Border Crossings Garment Kit: BENEFIT PROJECT
***100% of proceeds from the sale of this kit being contributed to CIMA – Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción. CIMA “connects, strengthens and organizes communities to take action for immigrants’ rights in Western North Carolina.”
Originally called the "Sanctuary Shawl," the Border Crossings garment was inspired by those seeking safe haven who have to cross borders to do so. They must leave places they loved which may well have become unsafe for them. Not everyone may think they can relate to the experience of a refugee or an immigrant. Many folks may never have to cross a border in crisis. But we all may have experiences with crossing other kinds of borders: borders between one identity and another; borders between one relationship, place, or institution that has become emotionally or physically toxic for us, forcing us to move into a new territory: a space where we can be healthier, safer, be our true selves.
The Border Crossings garment can be a shawl, wrap, or cowl. Directions are included for these options (because we all have different needs of garments) as well as some optional surface decoration using beads and sari silk ribbon. All options are knitted flat with garter eyelet “borders” between lace and cabled pattern sections.
The yarns were chosen carefully to represent different parts of the world coming together: Donegal wool from Ireland; Noro Silk Garden from Japan; Mirasol alpaca blend from Peru; glass beads from Ghana; and silk sari ribbon from India. The goal was to have as many continents represented as possible (which was difficult given the limitations of the yarn industry).
- 100 grams of Noro Silk Garden Sock Solo (40% lambswool, 25% silk, 25% nylon, 10% kid mohair; 330 yards); "Brown Lights" colorway includes light self-striping Noro Silk Garden Sock instead of Solo - from JAPAN
- 100 grams Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal (95% wool, 5% cashmere, 415 yards) - from IRELAND
- 50 grams of Mirasol Qulla (merino/silk blend, 191 yards) OR Mirasol Nuna (wool/silk/bamboo blend, 191 yards). - from PERU
- several feet of Darn Good Recycled Yarn Sari Silk in ivory (for weaving through eyelets or other decorative application) - from INDIA
- a small bag of multi-sized glass beads from GHANA
- pattern with chart for lace & cable panels and written directions for the rest (including optional forms of construction)
- accompanying booklet with questions for reflection: about your family history as well as the many kinds of borders we have or will cross.
- white organza bag (holds all kit items)