Monday, February 28, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
I would like to spend my days out in my garden working the soil and planting seeds - in the sunshine. But I can't when it's this cold outside and the ground is covered with snow. So instead, I made my way to the library and stocked up on gardening books. I walked out with a stack - "Talking Dirt - the Dirt Diva's Down-to-Earth Guide to Organic Gardening", "Incredible Edibles - 43 Fun Things to Grow in the City", "The Beginner's Guide to Edible Herbs - 26 Herbs Everyone Should Grow & Enjoy", "Grow Great Grub - Organic Food from Small Spaces" and "Sugar Snaps and Strawberries - Simple Solutions for Creating a Small-Space Edible Garden". The books are great and so full of inspiration. They contain wonderful photos and absolutely mouth-watering recipes - well, except for "Talking Dirt".I like a how-to-garden type of book to be full of new information and inspiration. I've been hanging out in gardens since I was a young child. I know quite a bit about gardening. I could write my own book on gardening actually, so a gardening book has got to hold my interest. It's got to be exciting for me and if it's about growing stuff, I want to see some nice color photographs of stuff growing.
To me, "Talking Dirt", a catchy title for sure, seemed to have too many words. The print seemed too small as did the pages. I kept trying to read it, but it seemed all I liked about it was the title. Several times I picked the book up and tried to get into it. Each time, I found myself putting it back down. I found it to be rather dull and boring. It contains illustrations rather than photos, and I must admit, even the illustrations bored me. (So sorry Annie Spiegelman, author, and Maggie Agro, illustrator. Your bios sound great, but your book just isn't for me.)Since I wanted to knit myself a new scarf for Spring, after stopping at the library, I headed to the yarn shop. I'm tired of wearing wool scarves, tired of winter actually, so picked out some Lion Brand Recycled Cotton. What I love about this yarn is that it's made from cotton fabric scraps that would have otherwise been discarded as waste when fabric was cut to produce tee-shirts. I like that where the other similar brands of recycled yarns stocked by the yarn store in which I shop are made in either Turkey or China, these Lion Brand recycled yarns are made in the USA and finished in Canada. The Lion Brand recycled yarn is really a pleasure to work with. The spun cotton fibers are soft, yet not so soft that the knitted piece lacks a good drape.
"Sunshine" is the color I selected, and most appropriate I felt for a scarf to be made during such cold and snowy days. I wanted it to be a casual scarf, an infinity scarf, one continuous loop, something like this - Double Loop Infinity Scarf at Bloomingdales - only a bit longer and in cotton for a chic look with tee-shirts and jeans. Here's the super simple pattern I designed for my new scarf:
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Materials: Any worsted weight natural fiber yarn, like Lily Sugar 'n Cream Cotton. (One 113g/4 oz ball will make 5 dish cloths.)
Needles: Size 5 (US)
Instructions: Cast on 4 stitches.
Row 1: Knit 4.
Row 2: Knit 2, yarn over, knit to end of row.
Repeat Row 2 - until there are 44 stitches on the needle.
Row 3: Knit 1, Knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to end of row.
Repeat Row 3 - until 4 stitches remain on the needle.
Row 4: Knit 4.
Finishing: With yarn needle, neatly work in yarn ends.
Block to make dish cloth square.
Perhaps because this pattern has been around so long that the original designer is no longer known, it's quite simply become known as Grandmother's Favorite Dish Cloth. I can see why it became a favorite. When made with a good-quality cotton yarn, it remains soft and holds its shape well, dish washing after dish washing after dish washing. It's my favorite too.
I've often wondered, who that knits does not know how to make these.
Friday, February 18, 2011
If you look closely, you'll see me just about in the middle of the dance floor. I'm the third person back in what's kind of the center row of dancers. First it's the blue plaid shirt guy, then a gal in purple, then me - in the grey, and then the lady in red. See me now?Thanks, Gina, for taking these first two photos. This month it was Jamin' Jeff that entertained us with his classic rock-n-roll songs. Here's Jeff, posing while I took his photo with my cell phone!
Monday, February 14, 2011
Gets me thinking a little more about dirt. The movie is also available to watch online at - http://documentaryheaven.com/dirt-the-movie/. Note that near the bottom of their web page, this site states -
"Please Excuse The Ads Which Pop Up On First Click. These Have Nothing To Do With Us. They Are Built Into MegaVideos Player & We Do Not Support Popup Ads of Any Kind!"
I was able to watch the entire movie online WITHOUT downloading that software.