The Barter System

by marilynk

I wish the whole world could run on the barter system. No, this isn’t going to be a 99% rant, but there is something so very appealing about trading one’s skills or the product of one’s skills for things that you need. Apparently this woman is living it: she hasn’t used money in 15 years! I don’t think that’s a possibility for me, but I think there are little ways that we can introduce bartering into our lives that would help all of us with our bottom line.

As you guys know, I’m a little under-employed at the moment. It’s good for my health, but not so great for my budget. I still want to be able to eat local food and support local producers, but the market is definitely more expensive than the grocery store (and also tastier). Volunteering with EOGG has helped with the budget since I’m able to get a lot of my produce there, but I still need bread and while I’ve made a loaf or two in my life…my bread just isn’t as good as Owen’s.

Owen is my bread guy at Prairie Mill. He’s all kinds of awesome and when I suggested trading knitting for bread, he was all over it. He had commented once on some fingerless gloves I wore, so I suggested making him a pair – handy for working open air markets on crisp days. Owen agreed and trusted me with choosing a pattern and yarn that would be warm, interesting, and sufficiently manly.

The pink is placeholder yarn for the thumb.

I chose Paton’s Shetland Chunky Tweeds in Charcoal which is a nice dark grey with flecks of yellow and white. For the pattern, I chose Dashing from knitty.com (all patterns on the site are free). The pattern knits up nice and quick and I was able to deliver the gloves to Owen on the last outdoor day of the City Market. They haven’t seen a lot of use, since the market is inside over the winter, but Owen is really happy with them and his wife is getting a pair in brown. This little trade is going to keep me in yummy carbs for quite some time!

Do you see the delicious bread?!

Glad you like them and sorry I cut off your head, dude!

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