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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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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.  […]

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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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Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest at the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum in Frederick, MD is great fun!

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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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Right now is a good time to harvest garlic.  Braiding it then hanging it in a cool, dark place is a great way to store it for later. First dry the garlic until the leaves are limp and the outside of the bulb is getting papery. Gently brush off the dirt and trim the roots off.  […]

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Wire fences are functional but sometimes lack color and beauty.  To beautify your fence or trellis try this simple trick of hanging glass between the squares. Pick your glass from a stained glass store or if you are in the Seattle area, Bedrock Industries has a great selection.   Cut two pieces of wire and […]

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Lavender Sachets

Opening up a drawer and smelling lavender always brings me back to visits to my aunt and uncle’s Montana ranch.   Making these sachets is quick and easy and they last for months. All you need is dried lavender and squares of pretty fabric.  If you want a sachet with a stronger smell then you […]

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Edible Flowers

Many of the flowers that grace our yards are edible.  They can be used as accents in a salad or as garnish on a main dish. Here are a few of my favorites: I like to use chive flowers in salads to lend a slightly onion flavor.  Here’s a recipe for omelets with chive flowers. Lavender cookies are […]

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About the simplest thing you can do to preserve your lavender is to cut it, tie it in bunches then hang it to dry. Be sure the bunches aren’t too thick or they might rot in the middle.  Tie the string very tight or use a rubber band as it will shrink as it dries […]

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