My New Resistance Comic

How to Smash the Patriarchy: A Guide for Fat Old Ladies and Their Friends I’ve started a new resistance comic about my activism, craftivism, and knitting as a political act. It’s going to be in a Facebook photo album but it’s public and anyone can view it. read more →

Knitting Teaches History Lessons

February 19th, 2017–next Sunday–is the 75th anniversary President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. On that date, I’ll be at the FDR Presidential Library & Museum in Hyde Park, New York for an special even commemorating this tragic decision by one of my favorite presidents… read more →

I knit because…

I knit because…   I knit because I learned from my grandmother and it’s fun. I have always made things and I always will. I don’t know why knitting stuck more than crocheting or sewing or embroidery. I don’t know why knitting stuck more than candle making or wood carving. But here I am with.. read more →

Let Freedom Ring: Belarusian Wrist Warmers

I’ve added my Belarusian Wrist Warmers pattern to my Ravelry store.   The original came out in Piecework magazine in 2011. Somehow it seems appropriate to re-publish this pattern at this time. I’ve created a PDF that includes an essay about textiles in Belarus and a stitch library of colorwork charts, as well as the.. read more →

Knitting and Writing to Make a Difference

Today, Joanne Seiff, author of Fiber Gathering and  Knit Green, talks about her newest book, From the Outside In, and on how each of us can make a difference: Thank you, Donna, for inviting me to post!  I’m thrilled to be here. Did you ever think about how best you can make a difference in.. read more →

Free Ebook: Knitting as a Political Act

Just in time for anti-inauguration day, here’s my new free ebook, Knitting as a Political Act. It includes four of my polictially-motivated patterns, but It’s not just a pattern ebook, but a collection of ideas, tips, and activities you can use in your life to protest injustice and work for causes you believe in. People knit for.. read more →

Walk a mile in their socks…

To understand another person, it is said, you must walk a mile in their shoes. Well, what goes inside shoes if not socks? Knitters must take this to heart, and every time we knit a pair of socks to warm our toes, we should take the opportunity to learn about the stitches, patterns, and techniques we use. And.. read more →

Our Hearts are Broken

A note to readers who don’t understand the outrage against Trump or think that those of us who voted for Hillary are sore losers. That’s not it. Yes, we are angry. But that is really a cover up for our broken hearts. We are crying. We are in pain. We are full of sorrow. We are.. read more →

Writing (and Knitting) as a Political Act

Are you a knitting or crochet writer/author/blogger? Here’s an action for January 15. Have you all heard about the Writers Resist meetings on January 15? There are over 75 events around the US and even in a few other countries. I have an idea for those of us who can’t attend the meetings mentioned below. “Our democracy.. read more →

Our Knitting Roots

Happy New Year! I’ve got some new things coming up in 2017 and I want to tell you about one major theme that you’ll be seeing in my work: Finding Our Roots through Knitting. I’ve been thinking about this topic for a couple of years, spurred on my going to family reunions and visiting Lithuania for.. read more →

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