Resistance Update 4/23/17

What happened? Donald Trump didn’t get much of anything accomplished in his first 100 days of president, but the resistance has been strong! Here’s a great article about what the resistance has accomplished: Trump accomplished nothing in his first 100 days, but Democrats have been kicking ass. Yesterday (April 22) was the March for Science and scientists and others.. read more →

Open the Door to Possibilities with Tian of KnitDesigns

This year as we journey together to explore our knitting roots and learn more about knitters and knitting from around the world, I’m starting a series of guest posts to introduce you to designers from different places and cultures. When I select models for my books and patterns, I do my best to have people of all.. read more →

Resistance Update 4/14/17

What happened I taught at the Madison Knitter’s Guild and we talked about Our Knitting Roots, tracing our family history through knitting, and the connections and community that we can create by learning about knitting from around the world. This is my great grandmother’s sister from Lithuania, and some traditional patterns on  weaving and knitting that match the tablecloth in.. read more →

Resistance Update 4/1/17

What Happened Sometimes I’ll post good news but we have to look honestly at the stark reality, too. It’s gonna take a long time to fix what this president and administration are damaging in America. And it will not be possible to undo much of the harm done to people and the environment. While it’s important.. read more →

Discovering Knitting Heritage with Francoise Danoy

This year as we journey together to explore our knitting roots and learn more about knitters and knitting from around the world, I’m starting a series of guest posts to introduce you to designers from different places and cultures. Knitting from the United Kingdom and Northern Europe tends to get a lot of press, and so do designers.. read more →

Knit the Light

There are so many reactions we have to take now—call about this, write about that, protest about this other thing. But being in reactive mode all the time is not healthy. What can you do that is a positive, unique, creative act that comes from within you and is not caused by something outside? This.. read more →

Resistance Update 3/27/17

What Happened Trumpcare failed! This is a big one. We WON, and it’s because of all of your hard work making calls, going to town meetings, and being LOUD! Thank you. Of course that doesn’t mean we’re on easy street now. But it shows that our activism really does make a difference. What You Can Do Next Russia, Russia, Russia!.. read more →

Resistance Update 3/19/17

What happened? Reports are coming in from all over the place. Our calls, letters, and town meetings are starting to work. Keep up the good work and don’t be discouraged! Trump released his budget, and he wants to cut everything that actually does make America great. (Robert Reich doesn’t think it’ll get anywhere, and below I’ve got links.. read more →

Are Immigrants Welcome?

I’m reading Imagine a Forest, a how-to art book by artist Dinara Mirtalipova. Dinara studied computer science and cybernetics in Uzbekistan. But when she came to the USA, she worked cleaning toilets and later doing mundane office work. It was years before she was able to develop and use her artistic skills to work on projects.. read more →

Hoping against Hope

I am swiping the text below from Rebecca Solnit’s Facebook page, but I’m sure she won’t mind. Please read the whole article on the Guardian. It’s long but well worth your time. From Rebecca Solnit: I wrote this for you. (It began at the Snowden/Ellsberg talk last month. With Gavin Browning‘s beautiful work on housing for HIV+.. read more →

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