Thinking two seasons ahead


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Like our ancestors, it is time to start thinking about being warm this winter. Since hand made items take time, it means that if I want to have gifts for holiday giving and warm things for myself, now is the time to start making them.

I spun this yarn earlier this summer; I dyed 775 feet of it with cake dye; it turned out a heathered color that ranges from a deep sky blue to a royal purple. The rest I left the natural color.

While I’ve taken projects from dirty fleece to finished object, this is the first of many projects that I plan to take from dirty fleece to woven object. Like most of my ‘firsts’ this scarf has issues – but it is my first attempt at weaving with my hand spun and I’m happy to report that my yarn is more than strong enough for the stresses of weaving.

In keeping with thinking two seasons ahead, the fall garden will be planted later this week. We’ll grow broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, as well as chard. I’ll try cabbage again, but I don’t hold out a lot of hope for it.

I’ll be placing an order with Johnny’s Seeds for some greenhouse plastic and the clips to hold it to PVC pipe; I think I can manage a cold frame that won’t blow away this winter. I’ll also be hedging my bets with my free sliding glass doors, using those over a couple of our beds and getting hay bales as necessary to keep the glass high enough to allow the plants growing room.

I have to go back to work soon; I am not sure how I feel about that. In the mean time, I’ve been busy preserving the bounty of summer. If it were from our own garden I’d be happier, but from the farmer’s coop is good too. So far I’ve made 100 pounds of tomatoes into sauce with 25 pounds blanched and waiting in the freezer to be made into paste. Today I roasted 30 pounds of green chiles and put them into our freezer. Mr. TF was aghast at the sheer poundage until I reminded him that last year we got 15 lbs from the store and it wasn’t enough.

I’ve been drying herbs like rosemary, oregano, thyme, and marjoram; I need to get out into the garden and pick basil to make into pesto for the winter.  I wish I could live a little more like our ancestors; I would love to exhaust myself all summer long with projects and preserving, knowing that this winter I will have a well deserved rest time.  Modern life makes that impossible though.

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2 responses

  1. Very pretty scarf, can you post a closeup? I would like to see the weave more closely. What is the non-sexist word for craftsmanship and workmanship?

    I am not sure how to wish you the best for work. Everything I think of seems kind of odd. Anyway, good luck!

  2. thank you! I can, I just have to figure out a better way to post them on here than using flickr. WordPress used to be much more user friendly for posting pictures from photo hosting sites; I may have to buy the upgrade package so I can just post them from my computer. I don’t like the size or resolution of the photos as they now are either. And I prefer to post photos of anything I’m talking about – pictures being worth a thousand words and all that…but, for a little better size you can click on the link below the photo which takes you to the flickr link.

    I told someone the other day I’m not an artist, I’m an artisan. I once heard a discussion among blacksmiths about the distinction between the two, which stuck in my head as it really related to any of the creative yet functional trades. Their focus was on trying to create a stronger link in people’s minds between artist and smithing, but I don’t see why one can’t be an artisan and still create beauty. Of course, I’m the ultimate practical person and I don’t have much in the way of ‘fine art’ in my house – most is functional art. Their goal was to create that link so people understood that the price of their work was ‘worth it’ but for me I think the quality of the work and the fact that it isn’t produced by essentially slave labor in a foreign country should be motivation enough. Should being the key word.

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