Winter has arrived in his full beauty, my trips to get firewood outside are frequent, and the busy summer days of building a new fence, hauling trees, planting, harvesting, gathering herbs, making tinctures, and canning, have become a memory soon to be repeated.
It is in this natural rhythm of slowing down into deep silence that I find myself drawn to yarn; thick or thin, colorful, soft, sturdy, warm, and so very comforting when being held in my hands. In my house yarn wants to be knitted, crochet, and woven. These last few weeks I spent making a scarf. I like those evenings of contemplation; drinking herbal tea, the dogs cuddled up next to the wood stove, my hands busy, my mind mostly content, and my being held by the quiet of the mountains.
I picked the yarn carefully, a gift is always a little bit tricky. What kind of a person is he? A thick or thin yarn person? Bright summer colors or earthy fall colors? Funny how many question go through my head when I pick yarn. I went for the super thin fall colored yarn and ended up lovingly calling the scarf the “37-hour-scarf,” as this is how long it took me, and I am not a slow knitter.
This scarf is a very basic rib stitch pattern that is wonderful for any beginner. I did a 6 x 6 ribbing; knit 6, purl 6, repeat. You work every row *K2, p2; rep from * to end of row. I like this simple pattern.
I have been making sustainable gift wraps for many years. The one below is certainly one of my favorites: Tree bark covered with moss, decorated with lichen covered rocks and little crystals. I keep making variations; using anything from pine cones to twigs, flowers, and feathers.
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