Meet “Free-Range”, the knitted chicken. My itch to get on a farm and have chickens continues to show itself in my reading and learning about chickens, and making “chicken” things. My paper chicken coop calendar was the start of making chicken things and now I also have a knitted hen. I just read the book, Folks, This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin, which is about how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land. This book rocked my socks off! Seriously, you need to read it. Not only is it full of truths about the food we eat, it also provides practical solutions on how to change the way we live to be better stewards of our planet. It has got me thinking about how I can change my own eating and what I do around our home and garden and to be more mindful of what I purchase and consume. It also has me fired up to grow and preserve more of my own food.
One of Joel Salatin’s big points was on how we raise meat in this country, which really has me on the hunt for grass-fed beef and free-range chickens. I have been talking to the Hubby about the book this week, and when he saw me knitting my chicken, he said we should name her, “Free-Range” which I found very fitting. (The conversation also expanded into naming our future real chickens: Free-Range Freda, Free-Ranger, etc.) Anyway, if you can’t have your own chickens yet (like me) or if you just think chickens are funny and need a soft squishy knitted one for your kids (or yourself), you can find the free pattern at Ravelry.