IF you have not seen it yet, check it out: Peace Fleece .
It is a company started by a husband and wife Peter Hagerty and Marty Tracy in 1985. They started by buying wool from the Soviet Union in hopes of helping to diffuse the threat of nuclear war by trade. Now with the same goals of promoting peace through common work they buy from farmers all over the world.
I just received a yarn card I ordered and the colors are beautiful. They have several products for which the proceeds go directly to "NeveShalom/Wahat al Slamm "Oasis of Peace," a Palestinian/Israeli Village in Israel committed to resolving conflict on a daily basis". They have more information on this village at their website.
I ordered a few skeins to try out. MaryLee and I found the company through Sweaterscapes when I was showing her the caped cardigan:
She is hiring me to make her a cardigan, and although it turns out I will not be making the one above, she immediately wanted one made out of Peace Fleece yarn.
In the film department I have another recommendation for a movie which really moved me:
Everything is Illuminated.
"A young American Jewish man begins an exhausting quest -- aided by a naive Ukranian translator - to find the righteous gentile woman who saved his grandfather when his small Ukranian village (along with most of the populace) was obliterated during the Nazi invasion of Russia in 1941"
While it may sound just plain sad, the acting is wonderful. Yes, there is plenty of tears to be shed, but also laughter - and quite a bit of it.
Here's the boy for whom the sweater will be large enough that he should be able to wear it until he turns, ohhhh I'd say 15 maybe even 16 (my skills in math leave a bit to be desired):
Not the most flattering picture, but he refused to smile!
Up until about 4 days ago this boy would rather run around naked than don ANY piece of clothing.
Suddenly, he gets out of bed and gets fully dressed!
Shorts first - he has a few favorite pairs, these being top of his list, he calls them hisbrand-new shorts.
I don't know why,they were a pair of pants I cut off in desperation when we were out and about and he had an accident. It was too hot for pants and I had no clean shorts in the back-pack.
Next comes the shirt, he's real into the tank-tops - no surprisein this heat.
The belt goes over the shirt, cinched tightly over his cute little belly - rather high in my estimation.
Next the socks and rain boots. Note the socks pulled up allllll the way? Very important as I learned yesterday through a fifteen minute crying jag when I helped him put them on. Of coarse he would go entirely without socks if I did not insist he wear them. I absolutely refuse to go through a fight about stinky boots because he walks around in this heat sockless, NO WAY. Lastly snow gloves.
Sometimes he adds a warm weather hat or Darth Vadar helmet. Also, occasionaly his chainsaw goggles.
I Love It! The imagination and individuality of childhood is amazing.
No wonder so manyparents are accused of trying to relive their own childhood through their children, you just can't help youself.