The 30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 19

Okay, I know I’ve said before that I don’t really want to get into politics on my blog. I mean, I don’t mind a good debate, don’t get me wrong. It’s just that I want people to be drawn here by the knitting, the potential for a piece of the fiber community, and the sense of healing, not because of shared (or not) political views. I am hoping that much of that can be transcended by a mutual love of making, fiber and learning.

However, there’s been quite a debate that has touched my fiber community lately. I read a piece yesterday that simply blew me away and I imagine others would like to read it too. The controversy centers around the presence of the Pride flag on the ravelry logo. It’s now tradition for them to “fly” it during Pride every year and, every year, there is copious discussion about it on the forums. Recently, someone posted an open letter to ravelry in protest of the flag (to limit traffic to the author’s blog, I’m posting a link to the same content hosted on another site). The response that I found so moving can be read here.

So, click and read if you feel inspired to do so. You are welcome to leave comments with your reactions if you like–I just ask that you keep things respectful, regardless of your stance. It’s no secret what side of the debate I fall on. If you see things differently, that’s okay. I might not understand why but I would still knit with you. Once upon a time I was much more outspoken about my viewpoints and much less tolerant of different stances. In more recent years, I’ve started appreciating more fully that everyone has experienced a different walk of life, and that each person’s history will have shaped their thoughts and beliefs uniquely. I admire those people who take a hard look at their assumptions and strive to overcome shortsightedness, but I recognize that not everyone gets to that point.

With that, I’ll return to our regularly scheduled program.

Day 19: Do you watch movies and/or listen to podcasts while knitting? What are your favorite things to knit to?

Yes, frequently. I mostly watch Netflix but I will occasionally watch a knitting vlog if I stumble across one*. I mostly watch shows instead of movies as I find I don’t have to pay as close attention to them. The best options are ones that I can listen to and just look up at now and then. Shows that have complicated plot lines don’t tend to be good choices! I tried to watch House of Cards and knit but I just ended up completely clueless as to what was going on.

For whatever reason, I find police procedurals and shows about crime to be the most interesting. I also like things with a touch of the fantastic thrown in. Right now, I’m working my way through Star Trek Voyager. Things I’ve watched recently are Lie to Me, Lost Girl, How to Get Away with Murder (this one was really too complicated to knit to, so I just rewound a lot), Sherlock (which was amazing), The Returned and Person of Interest. I’m looking forward to watching season 4 of Orange is the New Black. If you have any suggestions for good shows on Amazon or Netflix, let me know!

I hate to leave you without some sort of knitting pic, so here’s the current state of my Wee la Nina. I wove in the rest of the ends yesterday while I was knitting in public.

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It’s size 12-18 mo and will be for our nanny’s 1 yo daughter. Just needs buttons and blocking!

*In fact, I’m interested in finding good knitting vlogs to follow. I’d love if you’d share your favorites with me! Kepanie/Stefanie, I haven’t watched yours yet but it’s at the top of my list!

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

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9 comments

  1. Paula @ Spin a Yarn · June 19, 2016

    I really need to do a blog post on my favorite knitting podcasts šŸ™‚ I also like knitting to something mindless. Since I’ve gotten a Smart TV, I’m able to watch YouTube downstairs instead of always on the computer. It makes life so much more interesting. I haven’t really gotten into a lot of shows (as of yet) on Netflix or Amazon; however it’s something I want to do so I will be interested as well.

    I did not know about the flag being for Pride week; however I was very happy to see it! I thought it was for the victims in the Orlando shooting. I just read both of the links and I am appalled by the original posters blog. I will proudly support all of my LGBTTIQQ2SA friends and family and was happy to see the response from Abby. Kudos to her!

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    • alexand knits · June 19, 2016

      The flag did double duty this year. I think Casey put it up early in response to the Orlando shooting. It got put up early last year too, but that was to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage nation-wide.

      Thanks for your support šŸ™‚

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  2. FogKnits · June 19, 2016

    Love the little sweater, it’s so cute!

    No idea the rainbow flag had caused a stir over at Ravlery. I’m happy to see it each year!

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  3. Knit Potion · June 19, 2016

    Abby is one of my heroes specifically because she so eloquently calls things as she sees them. I teach an argumentative writing course and am considering providing her letter to my students as an example of a skillful and pitch perfect rebuttal. Thank you for sharing it here.

    I have yet to see an episode of Orange Is The New Black. I’m in a show hole at the moment, though, so I may give it a try!

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    • alexand knits · June 19, 2016

      I think that sounds like a great idea. One of the things that really struck me about her response was that she had the wherewithal to use her strong emotional reaction to illustrate her points. I tend to get so angry that I can’t even express myself, but she managed to harness that and use it. I think that helped give her piece passion but her completely logical take down of his letter wasn’t obscured at all.

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      • Knit Potion · June 19, 2016

        Exactly!

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  4. bonnyknits · June 20, 2016

    I was delighted to see the flag. I too thought it was a response to Orlando, but I like it even more now that I know it’s a regular thing! Those Rav folks are pretty cool.

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