This piece is bringing me in contact with so many generous people, freely giving their support (a hem, Sharon Arnold at dimensions variable), encouragement, their time, old clothes, old yarn, etc. etc. But I have to just also give a gigantic thank you to Karin Skacel Haack , the president of Skacel Collection, Inc. , a Seattle-based family business importing yarns and beautiful German crochet hooks. Karin contacted me during the making of my last project, The Silvering Path, and wanted to donate some yarn. I believe she had seen Small but Mighty Wandering Pearl, and also one of her newest designers had helped me with some beading on that project. She generously gave us a mountain of yellow yarn and other supplies. She also came for a day and crocheted. Karin and I recently got in touch again, and she again wanted to donate more yarn and asked me what else I might need for this new massive project. I told her how I have been giving away my crochet hooks to kids who come to the events, and yarn where I could, to the point it was outside of my budget. She said she’d find me some hooks too.
Well, her awesome web designer Candice, came to the Southwest Library crochet event with a giant bag of the most beautiful blue yarns, and a box of an unbelievable amount of glittery crochet hooks (yes, they have gold glitter in them, they are truly the glam rockstars of crochet hooks). Not only has she insured that I can take this piece to the scale that I would like it to be without busting my budget, but also I can make sure to pass on a crochet hook to every kid I come across.
Crochet hooks are like special wands of transformation, simple and elemental, archetypal tools that can create infinite variety through the single gesture of knotting loops inside of loops. I don’t even know how old they are…..It feels good and full-circle to hopefully keep a kid working with their hands. Handwork and reading were really the saving grace of my childhood. Someone somewhere taught me the simple gestures that have shaped my life and set my hands and mind into the motions that will probably be with me for as long as I know. Thank you Karin for such generosity.