Enter stage right, WOOLN , a line of alpaca, merino, mohair, and cashmere beanies that are hand-knitted in New York by a team of senior citizen knitters. What I find particularly feel-good about this operation is the way they honor the craftsmanship these women have spent their lives honing, and they create a community around that. They give them a platform to do something they love and connect these fiercely creative and legendary New York ladies.
Think you should look into this. The idea that Margaux and Faustine were creating a team of grandmothers to knit their designs was very exciting. After knitting a sample, they welcomed me to the group. I met Faustine in Washington Square Park. I wanted her to know I knew how to knit. Knitting is a true passion.
Coming together with women of the same generation, who share a creative spirit, is a major highlight. It is a very special feeling working with young women who value and appreciate what seniors have to offer. Knitting has always been a part of my life. It brings up fond memories of the women mother, aunts, and neighbors in my past. WOOLN brings a sense of purpose to my life, and provides a camaraderie with like-minded people.
The WOOLN team is an extremely diverse group of women of different races, religions, and nationalities, but we have a few things in common: We are all crazy cool, we have all lived long and have had many life adventures which is a nice way of saying we are all old , and we love to knit. What does an afternoon knitting look like for you?
Where do you sit? Do you listen to music? Do you have tea? Or any kind of rituals when it comes to knitting? An afternoon of knitting for me might be at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee or tea.
It could also be sitting or standing at the playground while spending time with my grandchildren. I never knit a whole afternoon in the same place. I knit everywhere in my bedroom, on my terrace, on the beach, in the car, on a bench in the park, anywhere when I have a moment between my other activities.
If you could give a message to the girls who are wearing your hats, what would you tell them? I would tell the guys and gals who wear the hats I knit to run in them, dance in them, smile and laugh in them. Wear them with joy because they were made with joy.
One hat is never enough. The garments usually do not get excessively soiled so there is no NEED to put these garments into the washing machine. Then rinse with cold water and wrap in a towel to remove the excess water and dry flat. Appreciate that your hat is one of a kind, handcrafted especially for you. Share the joy of wearing our hats, give one to a friend or two. New York, as every place does, has changed a lot over the years. What was your favorite time there?
Favorite neighborhood or apartment or job? What is your favorite thing about it now? My husband was born and raised in NY and I moved here when we married. First impression — big, scary, so many people! But those were the years when businesses were closed on Sundays and we would take full advantage of the quiet streets of Manhattan. We were young and felt like the city belonged to us. When our first grandchild was a year and a half old, we gave up or house of 33 years in Queens and moved to Brooklyn to be close to our growing family.
I can happily say, it was the best move! It has been our very good fortune to be part of their day-to-day lives as they grow. I have lived in NYC a looooong time. Living in the Village in the middle of the NYU campus there is always the seasonal ebb and flow of students. I love New York city and I spend lots of time discovering new places.