ON THE SHELF: SURVIVAL GUIDE TACKLES KNITTING EMERGENCIES
Everybody makes mistakes. But in knitting, those mistakes can be a pain to fix.
That's where "When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters" comes in.
The knitting survival guide, an updated version of the book first published in 2007, offers guidance to knitters who've gone astray. Authors Marion Edmonds and Ahza Moore, both veteran knitters and teachers, offer tips for preventing problems in the first place, diagnoses for common knitting problems and methods for dealing with emergencies - all with a good dose of humor and all-is-not-lost reassurance.
Edmonds and Moore have also included handy extras such as a chart of emergency substitutions for knitting tools, and they've added a chapter to this edition introducing some new techniques. And, of course, they've included instructions for a few projects, because what would a knitting book be without them?
"When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters" is published by the Taunton Press and is priced at $21.95 in paperback.
WHAT'S NEW: GARDEN ON WHEELZ TO ADJUST TO GARDENER'S NEEDS
Life Cycle Gardens' Garden on Wheelz lets you take your garden where you need it.
The raised garden's wheelbarrow-like design allows it to be moved easily, so it could be wheeled to a shady spot for weeding or harvesting and then back into the sunshine the rest of the time. Or it could be planted with seeds indoors while the weather is still cold and then moved outside when the temperature warms.
Its legs can be adjusted in height from 301/2 to 37 inches, allowing the gardener to work either sitting or standing.
The mobile garden also has a water reservoir and a recycling system that catches water runoff for reuse. It's made of food-grade plastic and provides 5.25 cubic feet of growing space.
The Garden on Wheelz has a suggested retail price of $299. It's currently available at www.LifeCycleGardens.com and Amazon.com and is expected to be available in stores and from other online retailers.
Q&A: WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT MOLES
Q: I've lived at my residence for over 50 years and have not had any issues with moles. Last summer I ended up with quite a few mounds of dirt piled all around the front and back yards, and you could see the tunnel tracks all around. I had a person come out and set several traps, but he stated it would be hard to catch these critters. I have a dog, so I will not use any hazardous materials to try and get rid of the earthworms, which apparently moles use as their source of food. Do you have any suggestions?
A: Eradicating moles is indeed difficult. Even if you remove the moles in your yard, others will probably move in.
Both the Ohio State and Purdue university extensions have good fact sheets on moles. You can find them at http://ohioline.osu.edu/w-fact/0011.html and www.ï¿½ï¿½ppdl.purdue.edu/PPDL/expert/Moles.
According to those sources, only two mole-control methods are considered effective: lethal traps and worm-shaped mole baits containing Bromethalin.
Both are placed in active tunnels. You can place a weighted bucket or similar cover over a trap to shield it from your dog, as long as the animal isn't so big that it could tip over the cover easily. The bait should be inaccessible, but since Bromethalin is toxic to pets, using it may not be worth the risk.
Another option is to convert part of your yard from lawn to other uses, such as paths, hedgerows or naturalized areas.
Have a question about home maintenance, decorating or gardening? Akron Beacon Journal home writer Mary Beth Breckenridge will find answers for the queries that are chosen to appear in the paper. To submit a question, call her at 330-996-3756, or send email to email@example.com. Be sure to include your full name, your town and your phone number or email address.