14 December 2006

Wow. I can't believe it's been a week since I last posted. Where did the time go? Plenty of knitting has been happening over here which will be revealed soon enough. In the meantime, I'll distract you with a small FO and some pretty pictures.

Pattern: My own, if you want to call it a pattern
Yarn: Knitpicks Andean Treasure in "Sunset"
Needles: Bryspun US 5 dpns

: Andean Treasure. Yum.

The reason I've been MIA for a while is that last weekend, my friends Julie, Shawn and Mia killed the two hogs they've been raising for the last six or seven months. For the veggies out there, I'm sorry for the brutality of that sentence, but this is a way of life down here. I went out to Kentucky early on Friday to help out and stayed the whole weekend. I took a TON of pictures... it was a really incredible experience and one that I was infinitely glad to have been a part of. I have so much respect for the way of life here, and feel that now that I've participated in this process, I can eat meat (or at least pork) with a sense of responsibility. I want to put a slideshow up on Flickr with descriptions for people who are interested in how it works, but I'm still trying to find a way to do that without grossing out people who don't want to be grossed out. Some of the photos are, admittedly, pretty hard to look at. In the meantime, I'll leave you with this:

This is the sun, finally coming over the mountains (around 9:30 or 10 a.m.) on Saturday morning, filtering through the trees and the smoke from the fire under the water barrels (you need A LOT of hot water). It was really cold Saturday morning. When we got up at 6 to start the fires, it was 5 degrees. By the time the sun hit, it was only around 25. But it was a beautiful morning (handknit socks came in very handy... I wore two pairs!).


Chris said...

Hey, I grew up on a farm, so I can relate. I've been a veg, but since I was diagnosed with celiac disease, it's oh so much more simple to eat meat, which is always gluten-free (barring marinade), while meat-free options often are gluten-filled.

Love the mitts!

mintyfresh said...

wow, speechless over that photo of the light in the trees. amazing. your weekend sounds like a lot of fun, too! i'd be interested in the photos of the pigs.

Meg said...

ooh a good old fashioned pig pickin!