The Genius Of The Place.

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A Pomo basket,  Wikipedia- Pomo

I have been trekking the mountain with knitting bag and baby steps (again).  There is no denying that to me the genius of the place is in the landscape’s past. A time not long ago which is so impressed by once indigenous people who lived here,  and who are so close in time relative to the existence of humans, that I nearly feel their presence like a faint breeze tickling the hairs on the back of my neck.

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Wappo Woman,  Wikipedia -Wappo

Then let me be blown through with the breezes of the past, feeling the presence of those who’s arrowheads I have found several of, and I will find my way with wool instead of water plants of the banks of the tidal Napa River.

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Wool to make a sturdy practical thing.   Inspired by the local tribes which wandered Northern California ~~ the Wappo, Pomo and Lake Miwok have walked over the very saddle of the ridge and rested quite possibly where our house now stands, in the shade among Redwoods, Douglas Firs, and many species of Oaks. Two of three arrowheads I have found, I have posted on two occasions here  and here.

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felted in two cycles of a hot wash in machine

It is said that the Mayacamas mountain range where I live was named by the Wappo tribe “Maiya’ kma” said to mean “howling mountain lion”.  I live close to the border on the map between the Southern Wappo and the Pomo, and near the Miwok too, where the black glass obsidian volcanic rock comes from to make the arrowheads.  As I walk the contours of the mountain over the years I have come to understand the paths a bit, how the animal traffic goes, where the old roads that have grown over are, how the watershed goes and up at the top how the rock cuts up through the soil like teeth. Up there you can look to the east and see Napa Valley or to the west and see Sonoma Valley.

tribes of Napa, Lake County & Sonoma

The wildfire that came through here two years ago has created a lot of mess with the trees, but in a blink it will again be as before. I must be patient through the seasons, and understand the mountain as these hunter-gatherer, epic trekkers,  & basket weavers did.  Anyway, I am happy to be finding my way through the new bag designs, and the pattern is written, so soon will I be finished!

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See all posts with new projects of Maiya’ kma bags & baskets HERE. 

Fourteen Days . . .

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I am sharing all that I am ‘making’ through the holidays (and other noteworthy things going on).  Fourteen days left, and three hand-made gifts finished, with several more to go. A scarf much like ‘ribbon candy’ in wintergreen and licorice, made from some old yarn I can’t even remember what it is. Here, a quite roomy felted satchel made of stashed tweed wool o’ the Andes, and which has two thick 5-stitch icord straps.  The very artful steel cut & welded ‘coat’ hanger my brother made. It is a daffodil bulb,  and is mounted right at the doorway.

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Now, the Lovers Of Wildlife out there , you absolutely *must* see this ~~~ the pair of ravens which perch often right near our house, these are photos taken from upstairs bedroom window, literally 30 feet away from where I stood in the house (I zoomed in).  First you see Mr. Raven lone on a branch surveying his domaine, then his mate busying herself ripping some dead bark off of a dead oak branch, then she flew to him and they cuddled a while while they prattled loudly to each other, it was amazing to see such big handsome birds be so affectionate. (click first image in mosaic to go to slideshow).

They didn’t seem to mind me at all standing there photographing & admiring them. I am so grateful & lucky to live here in these woods with the ravens!

A Birthday Satchel

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What do I have here ?  A knitted & felted satchel of course. (Yes, knit almost entirely while walking.) It is a birthday present for my sister-in-law Patricia.  In mere minutes I’m going to drive up to St. Helena to meet at the Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company, where we will have our cafe latte’s and I will give it to her.  Afterward we always hit our favorite thrift shop ’round the corner.  Actually,  this satchel is completely reversible.

Happy Birthday Patricia !

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Some Felted Satchels

I have been walking.  I have been knitting while walking. A lot !  Lately, when I don’t have anything really going on, there’s always at least a knit-in-the-round project of a bag hanging on the hook as I go out the door, to sling over my shoulders, pick up the rounds, and go.   Lately I’ve made knitting bags . . .
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The yarn for this one was from my own handspun which was spun from Hazel’s wool and will be given to someone who requested a knitted lunch bag for Christmas !

 I’ve been knitting while hiking a lot, as you know, and been producing many of these satchels. They felt up well. Nearly too well in fact.  These are two of about five I’ve made in the last couple of months ~ since I’ve gone manic with the knit-walking, you know, I’ve needed them to hold yarns , often two , one slung over each shoulder.

And another…

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 I’ve posted all the bags & satchels on my projects page in Ravelry HERE

Well that’s my post for the day,

back to work making more Things Knitted !