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Moderation

Hi everyone:

If you know me, you probably know that I am moderate in all things.  Drama does not become me.  In my politics as well, I am moderate.  I prefer to keep my political opinions to myself.

I believe in treating everyone with respect.  This does not depend upon anything they do, say, believe, or are.  Human beings deserve to be treated with respect because they are human beings.  People deserve to be treated with kindness – because we are all in this together.

I believe we can discuss even difficult things if we are kind, if we are open to the other’s point of view, and if we allow for the foibles in us all.

The things that make me shine are those things that are beautiful, pure, kind.

So my heart sank when Ravelry made their anti-Trump proclamation.  Not because of what I think or don’t think about Trump, but because of the blanket statement that anyone who supports the Trump administration “undeniably supports white supremacy.”

Of course racism is bad, wrong, and evil, and it should be eradicated.  I think we all can agree on that.  But the Ravelry statement is guilty of that which they are purporting to fight.  My dismay was with the prejudicial nature of their statement, prejudice being “…feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding an ethnic, racial, social, or religious group”  (Dictionary.com) [emphasis mine].  My disquietude was at their stating that everyone in a certain group (supporters of the Trump administration) is a certain way (undeniably supports white supremacy).

This makes me so very sad, because I have loved Ravelry over the years.  Casey is a coding genius.  There’s nothing like Ravelry in ease of use.  The many, many functionalities are amazing.  The site has made it possible for me to meet knitters from around the world.  It’s where I got my start in pattern publishing.

Anyway, all of this to let you know that I am in the process of closing my Ravelry storefront.  You will still be able to find my patterns here on  knitequalsjoy.com.  They are also available on the LoveCrafts website.  I’m not sure what the Ravelry Knit Equals Joy group will look like or even if it will continue to exist.

Other places to find me and to check out what’s happening in my design and knitting world are the Knit Equals Joy Facebook Page and the Knit Equals Joy Facebook Group. I’m also investigating other avenues and will keep you posted.

This post was not intended to change anyone’s mind, but to give everyone a heads up.  If you must leave, please accept my heartfelt thanks for the years that you have supported my design work and my blog.  If you are staying, thank you so much – you will never know how much your support and friendship mean to me.

All my best, and hoping that knitting continues to bring you joy,

Carol

xoxo

 

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In this blog, you will find not only an exploration of all that is good in our knitterly lives, but also a variety of posts tying together my passions for writing, photography, and my home state of Oregon.

15 thoughts on “Moderation

  1. Interesting. I had the same thoughts as you expressed so well when I read their statement. “But the Ravelry statement is guilty of that which they are purporting to fight.” Thank you for taking a stand.

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  2. Hey Carol ! You are not alone. Not alone at all. I removed myself from ravelry also. The intolerance of the supposed tolerant on display once again. What was once a happy, artistic, creative & talented community has ( in my opinion), devolved into a bitter, angry, & sometimes even, delusional group on full display . It saddened me to see these bitter souls unhappily shuffling about the last few fall festivals I was part of. I believe the feel of the festival itself has been affected. One of the many reasons I retired from the fiber farming business after 20+ years .Their loss 😉

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    1. Hi Stef! I am working on adding in the plugins to purchase directly from the blog. Can you access the menu from the WP desktop? If so, there is a menu item “Patterns.” I’m very curious as to how it looks from the WP desktop. Thanks! ❤

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        1. hmm…it should have a drop-down list showing each pattern…but I know things look different in different formats, so maybe it doesn’t show up on the WP desktop…

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          1. Oh, good! I’ll be working with those pages over the next couple of weeks and hope to install plugins for purchasing directly from the website. In the meantime, each one has a link to its corresponding pattern on LoveCrafts.
            Thank you, Stef! ❤

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  3. Carol,

    I just wanted you to know how much I appreciated reading your email. Too many times we “let things slide” instead of standing up for what we believe is right. Kudos to you for staying true to your beliefs. I’ve followed your Facebook sure and have requested to join your group. Working full time I don’t knit as much as I’d like to, but your designs inspire me to try something g new. The pumpkins last fall were so fun!

    Thanks, Sue

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    1. Thank you, Sue. I appreciate your kind and thoughtful words. So happy that you’ve found the FB page and group! I’ve got two more pumpkin designs in the works, but they have fallen a bit behind on the calendar, so I’m not sure whether they’ll be ready in time for this fall – but I hope so!
      Thanks again-
      Carol

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