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.
What Nana would say about censorship on ravelry.com…
She would be totally baffled by the Left’s fascist impulses in the USA today (see ‘thoughts’ header). 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. (She became a nurse and a fabulous one at that!). 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 by the Leftist hijinks today.
2019 august 🌞
The summer is fast coming to a close and I find myself knitting & designing more than ever. However, the season started off literally with a bang when ravelry.com, a knitting forum which also catalogues knitting work, censored several of my designs (see header ‘thoughts’). Admittedly, I went through stages of emotion. At first I was stunned (“Censorship, really? - is this the USA or Russia / China? - then angry (“how stupid of ravelry censors, Casey & Jess”) , then pro-active (“I guess it’s time to move my pattern shop from ravelry to etsy!”). And finally, I was pleased as pie 🥧 to realize that in a still free country there are always options. It might take some effort to rework things - but there are always ways to reestablish alternative outlets to ensure free expression.
So before summer slips away, it’s time to go to the beach for some sun & sand, to see friends and enjoy a few sunsets. And of course, there’ll be needles & yarn in my bag.
Enjoy what’s left ! - See you in September 🙋 cathy c
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” - Audrey Hepburn
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