Hoping your labor day weekends were enjoyable. We always like to reflect on the work that is done around us and often remark on how names reflect trades. The boys and hubby's last name is a reminder of the family trade of shoe makers and cobblers that stem back to Germany. I think if my last name were not Willow it would be Yarner!
As I was knitting on the sleeves of the sweater today I was thinking about how much labor and time have gone into this one item, and it got me thinking about the industrial revolution and how it affected knitting and making. I came across some startling images of children in knitting factories in the US before child labor laws were in effect.
So I am going to work this into our weaving learning here in September. It is a part of our past and history- not always very pretty but part of our past. Definitely going to show the boys the next time they complain about having to feed the chickens and take care of the dishwasher!
So the end of my weekend was still enjoying the fruit of my cleaning day, an enjoyable evening down by the river, and heading out to some country roads for some elderberry hunting. Luckily I had a couple boys to keep me company and help look out for the elderberries. They are convinced I am an elderberry witch with a keen sense of finding the elusive berries. They are key to our family's winter health and some delicious jelly too! The berries are packed away in the freezer till I am ready to process and juice them up.
Now that September is officially here, that means about 3.5 months of making time left before the holiday season- yikes! So if you are a crafter like me and try and spread about some homemade labors of love it is time to get kicking my friends. This year I have vowed to start early so today was just the first step. Armed with a can of spray paint and a gift in mind for some new folks on my list this year I took advantage of a moment before the rain and the breeze was blowing nicely to prep some soon to be jar toppers.
My list is hefty so I usually like to start a little journal each holiday season to keep notes, sketches, etc . . . I made an extra and will be giving it away to one of you. Just leave a comment between now and Saturday at midnight. Bonus entry points for following me on:
Good luck and keep on crafting!