We need to do better.

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This isn’t a post about yarn. It’s about how whiteness in the fiber arts community is damaging and harmful to the people of color in the fiber arts community. Please read on…

The fiber artist POC are hurting and our silence on these issues only exacerbates this pain. This week I have watched white fiber artists I respect and admire dismiss what a POC was explaining to them was racist, painful, and unacceptable. I have seen many others choose instead to just stay silent.

I implore you all to take a moment to listen to what POC are saying, learn from it, and work to do better.

We can all do better. And we (the ones who hold white privilege) owe it to POC to be more mindful about our actions, words, and participation.

Believe POC. Listen to POC. Amplify POC.

Lots of people with more experience and expertise have lent their knowledge and energy to explaining what is currently going on in our fiber arts community and why it is important. Please go read (on Instagram) what they have to say and take it in. Start with @su.krita ‘s post. Read what @thecolormustard  and @ocean_bythesea and @astitchtowear and @tina.say.knits wrote.

Thank you to everyone who spent their energy and time trying to help us white fiber artists do better. I appreciate you.

If you have a platform in this community to speak to this issues and keep the dismantling going, use it.

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Introducing the Western Slope Beanie pattern

Hello everyone and Happy October! I am happy to announce that the Western Slope Beanie is live and available for purchase from Ravelry. Autumn is my favorite season, and beanies might be my favorite knitty accessory to wear, especially with cables!

The Western Slope Beanie features a gorgeous braided cable that sits between a squishy, stretchy rib pattern with just the perfect amount of slouch. This beanie is both cozy and stylish and will fit into anyone’s wardrobe. Wear it on your next trek through your favorite mountain trail.

I hope you enjoy knitting it as much as I did designing it. Thank you for checking it out and happy knitting!

activism + craft = craftivism

activism + craft = craftivism
For me, it is impossible to separate the two. I knit and craft because it recharges me and helps me focus. It lets my brain rest so that I am ready to keep fighting the good fight every single day. As an activist, I know the importance of burnout, I understand that sometimes we need to pass the baton in this relay of civic work, and I am lucky to have found a way of restoring my energy that also results in a product I can sell to raise money for the causes I support.
I know many artists, crafters, and knitters who do the same and have been doing this for many years. It makes my heart so happy to see all of us doing our part in our own unique way because just like the many individual stitches that make up a garment, it takes many individual acts to make up our collective activism.
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I’d love to hear from you if you’re in the same boat – what do you do to sustain your activism? How do you combine your craft and your activism?
This was a hard week, I’m sure it was for many of you too. The endless barrage of horror that this current administration releases is exhausting and overwhelming. It can make you feel helpless and hopeless, and this is where I find that knitting helps me overcome those feelings. Knitting gives me a chance to breathe and think, and those are vital to finding ways to have hope, and create ways to help.
This week I released a new pattern, and I am donating a portion of the sales to RAICES. I am planning to do this with many patterns I release, and I hope that this is a successful way to add to my contribution to social justice.
Happy knitting and keep fighting the good fight!
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Standing with fellow protesters for FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER on Saturday, June 30th.