all day knitting!

today was one of my days off, and what did I do all day but knit!
The morning brought my friend Sharin for coffee, and she is such a do-er, she couldn’t sit still and had to go into the “studio” and begin folding fabric. We ended folding and sorting a whole bunch of my stash, laughing and inspiring together. It is so nice to have a nearby friend to brainstorm with!
Then it was time to trade sheep duties with Alice, so I got to go knit topless in the sun. No bitiing flies yet to bother me.
I finished another pair of cuff blanks (and I think it will be about the last of this style for awhile), and I started on a project I have been wanting to do for a few days now.
Here it is, not yet done, but mostly so. It has plans to be an actual piece of wall art.
falling down cabin

You know how the quilt block patterns have descriptive names, well this is called “falling down cabin.” We sure have a lot of these around here. This deliberately caddywompus, (not laying on the blanket at angle.) Hence the name.

Knitting this and thinking about a: log cabin quilts and b: the women who made them and c: Sharin and I visiting and sorting fabric, I had to think about how during the early stages of this internet craft community’s formation, one would see such-and-such described as “not your grandma’s craft.” More than once I saw this! And I really have to disagree, at least from my vantage point. I feel SO connected to what the women of previous generations have done, and inspired by them. Granted I can live without acrylic yarn embroidered strawberry baskets, but beyond those, there is such wealth in the crafts of our grandmas! I sleep on pillowcases embroidered by those women and under blankets crocheted by them, I visit homesteads that are still blooming with flowers they planted, I find recipes in church cookbooks that they compiled. They were using everything as many times as they could (if not the grandmas, then the great-grandmas) and so am I. I plant food, I raise animals, I cut buttons off of my old clothes before they go into the rag basket. I would be proud to be the next generation of “my grandma’s craft.”

Okay. That said, when I needed a break from the scritchy black yarn, I started a pair of perdita.
I know, me using a pattern? I do it occasionally….

And, Soph, have you seen this book? I think you would really like it.
night life of trees

I got it at the library yesterday, and I am so going to purchase a copy for myself. I am absolutely blown away by the illustrations, and I promise to photograph a page or two soon. Just so you all can see the amazivity of it.

11 thoughts on “all day knitting!”

  1. i feel exactly as you do… more in solidarity with little old ladies (who i often have more in common with than people my age btw) and with history than without. it seems like by calling home crafts your grandmother’s crafts people are buying into our society’s idea that the only people worth anything are the youthful, beautiful, skinny. besides, i’m certain that there must have been creative women like us back in the day.

  2. I agree with you completely about Grandma craft. In fact, I take umbrage at the notion that we’re cooler and we know so much more about it all than they did.

    For the most part, technological advancement aside, I don’t feel so different to them at all. I’m raising kids, cleaning up dog poo, cooking dinner, and trying to find a small space of calm in my life when I craft, just like any woman’s done since time out of mind.

    Which is fine, we’re all part of the continuum.

    Honestly, the arrogance of the young.

    (God, I can’t BELIEVE I just said that).

  3. I also agree with the grandma connection. When I make things, I make them with the hopes that they will be cherished for years to come by the recipient (and, dare I hope, their children, and perhaps even their children’s children)

    I really enjoy your blog – yours seems to be a lifestyle I’d like to adapt to my own life. Now, the only question remains – how can I keep sheep in my downtown apartment?

  4. Hear, hear! Well said, love. Your day sounds fabulous. I so look forward to when I can have occasional days of knitting.

    And oh! That book!

  5. The book looks stunning – I just requested a copy through ILL.

    Say more about the sheep? You watch them, and they safely graze… Do you shear them, use the wool, make yarn from it?

  6. that lace looks absolutely beautiful. i usually don’t have the patience for that kind of knitting, but seeing how wonderful it turns out is always inspiring.

    and that book looks amazing– show us some photos !

  7. I totally agree with the comment about grandmothers. I would be *proud* and *honoured* if someone told me that what I was doing was “grandma’s work”: wow! My grandmother, who can’t read or write, used to make lovely quilts for us, with octogonal shapes cut out from all the scraps of our clothing (silk, sateen, cotton, wool, anything she could get her hands on). And she was a really good seamstress. She had one of those “treadle” machines. So, to grandmothers’ work, huzzah!

  8. i enjoyed your post, and blog. i also want to thank you for the info on this book, it is waiting for me to pick up at the library…i placed it on hold after i saw your pictures of it!! thanks.

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