Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Knitting and Reading

I finished the Matinee Jacket.
pattern from Vintage Knits for Modern Babies
hand dyed yarn from Springtree Road (a barter)
buttons are our own handmade from maple
I am inspired by this pattern and have begun to work up my own version.

And reading, I have just finished a great book that I am sure many of you have read or heard of - 
Twelve By Twelve by William Powers.
Wow! Reading it will make you think - and think some more.  It is about the author's personal experience of living in a 12 x 12 off grid cabin in South Carolina which happens to also be just 5 miles from a mega-chicken processing plant.  
The message that came through strongest for me - to apply to my own life - was the teaching of Ghandi - that there should not be a gap between your convictions and your actions.

In this book the author introduces the reader to people he calls, wildcrafters; people that shape their inner and outer worlds to the flow of nature rather than molding the natural world into something that is usable by the industrial/consumer-model world.  They listen to their inner voice as their guide.  (For me  it is God calling us to care for creation.)   He asks us to consider how do we find the inner strength to resist "ecocide"?

Ultimately, the author points out, there are no easy or straight answers.  Instead we must "be" in order to hear.  He learned much about mindfulness from his time at the cabin.   For each of us the answers will probably look different and should be uniquely our own.


  1. That little yellow Matinee Jacket is so very sweet.

  2. Lovely yarn and cute jacket! I must say I have a weak spot for vintage patterns.

  3. Aww, I love the sweater! My sister would like an orange sweater for her boy who just turned 2. I think I will do that next. :)

  4. Great earthy color for your vintage/modern knit!I love the 2 hole buttons with it!

    The book sounds like a very interesting read. My head must be in the sand as I hadn't heard of it yet.

    Blessings, Debbie

  5. your sweater came out so sweet. it looks wonderful.
    and that book, wow. i am going to see if our library has it. <3

  6. Seriously Tonya, I have no idea how you find time to knit, read, garden, and blog!! :p I do no crafting, my husband controls our garden, I really super duper wish I had more (any) time for blogging right now, and my reading is composed of the history, Bible and science I read to the kids. And yet my days feel cram packed crazy busy.
    I hope your family is all well and enjoying the season!


  7. I'm so happy to have just discovered your blog! I'm moving back into central vermont in less than a month now! I appreciate all the things you do and am hoping to have some sort of apartment homestead when I return!

  8. What cute little sweater! I am currently reading a book by Jim Wallis, "Rediscovering Values" after your recommended another book by him. The book you reviewed today sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.

  9. Sounds like a book l should like to read. Love the colour of that little jersey, really do! Pam xx

  10. I love the color of your sweater! Such a sweet pattern.

  11. I think that sounds like my kind of read, as well. And the little matinee is definitely the style I'm drawn to! Lovely :)

  12. I love the color of your sweater, it is such a friendly hue and makes me think of piles of fall leaves.

  13. cute knit, book sounds great too x

  14. Sounds like a great book. I'm going to look for it. The jacket is sweet. I like richer colors for babies--pastels can be too much of a good thing sometimes.