Wednesday, May 2, 2012

YARN ALONG

Problems are not stop signs,
they are guidelines. 

~Robert Schuller

Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Joining with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.

It wasn't the easiest or
the most enjoyable knit
and I almost quit several
times, but I finally succeeded
in knitting a clothesline basket.
 For the first basket I
cast on 30 stitches on size
15 circular needles. I knit
around until the basket
measured four inches then
purled a row, did a row of k2 tog,
a knit row, k2tog, until 4
stitches were left, then drew
the line through those. I ended
up using less than 100 yards of
clothes line. 
When I began decreasing I 
switched to double point needles
and that was one of the problems,
I don't own dpn's that large so
I used straight needles and just
maneuvered things around
to make it work.
The other problem is cotton
clothesline is very hard on
the hands and I had to really
pull to tighten the stitches.
 Regardless, I like how it
turned out so much that I cast
on another one, this time with
40 stitches around and plans
to make it at least 20 inches high. 
I grow all the vegetables I eat,
but I really want to live off the
land both figuratively and literally
If I can learn just a fraction of the
information this book offers I
will never have to worry about
being hungry.


47 comments:

  1. That does look like a bit of hard work, but the result is great!

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  2. The basket looks awesome! I can imagine it would have been tough on the hands though. I would love to learn more about foraging. We do a bit of it here, with fiddleheads, dandelions, and just about as many raspberries/blackberries/strawberries as we can find :-) But, knowing some others would probably be helpful!

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  3. Oh well done. Clever you. The basket looks fantastic!

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  4. Now we really must sit down to tea. My goal is too be self-sustaining. We need our little bit of land first!

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  5. The basket is fantastic!! You did it! (I had a feeling you were going to win).

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  6. Fantastic!! I'm so glad that you made your basket and are working on a second. I think they're quite attractive.

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  7. I love your basket! What a great idea! They are turning out great!

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  8. Sounds really rather hard, but looks fab!!

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  9. The basket is gorgeous! What a beautiful design! Happy Wednesday to you :)

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  10. That's awesome! I love it - it looks great and so useful.

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  11. The basket looks awesome! I love it. The book looks very interesting as well!

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  12. Love the baskets! So cool!

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  13. Your basket is amazing! Good for you for seeing it through!

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  14. That big chunky knitting looks awesome!

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  15. Oh I was hoping to see your basket progress. That does look like it would hurt the hands to pull on. And that book - sounds great. I've been interested in becoming more acquainted with edible plants but have also been a little chicken to try. Is that a shark's tooth in the pic?

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  16. I love the way this basket looks too. Its fantastic I bet you are glad you finished it now!

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  17. The basket is awesome! I can only imagine how difficult that clothes line was to knit with. I plan to come visit someday and have a "wild" salad ;)

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  18. WOW. That basket is fantastic! I can't imagine working with clothesline and size 15s (although I think I may own some....wonder why??? I'm happiest using 0s and 1s and lace and fingerwt yarn!!!) I might have to make a stop at the hardware store this week!!!!

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  19. The basket looks gorgeous. I could imagine you would have sore fingers after tackling the clothesline and large needles. Jacinta

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  20. Nice basket! The thought of knitting with clothesline is hurting my hands!

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  21. That is just awesome Tracey- I loooove the basket, nice work. I think my hands would be screaming after that knit...

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  22. That is just lovely. I really love that basket. Well done for persevering!

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  23. Tracey, you are amazing! I love your basket. I love that you grow your own food. You are truly an inspiration. (:

    I'm working on learning about local wildharvesting, too. But for medicinal plants. The internet tells me that plantain (the "weed") grows here. I've yet to ever see any. But I'm sure on the lookout!

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  24. wow it was worth the effort. I'm in the process of sourcing plastic bags to knit with at the moment!!

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  25. Wow! What fun! That looks fantastic, though I must admit my hands are sore just looking at it Tracey. You are so amazing.

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  26. Tracey, my boys want to know where you found those shark's teeth! Are they all Megalodons?

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  27. the basket! what an awesome idea!

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  28. love the basket tracey! such a fabulous idea.

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  29. You're basket looks perfect!

    Have a lovely day!

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  30. The basket turned out so lovely! Great job! I've wanted to learn more about wild edible plants. I find it so intimidating, though. ;)

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  31. Your basket is wonderful Tracey, well done!

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  32. The clothes line basket looks really, really good. Did it hurt your hands to knit it? Lovely photos.

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  33. I love your basket! It would hurt my hands to do that kind of knitting too... way to stick to it!

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  34. That basket came out beautifully. Congrats to you for persevering! Is that a fossilized tooth?

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  35. That basket does look like a lot of work...but wow! It turned out great!!

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  36. the basket is awesome!

    but the teeth!!! do tell!

    do you find them around there?

    super cool!

    and i love the book.

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  37. Your basket is WONDERFUL, and looks well worth the persevering. Baskets and knitting are both favourites of mine, so I think this project should be added to my Things to Craft list.

    I've been enjoying sipping on wintergreen tea, after harvesting some from the woods last week. Mmmmmmmm.

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  38. Very cool. I'm going to have to try and make that. I would like a few of those for organization.

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  39. Love, love, love your basket. And your pictures are always so lovely.

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  40. Your basket turned out beautifully. I can imagine that kind of yarn would be hard on the hands to knit up though :(
    My daughter and I are really into wild foods too!
    Emmy wants to go foraging in the woods this Summer :)

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  41. oh wow tracey! your basket turned out beautifully!! well done on staying with it, and your doing another, you are brave and clever! love to see your marsh!

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  42. Love the basket. I once tried knitting a "safety net" for our tree (the boys climb WAY up high) on needles I made from giant dowels...this reminds me of it.Thanks for the book tip...this is exactly the kind of book I have been looking for.

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  43. Wow, how beautiful! I love the photography! And that basket looks really neat

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  44. Your Basket is GRAND ! ! !
    Lots of hard knitting, but in the end, should your hands hold up, a wonderful way to corral your produce and any other thing ya want.
    hugs

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  45. That is one beautiful basket. Well done. And the book looks a good one.

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