We got a note in April from Jennifer Marsh that the International Fiber Collaborative's 2009 project, "Interdependence," is complete and on display in Huntsville, Alabama. Marsh is the founder and director of the collaborative, and we invited you to participate in this project — creating a full-sized tree out of fiber — in January. Marsh reports that 7,000 handmade leaves were contributed by people from 23 countries and 39 U.S. states, including many schoolchildren. The tree's final home is to be in the Earlyworks Childrens Museum in Huntsville.
We don't know the percentage of Minnesota-made leaves, but we hope it's high! Meanwhile, we knitters celebrated a more homegrown event on April 18: our annual Yarnover. Next up is Shepherd's Harvest in Lake Elmo on May 9–10 (Mother's Day weekend!), a two-day extravaganza of sheep and wool. Our monthly May meeting is even inspired by Shepherd's Harvest: We meet Tuesday, May 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Textile Center, with a program that explores the wonder of handmade yarn. But even though you don't need to go to Alabama to celebrate fiber, we thought you'd enjoy this amazing image honoring creativity and yarn; click on it to get an even bigger picture. Happy knitting!