A Collection of Stuff You Might Like

Hat tip to Susie Gibbs, who puts together epic collections at random intervals.

First up, a recipe from my friend Alta's blog for Black Bean Brownies. They're gluten-free, and they look quite sinful. I generally don't bake much, so I'm passing this recipe on to DH. I do, however, like to eat.

I'm a new fan of Susan B. Anderson's blog. She's a very cool mom, knitter, designer. Her new book, Itty-Bitty Toys comes out in November, but she also does fun crafts. Check out her tutorial for making mosaic fruit. No, really, it's kinda cool. (Scroll down past the bobble purse, unless that also catches your eye.) And with the tutorial, you can make mosaic anything, really. And if you find a mosaic something under your Christmas tree from me this year, don't say I didn't warn you.

This company in Maine makes scythes for grass and weed cutting and people really use them. Here's a long list of why one might want to use a scythe instead of gas powered machinery. Of course, their video makes it look easy.

DD and I were catching up on video podcasts the other day and went through about a dozen Threadbanger episodes. Those crafty 20-something kids are awfully clever, and not bad with a sewing machine! But the projects we really loved came from a site called Generation T. These folks major in cutting up t-shirts and making all kinds of neat things with them - garments, accessories, etc. We spent lots of time on their site, plus they have a book out that we may have to track down.

I'm expecting a new toy in the mail any day now: an Irish tin whistle from these nice people. I played the recorder a little bit, years ago, but I'm looking for an instrument that has a more limited range, so that it doesn't take me so long to learn it. At least, learn it enough to have some fun. Here's somebody really good playing one - I can't wait. I wonder what the sheep will think of it?

So, you've probably seen the little yard gnome that gets sent all over the world and has his picture taken in front of famous landmarks? Well, I'm hoping we get a visit from Ramble, the traveling sheep in the next few weeks. This little woolly guy will start out his journey in New Jersey, and zig-zag all over the country, from one Martha's Vineyard Fiber Farm groupie to another, including our own GrandmaTutu. Mary wants to take him to meet Big Tex at the fair, but I want to be sure he gets to see Southfork Ranch, and all the critters here at Jacob's Reward.

If you've found something really cool on t'internet (as my English friends like to say), put a link the comments and we'll continue this little round robin of special treats.

In the meantime, Yarn Kitty says, "knit on, dude."


  1. Oooh! Playtime and I get to go first! I have been really intrigued with needle felting and really want to learn, so I started exploring some web sights. Kay Petal of Feltalive has some great how-to demonstrations on youtube. But this web site has some jaw-dropping examples of incredible needle felting. http://www.flickriver.com/groups/66464773@N00/pool/interesting/

    One caveat--a couple of these made me suspect that psychiatric intervention might be needed. The life-like cats alone are worth the look. But Star War fans will love the baby Jabba the Hut. This is a huge file with loads of pics so give yourself plenty of time.

    Any chance Ramble will be there on the 17th? And will you be performing on your new tin whistle?

  2. Anonymous2:53 PM

    Thanks for the shout-out on my brownies! And Yarn Kitty looks like if you interrupt his "chill time with the yarn", he'll "get" you! :)


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