For World-Wide Knit in Public Day

Go forth with your needles and hooks

Work your wool in a public place!

Declare to all that you are one with

animal husbanders, spinners, lovers of handmade

sweaters and hats and mittens

and all things created with your two hands

to clothe and warm this naked, fragile race.

Welcome Blankets–Welcoming In, Not Walling Out

Thirty-two hundred blankets.  That is how many blankets are needed to create a length of warm, welcoming yarn as long as the concrete wall planned by Trump:  2000 miles of wall.  The 40″ x 40″ blankets knitters and crocheters are making will be displayed at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago beginning July 17th, so the needles are clicking away across the country right now. After the display of protest ends on December 17th, the blankets will be distributed to resettlement organizations for refugees and immigrants.  If you want to participate, check out their site Welcome Blanket.

World-Wide Knit in Public Day–Saturday, June 10th

Save the date to join us on the sidewalk at Love.Yarn.Shop. for World-Wide Knit in Public Day.  Starting at 11:00, we’ll be knitting or crocheting street-side!  Bring your chair, lunch, and project.  I’ll provide lemonade/iced tea and cookies.  We’ll move indoors if it rains.  See you then!

Mother’s Day = NH Sheep and Wool Festival!

For many of us, the summer of fiber festivals is heralded in by the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival in Deerfield on Mother’s Day weekend, May 13th and 13th.  I look forward to the lobster rolls, also first of the season for me, as much as I look forward to reconnecting with my favorite dyers, admiring the animals, and keeping my eye out for something new and unusual.    We’ll be carpooling from Love.Yarn.Shop. at 9:00 on Sunday morning.  Call to reserve a space in one of the vehicles.  If you haven’t been to this festival before, check out this year’s booklet on their website.

Knit Hats for the Science March on April 22nd

The Pussy Hat project was so successful that a number of scientists who are knitters (or knitters who happen to be scientists?) have designed hats, headbands, and armbands with symbols that reflect their field.  You can find them here.  Here’s a link for information about the March for Science on April 22nd.  However, other marches are being held more locally in Lancaster and Concord.

As the snow melts, trash begins appearing on our roadsides, and I remember the Keep America Beautiful campaign which was so vocal in my childhood to counter the litter problem.  Every Earth Day, local groups–church youth groups, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts–would walk the roads picking up trash.  So while walking, or marching, don’t forget a receptacle to pick up the trash you pass.

2nd Annual Great Northern Yarn Haul: Knitters on the map!

Plans for the 2nd Annual Great Northern Yarn Haul are in the works.  Thus far, 22 shops will be participating.  Unfortunately one shop, White River Yarns, closed, but we have picked up 7 new shops, including What a Yarn in St. Albans, Scratch in Lebanon, Ewe-forium in Newport, Mountain Fiber Folk in Montgomery Center, The Yarn Sellar in York, and Whippletree Yarn Shop in Woodstock.  Check out Great Northern Yarn Haul’s Facebook page to keep updated.

Needle Felting: Anyone can do it!

It’s not all about knitting and crocheting.  There is needle felting, too.  Needle felting is when you use a barbed needle to poke unspun wool into a desired shape.  If you search on line, especially Pinterest, you will see beautiful examples of needle-felted figures, usually animals.  I can’t guarantee your needle felted sheep will look as good as those, but I can guarantee that you’ll leave the class with one.  We’ll be needle-felting on Saturday, April 8th, from 10:30-12:00.  $10 covers the materials and instructions.

Another testimony to the importance of creative work

Although we have read many articles about how knitting reduces stress and creates a sense of well-being, this Guardian article by a doctor about how being creative drew her out of her depression and continues to be an important part of her balancing the work in her life, is a personal testimony that speaks to anyone in the medical field.  As busy as she is, she makes a little time every day to be creative, whether knitting, writing, or drawing.

The rise in popularity of “paint and sips” makes me think that there are many people who have written off their creative talents– “I can’t draw.  I’m not creative.” — but who, in fact, feel a need to create and feel safe in a class where everyone is doing the same painting.  The arts at all levels, and our ability to participate in them, define who we are as a society.  Let’s celebrate and support them in our communities by attending public performances, classes, art shows, and by making time every day “to knit four rows.”


Nesting Balls—Encouraging Birds in Your Backyard

As the snow begins to melt, we are turning our minds to pulling down the bird feeders and planting seeds.  However, there is no need to turn our minds completely from our feathered friends.  Soon they will be making their nests and you can assist them by hanging roving-filled nesting balls from the trees in your backyard.  Nesting balls should be filled with natural fibers:  roving, 3” pieces of natural woven fibers, feathers, fur, and straw all make good stuffing for the nesting balls. You don’t want synthetic material, nylon, long pieces of yarn or string, dyed materials, or dryer lint.  Love.Yarn.Shop. has nesting balls filled with wool roving for sale for $8, and assuming the birds don’t take the ball itself, they are refillable.

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