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Knit and Crochet in the news that may be of interest to Guild members

359 newcomers to B.C’s Cowichan Valley knit 160 foot scarf!

Three hundred and fifty nine people from the Cowichan Valley on B.C’s Vancouver Island, got together make a 160 foot long scarf.  The project was the brain child of Cowichan Intercultural Society’s Francoise Moulin.  Her hope was that when the newcomers got together and knit, they would get to know one another and feel welcome into their new community.  Click here to read about the project and follow the scarf’s journey around the Cowichan Valley.

Photo courtesy of Ashley Degraff of the Cowichan News Leader

Three Bags Full, Vancouver LYS, appeals with it’s “candy store of colours

Three Bags Full (a WCKG friendly LYS) owners share their love for all things knitting with the next generation. Co-owner Francesa Pagliotti’s granddaughter Aija Tso has picked up the needles to join her grandmother & mother (and co-owner), Zoe Gee.   Aija meets up with her classmates  at Lord Strathcona elementary school for knitting club each Tuesday.  Read Vancouver Sun reporter Yvonne Zacharias’ article where she writes that “like lemonade and cookies, knitting and friendship go together.”

Photo courtesy of Ric Ernst, Vancouver Sun

Yarn Bombing in East Vancouver

While out walking along Hastings St. today I came across this bike stand.  I did a double take…it had been yarn bombed!  A great, colourful addition to the neighbourhood and just in time for spring… right down to the crocheted flowers.  If you’re near Hastings & Nanaimo Sts., check it out!

Superman, Darth Vader, Elvis and Audrey Hepburn are all immortalized in yarn!

Denise Salway got tired of knitting the same old thing, so she started knitting famous celebrities (both real and fictional) .  Never one to use a pattern, Denise just uses her imagination to create her one of a kind characters.  She says many people (NOT the WCKG!) think that only old grannies in rocking chairs knit, but she puts on rock music or solves TV crime dramas while knitting these adorable VIPs.  Have a look.

photos courtesy of the South Wales Evening Postmarilyn munroe

Ontario Knitter named “Caring Canadian” by Ontario Lieutenant Governer

Rita Gallant, 83, from Aurora, Ontario began knitting when her grandson was born prematurely and she spent hours with him in hospital.  She needed something to keep her busy so she began by knitting baby hats, and over the years has knit thousands.  She donates them to hospitals she & her husband visit on their travels.  Watch the CTV news piece about this amazing Canadian knitter.