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.