The work of our hands is valuable, and should be valued.
Designer Terri Shea recently conducted an interesting experiment. Asked how much it cost for her to make something handknit, she decided to count and calculate the value of the time spent. She set up the project just as a consultant or lawyer might – billable hours, hourly rate, materials used.
She blogged about it here.
Jimmy Beans has kicked off their annual Beans for Brains Scholarship program. They have five scholarships for post-secondary study available for students who know how to knit, crochet or sew. More information and application details here.
The Campaign for Wool in the UK continues their wonderful wool promoting the local wool industry, and the benefits of wool. Their latest initiative, ‘Wool House‘, held at Somerset House in London March 13th to the 24th, is a showcase of all things wool. The exhibit will demonstrate the uses of wool in home decor, crafts and fashion. There will be demonstrations of everything from spinning to rug weaving to “crochetdermy“, and workshops on a broad range of topics. The event curated by renowned designer Arabella McNie.
And their initiatives seem to be working: wool is making a comeback. Sales of wool have in the UK have soared 50% in recent years, and the industry provides 5000 jobs in the UK. There are 40 fully-functioning mills in the UK, and production is up 12% – thanks in no small part to hand knitters!
The RCMP detachment in Castlegar, British Columbia, is taking an innovative approach to their in-school police liaison program.
Rugs not drugs?
Constable Rob Gardner, liaison to Twin Rivers Elementary School, has joined the after-school knitting club. Constable Gardner is learning to make a bookmark, along with other students in the school. The police liaison programs are common in schools throughout Canada, to help students become comfortable with members of the police services, and build bonds and trust. I know I feel more comfortable around fellow knitters – I bet the kids do, too!
Love this: knitter Jilly47 has taken three designs and combined them to make one brilliant lace piece. She used the basic shape and structure of Laura Nelkin’s Skywalker shawl, stitch patterns from Sivia Harding, and the TARDIS motif from Bigger on the Inside.