Recently, on Pinterest (where else), I saw something about rinsing fresh berries in a vinegar/water bath to stop that fuzzy mold from growing on them so quickly...sometimes I've brought home a container of strawberries and I swear, they don't even last two days before they're icky with fuzz. I tried this last week, but the strawberries smelled so good that I couldn't stand letting them sit in the fridge to see if the vinegar bath worked. I bought a two pound container on Wednesday evening - that should be enough for me to eat AND let some sit, right? Anyway, the mix is one part vinegar to 10 parts water (I used apple cider vinegar), and you rinse them with water afterward. Has anyone ever heard of or tried this? So far, no fuzz...but it's only been a couple of days.
Oh, also on Pinterest, I saw someone recommend using a straw to hull strawberries. Yeahhhh, that one doesn't work perfectly...although I could see putting a strawberry on a straw to go in some lemonade, if you were having a party.
Success on the left; not-so-success on the right.
I went to a yarn store here in town - boy oh boy, was I happy to discover that we had one, as you just can't get the personalized help at a Michaels or Hobby Lobby that you do with a small business. Anyway, I brought all of my projects to show and ask questions, and wow, did I ever get some great help. For example, I had this pair of needles that I'd bought years ago when I was trying to learn how to knit. I had one project going (a little coin purse that had you knitting AND purling)(purling was turning out to be really difficult)(turns out I was twisting my stitches and doing it wrong, which would explain my difficulty!), but I wanted to just knit, so I started another scarf with some yarn I already had. I didn't like how it was coming out but couldn't figure out why, exactly.
Turns out the yarn is too lightweight for the needles...and the needles? Are really too long for my hands. Good to know - I'd still like to knit a chunkier scarf, but now I know to choose the right size (guage?) yarn. And get a shorter pair of needles - I kept jamming the ends of these into my stomach as I would knit, which wasn't super comfortable.
The other big thing is that the woman at the store suggested, since I was such a newbie, that I really try to learn how to knit right-handed. She's a leftie, but said that she knits as a rightie since all the patterns are done for righties (story of my life in learning most things). So, I picked out some yarn and bought another set of needles (I can see where having several sets is nice, since it's fun to work on one project for a while and then switch to another), and we worked on knitting as a right-hander. I caught on, and later on that day, worked on the piece for a bit - then discovered that I'd "split" a couple of stitches, so I unraveled it and started over. Only I couldn't remember how to knit right-handed!!! I knew my memory is bad, but seriously? That was crazy! I finally was able to do it after looking at diagrams in a book - whew! Crisis averted - I would have been really embarrassed to have to walk back into that store the very next day and ask to be shown how to do it again!
My loot! Yarn to make some baby washcloths (a couple of friends make washcloths and it sounds like a fun little project), yarn and needles for a new scarf, a thingie to measure the size of your needles, should one (ahem) lose the packaging that the needles came in - plus it measures gauge, which apparently I will become concerned with at some point, a card to convert how long of a tail I need to cast on, and a couple of needles so I can weave that tail into the project (methinks the tail is a nuisance)!
I actually have a Fashion Friday outfit - which is pretty exciting, considering I'm back to wearing either a swimsuit, running clothes, or jeans all the time. But today (well, actually yesterday), I'm modeling my new coat, courtesy of my mom and Land's End...and the very!first!scarf!ever!knitted! (by me).
Brrrrrrr! So chilly - good thing I have my beautiful coat and coordinating scarf to keep me warm!
Haha, just kidding. It was 72 degrees when I took these pictures. Of course, not five minutes later it started to rain, but it was still warm. Ahhh, I am enjoying this mild winter!
Have a great weekend!