The word community comes up frequently in many areas of life and one of the things that knitters cherish is being part of a community that crosses all sorts of borders! I just received a brand new book called "Farm To Needle. Stories of Wool" It is available from Tolt Yarn and Wool and I recommend reading some of the interesting stories of where the wonderful yarns that we enjoy working with come from and who helped to get it to us! It has some featured designers and seven lovely patterns included. You can also find it on Ravelry.
I also came across another book of knitting stories and community called: "Knitting Stories; Personal essays and seven Coast Salish-inspired knitting patterns." by Sylvia Olsen. I ordered that and an illustrated children's book called "Yetsa's Sweater" also by Sylvia Olsen.The following excerpt is from Sononis.com where you can read more about it and purchase it if you are interested. Free shipping in North America!
On a fresh spring day, young Yetsa, her mother and her grandmother gather to prepare the sheep fleeces piled in Grandma's yard. As they clean, wash and dry the fleece, laughter and hard work connect the three generations. Through Yetsa's sensual experience of each task, the reader joins this family in an old but vibrant tradition: the creation of Cowichan sweaters. Each sweater is unique, and its design tells a story. In Yetsa's Sweater, that story is one of love, welcome and pride in a job well done.
The video is 52 minutes long but well worth watching....while you knit, perhaps!
Tonight I will be attending The Toronto Knitters Guild monthly meeting. This is a lot of fun and an opportunity to learn from each other and experience community! I have never seen so many people knitting in one room before:) More information is available on their website torontoknittersguild.ca.
"When you are a knitter, the world is full of friends you haven't met yet." (quote from Farm To Needle Stories of Wool.)