“Oh there’s a hole in my sock dear Liza, dear Liza…” Wait, wrong song but the hole definitely is in my daughter’s sock; we’ve all moved to mainly wool socks and with each pair running about eighteen dollars it’s time to darn that hole. First turn the sock inside out and put something round into the […]
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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 […]
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 […]