so I was thinking about the political power of everything DIY, not just knitting, although the current "knitting is the new yoga" trend sparked this thought process. I saw a girl walking down the street wearing a deep green scarf, thick and wide, that looked like it was gone in garter stitch. I wondered if it was something she'd made, something that had been made for her, or if it was a store-bought scarf. There seem to be a lot of scarves in stores now with that hand-knit look to them, to capture the notion of "I can knit" or "someone who can knit loves me."
It's true for all of us that kntting and wearing knit gear is at least, in some way, political; it says, "if I need something to keep me warm, I can make it myself. I don't have to buy it."
and this is certainly subversive of consumerism, a capitalist power structure, and all kinds of things.
so here's a thought that's been poking at me for a few days.
what if every crazy feminist liberal don't believe the hype peacenik anti-bush voter knit a blue scarf and wore it, to display to the world, "I'm one of them and I vote." and what if they knit two, one to wear themselves and one for a friend that doesn't knit, but would like to have one?
it doesn't have to be a particular blue or a particular stitch. you don't even have to be specifically pro-choice or anti-gun, green, vegan, anti-war or pro-gay-marriage or anything: just wanting to wear a blue scarf to express some solidarity and say, "the last Presidential election didn't go the way I wanted, I wish our country could change for the better."
and this is my answer to those freaking faux ribbon stickers/magnets on people's SUVs.
(cross-posted to phillyknitters, punk_knitters and madebyaliberal)
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