Tuesday, 28 April 2009

can you get lower "craft miles" than this?

i finished this scarf a couple of weeks ago, but today was the first day that i have worn it. such a lovely scarf for such a very cold day.  

i love this scarf for a few reasons, partly because it reminds me of green green grass. but even better than that, it is a local scarf, with very low "craft miles". see, i live within walking distance of the collingwood children's farm in melbourne. the farm is exactly that, a farm, with sheep and cows and pigs and growing things. i go there every month to the farmer's market, either walking or on my bike and when i was there last year i bought some wool. the wool comes from the sheep at the farm. they sheared the sheep, and then they gave the raw wool to the hand weavers and spinners guild, in carlton. there, it was dyed green green green, and then spun out into a lovely skein and given back to the farm to sell. i bought it last year, brought it home and started knitting. 

in its whole life it hasn't travelled more than about 4km from where it grew on the sheep. i find that really special. it would seem to me to be fairly rare to be able to identify the origin of the wool you use, let alone have it move so little from where it grew (unless you have your own sheep and well done you if you do). so it makes my heart warm as well and my neck...


Sayraphim said...

ok, so that local scarf is about the best thing I've heard all day!

Maxabella said...

It's a wonderful scarf. It even has an interesting provenance! x

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