I can’t tell you how grateful I am for the encouragement I’ve received about my recent blog posts, because….well, between you and me, I was ready to be ripped to shreds. It’s not easy going against the status quo. You put your reputation, your career on the line. Especially when it is now being readily seen that there is a definite barrier that is being erected to separate this community….and when you try to push past that barrier, well….the elitist are ready and willing to strangle you with their beautifully brioche, knit velvet rope.
Many are coming to this craft hoping to knit, only to be told by the self appointed “bouncers” that you are not allowed admittance. VIP’s only.
So, when a little guy like me comes out against this new, weird world of knitters who are not allowed, you would think I would get terrified they will come after me, destroy me, beat me to a pulp with their insanely expensive yarn. No, I came out kicking down those stupid barriers that have been placed in the name of “inclusion” because I had nothing to lose.
Because they weren’t going to accept me anyway, right? I mean, why line up to enter a club that has a velvet rope that accepts only certain people, only to be denied because you don’t fit what what they want the club to represent?
Go home. Make friends. Sit with fellow rejects and remind each other that acceptance in it’s purest form comes first from the self. You don’t need their crappy club to make you feel validated. You only need your confidence. And you’ll find other knitters who feel the same.
There are many of us out here who don’t really like how our craft is being governed, ruled….because it has allowed itself to be governed and ruled. There is a tyranny in knitting that is developing. Not everyone is invited. VIP’s only, please.
Now, we could fight against them, or simply remind ourselves that we don’t need them anyway, do we? All we need is our hearts at the center of the craft and we’ll will find others that believe the same. Because you know that it really is about the craft, not appearances.
Don’t worry about wanting to be accepted by the “new and improved, totally woke, all inclusive community.” Their rules are far too strict anyway. There is no way you could make friends if you are always trying to comply with someone else’s validation.
Find a place to be yourself without limitations.
You won’t be alone. You’ll make friends. I know you will. Because you already have one in me.
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