A photograph of a salad with cucumbers

Week #1: What We Did With Our CSA Share

I do grow some of the vegetables my family eats, but the garden has been hard for me to maintain for the past several years, so this year we downsized the the vegetable garden and signed up for a CSA half-share with Tantre Farm in Chelsea, Michigan.  (Read more about community supported agriculture here.) Tantre is well-regarded locally, but I didn’t… Read more →

My Inner Child Wants Everything to Be Rainbow-Colored: Afghan Edition

Raise your hand if you remember me starting a scrap project to use up the yarn left over from the scrap blanket I made for my daughter when she was born. Yes, I am a serial scrap blanket maker.  I pull out a pile of yarn (or fabric or cut up t-shirts… my desires to both thrift and make things… Read more →

When Your Space Heater Dies in May, Knit Up Some Fingerless Mitts

Feels a little bit like I’m living in a Dickens novel, but I am stubborn enough to wait until fall when space heaters are available again at the corner hardware store. Meanwhile, in this cold spring, after working for an hour or two in my basement office, my hands ache from the cold. It probably goes without saying, but taciturn… Read more →

Close-up of Abby's stocking

Dressing Up the Holidays

My brother, Noah, was the catalyst for the other holiday gift knitting experience. Last summer Noah asked me if I could secretly knit a pair of Christmas stockings for himself and his fiancée, Abby.  He likes the set of handknit colorwork stockings I made for my house.   These stockings are knit from Nancy Bush‘s pattern, Christmas in Tallinn, published… Read more →

socks of brotherly love

Okay, So the Gift Knitting Wasn’t All Roses

I didn’t tell you the entire story of my holiday gift knitting in the last post. My parents and siblings decided this year to scrap the round robin of individual gifts in favor of the secret santa system — which wasn’t even secret, not that any of us heathens cared.  So you can imagine my relief when evil-me went from… Read more →

The Gift of Gift Knitting

It’s really no fun to read about how crummy someone’s vacation was so we won’t dwell on it.  I’ve only just recovered, psychologically, this week.  Farewell, 2013!  Don’t let the door hit your arse on the way out! The BEST part of winter break, for me, this year was seeing how genuinely happy my husband and children were upon opening… Read more →

Knitting in the Dark

Matt and I went to see Thor 2 this weekend and I realized I didn’t have any “easy” knitting so I grabbed a ball of sock yarn and 2.50mm DPNs. Matt thinks it’s pretty incredible that socks are what I consider easy knitting — as opposed to a scarf — and I think this is because a scarf requires a… Read more →

Seed starting, maple sugaring, and hope for the end of the season of slush

We tapped out maple tree a week ago.   It cost us $4 for the tap; the jar and spare wire were found around the house.  Talk about Yankee frugality!  I have done a bit of reading and talked to people who do this more seriously and I know my one little tap is not going to give me much,… Read more →

“The Weed” by Elizabeth Bishop

It’s Imbolc or Brigid’s Day and Brigid was, among so many other things–saint or goddess, depending on who you ask–a patron of poets.  I love poetry so very much!  My future sister-in-law just finished a master’s degree in English Lit and for her thesis studied Elizabeth Bishop.  So I have been reading Bishop of late.  I am tickled that Bishop… Read more →

Proof that Dr. G’s Memory Vest Makes People Happy

Mission accomplished! Being a goal-oriented person, I am pleased to have not only finished my husband’s Dr G’s Memory Vest (pattern by Kirsten Kapur of Through the Loops), but also to have accomplished my goal of knitting a sweater for each person in my immediate family this season. Except myself.  I am not neglecting myself.  I do not buy into… Read more →

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