Monday, April 7, 2008

Simple living...

Whenever I see these books about simple living with a cover showing a woman (apparently not wearing any makeup...) sitting in her white clothes on a lawn, looking over the green green hils, it always makes me laugh. That is not simple living. Simple living is wearing dark pants if you´re planning a picnic in the park, without spending the next day trying to wash the stains of, eventually give up and spend a day shopping (which I hate), trying to find another pair, you like as much. Simple living is practical, but maybe not so pretty waterproof plastic containers, you use to transport your food when you´re going to park... Do I have to continue... ?

Simple living is also trying to use whatever you have by hand, may it be yarn, food or cooking books. In this world many things circulate too quickly... Even information... Sometimes you just have to stay put, get the job done and think...




The vests are for Seth and I used yarn left from other projects and some old buttons from my grandmothers stash ( She took all the buttons of clothes before throwing them out... no she did not give them to charity, because what was left, would not be usable for anyone ). The pattern is a traditional vest, used for decades...

Now I will go and scramble a meal together of left over vedgies and what I may find from the fridge. Simply.


17 comments:

robinettehandmade said...

Beautiful vests...and I love the hangers, too!

Jen said...

I have the same reaction when I see pictures or read about so called "simple living". Linen is also another thing that pops up...linen needs to be IRONED. That is not simple!

Very nice vests. I especially love the tan one.

Thanks for the post. It made me laugh. Jen

twolimeleaves said...

Oh so true!! I am amused by the push to "sell" simple living. It's hardly a commodity and, yet, the concept seems to be just that.

maria-without-a-blog said...

exactly! i couldn't agree more.
Very nice vests - well done :)

Emma said...

So true! Love the vests, especially the green :)

Mary said...

I also have my grandmother's button stash. Like your grandma, she removed buttons from worn clothing and ran thread through the holes of a set to keep them together. Thanks for writing about this, it gave me such a warm feeling..

HanneC said...

Oh, yes buttons. I have buttons from both my mother in law an my grnadmother and they did exactly the same: Cut off the buttons of worn out clothes. Now I use the buttons for my childrens clothes an cushion-closing

obbosí said...

Those are so beautiful, I wish I could knit like this!

Line said...

these are beautiful, Mette!
I actually have a couple of these vests as well, made by my mother in white wool, which make them look more like underwear. Your variations are so cool with the colours and buttons!

Michele said...

Awesome vests - and love those hangers, too. Michele

mollie said...

so true! and i adore the vests!

tiuku said...

You have a beatiful blog! I'm here for the first time, but I'm definitely coming back.
I am too simply adoring the vests.

fliss said...

I cant agree with you more and this makes me laugh reading your post about simple living and what some people think it may represent!
My grandmother used to do the same thing with buttons, i too do it now.
I love the vests, very beautiful.

aino said...

I like your style a lot.
the vests are beautiful too.

kwillmetta said...

Mette, I love your blog, I only wish you posted more often!! Any new pottery designs to brag about? How is little Seth doing at the studio?

Rachel said...

Hello -- I'm wondering if you could suggest a source for traditional patterns, such as your vests? I would love to knit some of these for my friends' children. Thank you!

susan said...

one of my favorite memories- the button can, and running my fingers through it! looking at all the buttons that belonged to our old clothes, like a little scrap book. your knitting is so sweet. do you have a source for these traditional patterns?