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Monthly Archives: May 2010

  • Fantastic Feedback

    One of the best things about sharing stories in our newsletter is reading the amazing feedback we receive. After reading The Wonder of Knitting, Lois O. wrote a touching email to author Michelle Edwards. She has given us permission to share her fantastic note with you. Thank you, Lois, for your letter and your fantastic outreach work.

    KnittingI read your memo on the Lion Brand site, and it put a lump in my throat.

    I learned to knit at and early age, and was taught by my Grandmother.  I fell in love with knitting, and over several years, made several afghans, hats scarves, etc, most of which were given away to friends and relatives.  Someplace along the line I quit knitting, as it seemed like work, instead of having fun.  After turning the ripe old age of 55, I joined an organization that matches senior citizens with needs of the community.  Everything from knitting , crocheting, making quilts, calling daily to check on seniors, reading to children-and the list goes on.

    The organization is called RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program).  They ask citizens, companies, yarn shops etc. to donate yarn, and each skein is turned into something not only useful but needed.  I remember being asked if I would like to help start a knitting group.  Why I answered yes, I do not know but it has turned out to be one of the best things not only in my life but many others as well.

    We started out with 3 women, we now have about 12 that consistently come every Wednesday morning-sometimes more-as we squeeze a little closer and always make room for another.  We have become a group that not only is doing something for someone else-WE ARE HAVING FUN!  We knit, talk, and of course eat, as someone always brings treats.  We have been through the highs and lows together-from new grandchildren, surgeries, and death.

    As you can imagine we have laughed and cried together, and from all this we have become like a family-and all due to our love of knitting.  I would love to tell someone who is saying gee I always wanted to kit, but I'm either too old, or I wouldn't have time-to just give it a try!  It may the best thing you could not only do for yourself, but be able to pass some love on to someone you not only don't know, and probably never will. What a joyous thing!!  I will think of you looking out your window when I pick up my needles, with a smile on my face.

    With love to you, and all the knitters who make a difference in this world of ours, and they probably don't even know it.

    - Lois

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  • Turning Industrial Yarn Spools Into Light Fixtures

    I think that one of the fun things that happens when you work in the yarn industry is that you start developing a real affinity for vintage yarn-related tools and machines, and when you see them, you get excited. Two years ago, Jack and I were up at the Knit & Crochet Show in Manchester, New Hampshire (a show we will be again attending in July!), and one of the coolest parts of that trip was all of the vintage knitting and yarn machines found in restaurants, stores, and hotels as decorative items.

    It's always amazing to me to see how people use these old tools in new ways, so while I was browsing one of my favorite eco-design blogs, I was happy to see these yarn spools, used for dyeing yarns, recycled into lighting fixtures!

    Designed by Italian company, Re+, they reuse these yarn spools (which are made of 100% recyclable plastic) as the light's casing and come with LED bulbs that last 40,000 hours! How cool is that!

    Via Inhabitat.

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  • Quick Poll: Where Do You Craft?

    We've heard great stories about crafting at home and on the go. Where's your favorite place to knit or crochet?

    Personally, I love to craft on the train to and from work. It's great to be productive during my downtime, and it's so fun to chat with other knitters and crocheters I meet on the train.

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