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Great times in Alberta

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Paul Brandt’s lyrics in his song Alberta Bound talk about the Rocky Mountains, black fertile ground, big blue sky, coal mines, farmer’s fields, Chinook winds, redneck roots, and dusty boots. He doesn’t mention oil jacks, railroads, trestle bridges, wind farms, feed lots, friendly people and crowds of enthusiastic knitters.   But then Paul probably didn’t know about the knitters. Alberta women knit; there is no doubt about that. Barb, at Edmonton’s River City Yarns told me that 20 million American women golf and 88 million (my memory) knit—the proportion is probably greater than that in Alberta. At our first stop...

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Thanks to the yarn shops

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Yarn shops are a key to the revival of the knitting culture. In each shop we have visited there are one or two amazing women that are making it happen. We were first introduced to what I think is the new face of knitting in Canada when we met Darlene and Alanna from Top Drawer in Prince George. They have built a vibrant knitting community in a tiny upstairs corner of an old building that is bulging with yarn and handworking tools and brimming with enthusiasm, friendship, creativity, and the promise of more and better things to come. We found...

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