BBC News published an article this morning about knitting’s rebirth. Which, way to be late to the party Beebs. The article goes on to talk about knitting as mathematical expression (think true mobius cowls), knitting with wire and knitting as feminist expression via Stitch ‘n Bitch.
While I think the first two items are pretty cool, I’m not sure if I’m entirely sold on the last point. I knit because it saved my life, because I love the act of creating and transforming raw materials into a thing, and because it gives me something to do. I don’t necessarily see it having anything to do with my gender or with feminism.
I’ve shied away from talking about feminism and what it means to me mostly because it’s such a personal and slippery thing to talk about. I did go to a (now defunct) woman’s college, Marymount College of Fordham University. Feminism was part of nearly every subject taught there and rightly so. However, now that I’m out of school (I was part of the last graduating class in 2007) I don’t view everything through that lens. I really have no idea what feminism means to me any more, much less how my knitting fits into it.
So, I am bravely baring my ignorance on this subject as well as a lack of an inform opinion! On the internets none the less! Where it seems everyone has a terribly informed and very loud opinion on just about everything! Blasphemy, I know. But I turn to you, dearest readers, what does your knitting help you to express?
Is it your love of polygons? Perhaps trying new and different materials like wire or plarn? Or is it your way of making a stance on a hot button issue?