Celebrate the culture of agriculture & share skills (Growing! Cooking! Eating!)

I finished a 9 by 9 square granny square blanket for my nephew JJ. The edge is scalloped with white yarn.

I repeated the pattern in blocks of 3 by 3, and made them by block. So I was working simultaneously on 9 squares at a time. It helped keep my eyes on the target, as seeing progress happened faster.

I've got another blanket going, it's intended for our living room, for cuddling on the couch.

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Comment by Jennifer on January 14, 2013 at 10:28am

You're killing me. Is there anything you can't do? So lovely—what a lucky nephew!

Comment by Penny V. on January 14, 2013 at 3:58pm

Jennifer, a lot of my craft skills have only developed in the past 4-5 years, and I'm mostly self-taught. My grandmother and mother are both really crafty people, so they helped me figure stuff out before. These days, we're a 15 hour flight apart, so I just look up what I wanna do online, and get working. :)

Comment by Jennifer on January 14, 2013 at 4:10pm

I love that you're not intimidated to do it on your own—the HOMEGROWN philosophy, to a T. I'll be honest: I'm only a four-hour flight from my mom, but I had her coach me through canning my grandmother's chili sauce recipe over the phone the first time I tried it.

Comment by Penny V. on January 14, 2013 at 4:27pm

I didn't have anyone easily available to coach me through canning. I went with Carla Emery's Encyclopedia of Country Living the first times around. I still check the processing time from her book, but otherwise make up my own recipes. I'm only doing water bath canning right now, though, since we're still living in a rental, with only a small container garden.


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