URBAN GARDEN

I live in a city and am lucky enough to have a small patch behind my building I can use to grow things .

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Going Green

Posted: April 28, 2012 in crafts
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Color , color , color !

Slippers I can’t Stop Making

Another pair . This one is a crochet .

Another pair . This one is a crochet .

Whenever I feel like it , I hunt for sweaters at local second – hand stores and yard sales . I like to think it is not an addiction but a drive to save very good yarns that were used to make ugly things . It helps to think that I save a lot of trash bin space these sweaters would eventually end up in .

What I make from these tired sweaters will give the yarns second or maybe even third life .

If you are interested in learning how to unravel a sweater , leave a comment , and I will publish it .ImageImageImage

White Flowers Inside the Gates at Madrona Marsh Natural Preserve

White roses I saw next to some apartment building near the beach . Had to take a picture .

FLOWERS

Red ,Yellow , and Blue . I think these colors go lovely together .

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I used my own patterns for the socks .by Laura Farson is an 80 page book with color illustrations , charts , and projects for those who love to knit .I bought it not long ago because of the picture of a pair of slippers on page 56 . They looked so cute .   The book is a little expensive , but  I got it anyway .

I skipped the sock chapter of the book ( I have my own patterns I’m happy with ) and started to choose yarns for slippers . First , I was thinking to use one of the motifs suggested in the book , but realized that they are all too time consuming . So , I just used one color but kept the other steps true to the pattern given for a basic slipper on page 24 . I also used a thicker yarn .

The most trouble I had with the first slipper is when I got to a short row step . The book didn’t explain it clear enough how to do it , and I almost gave up on the whole thing . After a few attempts , I finally figured it out . The second slipper was easier to do .

If I had to rate this book , I would give it 4 stars out of 5 because it’s a little hard to understand in a few places , but once I tried to knit a pair of slippers from this book , I got addicted . It’s fun , doesn’t take more than a few hours to complete , and a pleasure to give away or wear it yourself .