So this is the month that I blog everyday! I’m excited to launch into this adventure and see what comes of it. I’m listening to Florence and The Machine right now and thinking about picking up my knitting. I’m almost done with the front piece of my ruffle tank. The dog got a hold of it the other night and almost foiled all my work. All way saved and this feminist was so grateful!
After my stressful day dealing with high school kids, I am so grateful to sit and knit. I’m working on a ruffle tank top. I’m just trying to get some length on the front part. I’m thinking about how peaceful the repetitions are. They soothe my mind and help me work out my problems. I heard somewhere that kids who doodle in class are actually expressing a higher form of thinking. I’d like to apply this to knitting. This is the time of day when I mull things over and uncover things I’ve
stuffed down deep. The rhythm of the needles holds power for me. I am creating something beautiful and functional while thinking through my life.
All the Rules: Time-tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right By: Ellen Fein. As if we needed one more self-help book on how to snare a man. This little gem ended up in my Christmas stocking. It was placed there by my sister who feels that my feminism often gets in the way of me finding Mr. Right. Apparently, women need to play games in order to enter into marital bliss. Bitch, please. I’m a high school teacher who is exhausted at the end of the day. I don’t have the time, energy, or self-deprecation to play games. If I want to call a man first, I will. If I don’t want to wear make-up on a date, I won’t. I love my sister, but the last thing I need is an anti-feminist book telling me how to walk happily down the isle towards a 1950’s style marriage. Barf.
For Christmas my mother got me a wonderful knitting book: Alterknits:Imaginative Projects and Creativity Exercises. This whimsical book provides knitters with alternative ways to knit and alternative materials to use. This native Oregonian loves all the recycling and reuse ideas that are packed into this stylish book. I am currently working on Faux Ruffle Tank. I am using Pilgrim Tweed in mulberry and white.
I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday! Casi, Mom, and I will be celebrating by going to The Nutcracker!
In my “about” section I make the argument that reclamation is a vital part of feminism. I believe that taking a traditionally female craft and reinterpreting it gives us power. Knitting was functional. It was in the sphere of domesticity. The world was given the image of the good house wife sitting by the fire, darning socks while her husband smoked a pipe and read the paper. The roles were defined and none strayed. It is exciting to see this image changed. Single women sitting at the bus stop knitting a hat, women knitting in lecture halls at colleges, and men who are now breaking down gender roles and doing the purl! Here is my musing: can knitting become a tool of feminism? Can we claim is craft as a feminist endevor? And, does it matter?
So here it is…my personal blog that captures the essence of who I am: knitter and feminist. I have found that these two interests overlap, as of late. I’m still in the process of getting everything ready, but expect some great discussions and wonderful reading!