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.
A THIRD Survey for NuRav
I swear I had no intention of writing another blog post about NuRav. But, today Ravelry released a THIRD "Readability" survey about NuRav. I took it. I have thoughts. I did tweet about it but, I'm writing this blog as well to go more in depth describing the survey and to expand some of my thoughts after taking it.
And if you're wondering why you should care about Ravelry and accessibility please read this tweet thread by Kathleen Sperling, aka @wipinsanity. Because really accessibility is about all of us.
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 been a minute since I posted a video. I've been busy making cloth face coverings for friends and families and had to put a hold on editing videos. Or shooting videos. (My craft room is a mess of fabric and thread right now!)
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Tonight finished editing my latest video and thumbnail. Gonna be honest. Kind of disappointed that my Monday tutorial on Weaving Ends with Duplicate Stitch is languishing. Le Sigh. I've gotten nice feedback on my Interchangeable needle review. I knew going into this YouTube journey there were already a lot of videos out there and building an audience would take time.
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