Poppy wars

There was some controversy earlier this week when a group promoting peace started distributing white poppies in Ottawa. While I can see why some people would be upset about it, it doesn’t bother me very much. The politics of the Ottawa White Poppy Coalition might not be perfect, but the Canadian Legion’s politics aren’t great either. I choose to recognize Remembrance Day by remembering the contributions my friends and family have made. I often don’t wear a poppy (of either colour) simply because they never stay on. I’ll donate some change to a Legion member if I see one with a donation box, but I don’t bother with poppies anymore.

However, this year I knit one. I found a super-easy pattern from cosmicpluto knits! (Laura Chau) and whipped one off last night with some scrap yarn. The black yarn I used for the centre was a bit thick, so the centre part is a bit bulgy. Other than that, I’m pretty happy with it. I’m going to sew a safety pin onto the back of it, and maybe it will stick around longer than the regular poppies.

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4 thoughts on “Poppy wars

  1. A friend of mine was just mentioning the other day how she feels that wearing a poppy now has become more of a sign of solidarity with soldiers, rather than the “lest we forget” we were taught when young. I’ve seen a few people around Vancouver with white poppies, though I think they’ve all been homemade. I see no problem with them, and I like the idea of wearing both – red to honour our veterans, and white for peace. I think it’s a bit silly for legions to get so upset about it, I doubt they’re losing out on anything.

    And your homemade poppy is lovely :) After having 4 students prick themselves on theirs today, and then even more getting upset about lost poppies I think a revamp in the design would be wonderful.

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    Em Reply:

    Thanks Chloe!
    I agree – the legions should relax. It’s not like we can’t encourage peace AND remember the people who have died in the past.

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  2. I thought about making something like this last week, too–I’m filing this post away for next year, and doing it for sure! Like you, I donate to the Legion poppy-sellers whenever I see them, but no matter how many poppies I buy, they always seem to un-find me. I like the idea of a perma-poppy instead!

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    Em Reply:

    Karen – definitely give it a try! The pattern makes a really nice poppy very quickly. And with a safety pin attached, that poppy isn’t going anywhere! :)

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