Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners.
George Carlin, comedian
I learned to knit from my Latvian 🇦🇹 grandmother who emigrated from Riga to the USA in 1916 (photo below). My work can be found in numerous knitting magazines, as well as in seven books including best sellers, Hip Knit Hats (2005), Hattitudes (2009), Short Story (2012), Happy Feet (2014), and Cowlgirls 1 & 2 (2010, 2016).
At the moment, I am using stranded knitting to render letters, words and language as design elements under the logo ‘TICKER KNITS’. However, when time permits, I continue to work on private commissions and for other publications as well.
Follow me on Instagram @ ‘cathy.carron’ 👉🏼 above is today’s post.
2019 july 🎉
NEWS! Censorship doesn’t work in a free society. I closed my pattern shop on ravelry and have reopened on ETSY / cathycarron.. However, my ravelry account remains to respect the obligations I have with my various publishers. _____________________________
🇺🇸 Censorship is NEVER acceptable; it’s not good; it disenfranchises; it is UN-AMERICAN. But that is what is happening at the moment on the largest knitting forum website Ravelry.com. Democrat Liberal Progressives of Ravelry are so fragile, so juvenile, so hate-filled that they were willing to banish at least 10,000 members recently from their site because some won’t click-their-heels to current political correctness that characterizes the Democrat Party today. Ravelry only tolerates ardent Progressivism - and you thought it was just about ‘knitting’ 🤣 so much for ‘inclusiveness’ ! It’s not good for the hand knitting industry and certainly not good for civic life in the USA.
It is sad.
As for Ravelry’s recent censorship tirade - two of my patterns triggered its very sensitive staff (see below). Back in 2016, I designed a trio of hats, one for each ‘candidate’: Hillary, Trump and NEITHER. Those patterns had been up on Ravelry.com since 2016 and no one said a word. This past week, the TRUMP hat was banned and taken down, per Ravelry’s new anti-Trump policy. Clearly, social justice warriors are on the warpath. To be honest, I would be too, after witnessing the pathetic performances that took place
at the first Democrat debates a week or so ago.
A day later, Casey & Jess Forbes the ‘owners’ of Ravelry went above and beyond their anti-Trump tirade and took down another knitting pattern which expressed aphorisms espoused by Canadian clinical psychologist, Jordan Peterson - common, age-old, ‘wisdoms’ (see below). No matter, it exploded many weak minds of the Brave New World. So-called ‘Social Justice Warriors’ (SJW) are by definition a ‘social construct’ - they are bullies and are to be ignored.
What Nana would say….
She would be totally baffled by the Left’s fascist impulses in the USA today (see left hand column). After all, she and her family fled Latvia for political reasons, leaving everything behind, the family’s land & business (potato milling) without recompense. She was eternally grateful for the opportunities the USA presented to her. Nana knew full well the terrors of fascism and oppression; Both Germany & Russia occupied Latvia, hence Nana spoke both German and Russian fluently, as well as four other languages. Nana would not be pleased.