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: