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Eco-printing on sock blanks: direct dyeing with plant parts

Eco-printing is a method for directly transferring the shape and color of whole plant materials to fabric or paper. I’ve tried this technique in the past, but only on cotton fabric. I knew it must work on wool as well, and immediately thought of using sock blanks as a canvas. For these first experiments, the

Dyeing wool with black hollyhocks: blue made easy

This year has afforded several opportunities to try new-to-me natural dyes, and this week I’m discussing my first trial dyeing with black hollyhocks. The flowers resemble a very dark purple, verging on black in the center of the flowers. Use the petals only for dyeing. If you want to add hollyhocks to your garden you

2019 VT NanoFest – Small Breweries with Big Ideas

VT NanoFest is a tiny festival celebrating some of Vermont’s smallest breweries, and it’s held at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds, which means it’s right in our back yard. In this week’s video we’re sharing our impressions of old favorites and new brews that we sampled this year. The 2019 Vermont NanoFest — the 4th annual —

How to dye yarn with Black-eyed Susans

For a while now I’ve been aware that Black-eyed Susan flowers can be used for natural dyeing, and they’re specifically used to achieve a pale or sage green. But I admit, I’ve been skeptical. Green is a difficult color to dye on it’s own, and past attempts on my part have yielded browns, beiges, and

Dip Dye Yarn: An easy technique creates striped or variegated effects

One of my favorite dye techniques to date is dip-dyeing. I love self-striping yarns for socks, but dip-dyeing can also be used for subtler effects. There are a couple of ways to do this depending on which colors you are combining and how you want the final yarn to turn out. In this example I’ll

Spicy Greens, or: What to do with that mystery veg in my CSA box

Hot chili oil can make any bland vegetable more interesting and fun. When you’re overrun with fresh greens this summer, or not sure how to use up the other half of that huge cabbage you bought, try this dish. Ingredients 1 pound of green leafy vegetable of your choice: cabbage, kale, chard, collard greens, etc.

Glazed Zucchini: A quick and tasty side dish for summer

I remember years ago, when we had a garden overflowing with vegetables, that I was stopping the neighborhood children on the sidewalk and telling them they had to take some before they could pass by. Whether in your own garden or in a mystery box of CSA vegetables, zucchini is one of those abundant items

Strawberry Melonball MIPA: A First Attempt Combining Fruit & Lactose

A trip to Portland, Maine in February 2019 reminded us that there is still some fun to be had with even with the most familiar styles of beer. Strawberry Melonball is our first attempt at the milkshake style as well as working with whole fruits, and after some unexpected delays we were finally ready to give it

Tasting Mead and Melomel: Patience pays off

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this brewing experience, Rick and I showed you how to make mead and how to add fruit juice to create a melomel from the same base. Now, after months of patiently waiting, it’s finally time to taste them! This week we’re joined by Nancy, who along with Sarah

Cream Scones: A quick savory or sweet treat

Whether I’m having a friend over for coffee or trying to figure out a last-minute addition to a potluck supper, these scones are a quick and delicious treat on their own, or with a meal. If you do not eat gluten there are many gluten-free mixes on the market that you can substitute 1:1 for