I’m sure if you are a part of the knitting community especially on Instagram you will have seen the conversation that’s been taking place over the past few weeks over racism and inclusivity in knitting, I have avoided taking part as I didn’t feel that my voice added anything to the mix but over the past few days it has begun to feel that by saying nothing perhaps it could seem I have a certain viewpoint – I am not in the ‘silent majority’ I hope I have never made anyone feel excluded by my designs or anything I’ve shared here or on any of my social media.
I am from a place (Shetland) which can feel at times in its own bubble – in terms of geography we are out on our own in the middle of the north sea, culturally we are probably what you expect – mostly white. I didn’t grow up surrounded by multi-cultures – But I was brought up by my parents to be accepting of people, wherever they come from and whatever they believe. As a place, we can be extremely welcoming, friendly and inviting but as a small community there are of course people with negative views and opinions about all sorts of things and as a very non-confrontational person I avoid putting myself in conversations that I don’t feel qualified to have an opinion on.
The recent discussions have been one of those times – as a young (ish), white woman I know in the land of designers who sell patterns on Ravelry I have it very easy, I also benefit from being from somewhere with an extremely strong knitting culture and heritage which I can take inspiration from and which inspires many others. I support all designers no matter where they come from, I feel it is important to listen to the voices of those who are marginalised rather than someone like me who doesn’t have the words, knowledge or life experiences to truly take part in the conversation. Theirs are the stories which matter and show how things need to change, I am reading a lot of the things which are being shared on Instagram and listening and finding a way to change my thought processes for the better.
I just want it to be clear that I may not get involved in certain things but that’s not because I don’t support it or have an opinion – sometimes I just don’t know enough to voice an opinion, all I can say is that I want to do better. I hope that makes sense.
speak soon xx