Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Yarn along -- Baby cardi

Taking inspiration from Ginny over at Small Things, here's this week's Yarn Along update:

I've had a silly week with work (desk work, not farm work, which is actually okay as the weather has been horrid the past few days, so we haven't managed to put plastic on the greenhouse, for if we had I'd rather be out there than in here), but I'm trying to finish off this sweet wee cardigan before a baby shower this weekend. (The pattern is available on Ravelry here.) I only have another 15 rows or so to go and then I can go back and knit the sleeves.

As for books, I have a number on the go right now, but my most recent acquisition from Thomas Allen & Son is "Homegrown Whole Grains: Grow, Harvest and Cook Wheat, Barley, Oats, Rice, Corn & more" by Sara Pitzer.

I've been thinking that I'd like to add small-scale grain growing to our farmstead activities (eventually... not this season, or even the next) and this handy book provides a solid introduction on how to grow, harvest and cook nine nutritious whole grains, from wheat to millet, rice to heirloom grains, including amaranth, quinoa and spelt. There are also a number of tasty recipes, from simple cornmeal dumplings to millet-broccoli souflé.

I'll eventually write a The Bookish Farmer review, but for now I've got to get back to work. Or maybe I'll just knit a few more rows...  

2 comments:

homesprout said...

Wow, the idea of even trying to grow my own grains is intimidating to me. I admire your willingness to try!

Fiona@RowangarthFarm said...

@homesprout -- I have no shortage of things I'd like to try -- the tricky part is finding the time/money/know-how! :)

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