The main reason is to get all of these thoughts out of my head so that I can move on. Whether or not anyone else thinks it’s important. It’s important to me. Also, there are many stories in various places online regarding me and my beliefs. I don’t expect me telling my story will change anyone’s mind. This doesn’t mean I should just sit back and let everyone else tell me who I am. For months I felt helpless and like there was nothing I could ever do. That’s how they want you to feel. There is no stopping rumors and gossip online. Everyone is allowed their own opinion. And unfortunately politics will leave many forever divided. But I will use my little corner of the web to tell my story, piece by piece, until maybe I will feel satisfied that I did all I could do.
I found your blog in a roundabout way.
I got a newsletter update from Medium with an article from Karlyn Borysenko, read her post and it linked to Quillette, which linked here. Read your first 5 or 6 posts and am shocked how angry and self-righteous this “knit mob” is.
More than anything though, I feel really sorry for you and the way your “friend” tossed you aside like that. That hurts when someone you respected, or at least appreciated, turns their back on you. That’s real pain that lingers, not like the feelings of this ‘woke’ clique that gaslights the knitting community.
The first thing I thought of was the movie Mean Girls. The “populars” control the group-think and anyone who falls out of line is placed in the burn book. Amazing I’m getting philosophical based on a teen-movie but it seems to fit in this instance.
Just letting you know, I appreciate you standing your ground.
In the words of J. Michael Straczynski, “When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree by the river of truth, and tell the whole world ’No, You Move.”
February 22, 2020
Like so many, I was clueless that all this hate and divisiveness was going on in our peaceful knitting/crochet hobby world. When R threw so many into the Deplorable basket, my eyes were opened…. WIDE! Then I started seeing that the real fight had already been going on with the fake SJW’s corralling the upper echelon of knitting, the designers and indy-dyers like yourself into a corner and watched the carnage. They infiltrated our beautiful, creative world and turned it into a cesspool. It has taken a while for all to see their evil! Thank God you and a few others are standing your ground. Thank you for doing that! There are many of us out here that didn’t have a say that are waiting to HAVE our SAY! #bringbackknitting
October 09, 2019
Keep speaking until you are satisfied. That it helps you is the most important reason. The bonus is that the more people learn about identity politics, and how divisive and dangerous it is, the better our chances of squashing it. I had no idea what the hell this all was, or what SJWs really were, until this happened in the knitting community. With me, it backfired on them. I didn’t join the cult. I instead sat back, watched, and learned what they were all about. And now I’m a very vocal opponent. I figure there are plenty like me, who are now happy to tell SJWs what they can do with their ridiculous White Supremacy workbook.
If anyone is currently paying attention to these goofballs on IG, seems they have overreached themselves. There is infighting, which was predicted. And one in particular set herself up for justified ridicule when she demanded payment for her “emotional labor”. Yep. Just like the mob, she demanded money. I actually laughed out loud when I saw that. I knew they would overstep eventually.
I hope writing this all out helps you tremendously. Don’t worry about the opinions of the uninformed and easily led. Those with integrity will take the time out to hear you and judge fairly. And those are the people you want. The rest don’t matter.
September 26, 2019
Good for you. Writing things down can help you move on for sure.
September 25, 2019
You have more support than you realize. Do not let them break you!
September 24, 2019