Grackle & Sun

Things You Ought to Know About dre…


I want to follow the threads of the processes I love.  Follow them back to the beginning…

I was never into the gentler domestic arts.  I grew up on a farm, and I was the goat-milker, the stall-mucker, the creek-walker.  I would rather get lost in the woods or get bucked off a horse than have to stay inside and learn how to sew or cook.  But sometime after I had my own children, this began to change.  My focus turned inward–into the home.  I learned to knit. Knitting, at first, was not unlike wrestling an octopus, but I kept plugging away at it with graceless determination. Then one day, it all clicked, and I learned something very important–it remains the truest lesson this craft has taught me:

The process IS the point.  

I soon realized that knitting wasn’t enough–I had to learn to spin the yarn. Then I had to learn to dye it. Then how to grow and harvest dye plants.  I’ll have a herd of romney sheep grazing in my backyard as soon as I know it won’t break any ordinances. This idea of following processes back to the beginning, of cultivating a depth of understanding, of becoming more self-sufficient and more sustainable, has bled into every area of my life. I had always been such an impatient person–always ready for the end result. Now I understand that it’s more important to find meaning in the work, in the journey, each little step. By finding meaning in the process, the results are that much sweeter.

I believe in living a slow life and seeing as much of the world as possible. I am curious about everything, frequently when I shouldn’t be. I like questions and answers, and at the same time,  I want the mysteries to remain. They are necessary. When given the choice, I always take the scenic route. Always. I do my best every day to be a kind and conscious person, because the last thing this world needs is another oblivious asshole. I think real hard about things, but I try not to take any of it too seriously. This stern mug I rock is not from a lack of humor–it’s just me holding in all the sailor words. There’s a lot. It’s an effort.  Evening is my favorite time of day, when the shadows are long, the light is golden, and the cicadas sing their balm to my soul.  I really like dogs. I have a fabulous husband and two children who I adore above anything else in the universe. They are, all 3, brilliant like the sun, and I am thankful every day to have them in my life. My fantastical super power of awesomeness is turning any song into a country song. Some say this is actually my super villain power, but they just haven’t yet learned to appreciate my genius.

Thanks for stopping by. Please leave comments–I love good conversation.

live happy, dye happy!  and go walk your dog!

24 thoughts on “Things You Ought to Know About dre…

  1. Thanks for the follow. I like your philosophy.

  2. small farms matter big on said:

    “This idea of following processes back to the beginning, becoming more self-sufficient, more sustainable, has bled into every area of my life. i have always been an impatient person—always ready for the end result. now i understand that it’s more important to find meaning in the work, in the journey, each little step. by finding meaning in the process, the results are that much sweeter.”

    Like this a lot. It’s always healthful to find another of like mind.

  3. bravo, a great and interesting blog spot. impressed..

  4. Hey, I love reading your blog and have nominated you for The Illuminating Blogger Award! Please check out my blog for details, post the award on your sidebar and spread the love to some of your favorite bloggers!

  5. Okay, I love your blog! It’s great! And I love slow, I’m all about the slow and enjoying the moment and taking it all in. Love your fiber, can’t wait to see more! And yes I would go walk the dog but it’s a -3 outside today.

  6. This is a lovely blog, and it IS about process!!! Process gives us so much opportunity to touch, think, and connect. Slow is good :-)

  7. I’m very glad I found your blog. Looking forward to more knitting lessons in the future. Yes, the process IS the point. It’s been the most important lesson I’ve learned in the past few years.

    You hold a place in my heart, distant cousin of mine :) As does Frances.

  8. Just going deeper into this kind of journey myself (grow your own, spin your own, dye your own…) I love to read about people like yourself who are getting into the process. I’m an impatient person too – these processes that take time seem like a great antidote/balance for life, things that make you slow down and look closely…I look forward to your future blog posts.

    • Thank you. In recent years, I’ve met a surprising number of people who are realizing that about themselves—the need to have a hand in something from start to finish, the need to slow down and to understand and be part of the process—not just grab the goods at the end. It’s very refreshing to hear from others who get this idea and who appreciate the importance of living slowly. I’m glad you found your way here!

  9. flyingover on said:

    I really enjoy this blog and the way you present the information you share. I hope all is well with you and your family. I do not have anything witty to contribute but I can sincerely thank you for the time you have dedicated to and the love you show in this blog.

  10. Hello, again, I am loving this blog, thank you for finding me. I am also a knitter. I studied weaving at college at knitted professionally for a while. I still knit most days but now only for myself and friends and like you, I LOVE the process ;)

    see you again soon,
    Louisa x

  11. awesome “about”… :)
    @”go walk your dog!” – we love all animals, dogs, too, but we have a Spanish tomcat who walks alone wherever he wants… :)

  12. Hello, I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. Details can be found at

  13. oh boy, keep up the great work and sharing with us! especially all the same details (and thoughts) that almost get overlooked and might not seem to matter at first….

    it’s because of meeting people like you (virtually) why the internet is so amazing!

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