A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.

Cultural Exchange

“…what this article is asking you to do is educate yourself, listen, and be open to reexamining the symbols you use without thinking, the cultures you engage with without understanding, and the historical and social climate we all need to be seeing.”  Full article here.

This kind of questioning of self and society needs to happen by each of us, no matter age, color, genitalia, etc.  Every culture has centuries of wisdom to learn from and deserves respect.

“We tend to think of this as cultural exchange when really, it’s no more an exchange than pressuring your neighbors to adopt your ideals while stealing their family heirlooms.” BAM.

Can a knitter avoid ‘two halves’ construction in a scarf, stole, or shawl, and grafting seam lines together? Absolutely. Imaarat, a simple geometrical lace scarf with side-to-side construction, is knitted in one-piece.  No grafting or 3-needle bind-off.  You just knit to the center using Pattern A and from the center to the end using Pattern B. Voilà. Can you believe Sandhya S of Swatch Love only took up knitting in 2011?  Enjoy the complimentary scarf pattern. Let me know if/when you knit one. I’d love to see your project.

Heddi Craft is offering her newly published Ocean Waves Stole knitted pattern–reversibleFREE. Thank you, Heddi.

Must a sock always be “expected?”  According to Charles Gandy, “By attaching these colorful circles one to another, a creative and playful sock emerges that allows the wearer to express their own individuality in a new and unusual way. They are fun to make, and even more fun to wear.”  Charles is an incredible master of design!!  Circle Socks are unquestionably whimsical and gorgeous–FREE online patterns via Schachenmayr.

Check out my Facebook page here for another inspiring project to be shared later today.  As always, it will be FREE.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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(still doesn’t do MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook, a smartphone, and a little bit of texting!)


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