Knitting and Politics

Monday, September 11th, 2006
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I just came across a cool new blog with a cool recent post about crafting and politics and how, on her blog, never the twain shall meet. I try to avoid talking about politics on this blog because I think most of it has nothing to do with crafting and I don’t want to alienate all the cool folks who come by here on a regular basis. My other blog is more personal, and quite a bit more ends up there, so I don’t feel like the self-censorship is in any way suffocating.

Of course, there are some ways that politics can creep into knitting (many ways, actually), and it turns out that knitting has a vast political history. But aside from the few blog posts about gender definitions and “knitting for the troops,” there aren’t many blogs that combine knitting and politics. I’d like to see some. Not those from the US, that’s to be expected and (dare I say it) common. I’d prefer something in a foreign politick (Africa? Lebanon?), or possibly even Canadian.

Blogosphere, get to work!

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5 Comments to “Knitting and Politics”

  1. It’s funny when politics does slip in to a craft blog, because then I think, “oh, I thought he/she thought just like I did!”

    As much as I try though, I can’t find politics anything but incredibly boring. When I feel like I need to find out what’s going on, I visit political blogs, particularly my brother’s. He’s Canadian/American. Maybe I could teach him to knit and it would be the best of both worlds!

    I like the idea of craft/politics from all over the world. Good call, Eve.

    Comment by
    lorinda
    September 11, 2006 @ 12:37 pm
  2. I do find politics interesting, and they’re important to me, but I find that participating in them in my ‘real’ life is more useful than talking about them online. As you say, this can be alienating. Also, I’m just not interested in playing host to the kinds of exchanges that can occur when they’re brought up.

    Thank you for the links!

    Comment by eireann
    September 11, 2006 @ 5:20 pm
  3. Oh my, a blogging family! I love it!

    Eirann: You’re right, that’s another reason I avoid political discussions. I’ve had a few on the internet and they’re just not worth it.

    Comment by Eve
    September 11, 2006 @ 7:57 pm
  4. Check out Moze’s blog: http://mozemen.blogspot.com/
    Moze is a knitter in Israel. Those two things rarely actually intersect on the blog, but there is an awful lot of enlightening commentary on middle east politics from a real person who lives there. And some knitting.

    Comment by miss ewe
    September 12, 2006 @ 10:43 am
  5. Neat!

    Comment by Eve
    September 13, 2006 @ 12:35 pm

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