Soon the plan for world domination shall be complete! bwahaha!
See! They come with little discs of coconut planting fiber that expand when water is added. They reminded me of those firecrackers they used to sell (probably still do) that would expand little snakes of ash only it was little snakes of dirt. When the seedlings are ready to go in the ground, we simply rip the cells apart and plant them pot and all. The tray is compostable bamboo that will break down in six months. Josh worked quite diligently to get the dirt into each little compartment once we expanded it.
In knitting news, I finished another pair of socks this evening. They are for the January Sock Knitters Anonymous challenge. Our challenge was to knit a pattern from an online magazine, beaded socks, or the mystery sock. I've been trying really hard to knit from stash so we have money to do all the lovely things with the house. Since I don't have any beads in there, I opted to knit a pattern from Knitty.com.Pattern: Blackrose from Knitty.com
Pattern: Traveling Stitch Legwarmers featured in Knit So Fine or Interweave Knits Spring 2008
Yarn: Knitpicks Risata in Sable (the color is being discontinued)
Needles: Addi Turbos size 2 (3.0 mm for the metric inclined)
Each legwarmer took about a skein. Since I am short I had to omit all the lines above the medallion motif. I put in only 10 rows of ribbing at the top to match the rib at the bottom and I used Elizabeth Zimmerman's sewn bind off. I learned how to cable without a cable needle too and plan to make my next pair of socks with cables this way.
It's still cold here. Tonight's low will be 7 degrees. The plus side is that the ice is beautiful.
Also today while I was at work, Josh ventured into the realm of insulation. We got some of the polyester insulation from Lowe's. Same R-19 value as fiberglass, none of the nasty getting in eyes and on skin. I think he did a pretty fine job of it and the crawlspace under our bathroom already feels noticeably warmer. Before if we took the board away, the cold air would pour into the basement. Now it feels about the same. I'm hoping it makes the bathroom warm because getting up at night to pee when the toilet seat is freezing is no pleasant experience let me tell you. The black foam on the pipes was another home improvement project of ours.
I think that what the Middle East peace talks are missing are the following: frigid temperatures, blankies, and cuddles. If you know our dogs, you will know that the following graphic image is nothing short of a miracle.