Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Friday, August 07, 2009
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Monday, June 01, 2009
Our long distance relping friend, Ileah, has been crocheting potholders to keep her nimble fingers busy. The lady also does bobbin lace, weaves, spins, and knits... you can see why she qualifies as a relper! I love the potholders and find them almost too pretty to be used.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Despite the silence here relping *IS* going on. The photo is of our fellow relper, now back from her years in Australia, on a recent visit to Oregon. Note the knitting! And I actually took up my crochet hook, albeit briefly, to make one of my mini-sheep for another friend who accompanied this one. The O.F. relped as well, but I didn't have my camera poised catch her in the act.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
from Iceland and Canada that were given to me to play with. As my
hook twists the yarn and the length of the fibers feeds through my
fingers, my mind wonders about the sheep the wool came from and those
shepherds, shearers, and spinners that grew it and processed it. I
pick small bits of plant matter from the yarn, there are always a few
grass seeds and ends of bramble and briar that have been missed even
after the washing, dyeing, picking, carding, and spinning, and those
specks of vegetation from some pasture in a country I will never see
cause me to pause and wonder.
Goods have long moved around our world, carried by ships or camel
caravans, by horse and mule back, or by a single person bringing what
they had to trade for something they needed. What route did this yarn
travel to be crocheted with my hook? How long ago did the journey
begin? I imagine the tiny thread of contact from me to an unknown so
far away. I muse about the life of the animal who grew this wool to
keep warm and when and where she walked a field and a single seed
hitched a ride to be discovered by my hands. I'm grateful that the
simple handwork allows me this view of the world.