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Kate Jan 12
Knitting, crochet, sewing and other crafty friends! I'm thinking about something and I need help putting it into words. I keep coming across conversations around knitting which make me sad, and I want to push back against that. (Thread ⬇️⬇️⬇️)
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Kate
Who is telling you that you have to go on a “yarn diet”? You don’t. You just don’t. It’s stupid on so many levels. Why do feel you have to hide your yarn purchases from your partner? That’s NOT HEALTHY. You are a grown adult, you’re allowed to buy things.
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Kate Jan 12
Replying to @KateHeppell
You have no obligation to make gifts for ANYONE. You’re allowed to say no. Your time is your own. Don't devalue your time/your craft by selling what you make for peanuts. It just leads to you getting miserable because other people don’t love what you’ve made as much as you do.
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Kate Jan 12
Replying to @KateHeppell
You know what – buying things from businesses and people who you want to thrive is a GOOD THING. Everything in moderation, but again – it’s YOUR MONEY. Do what you want with it.
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Kate Jan 12
Replying to @KateHeppell
I want us to revel in enjoying our craft – the process, the materials, the people. I don’t want the weird, guilt-trippy nonsense. We’re better than that, right?
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Kate Jan 12
Replying to @KateHeppell
I’m thinking of writing a little mission statement around all of this but I just wanted to throw it out there. Also if anyone has a word that encapsulates all of this, please suggest it because I'm stumped.
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Ellen Goodman Jan 12
Replying to @KateHeppell
Great thread. When I was in university, worked at LYS and SO many women would ask us to “store” their yarn for them, or pay by cash and check so husband wouldn’t know how much the yarn really cost!
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Kate Jan 12
Replying to @egelpaso
That just makes me so sad!
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Louise Jan 12
Replying to @KateHeppell
a lot of this is value. on all levels. i bang on about it on podcast - value your skills and time, value your own opinions... take ownership of your own craft, evaluate your own attitudes to stash, to yarn buying, etc but allow others to do the same.
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Julia Jan 12
Replying to @KateHeppell
I’m on a yarn diet because I sorted the stash and found some beautiful stuff I’d forgotten I’d bought and I felt like the most capitalist capitalist on the planet and slightly sickened by myself. My husband is glad because he doesn’t like stuff, but that has no impact ->
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wrigglefingers Jan 12
Replying to @KateHeppell
It’s such a telltale of how we value women’s work. Don’t hide stash, show it, say why it is good and use it. I bet stash that is hidden has a far higher chance of never ever being used.
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Harriet Jan 12
Replying to @KateHeppell
Knitting and crochet and lovely wools are addictive, but like reading, it enhances rather than destroys a person. I have a project in mind for most of my stash and one day I will finish all of them.....then I'm learning to spin.....!
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Kate Jan 12
Replying to @_KnitBritish
Yes! I love hearing you talk about it 💕
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Cas ♻️👣🐈🌿🏳️‍🌈♿ Jan 12
Replying to @KateHeppell
I found the thing on sovereignty!
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Kate Jan 12
Replying to @sljuls
Oh love, don’t feel bad about it! If you buy a dress and don’t wear it, you donate it to charity. If you buy chocolate and forget about it for a week and then find it you’re like THANKS PAST ME! Use it, donate it but don’t feel guilty.
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Kate Jan 12
Replying to @wrigglefingers
YES THIS SO MUCH THIS
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Kate Jan 12
Replying to @KirkhamCraft
I like this comparison a lot.
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Kate Jan 12
Replying to @cassolotl
OH GOD I USED TO READ THAT BLOG OBSESSIVELY!!!!!
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LizFM Jan 12
Replying to @KateHeppell
It’s about being who you are and being unapologetic about it. Owning the things you love instead of hiding them in a corner or being ashamed. Not devaluing a thing you like *because you like it* and because we r taught we don’t deserve nice things and we/our stuff isn’t important
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Kate Jan 12
Replying to @LizFM
I think that’s the third “unapologetic”! We may have a winner.
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