This morning, I came across this interesting BBC radio program Women’s Hour discussing the economic impact women and crafting have on their economy. I’m looking forward to listening to other women discuss their experiences.
At Stitches West this year, I ended up attending a Market Session with a fellow knitter. The two of us are familiar with knitting short rows, but wanted to learn a little more about Japanese short row shaping. The session did answer our questions and we plan on getting together again to explore machine knitting.
Upon leaving the session, I accidentally discovered Darn Good Yarn http://www.DarnGoodYarn.com. A situation separated by the present transported me to a world saturated with color, print and texture. Darn Good Yarn is “made from reclaimed sari silk at a co-op in India that empowers women.” This endeavor supports 300 families, plus 25,000 lbs of waste is saved each year.
Nicole, Founder, Maggie, Vice-President and Jessica, Community Manager are helpful, willing to answer questions, knowledgeable about the product, free w/purchase pattern support for the yarn, and are enthusiastic about their endeavor.
I’ve started knitting a shrug, and plan on knitting “Adventure Cardi” designed by Denae Merrill with reclaimed chiffon.
This weekend, my neighbor and artist, Joan Harvey http://www.joanharvey.com participated in Open Studio 2014. Walking up a black top driveway hidden behind a sliding garage door appeared an eclectic ensemble of women. Women of our time, your time, and their time expressed by creating a visual narrative through the absence of facial features, the presence of fashion and style.
Conversing with Joan inspired me to participate in Open Studio next year!