I have always been interested in learning. I have not always been the best student, especially in terms of history, math, science, etc. And, the prospect of sitting in a class and learning from a textbook never really appealed to me, as anyone who knew me in college can attest. Seriously, I didn't even bother attending most of my classes. But, hands on learning a craft, that's a whole different ballgame. Do they offer a PhD program in crafting?
Lately, beyond spinning, felting, crocheting, knitting, I have been exploring other world of making. My latest venture has been in the world of foodstuffs. So far this week, I have made some pretty heinous looking noodles and have purchased all the accoutrements for making goat cheese. Now, Mr. Cutthroat ate the noodles like a champ. He's less excited about the prospect of eating homemade cheese. I'm pretty sure he'll still do it, though.
I want to do it all. I want to be the jack of all trades and I am ok if I am the master of none. Finding out how things are made lends to appreciation for how the parts of your life come together. I have learned to do some stuff and realized that some things are better left to others. One of those, silk worms. I ambitiously bought a baggie of cocoons and carefully read all the instructions on harvesting silk. I made one pot of cocoon soup and carefully wrapped one long thread around the world's tiniest niddy noddy. After that 5 hour jaunt into harvesting silk, I realized 2 things, 1) that's why silk is so expensive and 2) harvesting silk is not for me.
What's on my needles: Man Hands mitts in Sugar Bush Bold