On October 11 I decided to build a porch. On October 15 and 16 I had a helper coming. Then it took me another 4 weeks to finish. I called it done today, November 16. I put a big album of over 100 photos online with explanatory captions. There's even a few videos. Click the next picture to go to the album.
Nature and technology feel like home, society, not so much. That's why I set myself up as a happy hermit in a tiny house in the longleaf woods of the Gulf Coastal Plain. This is where I make things. I spend very little time doing anything that isn't directly related to making something. I even get ideas for things to make from my dreams.
In 2012 I did a Small Year. My intention was to spend as little money as possible and stay home all the time. In January 2012 I bought two Spartan Aircraft aluminum caravans, 31 feet long, 8 feet wide, manufactured in 1949 and 1951.
In the spring of 2013 I completed the conversion of the 1951 Spartan into a permanent lab and laundry room. I'm keeping up the Small Year behavior. I stay within my home county and the two counties on either side of it for years at a time. I used eBay to liquidate most of my valuables I collected during the acquisition phase of my 20s and 30s. In the fall of 2014 I ventured outside my small radius to go to my 25th college reunion in Atlanta and to the Orion rocket launch in Cape Canaveral. Then in December of 2014 I decided to teach myself how to knit from YouTube Videos.
2015 started out with my house foundation failing. I fixed that in January. Then a duck hit my car and made a big dent in the fender (The duck was fine. Walked away.) I spent a lot of money on my 19 year old car and settled down for the smallest year yet, trying to make it on 60% of my usual minuscule budget.
I'm knitting or researching knitting constantly. My mother and aunts seem to want whatever I make and they cover some of the cost of yarn and knitting needles. I would like to expand my customer base in summer and fall of 2015.
I enjoy knitting because it has all the design aspects of carpentry but you can do it sitting down. You imagine in your mind what you want to make, then try different techniques to see if it comes out. But with knitting if it doesn't look right you pull the end of the yarn, wind up all the raw materials and try again! It's very gratifying.