Leonardtown does a big event on the square for Earth Day. It's a fun, family-friendly day focused on caring for our planet - taking the time to consider how our choices affect the larger community and the world. So much is about fast, cheap, and disposable. Cheaply made products are replaced rather than repaired. Flimsy clothes made in China are tossed often after less than a season. In response to this mentality we have initiatives like "reuse, reduce, recycle," and the slow food movement which is about moving away from processed foods eaten without thought, wrappers adding to the mountains of landfill.
Knitting goes hand in hand with care for the environment. As you know, there is nothing fast, cheap, or disposable about knitting. Knitting is all about taking the time to create something wonderful with your own hands. It's about the pleasure of quality materials that feel beautiful in your hands as you knit them and against your skin as you wear them. Sweaters, scarves, hats, and even socks. Think for a minute about the difference between the socks you can buy at Target and hand knit socks. Not only do hand knit socks fit my feet perfectly, they're made of wool, which means they're warm when it's cold and absorbent and breathable when it's not. Could you ever imagine replacing the heel in a Target sock? I don't think so. But a hand knit pair? Absolutely.
If you've never knit a pair of socks, it's quite amazing. It's like magic the way the parts come together, and all the different ways you can work the various parts. It's addictive, really. If you're not already a sock knitter, I encourage you to take the plunge. Our beginning sock class starts this Saturday morning. It's a great way to start the day, and a perfect way to help out the planet and indulge yourself at the same time. How often do you get to do that? Sign up, because your sock adventure awaits!