As I was eating breakfast and browsing Facebook this morning, an article caught my eye, and I knew I needed to share it with you. It was on an archaeology website (many of you already know that I’m an archaeology nerd), which isn’t my typical source for knitting news. The title of this article on digventures.com was “Guy Knits Jumpers Of Famous Places, Then Goes There And Wears Them” and it’s as amazing as you would hope. The fiber artist’s name is Sam Barsky, and since he started knitting 16 years ago, he has made over 90 sweaters. (I don’t know about you, but I suddenly feel like a slacker.) One of my favorite parts of the post was the statement that, “Sam realised that he didn’t have to stick to patterns, he could just knit whatever was in his head”. You guys, this is what our Boss Board is all about! We want all of our knitters to feel as confident as Sam. It also makes me happy to read an article about a male knitter that isn’t, “Men Can Knit Too!” or “Man Bucks Stereotypes, Knits Sweater”, but instead just treats him as any other (extraordinarily talented and creative) fiber person.
I’ve also been overwhelmed by the number of you who are knitting pink hats for the Pussyhat Project! I never expected it to take off the way that it has, but it warms my heart every time someone comes in looking for pink yarn. If there are any procrastinators out there (*cough*me*cough*), I’m going to try to order in some pink super bulky yarn for some last-minute hats. All of you have gotten me thinking that perhaps it’s time I took a stand myself and attended the march in Augusta on January 21st. Just now, when I typed “Pussyhat” into Ravelry under “projects”, I got 105 pages of results! That’s 105 pages of strong, confident knitters and crocheters who will not be ignored. Fiber folks are the best.
Finally, my faith in humanity got a nice boost this morning from another Facebook post, this time from Rockland Main Street. Apparently some kind soul has been tying fleece scarves (ok, so not knitting, but give me a break on this one) to lamp posts on Main Street in our town, with lovely notes. These scarves are free, and anyone in need is encouraged to take one and stay warm. This time of year, I worry for members of our community who might not have adequate winter layers. I saw a man walking down the street in shorts a week ago, and desperately hoped that it was by choice and not because he had no other clothes. If any of you know this good samaritan who is working to warm people’s hearts and necks, please give them a hug for me!