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I wanted to add that I totally agree with what you said about handcrafting having political implications if we follow through on how it can help resist the temptations of mass-manufacture-and-consumption and build bridges across class boundaries in ways that don’t happen regularly. Sometimes the craft itself tends to revolve so much around consumption (of yarn, of patterns, of notions) that one tends to forget this simple but important side of it. You said it very eloquently.
How much more AWESOME and *SMART* can you be?!?! I really enjoyed reading this interview; it’s intelligent, thoughtful, aware, brave, outspoken crafters like yourself who make me so happy and proud and excited and amazed and empowered to be a part of this community. I feel that knitters like EZ and women such as your grandmother would shout, like we are shouting, “YOU ROCK GIRL!”.
(I know I shouldn’t presume to speak for women like EZ and your grandmother, but I just wanted to say it.)
That’s an awesome interview. After one of those weeks of feeling like people don’t get it, particularly all my seemingly contradictory behaviors, your thoughts were a pleasure to read. I love that I don’t shave my legs, like wearing little flowered skirts, and have conversations that flip-flop between yarn texture and social justice. Yeah you for putting it all that there so articulately.
Pam! Sorry if I wigged you out too much by revealing my lurker status. I had an amazing time on Saturday–it’s always good to see you, and re: blogs, you’re now free to return the favor. Also, way to work your friend and mine, Chip Delany, into the interview.