Recent Projects

I got back home about a month ago, so I haven’t been able to post without the ready access to electricity. Here’s some of the projects I’ve been working on recently;


Some knitting needles, crochet hooks, shuttles, little wooden containers, spoons, &c. I’ve never been a very good woodworker, and right now I’m trying to teach myself how to work with green wood raw from the log. Here’s my first attempt at something more complex:


I admit, it’s pretty terrible, haha. I’m just going to use it as a birdfeeder. Right now I’m trying to learn ornithology, and as much as I dislike feeding the birds, I think that’s probably the best way to get and introduction to the topic.

My goal for this summer is to learn how to work with raw wood well enough to make a rabbit cage entirely from scratch with an axe and drill. Splitting all the planks and holding it together with dowels, that sort of thing.

Here’s the inside of one of those little containers. I use allot of containers. I’m going to need to figure out a good way to make larger ones for things that can’t be stored in felt sacks soon, cause I plan on gathering all my food for next winter. I don’t like relying on bought rice, oats, and pasta to get through the winter. I can support myself entirely off the land easily enough throughout the summer, and doing so through the winter is just a matter of setting enough aside to store. I figure a reasonable goal is to gather two gallons of food to dry per day. I’d guess that’d average to about two hours of work a day. It’s probably quite a bit overkill. But I’d sooner have more than I think I’ll need than too little, and I’m already out gathering for both supper and to make a living all day anyways, so it’s not much different than just a bit more time in the woods each day. I’m going to really work on preserving allot of fish and root crops, those are easy sources of food I almost entirely use fresh.

As always, spinning allot of wool. The white yarn on the left is from my dogs.



Some wool off my dogs. I’m using a crochet hook instead of a drop spindle because I’m not terribly good at spinning and the staple length for Samoyed wool is much shorter than sheep wool. Still, with a high twist count and double ply it’s really quite strong. And extremely soft and warm, much more than sheep wool.

There’s about 33 completed yards of yarn in that picure, and when I finished that pile of wool I had around 55. I’ve got one more pile that size to spin, then I’m saving up the wool to make a piece of clothing. From what I’ve heard, Samoyed wool is seven times warmer than sheep wool so they don’t recommend making clothing 100% out of it, so I figure it’ll make good Winter gear when it gets -40 out here in the Winter, eh?

This is that blanket I took all those previous pictures on, it wasn’t finnished then but it is now.

The Amaranth patch is doing well!

Recent knitting projects

Baby boots for my friends’ recent babies.
Two halves of a pair of knitted underpants. The short wide section at the bottom is the part which wraps around the leg, the top long part is the sewn to the other half and goes on the torso. Extend the short wide section down a couple feet long and you’d have pants. They’re really surprisingly comfortable.
Just a little pouch I’d knit. Only took a couple minutes.
A baby blanket. The yellow is cattail pollen I accidentally spilled on it.
A tunic. I love these giant tunics, they’re wicked comfortable, and go down mid-thigh. I was really needing another shirt, I only had three and the one I’d knit out of cotton yarn kept breaking strands and running stitches up from the edges.

I did all of these in the past two weeks.

Also, the blanket all of these except the last picture are on is only half finish, I am knitting that right now. On my list of projects next I’ve got a hiking pack, a couple small cloths for sundrying fruits, some socks, a pair a pants for a friend, a hat for a friend, a pair of felt pants, a tunic for a friend, a couple little pouches and two large sacks for storage, a blanket, three gigantic pullovers, and that’s all I can think off off the top of my head but there’s probably more. Should take me till about the end of the year to finish all that. As of now the only pieces of clothing I wear that aren’t handmade are my boots (although I usually forgo shoes in the Summer entirely), some socks, and one pair of pants. If only I could figure out how to weave straw boots like the Chinese used to do.