Disclaimer: If you’re uncomfortable with the idea that knitting has a role to play in the politics of the world we live in, this post is not for you! However - if you feel called to make a difference in this world, to put on the mantle of the Fibre Warrior, then keep reading!
How many times have you felt called by The Giver living inside you, desperate to do something to make a positive impact on the world?
Perhaps your next thought has been something like, “But what can I do? I only knit.”
The Giver (the fibre muse who inspired my latest collection -- LINK!!) isn’t just a pushover who knits socks for everyone in her office. She is a warrior, armed with needles and yarn, tackling one crisis at a time with her craft.
If you want to make an impact on the world around you, you can absolutely start with your knitting! Arm yourself with needles and yarn, and craft something positive - one stitch at a time.
Want to make a difference, but feel like knitting isn’t powerful enough?
In the past year, we saw thousands (perhaps even millions?) of knitters all over the world pick up their needles and some hot pink yarn to knit cat-eared hats for the women marching in their city streets, crying out for change. Those hot pink hats became a symbol of hope and strength for women everywhere. The pussyhat project is a perfect example that if you’re passionate about something if you see a grievance and you want to help heal that on a bigger level, knitting can have an impact on that.
Knitters have made blankets for refugees, to give them a sense of home and a feeling of welcome when their whole world has fallen apart.
We have crafted sweaters for penguins to draw attention to oil spills.
We have made hats and hung them on trees for local homeless shelters. We have made blankets for children in crisis. We have made hats for the tiniest, most fragile newborns in the NICU.
Remember that the next time you think knitting can’t make a difference.
If you feel called to make a difference - if you wish there were more people in the world actively working towards change - the time is now.
If you’re ready to embrace your inner Giver (aka your inner Fibre Warrior!), my latest Fibre Muse Quarterly is full of patterns to help you do that! You’ll find it right here.