Telling Yarns

  • Why Wear Merino Wool?

    Most of the hats offered at Joining Yarns are made with merino wool. I love working with merino because its soft and luxurious, and I know it will feel cozy for my customers. But merino wool has so much more to offer than softness.⁠
  • Why Acrylic Yarn?

    When I was teaching, it was important for me to facilitate a global perspective, recognizing our connectedness beyond our immediate communities. In one such conversation, my class began talking about Toms Shoes and the good they do. I acknowledged the good, and then suggested to my students that we need to think critically about it because of the ways Toms impacts and undercuts local markets in places where they give. One of my students raised his hand and, demonstrating critical thinking, said, "Wait, Bodnar, didn't your old laptop have a Toms sticker on it?" Busted. 


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