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Nova Scotia knits revisited

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  Tex is brilliant at turning work into play and business trips into holidays so I decided to accompany him to his workshops in Nova Scotia. On a side note we constantly are reassessing the cost benefit analysis of our work and its impact on the environment. We both travel all over the country working to improve the energy efficiency, building practices and delivery of housing on reserves.  It sounds counterproductive to expend all that energy to save energy but we hope the changes we help implement justify the travel…there is no way of accounting. It is what we do....

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Back on the road

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Not really. I’m not going on another knitting tour. Not yet. I have to write about our 2015 cross Canada excursion before Tex and I head to England or Iceland or wherever yarn and knitting and history pull me. But it’s not only the writing that’s holding us up, I have designs at all stages of completion waiting in line to win a spot in a new book. I’m still uncertain which ones will make the final cut of six or seven. There are a couple of shoe-ins. I wasn’t finished with the cowl/infinity scarf with repetitive bands of design...

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Time to turn stitches into votes

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Making our final blankets--seriously random The Green knitters are winding down. It isn’t easy to get them to stop. Knitters love nothing more than making something that people want…that people can’t get enough of…that makes money…for a good cause. But like one woman said the other day, “It’s time now to turn the stitches into votes for Adam.”    That got me thinking, “How many stitches did we make?” Putting all the hats, headbands, scarves and blankets together my rough and very conservative estimate is…are you ready? 800,000 stitches!!!! There were more than 20 of us. Some knit a lot....

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The Rag Lady

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Sometimes you meet someone and it’s love at first sight. Or at least it’s love at first conversation. That what happened when I met the Rag Lady. She was in a crowd at a workshop and she wore a coat out of fabric I couldn't identify. I was curious but it was the grace and confidence with which both she and the coat carried themselves that drew me in.

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Rebel Designer

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I think of myself as a bit of a radical. If I were to design a garment that expressed the inner rebel of my imagination it would be deep burnt and slightly tarnished reds, rusts, golds and oranges. It would have chaotic blocks of random shapes. It would be torn and repaired, gathered and stretched with a shredded fringe around the edges. It would flow around and over and between. It would be worn as a wrap, a scarf, harem pants, a blanket… And it would double as a flag for my politics and a sail for the days I...

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