2014 was a great urban farming year! A mild winter and warm summer boosted yields and best of all Kathleen and I got a chance to connect with more readers both virtually and in-person. Each year it’s interesting to look back through the analytics and see what posts were on top. Here are the top […]
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Each year the knitting compulsion starts to build as the days get shorter and colder; by the holidays it’s in full swing and my main desire in life is to sit by the fire, listen to a really good audiobook and knit like crazy. This year I have been making fingerless gloves for holiday gifts. […]
Cable knitting is, if possible, even more addictive than Fair Isle patterns. Best of all it’s pretty easy to do if you have the right tools and some good patterns. I like using cables on things like mittens and fingerless gloves as it makes them much easier to fit on a variety of hand sizes. […]
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It’s cold and time to knit! I have been playing around more with Fair Isle knitting and think it could take a lifetime to explore all the interesting colors and patterns that can be used.
The season of wondering what in the world to give people for the holidays is upon us. I really enjoy making people things but it can be a challenge to figure out something that people will actually like. This has not always been something I have been particularly good at; I remember the year everyone […]
If you’ve ever handled black walnuts you know how well they can dye your hands, countertop and many other things you may not want a deep brown color. Dark brown yarn is lovely. The first step is to carefully harvest your walnuts. I always use gloves to do this as the fruit is a bit […]
Every urban farmer should have at least one bean necklace for that perfect agricultural fashion accent. Right now is a great time to harvest those end of the season beans and get crafting. Here’s how: Many colorful varieties can be used and you can do patterns with solid color beans. I like using pliers to pull […]
What do all urban farmers in this brisk chilly climate need? Warm knit hats! It’s easy to make these using circular needles. I like to use number 8 needles and usually cast on about 95 stitches to start for an adult hat. Once the stitches are on I do a rib stitch with two knit […]