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  • Fill Your Soul

    We have each made the choice to sign up for Facebook, Instagram, Google, Ravelry etc. We have all made the choice to share our information, our talents, our opinions, our businesses with these companies. We have handed over control. And now what?

    I’m not sure the answer lies in a new platform apart from the big companies. Though, I know how important community is. (If you would like to join a new knitting community of truly inclusive and warm-hearted knitters, come on over to ourunraveled.com. It was just set up and is still a work in progress, but I'm thankful someone has made the effort to do this!)

    I think each of us needs to step away from social media somewhat. It feeds off hate and disagreement and controversy. I know it’s hard to look away. Hard to think how our businesses can survive without it. But I truly believe if we all stepped away, we’d make it somehow. We’d support each other. We’d find other avenues for gaining customers and support. And it wouldn’t be driven by algorithms. It wouldn’t be controlled or censored. Remember blogs? 

    We need to fill our hearts, minds, and souls with nature, music, laughter, literature, love. 

    Listen to Vivaldi or Handel and close your eyes and picture whatever it is that the music makes you think of. There are endless stories in their sounds. 

    Go to the library and fill your arms with books. Spend the day flipping through them and deciding which to read first.

    Sit outside and look as far in the distance as you can. Stretch your eyes. 

    Edit: and then JP Sears put out this video, and made me laugh at myself a bit. Always a good thing!

  • What I've Been Reading This Month

    My brother and I are traveling to Virginia in August to visit Mount Vernon and Monticello (as well as some other sites), so we've been reading up on our early American history. I'm reading a very captivating biography of George Washington called His Excellency by Joseph J. Ellis. It's very down-to-earth, personal, and even humorous at times. I would highly recommend!


     


    Before bed I also like to read a novel, so I'm reading one of my all-time favorites and little-known books Giants In The Earth by O. E. Rolvaag. It's a fascinating story of Norwegian immigrants who settled in the vast and lonely plains of the Dakotas in the late 1800s. Beautiful, haunting, and an addictive read.

  • How To Apologize To The Knitting Community

    1. Post a picture of a serene scene on Instagram. If you can't think of anything appropriate that no one will take offense to, just place your finger over the camera lens and post the resulting blank image.

    2. Acknowledge your humanity. No one knows you are a human, so first you must point out that you are human, imperfect, and prone to mistakes. 

    3. Acknowledge that the work you have been doing isn't enough. You are not enough. Your business isn't enough. And it never will be. 

    4. Acknowledge that you have hurt people unknowingly. It doesn't matter what your intention was. It doesn't matter if you've just been diagnosed with a life-threatening condition. It doesn't matter if your business was built to appeal to a specific audience. All that matters is the hurt feelings from strangers who don't know you and could care less about you.

    5. Acknowledge that change is uncomfortable, and you are willing to live with that discomfort. Tell everyone how humbled you are. Bonus: this is a great signal to your virtue.

    6. Thank the brave individuals who have pointed out your mistakes and link to their profiles if you can, so others can continue to support them. Do not ever disagree with them. They are sovereign and know more than you, especially if they rank high on the intersectional scale. Even if they have no idea how hard you've worked, who you might donate money to, and what your beliefs are, listen to them and prostrate yourself before them. Thank them for the emotional labor that they shouldn't have to be doing. It's not their job to educate you. Do the work yourself. 

    7. Openly share which organizations you will be donating to in future, as penance for your mistakes. Openly state that you will specifically be selecting BIPOC models, makers, designers, writers, and activists for positions in your company, or as representatives for your brand (even if you have more qualified candidates for these positions). You must discriminate based on race in order to show how anti-racist you are. 

    8. Continue to acknowledge and admit to your own racism. Spend the next few weeks or months sharing pictures of BIPOC on your profile. Continue to tell everyone how beautiful they are, even if this is self-evident. The fact that you never pointed out their beauty and importance before shows how racist you are. This is good and healthy to admit to. 

    9. When people come to you asking for further proof of the work you are doing, continue to submit to them. Remember, you will never be good enough. Keep repeating that to yourself. Don't be afraid to be uncomfortable.

    10. Question everything. Walking on eggshells is healthy and is a great way to be truly authentic and creative. You may even want to spend what little profit you make in hiring a moderator (preferably a BIPOC) just to make sure nothing you say or do will ever be offensive.