An excerpt from my forthcoming book, “The Confessions of a MadManKnitting.”
You would think that I was describing a street gang, but oh, to see the look on your face when I tell you it has become an all out brawl between knitters.
The average non-knitter tends to think of knitters as matronly ladies with bifocals and blue rinses with lovely discussions about the grandchildren and gladiolas both growing at amazing rates.
I wish it were that simple. For those of you that do not know, knitting has turned from an innocent moment of contemplation into a weapon of total destruction.
(I hear prayer tends to be a lot like that now, too. Some people pray for good things to happen to others….and others pray that some are destroyed).
For the past decade or so, this craft was already teetering on the edges of infiltration. But, in the past few years, or even months by these recent stories, knitting has been hijacked by terrorists with demands. And their demands are quite simple: the elimination of knitting as a craft.
Knitting is now the harbinger of political policies, identity inclusion, and social media warfare. Knitters are being booted and banned from websites and groups, ostracized in public forums, shunned from festivals, being put on lists to be boycotted, their livelihoods taken away, their incomes destroyed, their work touted as meaningless.
Somehow, knitters got tossed out by the “knitting community.” Yes, some were boldly and aggressively asked to leave by the local Party Affiliation Leaders at the most recent Knitting Education Summits (we used to call those weekly “knit alongs”). Others, like myself were demonized, destroyed, beat into submission. Not by the very people who supported us, mind you. But, by the very people who had never even heard of us until they were told in cultist language that we were enemies.
And many of my supporters who have read this blog will agree!
But, I was asked by Trisha Allison if I was writing this book to preach to the choir. Absolutely not. A lot of people who support me will understand exactly what I’m doing with this book.
This book is being written for people who do not understand the power of their own hatred. I want them to see just what their actions can cause another human they have never met, never known of, but were told to annihilate because they did not submit to the ridiculous notion that skin color, sexual identity, and gender are more valuable to the craft rather than to the actual yarn itself.
Yes, this book is being written for the very people that have done their best to destroy knitters for the sake of their Party’s policies, who turned Sip and Knits into “A Town Hall on Equality.”
This book is for you. I’m sure my regular readers will love it. But, I hope it lands in the hands of someone who wanted to strike me but, discovers upon knowing me that they would rather just sit and knit with me…
I’ll confess to that desire to sit and knit with my enemy…..will you?
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