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On the Needles


Fall is still a few months away, but I couldn't help myself. When Brooklyn Tweed released the newest edition to their "Wool People" collection I poured over it for almost two hours. My favorite pattern of them all is Biston. I can just imagine throwing it on over a dress and cuddling up with a book, or Julian, or probably both. This yarn I am using is reclaimed, cashmere and merino, and I am almost sure I got it for around three dollars. I will gratefully put in a little effort in washing, stretching and winding to get my hands on some luxurious fibers cast away with out knowledge thought of its worth.


This is part of the process, the yarn has been soaked and washed, ready to be dried and knit into something new and more beautiful that in it's previous life. The raspberry colored yarn on the right may be made into a pair of little socks or a hat for winter, and the cream colored on the right may be made into a pretty lace shawl.  It surely is a lot of work, but I think it is a worthy cause. 

Did I tell you that I finished sewing my very first dress last week? An exciting endeavor, and one that has opened a lot of doorways for creativity and thoughts of sustainability. My dress is very obviously hand made, haha, but you don't see much of that these days, so it is enjoyable. There has been a major climate change in my heart and mind lately. Perhaps it is even this blog that has helped to inspire it, along with a few other resourceful and creative ladies' blogs that I have come to love. My heart is growing weary of city life maybe. I very much so enjoy the hustle and bustle, the diversity of cultures , the innovation all around, but the constant exposure to a lifestyle we are simply probably never going to live in, is honestly just exhausting. Do you ever feel the same? I am sure it is not strictly a city thing, people are trying to keep up with the Jones' everywhere. I am resting and reciting to myself the saying, "Contentment is being happy with what you have", and applying that concept to all of the areas of my life. What do you think about that? This little blog has gained a few new readers this month, and Id love to hear from you. 

Thanks for reading,
-K 

10 comments:

  1. I temporarily moved from suburban life near Los Angeles up to rural life on 10 acres in central California and it was really nice and peaceful at first. But then I got really bored. I thought it would be easy to be content and relax, but I found myself focusing all my energy on moving back to southern California. I'm sure it's different for everyone, but I'm happy for my experience in that it helped me take the diversity of where I live less for granted.

    I love your yarn and you are really inspiring me to take up the knitting needles! :) Great post!!

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    1. thanks danielle. you should take up knitting, its much more simple than people think. Thanks for giving your perspective on city vs rural life, good things to consider.

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  2. Beautiful yarn! I am a novice knitter (despite learning how 10 years ago!) - I can only do one stitch and can only make scarves. I admire your work.

    By the way, I am a new follower. Hello!

    And I know what you mean about being exposed to a life you will probably never lead. Unfortunately, I often find it difficult to not become discontented by the lives of others (whether it is in real life, online, on TV, etc.); despite the fact that God has blessed me much more than I deserve. I hope and pray that someday soon I will learn to be like Paul: "Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am." -Phillipians 4:11

    I look forward to reading more from you!

    - Chalayn
    http://chalayn.blogspot.com/

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    1. yes! I love this point, yes yes and amen.

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  3. I think it's amazing all that you do to get that yarn ready for new life. One of these days I may contact you to teach me ;) but for now, with the little time I have for crocheting as it is that would just be pointless.
    I am so very ready to move out of the city and into the country. Of course in my perfect world I live in the country, but am still about 10-15 minutes away from the hustle and bustle. Best of both worlds I suppose. Until then, I'll come visit you.

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    1. Jess, I am thinking of setting up shop selling this lovely yarn, do you think I should?! It really isnt that complicated to do all the unwinding and what not, you just have to have a basic understanding of sweater construction...and a good eye for fibers :)

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  4. you are a domestic Rockstar with a capital "R" my friend xxoo

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    1. Aiyana, I only learn from the best. *ahem* you....

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  5. Yes! another yarn reclaimer! I'm addicted to it myself. And that Brooklyn Tweed pattern is gorgeous.

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    1. hey meghan,
      I know right? I actually finished it but I have to post it soon! Its great, already worn it twice!

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