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Janice Bakke
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Sounding great! Real folk revival music. Keeping the tradition ALIVE!
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Elizabeth Zimmermann Pi Shawl

Binding off, using a knitted-on lace border.

http://jbbsknittingprojects.blogspot.com/2015/01/ez-pi-shawl-at-border.html
Elizabeth Zimmermann Pi Shawl - Lace Border Bind-off FINALLY, my EZ Pi Shawl from Knitter's Almanac: Projects for Each Month of the Year is being bound off! I have completed about 36 inches of the lace bind-off band, followin...
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PROGRESS! on EZ Pi Shawl

Binding off with a lace border.

  #pishawl #knitting #shawl  
Elizabeth Zimmermann Pi Shawl - Lace Border Bind-off FINALLY, my EZ Pi Shawl from Knitter's Almanac: Projects for Each Month of the Year is being bound off! I have completed about 36 inches of the lace bind-off band, followin...
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Nature Calendar

A lovely monthly calendar to download -- for computer, mobile and, now, printout, too!

From +Lucy Akins of Craftberry Bush.
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Baobab
 
Woman spends 14 years photographing world's oldest trees: http://trib.al/SlIq5LI #nature #ancienttrees
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You're welcome, +Vicky Veritas! Yes, baobabs are fascinating -- I'm looking for some old photos of when I was growing up and got to visit some.
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Farm-to-Table: Still a Struggle

An excellent op-ed in yesterday's Los Angeles Times by Lynne Curry about the small-scale, local food movement.

"Day in, day out, the work of producing food is still one of the hardest, messiest, most all-consuming, inconvenient and financially risky occupations. Just ask the grass-fed-cattle rancher worrying about the sky-high cost of hay feed this winter, the farmer hoping for enough return on his wheat harvest to make it through next year, or the salad grower making ends meet by catering during the summer tourist season.

"Agriculture still requires a second income."

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-curry-locavore-movement-20150208-story.html
I ran into a farmer I know in December. “I'm not going to make my operating loan in February,” he told me, meaning he might lose his farm to foreclosure. A grower of organic vegetables for 50 of the top restaurants in farm-food-obsessed Portland, Ore., he had lost 4,000 pounds of his carrot crop during a bitter fall cold snap. Selling beet tops to a vitamin maker had helped, but the season's poor potato yield meant another hit to his bottom line.
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Thank you all for the +1s, comments, and shares. I'm sorry I had to post and run!
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Learn to Spin in Pasadena!

Tomorrow, Sunday!

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Learn How to Spin with a Drop Spindle

Begin (or continue) your back-to-basics way of life by learning how to spin, using the ancient, simple but effective technology of a drop spindle!

Tomorrow, Sunday, January 25, 2:00 - 4:00 PM at +Urban Homestead.

Taught by Lina Bird.

Details: http://www.urbanhomesteadsupply.com/drop-spindle-spinning/


#spinning #dropspindle #howtospin  
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Sustainability and Craftmaking

I found this article so inspiring! And, a wonderful new word: 'ancientcraft.'

"Aboukabar Fofana had a vision he had been clinging to since childhood. At the age of seven, Fofana had seen how crushing a green leaf could turn a person's hand blue. 'It was magic,' he says. 'This alchemy always stayed with me and I wanted to understand how it was possible.'"

Thank you for linking to this story, +Donna Druchunas!
 
Food for thought: I've been thinking a lot lately about if it's possible or desirable to reverse the industrial revolution, at least partially. This is something I wrote about in Stories In Stitches 4, and it is the subtext of this article. What do you think? Do we need global, mass-produced, cheap everything? Or are there a few (or a lot of) things that are better produced locally and by hand? Can we revive local economies and local craftsmanship? Can we resist the lure of $5 t-shirts?
"Aboukabar Fofana to hold traditional Malian indigo-dyeing workshops," is the title of this article but the workshops aren't the interesting part (in fact they aren't even really mentioned in the article!), but Aboukabar's take on indigo is fantastic.

Read more here: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/aboukabar-fofana-to-hold-traditional-malian-indigodyeing-workshops-20150112-12md02.html
A Parisian graphic designer returned to his African homeland to learn the ancient craft of indigo dyeing.
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Fine Jewelry Sales on the Decline

I found this a fascinating article exploring the reasons for the decline in demand for fine jewelry.

Not that fine jewelry is something I've craved, but I thought the social analysis (by the daughter of a jeweler) interesting.

"'Status for this generation isn’t about money—it’s about attention....'"

#diamonds #jewelry #technology  
 
I've never been a big jewelry person, but still find this story kind of sad:
Jewelry sales continue to plummet. Are iPhones and Kindles to blame?
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OneWord for 2015

Correction

"a change that makes something right, true" - Merriam-Webster Dictionary (online)

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#OneWord365 - CORRECTION It strikes me as an ugly word, a word that emphasizes something is wrong, something is bad: CORRECTION. Not an inspirational affirmation. But, the lessons and messages keep coming. This NEEDS to be, ...
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Zambia and Social Media Turned Ugly

"One Zambia, One Nation"...not.

By +Gershom Ndhlovu​.
"This electoral campaign period has brought out some sad realities about us as people."
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