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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.  

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Hats!

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 […]

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School starts back up on Thursday so for one final urban farming fling before digging back into books I made goat’s milk soap. Here is the process: Choose the oils you want to use. I chose coconut, olive and almond. Here are some recipes in case you don’t want to make up your own. Next get your goat’s […]

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“Those pumpkins are going to invade Puyallup” said a small boy looking in awe at a pair of Atlantic Giant Pumpkins on display in the Agriculture building at this year’s Washington State Fair.  I had to agree that he had a point; they were huge and had the misshapen look of something about to morph […]

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What to do with those hop cones ripening on your vine?  Making beer is the first thing that comes to people’s minds as this plant is what gives brews their distinctive bitter flavor but there’s a lot more you can do! What exactly is hops? Hops are hardy perennials that can grow up to 26 […]

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Where is one of the the last mills still weaving cheese cloth, dish towels and rag rugs in a traditional manner?  On a trip to Wooster, Ohio to bring my daughter to school I found out; it’s the Mishler Mill in Smithville. In 1882 the Mishler family emigrated to Ohio from Switzerland and established a […]

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One of the craftspeople at Sturbridge Village was demonstrating how to use ryegrass to make woven straw hats. Rye grass stalks are split using a special tool then they are woven in a five or seven strand weave into a narrow band.  These bands are then sewn together in a circular pattern to create a […]

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