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What’s a gardener to do in winter?

By Penny Stine

I love gardening because it gives me a great activity that gets me outside, plus I get something out of the deal. I put in time, money and effort and I get to enjoy watching something grow and then, once it’s grown, I get to eat it.
Don’t get me wrong; I’ve got lots of other hobbies that eat up my time, money and effort without giving me anything in return except sunburn, satisfaction and maybe a few sore muscles. But it’s just nice to have at least one hobby that pays me back.
So after I put my garden to bed in the fall, I was temporarily hobbyless. Not enough snow for skiing, too cold for rafting, golfing or riding motorcycles. My fellow blogger and incredibly wise friend, Carol, told me to learn how to knit.
I took two classes and have become a knitting fiend. In three weeks, I’ve knitted three scarves, one beanie and one pair of fingerless mittens. Here are my boys, modeling their knitted Christmas presents.






Here's Howie, reluctantly wearing the scarf I knitted after Christmas to give to my youngest son. (Jesse wasn't available for posing, so I made Howie do it... he's not a happy dog.) 

I’ve started a fourth scarf (it’s a late Christmas present), have plans to knit another two-hour hat with a friend on New Year’s Day and hope to make a scarf for my dad sometime next week.
The cool thing is that several of us here at the Sentinel are knitters. In fact, several Dirty Gardeners are also crazy knitters, so we bring our knitting to work to compare, ask for advice and ooh and ah over each other’s projects. It makes it much easier to learn when there are so many people to offer help and advice.


Another plus to knitting is that after putting in your time, money and effort, you get something out of the deal!

Kind of like gardening, except I get to sit inside by the fireplace and keep my fingernails clean.


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