Perhaps you’ve heard a bit about what I have done, but don’t know the whole story and what to know more?
As I walked the fairgrounds at the Woodstock Fleece & Fibre Festival in Ontario this weekend, I was reminded that the reason I chose to do this was to raise awareness about the availability of Canadian sourced materials. We are fortunate enough to have a very diverse range of wool products available to us as knitters, and can choose to find things that have been source, milled or dyed right here at home.
In anticipation of my launch this coming Thursday, I’ve decided to release some excerpts from the book’s introduction, which will provide some insight as to how I came to this decision, and why I chose to do it…
Over the years, I’ve met some very wonderful people in the Canadian knitting community. I have been fortunate enough to have been asked to design for yarn companies, local shops and even a magazine.
One day I was sitting alone, wanting to knit, but unsure of what to make next. I opened the small cabinet where I store my yarns and dug around for something to inspire me. What I found instead was a train of thought that simply wouldn’t stop.
I picked up a ball of extremely colourful wool that had been hand dyed in Canada, cast on a few stitches and began to explore.
I realized that in the effort to create the right texture or shape for that particularly busy yarn, more ideas than I ever could have expected were flowing from me. That single ball of yarn contained all the ideas for this book.
The theme became clear: Canadian-dyed yarn. I wanted to use yarns that had been lovingly crafted with care regarding their source and their impact on the world, while exploring new ideas about shape and surface. These yarns could all be found not too far from home.
I’ve chosen to focus on the amazing small businesses that have worked hard to create more ecologically sound practices. The dyers whose yarns I have featured care about our environment; each is making a conscious, mindful effort to promote an industry that reduces pollution significantly by using fewer chemicals or inventing techniques that use less water. There is a great deal of focus on innovation, sustainability and maintaining the integrity of the fibre used to create their yarns.
It is with great pride that I present this series of pieces designed using the creations of some truly outstanding people.