Monthly Archives: March 2009

The Great American Yeast Starter vs. Smack Pack Experiment

Yeast starters are widely advocated by homebrewers for all batches. The purported benefits include faster starts, quicker finishes, and more complete fermentations. This is a test to see if these benefits can be counted on for beers of normal strength … Continue reading

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Fundamentals of Orchid Painting – Notes from The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting, ii

Flower Petals, Flower Stems, and “Dotting the Heart” Petals & Stems According to The Mustard Seed Garden, each flower should have five petals. The smaller, narrow petals curl and the larger ones are broad and straight.  Stamens are indicated by … Continue reading

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Self-Indulgence

Ah, the power of the state!  I’ve been working nearly every day in a desire to finish up the curriculum for the program I teach.  The state requested it, prior to renewing our permit. My hours have been cut to … Continue reading

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Fundamentals of Orchid Painting – Notes from The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting, i

“In learning to write, one begins with simple characters made up of a few strokes and proceeds to complicated characters with several strokes. In the same way, in learning to paint flowers, one begins with those with few petals and … Continue reading

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Lost at Sea

Every now and then, something just grabs you.  Two things did today. Thanks to the info from Terry at http://www.sknitter.com – her link is on the right – I saw the newest Knitty edition.  And on the cover is a … Continue reading

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Arf!

Ohhhhh!  I cannot believe it, but I have actually done some Continental knitting!  I decided to make a hat to practice knitting and Norwegian purling.  If you look at the picture,  you will see a ridge at the bottom – … Continue reading

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Old Vines Scarf

Last week I completed a scarf I had been knitting for awhile, using up some of the stash I “discovered” (read “rediscovered”!) out in the garage:  3 balls of a handpainted Paton’s yarn I bought some time ago. Once finished, … Continue reading

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