Soup to Nuts

All in one post we go from...

...the receipt of the May Yarn on the Month Club which contains the newsletter, a tank pattern, and yarn (clockwise from upper left):
  • Bamboo by Be Sweet
    5 sts/inch on US 6s
    100% Bamboo
  • Pomaire by Araucania
    5 sts/inch on US 7s
    100% Pima Cottom
  • Pima Silk by Frog Tree
    5 st/inch on US 5s
    85% Pima Cotton, 15% silk
  • Bali Sky Sarong by Mango Moon
    3.75 sts/inch on US 9s
Frog Tree is a not-for-profit that supports herders, spinners, dyers, and knitters all backed up with a Fair Trade pledge.

Mango Moon
works with women in Bolivia, Bali and Nepal who dye and spin this recycled silk yarn.

I've mentioned Be Sweet before. They have great impact in South Africa with job creation and school support programs.

Auracania was started with the goal of introducing traditional products to the world beyond Chile.

... to the completed swatches. Next month I'll pay more attention and lay them out in the same orientation for both photos.

  • Bamboo by Be Sweet - I knit this at 6 sts/inch on US 6s. Supple and fun to knit although it did split quite a bit. I have a skein of their laceweight mohair that I'll swatch soon. Destined for a beret (no surprise there)

  • Pomaire by Araucania - This swatched at 4.75 sts/inch on US 7s. Also very soft and a beautifully subtle color change that I don't think captured well in the photo. This would be easily wearable and durable (I expect). Would be nice for some knit softies.

  • Pima Silk by Frog Tree - My gauge at 5.5 st/inch on US 5s. Another winner. Soft with a nice sheen.

  • Bali Sky Sarong by Mango Moon - 3.5 sts/inch on US 9s in my hands. This one's puzzling, fun, like a little yarn party, but to do with it? Could easily end up featured on What not to Knit.
In the future, in addition to the YOTM posts, I'll be doing monthly yarn reviews for Knit's a Beautiful Life.

Z and I recently made pizza. A big hit. Dough from Trader Joe's (so worth the long trip, for us), Newman's sauce, Shredded Mozzarella, Fresh Ricotta, and Avo.

Like that little Avo smeared face?

My advice: Get that dough as thin as humanly possible and crank that oven ALL THE WAY UP. We kept the baking sheet in the oven the whole time and transferred the pizza in and out using parchment paper and a cutting board.

I also advise reading Jeffrey Steingarten's essays - one of which focuses on trying to cook pizza on his Weber grill and getting it so hot that it melted the paint off!

He's the food writer for Vogue magazine. No really, I get it for the articles :-)


Ali said...

That's a good looking pizza!

capello said...

mmmm... that pizza looks so good...

oneredboot said...

i love the fair trade yarn! is the yarn of the month club always so attentive to these issues, or is this the may theme?

i would love to use more fair trade / eco-friendly yarns in my knitting. any suggestions?

also, i don't want to make work for you, but when you have a chance do you mind linking my blog address to the ester KAL site, and changing from my name to my blogger handle? thanks so much!!

beki said...

Mmm, that pizza sure looks good! And I love that shirt your little guy is wearing :-)

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Awwww, my little guy has the same shirt! I wish a Trader Joe's would come a little closer to us! Somehow I got on their mailing list which makes me hope and pray that maybe they are opening near me.

I love seeing your knitting and hearing about the yarn. Makes me feel somewhat crafty!

tiennie said...

Looks so yummy!

keri said...

Yum Yum Yum, that looks delicious!