Years and years and years ago when I lived in South Carolina, I came across a newspaper article in The State (or maybe The Free Times) about the South Carolina Knitting Guild. I went to a meetup (before Meetup was a thing). I got knitting lessons. After that, it was scarves for everyone!
I gave knitting up for a while. Who had the time? I recently came back to it though, and I’ve been pursuing other textile/fiber related crafts like embroidery and crocheting and such.
This return to knitting has a lot to do with my son and this book of sea creature patterns.
It’s fun to knit for kids.
I’m also thinking a lot about the history of what’s considered to be feminine crafts thanks to conversations with other fiber/textile-loving friends and Margaret Wertheim, who visited The Steward School earlier in the year to talk about the Crocheted Coral Reef project, which got me thinking a lot about STEAM, interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary/multidisciplinary/whatnot studies, the importance of downtime, and the people who encourage and amplify our crazy “What if we did this…” ideas.
Like all summers, I have big plans for exploring questions. One area of interest is the use of craft for social comment in both the past and present.