Do you want to keep animals out of your growing space or just make another garden room? Rustic fences are great ways to do this. First take a garden hose or thick rope and lay out where you want the fence to go. Doing this allows you to move the line around until you find something that looks […]
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I just trimmed my redwood dogwoods to get basket making supplies and decided to use the larger branches to make a border for a flower and herb bed.
I went to Sustainable Northeast’s Hands on Skills Fair and learned how to make another type of basket from the wonderful Sue McGann. To do this we used reeds purchased on-line and things Sue had collected. All the materials need to stay damp so they bend more easily. First cut slits in four of the […]
“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 […]
This is a bit out of the usual subject matter for an urban ag site but hey, anyone doing gardening knows that you run across a lot of rocks. Might as well use them for something good! Here are step by step instructions for making necklaces from small stones. To start you will need a few basic […]
It’s a wee bit early to be pruning grapes but I wanted to neaten up the front yard so trimmed off the long, ropy vines. Using these vines to make wreaths is easy and they turn out great.
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. […]
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 […]
Being in graduate school has all sort of amazing side benefits like getting to know the plants and people at the University of Washington and getting a chance to learn wonderful new things and knit! I have been playing around more with Fair Isle knitting and think it could take a lifetime to explore all […]
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 […]