Monday, September 3, 2012


I hate to say it, but I think I have a thing for dropping cameras. Not yours, mine - I've never dropped anyone else's, but my own takes a tumble pretty often. 

Fortunately it's not an expensive one...just your regular click and shoot deal. Maybe if I had a bigger one I'd be less clumsy with it. You know, there'd be more of it to hold onto, or something. 

Something. Yep. Mm hmm.

By the end of our first trip in Spaghettia, our other camera (long since replaced) was being held together by bandaids. I wish I had a picture to show you, but, well, it's hard to take a picture of your camera with your camera. Especially when it's falling apart.

But here, my friends, is a piece of advice. Ready?

If you do have a reputation for dropping your camera, and it goes thudding to the floor for the bazillionth time, here is what you should not do. 

You should not, under any circumstances, tell your husband (who is innocently playing Legos with the boys across the room and who probably heard the thud), "Umm...that was the camera."

Know why? Because he will say, "I don't want to know that."

But if you do accidentally confess, and he says what he says afterwards (because he will), there is something you can still say to save yourself. Forewarned is forearmed.

Just quickly say...

"Oh - I meant, that was your cell phone." 

And he will say, "Oh, okay," and heave a big sigh of relief.

**This has been a public service announcement from Baruch's Lullaby. No cell phones, cameras, or marriages were harmed in the making of this announcement. At least, I think...I need to go check on the camera again.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

detour route

We've been scarce, I know. We arrived in Spaghettia yesterday and we'll pick up our kids in the morning. We'll be posting details and photos on our family blog, so you can follow our journey over there if you'd like and subscribe to make sure you get the updates. See you at Copperlight Wood. ♥

Friday, July 6, 2012

for good, forever

The kids are running around all crazy-like and I need to get school going, but this is overdue and I'm impatient and we need to update!

 We have some new items in the shop. But that's not the big news...

We have a signature and a judge and a court date! And we made it in before the court closure on July 15th! You can read about all the gory details here


So we are getting ready to add our two Spaghettian kids very very very soon. In a month or so. Finally.

We need to buy a couple of mattresses and four plane tickets. Two two-way tickets, and two one-way tickets, because we're bringing them home. For good. Forever.

{I really hope they love us. We are a little weird sometimes.}

The tickets cost about $7000. I should mention that now is a great time to get some early Christmas shopping done and purchase all of your winter accessories before the big rush in fall. *wink* Every purchase from Baruch's Lullaby helps us bring them home - for good, forever. Thanks!

Friday, June 8, 2012

loose ends

I'm usually in the middle of several projects at once - depending on the season and how busy orders are flying in, I'll have a hat on a pair of needles, mittens stuck on double-points, and a kerchief or hairband in progress. As far as knitting and crocheting goes, I finish my projects. The thought of selling them is good incentive for this. :)

Don't ask me about sewing, though. And please don't ask my husband either - he will rat me out and tell you all about the pile of fabric, the half-finished quilt, the other half-finished quilt, and the newly started pillow covers (they are gorgeous, though! Can't wait to show you, someday...).

 Anyhoo, need help finishing up a project? Many people just have some loose ends to hide in their knitting or crocheting, and I want to help you out a little. Here you go. We'll talk about how to hide ends in I-cords, crocheted chains, and plain ol' crochet.

Here's an i-cord, made famous by the legendary Elizabeth Zimmerman, attached to a hair kerchief. I just love the fact that the "i" in i-cord stands for idiot. Truly.

Get a needle large enough to thread your yarn end through - but wait, don't thread the yarn through it yet. Instead, thread the needle through the middle of the i-cord, so it hides behind those horizontal stitches that look like a ladder. Here's the main rule when it comes to hiding ends - if you can't see the needle, then you won't be able to see the end that you're hiding. If the needle is exposed, though, your yarn will show through and it will look like your first grader did it. Pull out the needle and try again.

Got the needle in? This is much easier for an i-cord that is at least three stitches wide, but it's doable with a 2-stitch i-cord, like the one in these photos. (Please note the lovely faded denim backdrop of my knee. We use what we've got.) Once the needle is in far enough, the eye of it will be closer to the end you are trying to hide. Go ahead and thread the yarn through that bad boy.

Gently poke the other end of the needle out of the i-cord, and pull it all the way through. The end will disappear faster than the kids do when you announce chore time.

Ta da! If your yarn end was too long though and is now sticking out, just trim it and pull the i-cord a little to suck it back in. No biggie.

Here is regular crochet, at the tip of the same kerchief. This is a varied stitch pattern, but hiding ends in crochet is just a matter of weaving your needle through whatever pattern you used so that you can't see the needle. Find stitches that are close together and pull the end through. You can use a small crochet hook for this, too, but a large steel needle is much easier.

Can you find it? Me neither. This is a real bummer if you actually want to find your end (like when you make a mistake and need to rip out a few inches and re-do it) but generally it's exactly what you want to happen.

This is a crocheted chain from one of our button headbands. I love the look of the thin, tight chains as ties for hairbands and such, but what do you do with that pesky end? Similar to how you hide it for an i-cord, poke the needle in (before threading it) and weave the needle behind the loops of each stitch. The needle will be almost totally invisible. Thread it, pull it through, and it's never to be seen again. Vamoose, pesky ends.

Any questions? Need help with other loose ends? Leave me a note in the comments and I'll see what I can do. Happy project finishing!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

adoption update in May

We don't have any exciting news yet. What a bummer of an introduction, hmm? We are waiting on some mysterious thing called an Article 5 letter. Some person out there who knows-it-all will probably explain this to me in the comments, but here's where I think we are:

Two weeks ago, US immigration granted provisional approval for the immigration of two very special little kids, and our documents should be filed by now at the US Embassy in Spaghettia.

Next, we get that Article 5 thingy (technical term),
then our documents are filed with the Bg government,
then they send our dossier to court,
the court assigns a judge,
then we get a court date,
then we have court (!!),
then we go get those kiddos a few weeks later.

It's a little like the hokey pokey, only it's way more confusing and there's no tune to it.

 In the meantime, our crawlspace is drying out from the great Alaskan snowmelt and we are enjoying a little lull after negotiating the use of one of our images with a major publisher and the use of some of our earflap hats for a photo shoot  with a major magazine. Whew!

Many of you are probably well into summer weather, so we're listing new kerchiefs and hairbands every few days. We're still waiting for the grass to turn green here - the faintest hint of it is just budding in our woods - but when the kids go to bed, I can settle into the couch and read by full sunlight well past 9pm again (love that!!). 
Happy May to you, friends!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

outtakes in april



The hair is...just like this. What can you do?

The buddies have to get in on the action.

Wait, wait, I've almost contained myself. Is this better, Mom?

Oh no, here comes baby sister, and she's at it, too. I wish I could tell you that the rest of the time we're normal, but...

...we're not. And we like it better this way.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

spring is here

It's 34 degrees.

The snow is melting...somewhere, at least. This is at the Palmer library. The twins are a little impatient for picnics.

It's still daylight at 9 pm.

And Mr. Baruch's is wearing shorts on the weekends again. You know what that means?

It's finally springtime in Alaska! Can't you tell?!?

Insert the Hallelujah Chorus, anyway.

 We have a ton of hairbands and kerchiefs in stock that are just perfect for the balmy, tropical, clement, thermal, and otherwise pleasant new temperatures you might be experiencing.

 Some of them have a few buttons sewn on them just for fun. And, um,  I'm a little embarrassed to tell you how long I spend looking at the buttons to find just the right combination of them for each hairband, so I won't. Sometimes the type-A just won't go away...

All of these are completely adjustable, fitting from 18 months to adult. Just tie and go.

All natural fibers, always. Ready to ship. And for a great cause.

Let the Spring cleaning commence! We have some kids to bring home!