Implements of Construction: Why?

All too often I find myself distracted by the pretty colors, interesting textures, and varying hand of the materials we use in our crafts and trades.

So many tools, no little time.
It wasn't until recently that I truly realized the importance of the tools needed to execute these crafts.  Last year, when I packed up my household and headed west, I carried with me only the most basic tools of the trade.  I brought a complete set of interchangeable knitting needles, two sets of five (yes, just two) of double-pointed needles in the socks I was working, and a small notion bag with a hand full of other items I might need for crafting in the short term.  I had a small pair of scissors, darning needle, a crochet hook, and stitch markers.  Granted, I did pack ALL of my spinning wheels and spindles, but only to make sure they were transported safely.

Now, I anticipated being in a temporary living situation for 6 weeks or so.  Six weeks turned into 6 months.  All the while, the entirety of my craft room was in storage.  I came into a handful of situations where I had to improvise where I had once had the exact right tool for the job at my disposal.  It didn't take me very long to realize I had been taking my tools for granted.  It was a sheer pleasure to once again have access to the little joys such as a darning egg and yarn swift.

Don't get me wrong, I love a beautiful cotton print fabric, a tweed yarn, and exotic spinning fibers as much as the next girl.  However, I want to share my renewed appreciation for the tools of our trade with you.  I plan to share more than you ever thought you wanted to know about these tools.  If nothing else, I hope to present a unique take on the "Implements of Construction"
(TM) we know and love.

First up: Knitting needles!


Series: Implements of Construction

I am a maker.  This is what I do.

I recognize that I can't do it all on my own.  Sometimes it takes help.  That is where they come in.

I am slowly but surely building my stockpile of Impliments of Construction.  Right now, I am at a place in my life where I have some extra cash and plan, in the very near future, to transition out of my current career.  I feel the need to make sure I am ready to make or build anything once I get to where I am going.

In the weeks to come, I plan to share my love for these amazing tools and pieces of equipment.  Stay tuned for more Implements of Construction.


Altitude Adjustment

In October, I got an Altitude Adjustment.

I drove 1500 miles west from Maryland to my new home in Colorado.

It was a necessary change my entire family needed.  Maryland had really became toxic and it was starting to show.  We made a relatively snap decision to pack up and head West.

My brother lives in Colorado Springs, so we are currently shacked up in his basement.  This is a short term solution until the rest of our lives settle out.  I should get a job, for instance.  I am learning that this is not an easy task.

I focus everyday on the steps needed to establish our life here and try to soak in the beauty around us.  Already I am very happy here even if the situation is stressful at times.

I am thankful to be living in the shadow of Pikes Peak.  I soak in as many sunsets and sun rises as possible and I am looking forward to experiencing winter here.

In the days to come, I should be recording and editing a podcast episode so I can share the entire story.

For now, I look forward to finding my place here and sharing the adventure with you.