Christmas stockings, ornaments, and more -- this is every crocheter’s must-have holiday project book! Beginners will love Edie Eckman’s useful technique tutorial, and experienced crafters will want to jump right in and start on these 20 exciting projects. The book includes instructions for eight different stockings, festive ornaments for trees and tabletops, a tree skirt, and other decorations for the home. Each pattern includes a symbol chart and is labeled with the skill level required to complete it, so crocheters of all levels can pick the perfect project.
The exciting new discipline of Western Dressage lets riders of Western pleasure, work, or competitive horses enjoy the benefits of traditional dressage while using Western tack and attire. This book — the very first on the topic — offers 101 fun and effective exercises that will improve every Western horse’s suppleness, balance in movement, and responsiveness. Each exercise is presented with illustrated, step-by-step instructions and a full arena diagram, and exercises are organized by focus: softness, looseness, rider development, engagement, adjustability, and ground work. This book is the ultimate reference for this new sport.
Learning to knit is fun and easy with Leslie Ann Bestor as your teacher. Her simple, fully illustrated instructions lead you step by step through the basics of knitting, from choosing the right needles and yarn to reading a knitting pattern, casting on, executing knit and purl stitches, binding off, and blocking finished projects. You'll also learn techniques for increasing, decreasing, and repairing mistakes. Even if you've never held a pair of knitting needles before, this easy-to-follow guide will have you knitting in no time!
The perfect guide for beginners! Sara Delaney shows you her techniques for working a basic chain and creating single and double chain stitches. You'll learn about changing colors, joining, fastening off, reading crochet patterns, and working with different shapes, and Delaney guides you through several small projects, such as a simple potholder and scarf, to give you the practice and experience you need before you move on to crocheting more complex patterns on your own.
With basic sewing skills and these simple step-by-step instructions, you’ll learn to make your first quilt! Barbara Weiland Talbert outlines the complete process in an easy-to-follow sequence, from selecting a design and choosing fabric to cutting pieces, assembling blocks, assembling the quilt top, and finishing your quilt.
From farm-fresh tomatoes, onions, and asparagus to blue corn, chile peppers, pumpkin, pinto beans, artisanal cheeses, and meats like bison, churro lamb, and oryx, New Mexico produces some of the best food in the world. Drawing from many of the state’s best chefs, farmers, and small food producers, Dave DeWitt offers 150 delectable recipes for every meal and every course, including Chipotle Pumpkin Seed Pesto, Blue Corn Pancakes, Calabacitas with Red Serranos, Southwest Asparagus Strata, Grape-Grilled Quail with Goat Cheese Rounds, Short Rib Chili, Slow Roast Breast of Lamb with Honey Cumin Glaze, Buffalo Green Chile Eggrolls, Pasilla Scones with Red Chile Honey, Broccoli and Mustard Soup, New Mexican Baklava, and Spicy Chocolate-Raspberry Muffins. DeWitt even includes beverage recipes, such as Craft Stout Michelada, Green Bean Bloody Mary, and Prickly Pear Margarita. Dishing Up® New Mexico is also a visual tour of New Mexico's food and drink scene, with beautiful photography of farms, inns, and more. Profiles of the people behind these enterprises, along with suggested itineraries for food lovers traveling the state, make this book an engaging read and a travel companion as well as a must-have cookbook.
As spinners, knitters, and weavers know, the characteristics of fleece — its structure, grease content, and fiber diameter — vary widely depending on the breed of sheep the fleece comes from. These factors are crucial when you're deciding how to spin your fleece and use your finished yarn. In this comprehensive reference, Beth Smith presents a thorough overview of 21 sheep breeds, including each breed's characteristics and history, a photo of the animal and its locks, the best methods for washing its fleece, and specific techniques for preparing, spinning, and finishing the fleece. You'll discover how to select the fleece that is best for your project and how to spin exactly the yarn you need.
With clear instructions and step-by-step photographs, this comprehensive guide shows you how to cultivate mushrooms in your own home, producing shiitakes, oysters, lion's manes, maitakes, and portabellas for your kitchen or for a small business. Beginners will learn the best way to use a mushroom kit, as well as how to maintain the sterile procedures and controlled environment that cultivation requires. Novices and the more experienced will learn how to create grain spawn or sawdust spawn and how to use liquid cultures and fruiting chambers. Advanced readers will gain a thorough knowledge of how to work with large-scale grain spawn, agar, bag cultures, bulk substrates, and large fruiting chambers to produce mushrooms consistently and in greater quantity.
Chef Bill Collins shows you how to make your own vinegars, including wine, apple cider, malt, white, and rice vinegars, and then flavor them with herbs for exactly the taste you want. He also offers recipes for cooking with your custom-made vinegars, creating everything from a basic Italian salad dressing to Asian cole slaw, sweet potato salad, pot stickers, lentil soup, caponata, sauerbraten, caprese sliders, pickles and chutneys, and even chocolate chip cookies.
This comprehensive guide shows you how to create a farm or garden habitat that will attract beneficial insects and thereby reduce crop damage from pests without the use of pesticides. Four experts from the Xerces Society, a world leader in conservation and environmental issues, discuss the ecology of native beneficial insects and show how you can conserve their presence on your land through conservation biocontrol -- recognizing these insects and their habitat, reducing pesticide use, protecting existing habitat, and providing new habitat. Specific solutions and strategies include creating native plant field borders, mass insectary plantings, hedgerows, cover crops, buffer strips, beetle banks, and brush piles. Step-by-step illustrated instructions for these projects and more are accompanied by stunning full-color photography.