Book Review, Finished Object, and Giveaway!
Betsy Greer describes how she came to knitting, how it became meditative for her, and then the possibilities just kept expanding. The result is Knitting for Good. Divided into three sections: Knitting for Yourself, Knitting for Your Community, Knitting for the World, Betsy intersperses her own analysis and research with many interviews of widely known indie crafty people.
Several patterns are included as well, great for assisting the knitter to dive into the world of charitable crafting. This fun baby jacket(Ravelry Link), the Mossy Jacket by Fawn Pea, is one of the patterns. I used the recommended yarn, buttons from the button stash I posted about a few days ago, and a merino blend for the border. Other patterns include a hat, reversible scarf, dog bed, vest, and a really charming stuffed lion.
The author’s tone is down-to-earth and friendly, as if you were chatting with a really well-informed friend. Knitting for Good is about being an agent for change in your own mindset as well as in the world. No matter how humble a beginning that first cast-on stitch is, Betsy shows how it can be transformed into an act of social justice. And in the process, knitters continue a craft handed down from their foremothers, while the threads of creation, creativity, and generosity are unbroken.
I’ve been inspired by Knitting For Good. It’s a reminder that as much as I enjoy needle arts as a way to show my family and my friends how much I love them, I also need to share that love with others, especially others in need. This year I’ve been trying to sew up some extra baby items when I make gifts for friends or for my nephew. I hope to have a box at the end of the year that I can bring to a local women’s group to distribute to new moms in need.
Finally the giveaway! In the spirit of Knitting For Good, I am giving away a copy of the book to one reader in the United States. Simply comment on this post and include a thought or idea on how you can be a knitter for good.