Monday, July 6, 2009

On feminism and knitting

The photo to the left reads "We will not raise our children to kill another mother's child," and is comprised of 4,000 knitted pink and green squares, unfurled by Code Pink in front of the White House. It is a testament to the kind of statement and impact knitting can have on the world.
Face it, girls: you don't always look like the radical feminist when sporting 2 needles and a ball of yarn. What gets me is when people ask, "are you expecting?" Or "who are you making that for?" As if we lack the independence to make things for ourselves; I am a self-proclaimed selfish knitter. 90% of my projects are for me, and I see nothing wrong with that. If I'm going to put that kind of time and energy into something, I might as well reap the benefits of it. Now, I do make things for other people, don't get me wrong here, but I do a fair amount of self-knitting.
And what's with knitting and babies? I understand that there is a lot of knitting that needs to be done when a baby is about to arrive; there are blankets and bonnets and booties and sweaters and all kinds of things that will drive people to don needles, but it isn't always about that. 85% of the population seems to disagree with me, however.
Knitting, I believe, is about liberation. It is about taking a step away from the stresses of your daily life and creating something; it is about liberating your creative self, letting it grow and prosper. Its about liberating yarn, needles and time, freeing up space in your closet, in your life for... you. No matter who the finished product is for, knitting is about the knitter. I have made sweaters full of love, and scarves filled with tears. Throughout my life, knitting has been there as the silent listener, the great liberator, the best friend. Stitches listen but do not judge; knitting for me has always been a meditation. It can be a very powerful act.
The act of creating something is always a statement. It fills a void of otherwise unused time with creativity, energy, passion. In times, it has been a social statement, a rebellion against oppression, in other times, it is to celebrate peace. Knitting is powerful. Feel powerful when you knit.

1 comment:

  1. Right on, Sara! Totally agree. I started knitting after my two kids were born not so I could make them things but so I could have "me time" during the day, and I found it was the only time I had to sit down and focus on one thing!