yarn along!

I have the uncanny ability to give away what I knit before taking a final picture.  Why is that?  I think, perhaps, that I get a little too excited to give away something I have made, that the actual documentation portion of the craft falls a bit short.  I had hoped to take a picture of the three little pockets that I made for the girls this past weekend, unfortunately, it didn't happen.

I was really happy with them, and the girls really liked them.  The entire day was a success!  I even had the opportunity to show my niece how to finger knit, and she picked it up immediately.  She made an adorable "skinny" scarf out of the left over yarn from the pockets.  Of course I didn't get a picture of that either...

As far as reading goes, it is the time of year when I start thinking about local eating, and how I wish all of my food came from local sources.  Yet, I am still drinking tea and coffee and buying bananas every week :-)

I think that Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100-Mile Diet and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life were the first books about eating an entirely local, seasonal diet.  These books have been on my shelves for a couple years now, and every spring I seem to want to read them again.  We are able to source the majority of what we would need, food wise, locally.  However, I haven't made the jump yet, to say that I will only eat was is available locally.  It is something that I think about a lot though.  It is something that I have talked to my husband about doing for years.  Maybe this year will be the year we make that leap.

Do you source the majority of your food locally?  Are you scared to make the commitment to only eat locally, like I am?

I am joining in with Ginny and her yarn along this week.


  1. I love AVM, but have never read Plenty, it sounds right up my alley.
    I do eat local. We grow our own food, have chickens, and while I am a vegetarian my family is not so they hunt and fish. Once you get use to eating local, it really is easy, I promise!
    Have a happy yarn along day!

  2. Those books are such good ones to revisit. I live in Arizona, and it is so hard to eat locally. I have done the 100 mile and contiguous states diet :) I hope one day to move to a more sustainable place and eat only locally.

    1. Arizona, yes, that would be hard for local eating I imagine. When I started eating locally, I thought for sure there wouldn't be a lot available - I live in Maine. Little did I know all that was available here. Which is surprising considering our incredibly short growing season. But, I guess the earliest settlers made it work, so why can't I? :-)

  3. It is HARD to eat local around here! If I put my mind to it I could do it but most of the time its easier not to :-( I'm hoping to get to some farmers markets this summer. But they are far and few. I love the little pockets that everyone is knitting. I really need to knit a few up!

    1. yes, definitely easier not to eat locally :-) we have a famers' market in town every wednesday during the summer, and every other wednesday in the winter. It is right during my babes' nap time, so I rarely go. But, I am starting to realize that I need to make it more of a priority. Have you searched localharvest.org? They have a lot of resources for finding local foods.

  4. That first book looks like a great read and the Animal, Vegetable,Miracle is one I borrow from the library every year or so.

  5. I have Animal Vegetable Miracle on my Ipod ready to listen to. One of these days I'll get around to "reading" it! I will have to check out the Eating Locally book. I have a few friends that do try and do that.

    Don't feel bad - until recently I was awful at taking pictures of my finished projects before gifting them.

  6. My girls love to finger knit too :)
    I bet the pockets turned out really beautifully!
    I like to source my food locally and organically whenever possible.
    I haven't committed 100% only because I think I'd crack under the pressure :)
    With our climate, the choices are very limited at certain times of the year.
    I think it is really a worthy goal to work towards though :)

  7. Hmmm, I'd be interested to read the 100 mile diet book.

    Your pockets are cute!

  8. Riley is obsessed with finger knitting now, thanks to Auntie Heather. She loves it - and is very quick. Thank you SO much for showing her! She wore her skinny scarf to school on Monday!


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