History repeats itself, but the special call of an art which has passed away is never reproduced. It is as utterly gone out of the world as the song of a destroyed wild bird.
- Joseph Conrad
- Joseph Conrad
I'm quite sure that all true professional artists, of every description, in all walks of life, whether their craft is painting, music, sculpture, medicine or anything, have one primary concern - mankind.
- Chico Hamilton
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
- Mother Teresa
You may have seen this editorial in the Huffington Post. It has caused quite an uproar in the internet community.
“I am proud to be a knitter. My grandmother won prizes; my mother ran a needlework store. My ancestors smile at me from heaven as I honor a time when women provided for their loved ones in the only ways open to them - by feeding, clothing, & comforting them.
I design knitting patterns for strong women who choose to spend their leisure time working with their hands & hearts. This is both meaningful and worthwhile. Knitting paid for my children's college tuition & puts food on our table. That is an outcome of which any suffragette would be proud.
Many are drawn in this age of hands off technology and virtual entertainment to the simpler, more tactile, & personal ways of satisfying our creative urges. Would you so malign a man who was involved with woodworking? Is he "perpetuating male stereotypes"?
Clearly the writer has not spent any time investigating the many alternative patterns for skull caps, corsets, and the like. You can be a knitter and be as "strong" or "girly" as you like. The desire to work with our hands can be satisfied in a multitude of ways: some with skulls & crossbones, & some with ethereal lace.
People who knit do so not out of some misguided desire to return to "women's" work or more repressive times. They knit because they are part of a community that values love, craftsmanship, beauty, art, and sustainability. They knit because they can. They knit because they care."