Kate Davies sent along a short video (that’s it, up top) that has been on my mind all week—it’s about the concept of “hutting.” Hutting is big in Scandinavia, and has existed in Scotland since the aftermath of World War I, when city workers and war veterans both found a way to escape the city.
When we knitters hear “Carbeth,” we think pullovers and cardigans. But there’s a community of hutters in the actual place called Carbeth, Scotland—and while the charms of a small house in the forest are obvious, there’s also political philosophy at work. Here’s a bit about why little houses in the big woods can be an important way to take ownership of land in a country where the vast majority of real estate is owned by a very few people.
Naturally, the idea of a hut in the forest is wildly intriguing, so the Carbeth Hutters Community Company provides plenty of information and history. And they’ve posted their guidelines for building your own hut.
Which would be fun, wouldn’t it? Are there any knitters out there who have experience with hutting?