I also had an opinion piece come out on the CBC:
Snow removal-more precisely, lack of snow removal-carries hidden costs
and today we are having a blizzard warning, so it seemed like great timing.
I also was quoted in a Winnipeg Free Press article, called Wool Warriors:Knitters use their craft to campaign for change. The online version is different from the one in the newspaper...the paper actually features a photo of me as well! I was proud to see the focus on knitting as an activist enterprise, full of political and social repercussions...and it linked in nicely to what I heard at Ram Wools when I visited the yarn shop a couple of days ago...the campaign to provide handknit woollies (and other warm clothes) for newcomers to Canada has reached something like 1800 pieces, very nearly reaching its goal of 2000 items. Another way knitting makes positive change for the world.
I'd even managed to deliver more skeins of handspun to Ram Wools--they are selling some of my yarn, which is great, because it boosts their locally made products AND helps me empty out some of my stockpile. (I've been spinning while watching the boys play in the basement playroom after school. It helps me sometimes catch their fights and keep them from killing each other...)
(L to R: Naturally brown 2 ply Shetland, Brown Sheep wool mill ends/brown wool/blue soysilk and blue mohair, white skein is one ply of Romney/Texel wool, plied with commercial cotton/viscose yarn which holds in bits of shell colored silk waste thrums)
Yesterday, I noticed that the twin sweater I knit in November was already unravelling at the neck edge where a strand of the yarn had broken already. I caught it quickly and managed to re-knit a new edging before the whole sweater unravelled. (Note: Use more hearty yarns to make little boy sweaters next time...)
It was foreshadowing. We got home yesterday, had lunch together, and I put both boys down for a well-deserved nap. By 2:30, the first kid was wide awake and screaming...and the stomach bug was back, with a vengeance. I was up nearly all night with the second kid while he was ill. So, you know, just when things seem awesome and I'm too big for my britches, it is an important time to stay humble. Cause there were at least three sets of bedding to change, and kids to mop up and comfort. Cause this part, the virus part, is real life, and the other stuff? Not nearly as likely to happen again any time soon... Oh well.
If you're local, this yarn might be waiting for you at Ram Wools on Portage Ave...but maybe wait until tomorrow, when the winds and snow die down and the yarn shop opens again?!