A new beginning, Rhubarb, Beets, and a 20 minute skirt...

So, after a failed attempt at keeping a knitting blog going, I have changed my angle a bit. Not that knitting isn't my main passion, I find that the various interests I have might garner more interesting fodder for this blog on a regular basis. So, although I plan to focus as much as possible on the handmade aspect of my life, I will also be highlighting my efforts to reduce my carbon footprint, eat more sustainably and live an overall more healthy life. Hopefully, people will want to read something like that. I know I would. So stay tuned for some recipes, crafty ideas, and tips on how to live a more creative, handmade life. On that note, I will begin with Rhubarb and Beets. Nick and I went to the farmers market this morning on California Ave. here in Reno. We try to go every Saturday morning and love seeing what we find. Not to mention that the local bread baker is right in the shopping center where the market is and we always get amazing samples of tasty fresh baked stuff as well as some to bring home. Until I start baking all of my own bread, buying locally is the best way I can think of to get my bread. Today we brought home a loaf of Jalapeno Corn Cheddar that is AMAZING and an oatmeal wheat loaf for sandwiches and toast to go with the Strawberry jam we made over 4th of July weekend. Anyway, I'm off topic already. Rhubarb and Beets. Well, a couple of weeks ago, I read Amy's post on Angry Chicken about her rhubarb hand pies. Well, they looked so good I had to try. At the market today I found fresh green rhubarb that claims to be "better" than traditional red rhubarb. We shall see... I will post the results on this later. As for the beets, Nick was listening to "The Splendid Table" last weekend and they were talking about beets. His interest was peaked, so now we have a bundle of beets in our fridge that we have no idea what to do with. That's okay, i'll figure something out. Anyway, here is what they look like...

Lastly for today, I present to you... the 20 minute skirt! I made this skirt a couple of days ago in my boredom. I had a whole bunch of knit material and open access to my roommate Elle's serger. So, what did I make? The most simple skirt I possibly could. Well, I should begin by saying I started out making the Infinity Dress from Rostitchery's blog. I thought it would be great out of this Black polkadot material I had however once I got it made up, the straps were way too long and the underside of the material just looked bad and needed too much fussing with to make the dress look nice. I will probably re-make this dress with a different fabric as I love the idea of an easy dress with lots of wearable options. Anyway, the skirt portion of the dress fit my body perfectly so I cut it apart again and re-sewed a new waistband to it and voila! I had a skirt in 20 minutes that only took 2 seams on the serger. I love it! Of course it has an unfinished hem but with knits you can get away with that. I should also mention that this is probably the most comfortable and one of the most flattering skirts I own. I will be making many more of these since several friends have requested them so I will post a step by step on here soon. For now you can enjoy the pic I had Nick take this morning... (by the way, the bottom isn't crooked, it's the angle the picture is taken.)

Anyway, hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather. I think it's time for a trip to the lake (Lake Tahoe) or perhaps a Truckee River float. Either way, it's looking like a fun couple of days!