“Knitting is very conducive to thought. It is nice to knit a while, put down the needles, write a while, then take up the sock again.”
—Dorothy Day (1897–1980, journalist and social activist)
The window displays at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio at 34 West 15th Street always stop me in my tracks. The great works of art, knitted from Lion Brand Yarn no doubt, captivate my attention. I am fascinated by the process, raising questions in my head. How long does the art take to create? Who does the knitting?
I admire the imagination that cooked up this display. To appropriate the iconic Rosie the Riveter poster for this admirable charity, Project Linus, was a stroke of brilliance. Rosie the Knitter is equally important today.
The association makes perfect sense. Women using their muscle, not to defeat Hitler and the Nazis, but to care for children with the blankets they knit.
Project Linus, headquartered in Bloomington, IL, takes its name from the loveable Peanuts character Linus van Pelt, whose characteristic security blanket infuriated his sister Lucy.
For someone who does not know a knit from a purl, I continue to be very impressed with the Lion Brand Yarn Studio’s creativity. I hope to bring photos of future window displays to your attention.