Monthly Archives: February 2015

Introducing Carver

Noah, Micah, Hoglah and Carver

Noah, Micah, Hoglah and Carver on a mild winter day

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Carver, registered Coopworth ram

Our new registered Coopworth Ram joined the flock back in December, but I’m just now getting around to formally introducing him.  He is named in honor of George Washington Carver, a wise and remarkable man who was a botanist and inventor in the early 20th century.

George Washington Carver was concerned about the way in which the mono-culture cropping of cotton was depleting the soil in the south and he worked hard to develop, research and promote alternative crops that could be grown by poor farm families to meet their own nutritional needs, replenish depleted soils and provide income as well.  These crops included peanuts, sweet potatoes and soybeans and when used in a rotation with cotton helped to restore nitrogen to the soil.

George Washington Carver was born in the 1860’s and died in 1943.  He was one of the first black students to attend Iowa State Agricultural College in Ames, IA and obtained his Masters degree there.  He was a researcher and teacher at the Tuskegee Institute for most of his adult life.  The George Washington Carver National Monument near Diamond, MO was the first national monument dedicated to an African American.  On his grave was written, He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world.

Good words to live by!  What an inspirational man!

Sources: http://www.blackiowa.org/exhibits/past-exhibits/george-washington-carver/ (a temporary exhibit at the African American Museum of Iowa designed by curator Susan Kuecker – my friend Sharon’s sister!) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington_Carver

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New Socks, New Skills

0203151834I’m really happy!  I’ve been hoping to pull together a sock class at the Yarn Barn for a while now.  We finally did it!  The students were Sue, Christy, Kathy, Dana and Sharon.  They are pictured here with their works of art.  The only prerequisite for the class was knowing how to knit and to purl.  I used a freely downloadable basic sock pattern from online and divided the 4 sessions to cover: Week 1. mastering double point needles; Week 2. heel flaps; Week 3. turning the heel and creating the gusset; Week 4. grafting the toe.  The students had great senses of humor and made each class really fun.  They all worked diligently at their homework between classes.  Each student left with a pair of socks either done or nearly so and a bunch of new knitting skills.  Perhaps best of all, they had all sorts of ideas for other knitting projects they would like to tackle.

We’re thinking about offering a stranded knitting / fair isle knitting class next and are also looking for suggestions for other projects and classes to offer.

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