Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Yarn Along

Yarning along with Ginny...
On the needles; another Vanilla soaker for River. She's way too big for the soakers I am currently squeezing her little tushy into. I just haven't had knitting time to make her more. But I am in between birthdays and things are pretty slow at the shop right now, so I will try to get her a few made up. This one I'm knitting in Lorna's Laces Green Line Worsted in the Child's Play colorway (which was clearanced by Jimmy Beans). It's the same I used to knit her doll's cap. The yarn is very soft and the colors are so vibrant. I highly recommend this pattern. It's the only soaker pattern I use anymore.
And right now I am reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. I bought this months ago and read the first few chapters, set it down and haven't touched it since. But it's a little more relative to me at the moment as I am rethinking our food habits. My goal is to stop buying prepacked altogether and stick to whole, local and in season. Seems like a tall order... do you eat this way? I would really love some tips/advice/direction.

14 comments:

Lise said...

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle totally changed our eating habits. We started eating only local produce and, yes, far far fewer packaged items (depends which of us is doing the shopping; I'm more radical than my partner). The first year was tricky--figuring out how much food I wound need to store in order to make it through the winter. But I've since learned how to cook from what I've stored, rather than choosing a recipe first and then buying food for it as I did in the past. And now, I find it so much easier and love how infrequently I shop!

Erin said...

I want so badly to read this book! I can't get my hands on a copy at the library and seem to be drowning in what I am reading now, so I am waiting. Love the yarn choice. So bright and cheerful!

scmom (Barbara) said...

Love your yarn. Cute, cute!

Lauren said...

SOUNDS like a good book. i'll have to check it out. we eat pretty local. we live in the south so we have a garden year round. friends with farms. and a great farmer's market for things I can't find at home. i would like to move away from processed foods, like cereals and such. that's not too hard...just more time consuming. but will save $ in the end

Rachel said...

Some of my inlaws subscribed to a subscription farm a couple years ago and loved the variety of food and herbs they got. Of course, there were weeks when they got lots of something not very useful, like loads of radishes or a whole lot of parsley, but it can be a great way to get fresh food without having to grow it or go to a farmer's market.

Luisa said...

I have this book and still haven't read it maybe later in the spring and summer. For me it's easier to eat local in the spring through fall. We signed up for a csa, pick our own apples and go to the farmers' market. I'm not at the grocery store as much trying slowly to move away from package. I'm also better at freezing in the summer when there is an abundance of fruits and veggies.

Rosina {Rosy ~ Posy} said...

Oh I am dying to read this book to! There are nearly 100 people ahead of my on the library list so I've got quite a wait unless I splurge and buy it *grin*.

I spent last year weaning our family from pretty much all packaged foods and it wasn't to difficult after I got into a routine of making the things I was no longer purchasing. My husband isn't as on the band wagon as I am so he still buys some things but it makes an amazing difference on the shopping bill to buy all items for cooking and baking from scratch. So much cheaper!

I still have a hard time only buying produce that is in season though but this year I am increasing our vegetable garden so that I can do a lot more canning and preserving to minimize buying produce that isn't available this time of year. I hope that you will share how you will tackle this to as this for me is the hardest part of it.

Love love love the wool you are using for the soaker to. So cute :)

KnitterMama said...

I really realy love this book and like the previous poster, it completely changed the way I shop. We eat very very little packaged food but I also have a hard time buying produce that is on season and local during the winter (but I guess that might be the point!)

Pumpkin Pie Baby said...

I've wanted to read this book for a while. Your post just prompted me to add it to my list at the library. Beautiful yarn by the way!

peacefulknitter said...

I just finished this book (it was my yarn along book a couple of weeks ago, too!). It has me thinking more when I go food shopping. Fortunately I live somewhere there are a lot of local and organic options. In-season is harder... it's a work in progress, but I'm looking forward to getting closer to these goals.

Gretchen R said...

Do you like the vanilla pattern? I've heard good things about it. My favorite are the curly purly, or Little Turtle Knit's Ribby Wrap. That colorway is just darling!

jenletts said...

Reading that book just frustrated me. If I ate local it would only be fish, key limes, sea grapes and an occasional coconut!

Elisa said...

It's a sign! I've been wanting to put Jacob into wool soakers, to trade off from his regular PUL covers. I'm still afraid of wool diaper covers...what do you think, should I just get over it and DO it!? That soaker is gonna look fantastic.

Karen said...

I tried to read The Poisonwood Bible once, on a recommendation, and did not like it. So when someone gave me this book a couple of years ago as a gift, I was kind of taken aback and could not get into it.

I'm in a different place in life now, and really looking for this kind of inspiration. It has not exactly changed my life but little by little it is changing my attitude toward food, and I am really enjoying reading it. I am re-examining my garden, and why I garden, and am hoping to gradually eat more local every week. If only avocados grew in Colorado, I'd be set!

Post a Comment