I came across a very nice magazine this weekend – Organic Style. I think I have one of the first issues. It’s very similar in look and subject to Real Simple, but all about an organic lifestyle which is gentle to the environment. What should be in the first issue other than an article on organic wool with a side note on learning to knit your own scarves (they suggest visiting Patternworks, actually). They also had green gift suggestions and a section on having beautiful hands with safe nail polishes and yummy hand creams. The issue also has an interview with Alice Waters.
the search for a kitty devil knitted hat pattern is still going on Glitter – negative nancy found one in her grandmother’s pattern books – she was ever so kind and typed out the pattern right to the thread, and check out the cute picture of it
a while ago Sara pointed me to unique projects and I keep forgetting to mention it. they have a lot of great ideas for functional stuff and good instructions for each project. note, a lot of them involve possibly owning a band saw. one thing I find particularly intriguing is the million wall
Saute Wednesday has collected great links for Thanksgiving cooking
link via megnut who is documenting her Thanksgiving meal preparations, and check out her recipes under the Cooking/Baking header in the right column
Oooh Digs Magazine has a very nice article on making curtains wtih stuff found at the hardware store. With pictures and nice instructions and everything!
Halcyon Yarn also sells teeny tiny plastic 8 inch and 12 inch circular needles – last item on this page. I got my 8 inch yesterday and I like it so far, will be good for the daily commute train ride and they are far less intimidating than a bunch of double pointed needles.
The lastest Martha Stewart Kids has a good article on fulling (felting?) – soaking wool fibers in warm soapy water and rubbing to cause the fibers to felt. Halcyon Yarn sells hunks (I don’t know the correct term, so hunks it will be) of wool in great colors. They’ve got a whole lot for felters and spinners, here is the fibers main page. They also carry a bunch of felting kits as well as a washboard and felting board.
Yay! My first real yarn has arrived. It is polyester, should I wash the yarn first? How is polyester dyed, will it possibly run? The super secret thing I’m making will be two colors. Impart me with your yarn knowledge oh great people!
there are a few of Harry Potter scarves on Ebay – many are beautiful hand knit creations, prettier than the limited edition Official Sears acrylic promotional item one which is going for a lot of money. (I do not suggest or support trying to profit from the movie.)
Meli, a tireless creator of very cool stuff and strong Glitter presence, has reorganized her website and has a section on DIY including a page on long reconstructed jean skirt with very simple and clear directions. And I love the flower filled skirt, painted patchwork pillow and applique additions for your clothing.
I’m thinking how easy it would be to make this faux shearling bag if one has a sewing machine