The Seascape scarf reminds me of the water flowing over rocks and stones in the riverbeds. And the ebb and flow are like the stories Dora writes about - life ebbing and flowing.
—Cheryl Anne Rector, knitter
Looking for an innovative way to showcase Canadian women writers? Why not pair them up with Canadian women knitters?
That's what Canada's independent publishers have done. Every year they organize a national book tour called FICTIONistas.
This year, they have paired each author up with a knitter. So during the tour, each author models a handknit article of clothing created by her knitter and designed to reflect the book.
The event is called FictionKNITstas and it's making its way across Canada. There are two Winnipeg authors featured in the Winnipeg event: Faith Johnston, author of The Only Man in the World and Dora Dueck, author of What You Get at Home.
SCENE asked Dueck and her Calgarian knitter Cheryl Anne Rector to describe the experience:
Cheryl Anne Rector
Cheryl Anne Rector holding Lily of the Vally scarf and Dora Dueck wearing Seascape scarf (Eunice Sloan)
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dora's book What You Get at Home
and the inspiration for the knitted pieces came from the women in the stories, as well as the water - rivers, lakes, and creeks.
scarf reminds me of the water flowing over rocks and stones in the riverbeds. And the ebb and flow are like the stories Dora writes about - life ebbing and flowing.
The Lily of the Valley Estonian
scarf was knit as a nod to the European women whom Dora writes about in her book. These women are strong and occasionally need a hug, and that's what this shawl represents - a hug even for a strong woman.Dora Dueck
Collection of stories by Dora Dueck: "What you Get at Home" (Turnstone)
The scarves Cheryl Anne Rector created in response to my collection of stories are simply gorgeous.
They are light and delicate and seem almost impossibly intricate to someone like me who is not much of a handcrafter! (Cheryl tells me they're knit with a weight known as laceweight, which is very fine.)
scarf is done in pale teal - one of my favorite colors for how it hints at both blue and green - with a wave pattern that evokes the migrations and travels in some of the stories.
The Lily of the Valley
scarf/shawl in white reminds me of the story set in the prairie foothills and of course connects to the story entitled White
. And, with "home" being a theme throughout the collection, everything about this lovely white shawl wraps me in "home."The Winnipeg event for FictionKNITstas takes place on Friday May 31, 7 p.m. at McNally Robinson Booksellers.
Related: Dora Dueck explains why she writes