Every once in a while, I change course. Sometimes it’s in a big way. Sometimes it’s in a small way. This year is in between. I’m changing a few things but I hope it will make a big impact.
Don’t worry! I’ll still be releasing patterns and ebooks, teaching and holding retreats, and offering you deals on kits and yarns and special items from Lithuania. Plus I’ve created my own custom yarn from Vermont wool, spun at a Vermont mill, that I’ll be telling you more about after the holidays.
Here’s what I plan to change:
- I’m staying home more. That doesn’t mean I won’t travel, and to some of you it may still seem like I’m traveling a lot. But I’m not going anywhere that requires more than six hours driving or getting on a plane, except to Lithuania. Part of the reason for this is that I’m tired of airports. But on the positive side, I want to work more with the knitting community here in Vermont and I am officially opening a small yarn shop next spring.
- I am adding time for protest and activism to my weekly plans. Like many of you, I was shocked by the results of this year’s presidential election and I find the current president-elect to be both mentally and experientially unqualified to lead this country. While I disagree with almost all of the platform of the GOP, this is not the reason I oppose this individual. The main reason (amongst many) is that during his campaign he used racism and sexism to motivate his base, and as president-elect he has been appointing white supremacist (from the so-called “alt-right”) and anti-choice advisors. My main goal in 2017 will be to use my knitting and writing to promote diversity, equality, women’s rights, LGBT rights, and the rights of all minorities in the USA.
- I’m building up my Knitting as a Political Act program and will be regularly posting about actions that knitters can take to use our voices for social justice. There will be ideas for using knitting to raise funds for important organizations, to send a message to politicians, and to create communities that are able to openly discuss issues sanely and calmly, even when we disagree. I’ll be having a political theme in some of the stories and patterns I create, and I’m also re-booting two projects from the early 2000s:
- The Government-Free VJJ program (possibly to renamed to “Hands Off My Pussy” or “Pussy Grabs Back,” as a specific reaction to Donald Trump’s statement that he can grab women by the crotch whenever he wants to because he is rich).
- And the Subversive Knitting blog.
I think that’s it!
To plan these things, I’m doing my annual Year End Rejuvenation and Business Planning e-course and participating in Quest 2017, a 12-day program of mapping out 12 meaningful months.
Keep in touch, and lets’ do everything we can to make 2017 better than 2016!