Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Got yak?

Located my lovely bobbin of lace weight single ply yak.   

Sigh...the soft squishiness is simply sublime. 

Can't locate the remainder of the 10 oz of raw fiber. 


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Why would you want to?

I hear that question a lot from people when I tell them I prefer to grow/preserve as much of my own food as possible.  It is shocking how many people do not fully understand the ramifications of GMO's and other questionable food production practices currently in place.  

Just because something comes from a store does not mean it is a better choice.  That has been proven time and time again, whether it be food, clothing, shelter, or health related.  

The poorly informed take the stance "that it hasn't killed me yet" or some similarly sad attempt at reasoning.  

Unlike the vast majority of Americans, I am in a fairly unique situation of being able to provide for myself.  The general rule of thumb for many seems to be a misguided attempt at achieving the pinnacle point Maslow's Hierarchy of self-actualization without realizing that they truly lack the basic survival skills of being able to take care of themselves.  Take away the supermarkets, the clothing stores, the home improvement stores and most would be lost.  Where will they find food?  Where will they find clothing?  Where will they find shelter?  They have no clear grasp on the methods in which each of these activities are achieved...without being able to go buy them.  Add to that the faulty notion that if it can be purchased, then it is better quality.

Every single day it becomes more and more clear that I am an anomaly...an individual that has taken the time and energy to find out how to make/grow/raise/build whatever I need.  That is not to say that I don't partake in commercial purchases.  Of course I do.  But for many things, I don't have to.  The skills of food production and preparation were shared with me at an early age.  As were skills in sewing and home maintenance.  

I am ashamed to admit that at one point in my life I too was guilty of the beliefs that:  bigger is better, money buys everything you need, if you don't have an "education" you will never be successful, and so on and so forth.  Fortunately, I was able to escape that mindset.  

Simpler really is better.  But it is too scary for too many.  And that is sad.  


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