When music, dance, and amazing athleticism come together, there is nothing more beautiful to watch. Of course, if the location is Boston, and the music is Irish, it's got to be special. Sheer entertainment!
At the women's college I attended, everyone knit, everywhere: in class, in the dorms, at the movies, in the pub. For years after college, I would seek out the most interesting yarns I could find, in local shops or at craft fairs, or while traveling, and I'd make scarves and sweaters and even blankets. And then, as my eyes began to age, I just stopped knitting.
The Pussyhat Project rekindled my knitting passion. I planned to go to the Women's March in Washington DC in January, and wanted to make pink pussyhats for my group. My cousin Sandra and I knit our first hats on Thanksgiving weekend, and I kept on knitting. Somewhere around hat #15, I discovered that my friend and neighbor Jane had been knitting hats, too. We got together one morning to knit, and realized we'd both like to be part of a group that met each month to knit or crochet items for donation to those in need in our community (or to work on our own projects). Jane asked Bead + Fiber, a shop in our neighborhood, to host, and the owner enthusiastically agreed. Wherever you live, check with your local yarn shop, as there are knitting groups everywhere. There's something both comforting and motivating about gathering around a communal table to knit, like a book group without the homework.
Our brand new group, Knit for Good, meets the first and third Wednesday of each month from 3-5 p.m. at Bead + Fiber in Boston's South End, and all are welcome; please email me for details (instruction available for new knitters; 10% off yarn and supplies for Knit for Good members).
At a Massachusetts Innovation Nights entrepreneur showcase a few years ago, my husband Ted learned about Project Repat, an organized based in Fall River. Read their story: how two young men started a T-shirt repatriation project in Kenya, how it failed as a business back in the US, how their customers inspired them to create T-shirt blankets by paying fair wages to immigrant women in Fall River, Mass. Not only do they produce a quality product; they are helping to support local economies, to reduce the amount of fabric waste that would other end up in landfill, and to create keepsakes that are practical and beautiful. This blanket is the second one Ted made. I love that his favorite T-shirts are preserved, and that the Polartec fleece backing is also made from recycled materials. A win for the environment, and a win for the community. Check them out (a fantastic gift idea).
Is it enough to tell you that I sat transfixed by this extraordinary 48-minute video, and at the end, I believe something clicked in my head that might change the course of my work and my life? Jonathan Fields, host of The Good Life Project, interviews Debbie Millman, creator of the award-winning Design Matters podcasts and author of Self-Portrait as Your Traitor. Please pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, and settle in. (Thanks to Brain Pickings for sourcing this.)
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