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Listener Essay - Resistance Knitting

Dec 12, 2017

Lynn Elliot Francis has attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Hudson Valley Writer's Center, and studied with poet, Sparrow, and the author, Martha Frankel. 

Resistance Knitting

On election night 2016, I poured myself a glass of wine and cozied up on the couch with my knitting. The local NPR station was on. In their voices I heard the same cheerful expectation in my own heart. Together, we would bear witness to an historic event: the election of the first female president of the United States.

My mother was a knitter. She made sweaters for my father, my brothers and, from the same pattern, for me. I was a reluctant recipient, never feeling they were particularly flattering. One special sweater, I lent, long-term, to my broad-shouldered college boyfriend.

  Darn Good Yarn, founded in 2008 by Nicole Snow, is a wholesaler and retailer of original recycled yarns, clothing and home goods.

Nicole, a US Air Force Veteran, decided she wanted to “unwind” with yarn and to take two of her passions in life – art and helping others – and combine them.

The result was Darn Good Yarn. The mission is simple: provide phenomenal quality fibers to enthusiasts, meanwhile helping the women of India and Nepal become autonomous and self-reliant.

Darn Good Yarn takes manufactured waste, which would normally be sent to landfills, and repurposes it to create spectacular pieces of art. All of the yarns are handmade in small batches and undergo extensive quality control.

More importantly, however, Darn Good Yarn, based in Schenectady, NY, hand-selects 300 women in Nepal and India for their skill and offers them appropriate means to support their families that not only allows them to survive, but to thrive.