It is cold here in the deep freezer, today is one of those Minnesota days where the weather literally hurts.
Consequently, I’m staying inside loading video footage into the editing machine, while the cats and I are playing with yarn.
Here is some Merino wool I spun a few days ago, I wish this stuff grew on trees. Olive (the cat) agrees with me.
I think I want to make a Grecian-style one shoulder strap tank with this, and send it to my dear friend in Albuquerque. The color reminds me of the desert adobe. For now the yarn is quietly resting before I knit it up. Seriously. There are so many kinks in it from my tendency to over-spin, a hint I’m wound a bit too tight. A New Year’s resolution for me? Relax.
Meanwhile, the blue cookie-monster-looking thing underneath the yarn, is my newly knit “wooly mammoth tee shirt,” inspired by Rodarte’s famously expensive man repelling bizarre knits.
It’s made from two Be Sweet Magic Balls, which include hand painted mohair, Merino wool, and ribbon. As you knit you are constantly surprised by new texture and change. I’m a process knitter, so the experience is more important to me than the end result. Be Sweet is a very cool company to support as all the yarn is hand painted and spun by impoverished African woman who are receiving a fair ethical price for their artistry.
Be Sweet works with several job creation groups that give artisans the confidence and the means to support themselves and their families in otherwise economically depressed regions. The groups have grown to include almost 200 artisans, mostly female of the Xhosa tribe who live in Cape Town and the Eastern Cape. Many of the women now depend on the work for their survival and with the help of creative program directors, the artisans are in stable enviornments where they can earn a fair wage, learn new skills, and enjoy their work. This makes a huge difference in a person and a community.
Sounds pretty sweet to me. Trouble the wise cat, thinks so too.
In Minnesota during the winter, furry sweaters grow on trees.
Happy 2011 everyone.