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The Nutters are back to their unruly antics — trying to boss me around, wrecking havoc, complaining about my lack of archival regularity, questioning my eating habits, mocking my vast spiritual insights,  making idle demands and threats, and being general (although loveable) nuisances.

Skattur's Totem

When my circus settles down I will exact my revenge. 

Oh, by the way, we have a website under construction, but I’ll be posting about all that soon enough.  Eventually, the SoKaN part of this blog will be moving over there.  More on that coming soon!

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There’s a certain man in my life who has taught me a great deal about good environmental stewardship by the example he sets daily. Around here he’s known as “The Devil,” because he torments me relentlessly (Exhibit AExhibit B). 

He keeps a mean backyard vegetable garden. He was composting before it was cool — much to my dismay initially, but hey, evolution takes time.  Maybe you didn’t know composting was cool? Well it is. Click here to see why: Voila!

The man knows exactly what’s in his bread because he bakes it himself. He gave up beef, chicken, and pork more years ago than I can remember.  He’s an amazing cook of all sorts of vegetarian dishes.

He single-handedly insulated his attic to cut energy costs. He also installed a solar powered fan to cool the attic in the summer. He’s replaced all the lightbulbs in the house with the spiraly energy-efficient kind. He’s the kind of guy who conserves water by turning it off while brushing his teeth — something I’m just not able to do even with his admonishments.

He recycles religiously. He has been known to reuse aluminum foil.

He reads the books I buy on environmental stewardship and when I don’t have time to read them, he reads to me.

He is, in short, pretty awesome and I am lucky to have him as a mentor.

Welcome to the second post in a series celebrating environmental stewardship.

Here we have the recent works from Origami Swami.

Soda Can Flower

 

Soda Can Ornaments

 

 

Crafting is good for the soul.

–Skattur

Using recycled cans instead of extracting ore to make aluminum cans produces 95% less air pollution and 97% less water pollution.

Eco-Cycle’s Ten Reasons To Recycle

Lately the SoKaN crew has been recycling soda bottles and cans in unique ways.  Check it out:

plastic bottles bloom

butterflies emerge from aluminum cans

cans transform into Christmas ornaments

While the archivist has been busy slacking, the Knitters and Knutters have been crafting away. Much has happened over the course of the last four meetings.

A tea and oatmeal breakfast was served with peaches and cream during last week’s morning meeting.

The centerpiece WAS the day's craft as far as the hostess was concerned

 
 
 
A few weeks back, Plus One, who is now officially plus one, completed her knitted masterpiece!
Her keys, lipstick, and checkbook will be all warm and snuggly in their autumnal-hued purse.  
 
 
Skattur continues working like a maniac on her garden.  She completed her recycling project, transforming this ordinary wooden pallet …. 

An ordinary wooden pallet

into this….  
 
then into this…
 
 
and finally into this… 
 

Ta-Da!!

 
They’re the perfect accent for her whimsical garden. 
 
 
During the SoKaN hiatus, Knitter Knazi completed a couple scarves: 
 
 

A scarf in blue mohair. ("What's a Mo?" -Elitest Jerk)

 
 
Skattur’s Christmas Present from Knazi

Note:  The red and black scarf above is the knit equivalent of a Rorschach Inkblot Test.  People will stare and inquire: What are those things? Roses? Aliens? Octopuses? Octopi? Nekkid people? 

Knitter Knazi also completed this weird hat:

Little Dude & Mini Nutter made keychains and bracelets.

T-shirt reconstruction was all the rage at one of the meetings.  Scissors were snappin and material was flyin. Holes were created in some shirts and patched in others.

XXX marks the spot where a hole was in this t-shirt

Lil’Croche-E with the help of ThunderCoooka created this princess cake for Mini Nutter’s birthday:

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