Eden Scarf

November 30, 2008 § Leave a comment

Eden Scarf

The finished Eden Scarf as modeled by the gift recipient, my mom. Again, it was a dark and gloomy day so the coloring is not quite right- but close. There was snow on Thanksgiving and the day after at my parent’s. It was good weather for staying inside and eating cookies and leftovers.

Pattern: Eden scarf, “Knitalong” by Larissa Brown and Martin John Brown
Yarn: (leaves) Alpaca, (flowers) Merino , Claudia Hand Painted Yarns, Paprika

worms are a movin’ in

November 18, 2008 § 3 Comments

1-2-3 worm bin

Ta da! Here is the completed 1-2-3 worm bin. (Sorry about all of the worm talk Em.) I’m very pleased with the new box, it doesn’t even compare to the old one. I even collected leaves from around the neighborhood (it was leave pick-up day after all) and gave my little wormmies real natural bedding. They haven’t complained about the shredded newspaper, but it does get clumpy and matted. The leaves give it a nice organic feel too.

worm bin

This is the bin before the worms moved in. You can see the size compared to my Slogger foot.  The one inch holes are alternated on the bottom and top of the two sides for ventilation. The outside of the box is sealed with polyurithane varnish and the inside is sealed with gobs of mineral oil. I hope that the bin will last me years. My book said about 3 without finish and significatly longer with a finish. I harvested about 10 pounds (give or take, I’m not the best estimater) of fine worm poop- it filled the gigantic mixing bowl that a baby could sit in. I could see myself someday with two worm bins, then I could stager the composting in each bin and let the worms work it into nice vermicompost while the next one was just getting started.

I used the dump and hand pick method to seperate the worms and still rotting food from the finished compost. It was tedious and I didn’t want to leave any of the worms behind. Now that my new bin is so nice and big I think next time I will put new food on one side to attracts the worms over and harvest the finished compost from the other side.

The “Worms Eat My Garbage” 1-2-3 plan doesn’t include a lid but I like having a lid. So I used the extra plywood to make a lid with a lip on the inside so it will sit securely (inside is facing out in top photo). It’s also super heavy to keep out neighborhood goblins or other devious creatures. The squrriels dig in my pots but they probably aren’t strong enough to get into the worms. It also serves as a low bench next to the door. This will be the worms first winter and I hope they sunggle down into the middle and keep eating our food waste. I have a feeling we are going to get some white days this winter, that means paid days off for me if the schools are closed. Keep your fingers crossed.

1-2-3-worm bin

November 16, 2008 § Leave a comment

the begining of the worm bin

I started a new worm bin last weekend and I hope to finish it this weekend. I’m using the 1-2-3 box plan from renowned “Worms Eat My Garbage” by Mary Applehof. Note the sunshine last weekend. There is sun this weekend too, but there hasn’t been much inbetween.

Hand sawing was interesting from a huge piece of plywood, but worms do not demand precision. I think that they will like their new home even if it is a bit rustic. Almost anything looks better than a plastic bin with holes drilled in it. The worms have been thriving, in fact some nights when I put food in it looks almost solid with wigglers. The wood should alow them and their rotting envrironment to breath better. And, the dimensions of this box is better so it should be easier to keep the contents balanced. Check back soon to see the finished box.

happy belated

November 15, 2008 § 1 Comment

belated gift

Happy Birthday Mom (last Sunday)! I didn’t want to break tradition and finish your present on time this year.  You get to see the real deal when I see you in a few weeks, so here is a sneak peek of your gift [see, I have at least started it]. I planned on blogging about this on your Birthday, as a concession to not having it arrive at your door, but I didn’t manage that eaither. I did try mind you. The internet from the library has been sporadic this week- I blame the rain for that. Can rain make a wi-fi signal weak? It seems so in my experience. The color is off a bit in the photo, that is because of the rain. My skin is not that pasty and the green alpaca is richer too. I hope you know that my ability to complete gifts is not a reflection on my feelings for you.  Happy Birthday!

Moomins and goat poems

November 2, 2008 § 2 Comments

moomin biscuits

Yesterday we strolled down the aisles at Fubonn (they tout that they are the largest Asian shopping center in the state) with excitment but my heart stopped when I saw the Moomin Biscuits. As you see, I got the chocolate and regular biscuit flavor. I think this is most certainly the first Moomin product that I have seen in person, other than the books.

Almost as exciting were the “shredded tapioca,” which are tapioca noodle-like things that look like those zig-zag french fries from school lunch. I got a package of those too. Back in day when I was allergic to everything that normal people eat, and lived in California, I would eat these tapioca noodles- but I haven’t seen them since. There were so many things at Fubonn that I wanted to get to try but we resisted and decided to go back when we had a recipe in mind. They had all sorts of picked things, and beautiful mushrooms and quail eggs, even the ramen-like noddle packs looked tempting. I was hungry at the time, and I could smell the food from a Japanese resturant next door as we walked into the store- but there were also a lot of things I would like to try. They had green bean popsicles, now that sounds like something I used to eat.

On a different cultural note, I would love to see these goats strut the cat walk at the “Beautiful Goat” pageant in Saudi Arabia. People do it with dogs, why not goats? Poets recited “odes in praise of the goats over the load speaker” during the competition. Ahhhhhhhhh- I always feel the urge to make goat and sheep sounds when I see the animals. Here is a beautiful picture (of a goat of course) and a poem.

P.S. I have been working on updating the “on the needles” page. Take a look.

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