Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Safe Sex and Dangerous Knitting
Well, I promised to take a break from being so serious and post some fun projects and essays for 2006, and what's more fun than sex? I missed Valentine's day with these posts, but it's still February so love and lust are the topics of the hour.
Knitting for Change is starting a new column written by guest authors and designers. To stick to our topics of safe sex and dangerous knitting, this month I've invited Naomi Dagen Bloom to write about her invention of knitted condom amulets and her concern for the education of seniors about STDs and safe sex. We usually think of sex education and risky sex when we think about teenagers, but Naomi points out that today's seniors may be at more risk than young people because they grew up in a time before HIV and AIDS and when people were embarassed to talk frankly about sex and STDs. As widows and divorcees enter the dating game again in their 50s and above, they face a scary world.
Naomi also is a proponent of urban composting and has been making knitted worms to promote the idea. You can read more about her work on her website at cityworm.com.
This Month's Material
This month I talk about Safe Sex in my personal essay. Well, I guess that's at least partly serious, but there's some fun stuff there too!
Learn how to make double thick fabric or a circular piece on two needles using Double Knitting.
Check out Dangerous Knitting for links to a bunch of sexy knitting projects.
Inspired by Naomi's work, I've designed several Condom Amulets.