knot into cut on toilet roll

Slide your thumb inside the tube, and hold the yarn in place with your finger as shown.

Begin winding your yarn.

 Wind it three times around the tube. See the way the yarn runs diagonally across the tube? Look carefully... it is moving up and to the left. This is intentional.

Tug gently on the yarn, and let the tube rotate a little on your thumb. Allow it to make about 1/4 turn, and then wind diagonally three more times.

Again tug gently on the yarn, and let the tube rotate a little on your thumb. Allow it to make about 1/4 turn, and then wind diagonally three more times.

 Keep going... wind, wind, wind, tug... wind, wind, wind, tug... wind, wind, wind, tug... I find it easier to hold the yarn still in my left hand, and wind the tube around the yarn. Probably sounds crazy... but that's what works for me!

See the way I am always moving the yarn diagonally across the ball...

Continue in this manner until done. Once you develop your own technique, you will find that the tube moves easily in your hand, and you no longer consciously turn it. It feels a bit awkward at first... but persist with it until you work out a rhythm... it really is easy!

Tuck the end of your yarn under a couple of strands to secure (but not hide) it.

Free the knot from the snip at the end of the tube.

Carefully slide the ball from the cardboard.

Squish the sides of the ball to ease the tension on your yarn.

Ta-da! Tuck the centre yarn end inside the ball. Leave the knot there... it will make the centre end easy to locate when you are ready to use the ball.

thanks to the purple goldfish for the photos and tutorial


Fermented Radishes

If you don’t love radishes . . .

This recipe just might change your mind! Fermenting radishes takes some of the “bite” out of their flavor, replacing it with a slightly garlicky tang. Both of my kids have been known to ask for second and third helpings when this dish makes it to our dinner table, so give it a try!

Fermented Garlicky Radishes

  • 3 1/2 cups radishes, sliced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons unrefined sea salt
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1½ quart jar with airlock OR a 1½ quart jar with tight fitting lid
  • a weight to keep the radishes beneath the salt brine – I use a glass weight that came with my airlock jar but a plastic lid that fits inside the mouth of the jar or a stone that has been boiled and allowed to cool will work, too
  • a kitchen towel
  1. Thoroughly wash and dry your jar and lid before getting started.
  2. Prepare your salt brine by mixing the salt and water together and stirring until dissolved.
  3. Pack radishes and garlic into your fermenting jar.
  4. Pour salt brine over the radishes until completely covered, leaving at least one inch of space between the top of the brine and the lid.
  5. Place a weight inside the mouth of the jar to keep your radishes under the brine. Cover tightly and set up the air lock if you’re using one.
  6. Drape jar with a towel and let radishes sit on your counter for 3-7 days, depending on how sour you like them.* When they’ve reached the level of sourness you like remove the weight from inside the jar and transfer to the fridge.
* If you’re using a jar without an airlock you will need to “burp” your jars periodically, otherwise carbon dioxide levels can build up within your jar and cause it to explode.  Check the metal lid every day – if you can’t push it down simply unscrew the lit a bit and then immediately tighten it back down. Using an airlock which allows the gases to release eliminates the need to burp your jars.

5 Simple Tips to Transition to a Paperless Kitchen

 Stock up on enough cloths to replace napkins and paper towels.

 You want to make sure you have enough cloths that you aren’t doing laundry everyday.  I’m not doing more laundry than I was before.  I just throw the cloths in with the rest of the towels I’m washing anyway.  We have 20+ cloth napkins on hand.  I didn’t buy them all at once.  I got a whole bunch are random napkins   It doesn't matter  that they don’t all match, in fact I kind of love that they don’t.  You can pick up cloth napkins whenever you see them on sale to start your collection. Great stores to get for great prices, especially if you find sales, are Target and even op shops


Have all your cloths in a convenient place.

Our cloth napkins are in a basket on our dining table.  In my eyes, it looks fine for everyday use.  If we are entertaining, it’s easy enough to put away and replace with a nice centerpiece.


two cookie jars and put them by the sink, within arm’s reach. In one are the cloths designated for drying food, and in the other are the cloths designated for wiping up spills.  Having these in a convenient place is key.  You don’t want this process to be less convenient than using paper products.


 The two other types of cloths we have are for hand drying and dish drying.  Those are kept on separate sides in a drawer by our sink.  One hand drying cloth is kept on the dishwasher handle, used for drying clean hands, and is replaced each day.  The dish-drying towels are kept in the drawer until needed.



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Light switch cover upgrade

remove the light switch covers
find frames that will fit the covers
paint the  covers and frames the same colour
re attach to the wall

double needle thread hack

I don’t have a lot of experience with a double needle. If you do, you probably know how great they can be when it comes to making double...