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The Holy Flame Burns in Vancouver

The Olympic Games are always an important thing to me, but most especially the Winter Olympics.  I watched the last parts of the Opening Ceremony last night live after I returned home from work, including the double lighting of the cauldron — once in BC Place, and the second time the actual outdoor urn on the waterfront, done solo this time by Wayne Gretzky.

The Olympic Flag will fly over my store, Harper’s fine Art and Photographs, in Desire region until the games close in about 16 days, and this replica of the Vancouver torch will burn inside the store.  May its holy flame, symbol of aspiration, peace and the striving for excellence, inspire us all both in world and beyond the Grid.

RL Knitting/Crochet Project for WWII Veterans

We pause our regularly scheduled ramblings about Second Life to bring up a project you might be interested in doing in the Real World, if you knit or crochet.

The National World War II Museum in New Orleans has served as the base of operations for a knitting and crochet project.  “Knit Your Bit” (a slogan borrowed from wartime morale/propaganda posters) supplies scarves to veterans of the war, patterned on colors and themes of the period.  There are three different patterns currently available; I’m hoping a fourth will come out sometime this summer or early fall.  If you are interested in getting some fiber into your non-SL time, check out the page at the Museum and pick up the patterns.  (You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader or a similar compatible program to read the files.) When you complete your work, send the scarf to the Museum; they will donate it to a Veterans Center somewhere in the country for passing on to one of the men who would like or could use it.

I’m doing the 2007/Year Two pattern, the “V for Victory,” myself, as it’s most within my skill level.  (I haven’t tried multiple colors yet, though these scarves might be a good way to get going on that slightly more advanced method.)  The V for Victory is very simple, and doesn’t require any knowledge of cabling — the knitting technique for creating “raised” patterns in knitwork; this is simply knit-and-purl all the way through, and is quite attractive.

While on the Museum’s page, read on down and find out some of the history of knitting and fiber arts during the wartime period.  There’s quite a bit of interest in researching this among historians, fiber crafters, and re-enactors of the WWII period, and you can also find exhibits/artifacts at such places as the sites of the Imperial War Museum and the Canadian War Museum.  (Our WWII Museum doesn’t have a list of artifacts available online at this time that I can find.)

This would be a nice thing to begin, especially with Memorial Day and the 65th anniversary of D-Day coming up.  Why not get involved and Knit Your Bit?

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