Black Friday

What an apt name. Following up, or nowadays finishing off, a day of thanks, with hysterical retail consumption is "black" indeed!

The way we spend money in our society sends very powerful messages to businesses large and small all over the world. I think of every dollar as a ballot that carries with it a kind of montetary vote for (or against!) the environment, society, international relations, human rights, animal welfare, the list goes on and on.

Earlier this week I "voted" for a project called The Shepherd and The Shearer - a limited edition of 200 Sweater Kits.

I discovered it on Kate Davie's blog and she does such a great job explaining it I refer you to her site to read all about it! (Not saying I won't go on and on about the knitterly goodies in the kit in future posts!)

What pushed me to invest in the kit (and it is an investment!) is that I will end up with an exciting and unique knitting project and hopefully an heirloom knit that will last and last but in doing so I will also directly support...
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Humane Animal husbandry
  • Small Businesses
  • Women who work in these areas
  • Our local (North American) economy
I feel good about that and, of course great about looking forward to

  • Knitting the Aran Sweater My Beloved has been asking for
  • Working on an Aran that Kate Davies designs - no doubt it will be great looking and authentic.
  • Casting on with the yarn that from the outset will be designed as a spectacularly woolly wool - my current yarney obsession.
So while it may be a bit cloudy here today there's will be no "black" in my Friday - in fact thinking about this project and looking forward to a yarn tasting tonight has me feeling quite sunny!

Thanks so much for dropping by!


Acorn to Oak said...

Sounds like a great vote to me! There'll be no black in my Friday either. I wouldn't want to vote for such craziness.

StitchyAlli said...

Yay! So happy to know someone who has ordered this kit! Sadly, with the expense of our recent move, this is out of the cards for me but I'm hoping to purchase one of the extrar books when they have them available. I look forward to hearing all about your progress when you get started!