Posted on December 12th, 2010 by doctorcompatto|
There is something warmly familiar and comforting about the quiet chatter of women and the clickety-clack of knitting needles. Standing or sitting huddled together in small groups, the knitters dressed in traditional Andean hats, big “pollera” skirts and draped with a “manta” or shawl, form a multi-coloured feast for the eyes. But they have more in common than crochet. These women are some of thousands in Peru who lost husbands, brothers and sons in the country’s bitter internal conflict between the Mao-inspired rebels of the Shining Path rebels and state forces in the 1980s and 90s.
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Posted on November 1st, 2010 by doctorcompatto|
Every Thursday, us gals at Compatto Yarn Salon gather together around a warm fire, drink hot cocoa and eggnog, and knit ourselves up a storm. We have a brilliant idea. You should join us! This month, instead of asking for donations to support our lovely knitting teachers, we will be implementing a pot-luck style, gift-bartering system which you are welcome to partake in, or not. (that is to say, bringing a home-cooked dish is not an obligation).
Last month, Juniper and Chanterelle, our knitting teachers, taught the group how to knit a lovely Winter Tam. The Winter Tam pattern is now available on the Patterns page. Also, Juniper's Tam pattern is featured in this month's "Knitter's World" magazine, available at news stands everywhere, all over the world. Please pick up a copy and peruse it at your leisure. We've been brainstorming ideas for this month's cardigan project, and we're thinking entrelac, color-variegation, and lace galore. (Cables were also suggested, but the idea was unwound at the last minute.)
Come share patterns, hot chocolate, knitting horror stories, yarn-says, and whatever else you fancy.
Tell your friends and knitting folk!
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