First Some Background
A KAL for February!
And I am now starting a KAL for February 2021. I have been promising to get this together for MONTHS. It is finally happening. From February 1st to February 29th, I will be hosting a KAL for my Mera Fingerless Glove. This is one of my all time favorite projects. I dreamed this up while watching Aquaman and reminiscing about my own childhood fantasy of being a Mermaid. This pattern is free for those taking part in the KAL. To join sign up for my Fiber Group: Knits Where It's At. Right now I have the introduction to the pattern posted so you can start gathering your supplies and, if you want, start a swatch. (Want to learn all about making a swatch in the round? I have a video on that!)
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Why Are You Not Doing All this On Ravelry?
Accessible "I Dissent" Projects
Dissent Cowl by Carissa Browning*: $5.00 Currently 20% of sales will be donated to the ACLU. Fall is coming and this gorgeous cowl will keep you as warm as the quiet fire Ruth Bader Ginsburg brought to a dissenting opinion. The cowl features textured stitches and baubles to mimick the beading of many of Justice Ginsburg's jabots.
Ginsburg Coller by Sheila Toy Stromberg: $2.00 Lovely crochet lace collar. This would work up quickly and easily added to a sweater set, Halloween costume, or to wear when you go out to vote. Perhaps make it up in Purple to allign with emPower People Project. (Information on emPower People is on the TFIL main page under Fiber Happenings)
RBandG Tank Top by Stephanie Erin*: $7.91. This very cool top down tank top has a neckline inspired by RBG's Dissnet collar. No need to wait until sweater weather to show off your admiration for the Notorious RBG.
RBG Doll and Finger Puppet*: $5.75 Keep the Notorious RGB memory alive by making one of these toys for a favorite child in your life. Or make the doll for yourself to keep on your desk, a shelf, anywhere you might need to occassionally look up and feel inspired. Because sometimes we all need to ask "What Would Ruth Bader Ginsburg do."
Dissent by Andra Rangel: $10.00 Beautiful, stranded color work yoke cardigan that evokes Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissent coller. Andrae Rangel also has a pullover sweater version of this project.
Dissent Cowl by Carissa Browning: Mosaic Pattern* $5.00. Currently 20% of sales will be donated to the ACLU. This is a knitted Cowl pattern by Carissa Browning. This cowl features mosaic pattern work and is a top down construction. It will also keep you as warm as the steely determination Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lifted weight.
Some things to do:
Want to learn more about Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Here are some suggested reading.
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I do not want to discuss Ravelry and NuRav. Not really. I mean nothing has changed since my videos on it, and likely nothing is going to change. Ravelry continues to be ableist while claiming they are inclusive. But, their latest blog post has triggered such a hard eye roll it's distracting me from my sprained ankle.
Let's Catch Up on Ravelry
Since Jess's letter when Ravelry threw Cassidy under the bus and sort of apologized, Raverly has proceeded to do nothing substantial to address the situation.
A group of designers sent a letter asking for Ravelry to hire a consultant and assure the fiberverse they are working to fix their problems. There were four asks:
Below is the Instagram post sharing Ravelry's response to the letter. I would summarize Ravelry's response as: "think we covered it with Jess's later that was non-committal about a consultant. But, thanks a bunches. byeee" â
Raverly released a new Beta function on Raverly called Swatches. It's only accessible through NuRav, so people who can't use Ravelry can't be part of Beta Testing. When announcing Swatches on twitter, Ravelry utilized twitter's new safety features to turn off comments. And on Facebook, they deleted comments from people discussing disabilities. Yes, they able-washed their announcements.
A person on Twitter reports they saw a comment on a Ravelry forum regarding an interaction with Raverly TPTB. Basically, the person used Swatches and sent feedback that brought up issues for people experiencing migraines due to NuRav.
So, yea, that letter from Jess that threw Cassidy under the bus and gave some people a glimmer of hope that Raverly was going to make a meaningful pivot? ð¤·ð»ââï¸.
My interpretation is that Jessica's letter was for show, and the team's intention is to forge ahead believing that people experiencing migraines, vertigo, eye strain, and seizures, are not real? Making it up? Insignificant? And that leads us up to today.â
A New Knot in the Yarn
âToday, the first of September Raverly has a new announcement.
Ravelry is so proud of this step. They are so excited to talk to Ravelers about emPower People that they have again shut off comments on Twitter. I mean, of course, it makes sense that Ravelry is sharing emPower People and craftivism. They are, after all, the inclusive space for yarnies to get together. Well, inclusive for everyone except people who inconveniently experience migraine, vertigo, and eyestrain when using NuRav.
I believe Raverly would promote emPower even if NuRav had never happened. But, the fact is, NuRav did happen. It's still happening. For Raverly to wrap themselves in the cloak of craftivism while they silence and erase disabled crafters is tone deaf and hypocritical. â
What to do: Support emPower and Craftivism, Be a Craftivist
I want to take a moment to plug the emPower People project. It is a craftivism project "aimed at uniting crafters across all mediums to engage people across communities to spark conversation, engagement, and action in the political process to uphold social justice and human rights." â
I have nothing but positive things to say about emPower People and joining in with craftivism to effect positive change. The fact is, we are living in a perilous time. So many marginalized people in the fiberverse are being actively harmed by racism, homophobia, transphobia, antisemitism, ableism, and prejudice of all kinds. (FYI: If you are a White Trump supporter, you're not marginalized. I'm not talking to you. Buh bye.)
âI really encourage you to check out the emPower People website, raid your stash for purple yarn to make your own emPower People Purple Bandana. Or if you don't have purple yarn, buy some.
emPower People is a group of BIPC indepenent dyers. If you can afford to purchase yarn from them please do so. On their page is a list of indepedent dyers.
Personally, I've had some purple yarn in my stash waiting for its moment. I believe its time has come!
NOTE: I have updated this blog and removed some affiliate links. It was thoughtless of me to include them in the first place, and I centered myself when I should have been amplifying the message and cause behind emPower People. I am truly sorry.
But, don't just knit or crochet a purple bandana. Make a plan to vote. Your vote matters. Don't miss out.
As for Ravelry: Be a Craftivist
Again I sincerely encourage you to check out emPower People and take part in the Purple Bandana Project. Also, consider how Ravelry fits into your craft life and craftivism. If you are not prepared to leave Ravelry all together, please consider not buying patterns through Raverly. If there is a pattern on Ravelry you want to buy:
This is how it happened: If you've been following the Ravelry NuRav debacle, you know that many Indy fiber artists who have previously relied on Ravelry for their business, are setting up alternative platforms to sell their work. (If you do not know about what's going on with Ravelry please check out my YouTube videos on it)
And another glass - okay three glasses in - I thought, "You know Carrie, you can't build a NuNuRav, but you can put together a list of sites. You've been talking to designers on Twitter. Why don't you ask them for some links." And the The Indy List was born.
This is a simple directory listing designers, their links, and short blurb by me. My goal is to make this list accessible and help designs and makers find each other outside of Ravelry. No designer is paying me. I am doing this to support designers who are standing with the disability community, often at cost to themselves. It's truly a labor of love. If you would like to leave me a tip to help support this effort, it would be greatly appreciated.
And of course...show your support by subscribing to my Youtube Channel!
It started with a tweet. But, it's growing. If you would like to be added to The Indy List please fill out this form. I am building this list by myself with whatever free time I have, so be patient as I make my way through.
Update on Ravelry
Hello Knitting Friends,
It's been quite the ride lately in the Knitting and Crafting world. But, that's 2020. (Remember when we thought the biggest Stories of the year would be impeachment, Australian Wild Fires, and Murder Hornets? Ahhh simpler times)
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Update on the Ravelry Accessibility Debacle
Due the nature of my life and my videos I don't know if that will get up in a timely manner so I want to address some of it here.
Ravelry has recently posted an update about the NuRav (nickname for the New Ravelry look) and say Ravelry has taken some steps to address their accessibility issues. I will link to their offsite blog post if you'd like to read it, but be warned it is in the NuRav format. (Someone put up a link to the update on a google doc. But, I forgot to copy the link. If I find it I will give an update)
As for the post itself, in my opinion, it leaves a lot to be desired. I go into detail on this in the upcoming video, but, in short I find it minimizing and ableist. And believe me it gives me no pleasure to write this about Ravelry.
Although my personal use of Ravelry has always been love/hate, I've always held the site itself and the team behind it in high regard. Ravelry has played an important, vital role in the Fiber community. There would be a huge void left behind if Ravelry were to go down. I want Ravelry to succeed. Truly. But, in order for it to thrive, Ravelry needs to get over whatever issues are holding them back and fix their problems.
Again I want Ravelry to succeed. I want us all to be able to enjoy and use the site.
Thank you for reading and as Always Happy Knitting!
It's not easy. It definitely takes a mental toll. Simple things like going to the grocery store now take on much greater significance. I actually insisted that I was the one going to Costco because I needed to get out of the house and have some alone time.
I do believe it's important in times like this to find joy, and crafting has always brought me joy. Like a good crafter I have a stash. It should, hopefully, last through this period in time.
This week's video is about cleaning and sanitizing your knitting tools. I focused on knitting needles, but the information I share can be applied to any surface made of similar materials.
Cleaning my knitting needles has never been something I thought a whole lot about, but it's good to know how to properly clean and disinfect any surface.
The information I share is what I have learned on the internets. And below are links to helpful resources I found.
Hang in there. This will end.
CDC: Prevening Covid-19 Spreading to Others: (read further down for information on washing clothing)
The Atlantic: Now is the Time to Overreact:
BBC: Covid-19: How Long Does Coronavirus Live on Surfaces:
Business Insider: Another article on how long Coronavirus survives on surfaces and how to disinfect
Consumer Reports: Cleaning Products that Destroy Coronavirus:
WebMd: The Most Effective Ways to Kill Coronavirus at Home
California Childcare Health Program: Handout on Cleaning & Disinfecting:
Newsweek: Can I catch Coronavirus From My Phone, Clothes, or Other Surfaces?
Knitter's Pride: Care and Maintenance of Knitting Needles
My latest video was a tough one for me. I didn't plan it. I was upset hearing Kamala Harris was out of the race and wanted to talk about it, in addition to racism and issues in the crafting community. I turned out far more emotional than I expected and there's footage I didn't use because well...reasons.
But, I'm proud that I not only said what I had to say, but that I posted the video. These are hard times right now. I know for me knitting is not just a hobby but an act of self care and yes temporary escape. However, I do think we need to be careful of confusing self care with denial. When we deny that the knitting world is just as susceptible to racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and other prejudices we allow those things to fester.
The knitting world is a wonderful world. But, it does not exist in a bubble. And I hope that we can have open, honest conversations that allow all of us to grow as people.
I'm Carrie CraftGeek. I've been knitting for 20 years and crafting my whole life. I love to share my passion with the world!
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