- Early mornings after rising from bed, instead of a bathrobe I don the lovely Highland Triangle Shawl (designed by Cheryl Oberle pic from Folk Shawls, p. 88) that I knit (from locally raised wool) well over 10 years ago. But then I sit in front of either my iPad or laptop to catch up on correspondence.
- Eschewing the pod-coffee-machines (excuse me – brewing systems), I make my coffee in a stainless steel Bialetti stovetop espresso maker.
- While I buy “bird-friendly” organic coffee beans, I buy them at a Kroger-owned grocery store.
- I buy all organic grains for making bread but now make our bread in a bread machine. (As you can see from this picture, I sometimes don’t slice from the correct side. :) We had very tall slices of bread that week.)
- Amazing modern artwork created by Thor’s talented artist-cousins shares wall space with an array of traditional Norwegian wall hangings either needlepointed by various relatives of mine or woven by me, but the living room bookshelf came from Ikea.
- A basket of carded fiber waiting to be spun sits next to our router.
- I never travel (or even go any place where there will be at least a 10 minute wait) without two items: my iPhone and a knitting project.
- I prefer to graph knitting designs on graph paper with lead pencils and color pencils (with a large eraser nearby), but I have an array of powerful hardware and software (on different platforms) at my fingertips.
- All our dishware is handmade by local ceramic artists, but most of our cookware is made thousands of miles away.
There is a big movement in the fiber community to buy locally sourced products. While I increasingly buy yarn spun or dyed by local artists, I wondered just how “local” is the fiber part of my life. Hmmm ….
- My floor loom and my spinning wheel are U.S. made (Schacht in Colorado), as is my ball winder (Fricke in Washington), and drum carder (Clemes & Clemes in California). Most of my hand carders are US.
- My older Susan Bates and Boye crochet hooks were made in the US; I am unsure where the new ones are made.
- All of my shuttles are made in the U.S. and, in fact, I’ve met the creator of each of them, even the Gilmore shuttle! (Many (many) years ago I drove to Stockton, California, with a friend of mine who was buying a brand new loom from the founder of Gilmore Looms, Mr. E. E. Gilmore! I wasn’t in the market for a loom, but I bought a couple of his shuttles.)
But here I start going international: My 8-harness table loom (Varpapuu) was made in Finland, my swift (Glimåkra) in Sweden, my skein winder (Louet) in Canada, and my knitting needles (well, most of mine are Addis) in Germany.
<Sigh> I guess I have to embrace my inconsistencies in my attempts to think globally and act locally!