Disparately Dorky Links

Hope you enjoy the links- this time we've got some Emily Dickinson, embroidered portraits, aphids, cork fabric & more.
Knitting, sheep
I saw this on Facebook & the artist wasn't credited, so let me know if you find out who drew this.

Amazing. At first, the documentary sounds like a spoof. A man becomes a turkey mother- cue music & serious yet vague narration. But as the story goes on, it becomes an amazingly engrossing tale of how a man raised a group of wild turkeys. My Life As A Turkey is a moving documentary about a unique man & his interesting birds- yes, wild turkeys are interesting & intelligent. Check it out. It's well worth it.

Fabric made out of cork.

A nice tutorial on proper serger tension.

I hate aphids. I loathe them. They eat my garden. But apparently they're kind of cool. I knew there were different colored aphids, but I didn't know that their color is determined by their changing environment (explains why I'm plagued by different colored aphids different times of the year). But the most amazing thing, is aphids undergo photosynthesis! Yes! They generate their own energy just like a plant does!

According to a recent study, an increase in trees means a decrease in crime. I especially find this interesting as some of the purportedly most crime-ridden areas in Chicago are parks, which I have walked by late at night without hassle- but don't worry, I don't make a habit of it.

Ten water towers converted into homes. I love it! And the picture of the one near the middle/end where the room is white but there's a black thing hanging from the ceiling? I'm pretty sure that's a fireplace.

The Cookie Monster's cookie recipe. I would be curled up in a ball if I ate these because of my food allergies, but I love the Cookie Monster. My friends & I have been known to sing his song. Yes, I'm proud of my ability to do a decent Cookie Monster impression. “C is for coookie! It's good enough for me! OOOOOOHH! C is for cookie! It's good enough for me! OH! Cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C!!!!!!” it must be sung with exclamation points.

I'm not sure I'd be up for all that plain garter stitching, but I really like the look of this hoodie knitting pattern. It reminds me of the hoodies I made some months back. Plus, the name 'Rock & Purl' is kind of great.

An English to English translation of Emily Dickinson's poems.

This is the perfect mat to have at your front door: Keys, Phone, Wallet. I'm going to learn weaving & this wil have to be one of the first things I make, after I learn how to change colors.

The mystery of brain freeze has been solved & dilating blod vessels are to blame.

Artist Cayce Zavaglia makes beautiful & realistic portraits using hand embroidery.



Garden Update

Things are growing!

My first potato seedlings in the tyvek planter I sewed.

Quite some time ago I planted a blue potato from the farmers market. Weeks went by, no sign of life (other than ants). Finally, last week, a little sprout poked its head through. Now, more & more keep popping up! Never having grown potatoes before, I was nervous about having anything actually grow. It didn’t help that I was using a farmer’s market potato & not a seed potato. I planted the whole thing; it had a few eyes on it. So my gardening friends, should I pinch off those super cute & smaller sprouts in favor of one?

My first snow peas!

This summer is also my first time growing peas of any kind! Well, I’ve got a few small & adorable snow peas growing. I’m very excited.

The first tomato blossoms of the year are growing on a mystery tomato plant.

Tomatoes! I had quite a few expired seed packs. I chucked them all into the same pot. Lo & behold, they grew! I’ve no idea what kind of tomato I’m going to get, but I’m very excited. While the plant is still small, there are tiny flowers blooming!

Now, some bad bad news. The bane of gardeners worldwide, pests! Damned aphids! All over my lovely, lovely, black cherry tomato plants. I have no picture to show you because I did not think to bring my camera into the war zone.

My first year balcony gardening I tried to pick off every bug. Fail. Then I decided that it was ok if I used natural pesticides, but I was too skimpy with adding my ingredients & too lax in my applications. Not this time. I chucked a bunch of neem oil, cayenne pepper & dish soap (what I hope are reasonably-large-yet-not-plant-harming quantities) into a bottle of water. I sprayed & sprayed my babies this evening. Tomorrow morning I’ll try & rinse some of it off so the leaves don’t get damaged in the sun. Here’s hoping this works before they get a chance to spread to my other pots- I’m gardening on even available surface & so have nowhere to move this infected pot.

In related news- & to end on a happier note- I got my first CSA share of the summer! It was very exciting & tasty. I’ve been eating well since I picked it up on Wednesday. Mmmmm, parsley. MMMMM, green garlic. Broccoli! It was a whole box full of greens. Bliss.