What an inspiring story (and pics) to share with us, Isabelle.....and what an achievement in such a short time. Please keep us posted.
Isabellle, I am so happy for you that there was a positive response to your initiative. I have admired your persistence in spreading the KAS word in France for several years now. Allow me to digress and tell a little story of my own. Last November I did a yarn store crawl in Paris. Years ago, I had been an au pair in Paris and French is my third language, so I could maneuver quite easily in the local scene. In every yarn store (and I think that I visited about ten of them) I tried to engage the saleperson or proprietress in a conversation about knitting - for charity. In one store I had a lengthy conversation with the owner about vacationing in Croatia (where I now live), the lovely sea coast, the good food and lastly, about knitting. Her response was very simple - French women knit for themselves and their families. Point final. Isabelle, you and Valerie are up against a big cultural mindset in France so any changes you make in it are HUGE milestones. Thank you so much for your efforts and my the mindset come tumbling down.
Valerie is hoping to set-up a page for French Language speakers Isabelle, so there is hope! You are quite right, often people in 'control' do not want anything to disturb their way of doing things, even when it creates benefits all around. Thanks goodness people like yourself and all our wonderful contributors can be bothered!
Isabelle, I'm so glad that you have found a way 'in'. Your story exemplifies this.
Hi Isabelle. I find your experience here very interesting. In 2 days time, I'm going to a local Retirement home for a similar experience. I'm really looking forward to it as the activities director is very enthusiastic about KAS. Apparently her ladies knit already, but don't know what to do with their squares.
bonne chance ! we both know what to do with their time and knitting skills !
please tell us how they feel about KAS, as soon as you come back !
As I mentioned to other KASers, I'm only just remembering to go to the blogs and this one has been such a super read! Thanks so much for telling us about Les Jardins de Noisy, Isabelle.