A. Catherine Noon here, with something a little different as we come up on Valentine’s Day. You know the old saying in English, “Actions speak louder than words”? Like so many of us, I’ve been watching recent events with a dawning horror and want to get involved. The first way was to knit so-called “pussyhats,” so-named because of derogatory comments the president of the U.S. made about women, using the slur, “pussy.” The hats are shaped to have little cat-ears and are, usually, some shade of pink. (Incidentally, I’ve got an open offer to anyone who wants one but is unable to knit, crochet, or sew; please feel free to let me know in the comments. If you can afford to contribute for supplies great; if you’re outside the States, we can talk about postage. My next hat is going off to merry old England. I’m so excited!) The Pussyhat Project has grown as thousands of women and men from around the world got in on the action; part of what makes it so empowering is the fact we’re making something, and that it’s a lighthearted response to some very ugly words and sentiment. (I’ve heard it said that some people are confused that women are wearing actual vaginas on their heads and, while there may indeed be people doing that, that’s definitely not what the pussyhat is. Those are cat ears.)
I got to thinking: how can I keep this craftiness going, but for others and not just myself? Charity knitting is a popular subject; just enter the words into Google and you’ll be inundated. I recommend the Knitting for Charity newsletter by Nicole Hashke, and her website has ways you can contribute all over the world. Just today, the newsletter talked about a charity in England that focuses on knitting for English armed services and their families. But then I came across Knitted Knockers and fell in love.
I am an avid member of Craftsy, and if you haven’t checked it out but are interested in making stuff, then check them out. They sell a kit designed by Knitted Knockers, with part of the proceeds donated to them, for making knit prosthetics for breast cancer survivors. I thought, Perfect! I lost my mother to cancer, my coauthor and I write romance, and my coauthor, Rachel Wilder, works a day job as a certified bra fitter and part of her clientele are survivors with difficult-to-fit problems (partial mastectomies, full mastectomies, painful breasts after treatment, etc.). This is a perfect fit for us to do on so many levels. My kit arrived at the end of last week.
Dear Reader, we are living in tumultuous times, all over the globe. My focus is narrowed to the States for obvious reasons, (well, I’m assuming obvious because if you’re reading this, you probably have an internet connection and therefore are aware of the news), but we aren’t the only ones with problems, civil unrest, and challenging economic climates. I encourage you to make things. Whether or not you know how, or even whether you’ve done it recently, it doesn’t matter. Make stuff with your kids, if you have them. Make stuff with your friends. Make stuff by yourself. Draw. Doodle. Write. Play music. Sing in the shower. Go build a box or a set of shelves. Take a class in how to make stuff. Create.
Art is therapeutic.
What about you, Dear Reader? What do you like to make?
– E.E. Cummings
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