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Monday, January 16, 2006

Crocheted Flower Scarf

Crocheted Flower Scarf
Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.
I crocheted this scarf after seeing it posted on needle book. Thank you Claire for taking the time to post the instructions. I was suprised at how, when wrapped around the neck, it looks like a choker. It's definitely more delicate and feminine than your average scarf.

Now, about the original scarf costing $10 (This is not a criticism to you, Claire, I would have bought the scarf, too). This scarf took me a week of evenings to produce. What poor soul got paid pennies for that much work? Making our own crafts and clothes, as well as, growing our own food are important ways reconnect with how much effort "handmade" takes and to be reminded of the true costs of the cheap import or the cheap pesticide-laden food. Something or someone suffers when things are under priced/under valued. Buying locally or paying "fair trade" prices is another good way to stay connected to the real costs.



Blogger Blaize said...

The stuff about paying nothing for what is, in fact, a labor intensive product, really hits home for me. I watched my mom do almost everything from scratch when I was growing up. I am reminded that, in pioneer times, there were days of the week for certain tasks. Monday was laundry. All day. Saturday was baking. All day. The amazing amount of work those people did makes my own small efforts to have a garden, can vegetables, cook from scratch, etc., seem weak in comparison. And what do I do with the free time that modern conveniences give me? Mostly just mope and fret and pout, I think. I wonder if being more busy with the basics of life would aid my happiness, despite the modern capitalist rhetoric that tells me time-saving devices are the key to contentment. Would I be actually more content if I worked like a dog all day in the acts of survival, and slept the sleep of the exhausted and the just? Who knows. Perhaps it is worth a try.

Mon Jan 16, 01:46:00 PM PST  
Blogger Claire Louise Milne said...

Your scarf is beautiful, I love that someone made something from my pattern!

I agree with your sentiments absolutely, I'm really enjoying making more of my own things by hand, and swapping with others as well rather than buying and selling.

Your blog is looking great! Just one thing, you're missing a " after the urls in your links at the side, so the links aren't working. I know because I noticed you had needle book and tried out the link. Thanks for adding me!

Tue Jan 17, 05:23:00 AM PST  
Blogger Green Kitchen said...

Hi Claire, Thanks for the heads up on the broken links. I think I got them all fixed. And, I'm still getting my ATCs ready to send to you. They're turning out well.

Tue Jan 17, 10:50:00 AM PST  
Blogger Claire Louise Milne said...

Looking forward to your ATC!

Tue Jan 17, 01:02:00 PM PST  
Blogger Kristin Nicholas said...

Love this! Crochet is so fun because it is so quick and it you make a mistake it totally disappears. Lovely colors too!

Wed Feb 06, 06:53:00 PM PST  

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