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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 03/29/2006 :  1:05:17 PM  Show Profile Send ForestBird a Private Message
hobbitknitter/Sarah has introduced the idea of a group garden-along, with and emphasis on plants one can dye yarn with. I think/hope we can include other plants as well. After all, our yarn and ideas are seeds that we nurture to growth, then we reap what we have sown: socks, a sweater, a shawl. Nothing our local supermarket could ever carry.

The connection of knitting to the earth seems so essential.

I have a particualar interest in heirloom tomatoes. Last year I tried one, a pink brandywine. Here in the mountains of the Northeast we have a short growing period, and cool moist climate. I got a few medium-sized tomatoes of a beautiful soft red color, more in the yellow family than a true pink. But the insides were a sparkling true tomato red. And the flavor!

I treasure the days I walk to my tomato plants, pick a ripe one in the afternoon sun, and bite in.

I can't grow oranges, and lettuce and parsley, for instance, is so inexpensive, and the flavors I don't believe can be much improved on by home gardening. But tomatoes! And a few other vegetables - and fruits, I'm sure - cannot be delivered with good flavor, with not too much work, by my local supermarket.

I have some great recipes for zucchini blossoms, by the way, if anyone is interested.

Here is the group-blog (gro-blog? grog? blorg? grrrr!?)link:

"Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern."
Alfred North Whitehead, Dialogues (1954)
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