Author: Jessica Jones
I have never been good at the side of retail that requires me to think about Christmas in May, or to think about "Summer Knitting" in January, but my yarn reps are good about nudging me. They call me up in December and ask me when they can stop in to show me all the new Summer yarns their company is releasing.
What I should say is "Yes, I'm ready. When will you be traveling this way?"
What I actually say (while three people are waiting to be rung up, two people are waiting for gift ideas, and another two people are waiting for me to sit and knit with them) is...
"I can't even begin to think about that until late January. Can you call me back after the holidays? (pregnant pause) Please?"
Even late January is expecting a lot from me. I mean...I'm a knitter. Winter is my TIME. You know?? Pack that cotton away with my swimsuit and give me the WOOL. But... I'm a professional (stop laughing,) so when that rep called me back after the holidays, I made the appointment. We met this week and my thoughts, like one of Pavlov's reliable pups, turned to Spring and Summer knitting.
This brings me to Silky Wool.
Silky Wool has been a favorite in the shop for years. Everyone loves it. I have 7 or 8 skeins of it in my yarn cabinet for a sweater I've been wanting to knit for months, but those thick, woolly, seasonally appropriate yarns are too seductive when the weather is - February.
Nevertheless, here we go with some project ideas that I've been kicking around for this heavenly, multi-season yarn...
Each image is a link to the pattern's Ravelry page.
If you saw our newsletter that went out today, you may have noticed that we are discontinuing Silky Wool at the shop.
So, why all the love for this yarn?
Because it deserves it. It's a wonderful yarn and we will happily special order it for anyone who wants to work with it in the future. We just can't continue to stock a yarn that changes its palette every few months, leaving us with a constant rotation of a dozen colors that are no longer available to order. It's one of those pesky business decisions that the knitter in me is not happy about.
C'est la vie.
Author: Jessica Jones
I have been largely silent as the knitting and slow fashion worlds in the arena of social media have been experiencing some extreme heat. I've been feeling the topic of "diversity in craft" bubbling beneath the surface for some time and have been wondering when it might boil over. I thought maybe... Maybe we can fix this before it comes to a head. I mean, if anyone can, it's us. Right? But even we have too far to go before we make things right.
If you know to what I am referring, that is a good thing. You have at least done the work of exposing yourself to a range of cultural influences online. If you don't have a clue what I am talking about, then you are either not "online" or you should consider the fact that you may not be opening yourself up to people of color in our crafting community.
Karen Templar of Fringe Association wrote a blog post. It was naively written. It hurt many people. Her initially defensive reaction on Instagram may have caused more hurt and anger than the original post itself. And it has triggered a hell of an important conversation. One that we are having more and more frequently, especially in the U.S. One that white people should have been contributing to for many more generations than this.
But, as in the header above, I'd like to quote one of my favorite writers...