I don’t generally post more than once a day, but I couldn’t resist this one. As I was reading a blog that I follow, http://divineknits-infiknit.blogspot.com/ she had a post entitled “You collect what…?” a discussion of the various types of collections that people gather and what each of these types of collectors are called. That post sent me back a bit. As a kid, I collected postcards when we traveled which was not varied and involved an annual trip to a mountain retreat and a spring or fall trip to the Outer Banks for a camping. Then in my late 20’s, I took up snow skiing and those trips were more varied, we wore knit caps on our heads then instead of helmets, and I started collecting the little souvenir pin badges from each ski resort and wore them on my knit hat. The postcards are long gone, the badges might still be stashed in a drawer, but I no longer buy them when we go to a different resort.
But I do collect, functional but beautiful things now. I do not want clutter about our home, but I love handmade items, so our home is a collection of hand thrown pottery, functional items. All of our dishes, mugs, service pieces, canisters and crocks to make pickles or hold cooking utensils are pottery. As well as candle holders, pitchers and platters.
I also collect baskets, many that I made, or were made for me by a friend that I crafted with, several that are ones purchased by artisans in organisations that are attempting to aid poorly compensated artisans to a fair wage. But they don’t just hang around, they are used lovingly to gather produce or eggs from the farm or to store fiber and yarn.
And I can’t forget the fiber and yarn that I spin and knit into beautiful garments to wear or gift.
Life is good on our mountain farm.