Guerrilla Girls Emerging

Out of all the weird, wonderful fashions that have graced our culture in the last twenty years, one of the craziest has to be knitting. What was once closed to the realm of humbug sucking old ladies has reemerged. In the last decade knitting has been transformed into a hip little craze that is now taken up by girls, women (and men) everywhere.  

Backstage, catwalk models are knitting. Hollywood stars  such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts and their cronies are picking up their needles and fuelling the woolly madness with a bit of celebrity endorsement. Knitting is being described as “the new way to chill out,” – so meditative is its nature.  

Designer, Heather Granger said “yarns and patterns today are conceptual and unique with a range that is mind blowing.”  She goes on to say, “the demographic of knitters has changed and to suit we have created dynamic, modern yarns with colours and textures traditionally only available to labels and top fashion designers. These days there is choice, from cosy winter wools, to cool cottons to faux fur, there is a yarn to suit any persons style. The options are as endless as the imaginations that want to create the designs.”

See? See? See? Knitting has carved itself a proud, colourful notch in the new Millenium!

Admittedly I don’t knit. I have done my fair share of knitting when babied up, but what I love is the quirkiness; the way knitting has reemerged with this whole new personality. In the US (starting in Texas around 2005) a wave of urban artists started using knitting to create a whole new form of activism.

Creative thinkers combined their ideas with wool and the next thing everyone knew, vibrant, dazzling knitted blankets were being strewn over cars, street signs, railing and buildings. This has become known as “Guerrilla Knitting” or “Knittivism”. Whole books full of patterns and designs have been released for other artists/knitters who want to clickity-clack their way into the revolution. 

Knitting has emerged to be a weapon of political extraordinace. (New word. But I like it. Shall say it again … extraordiance.)

So anyway, as I was mulling over our Spring theme of “emergence”, knitting immediately sprung to mind. After all, knitting is very much a friend of emergence; you sit there, whizzing the yarns around the needles, casting off and trying not to get mixed up between pearl and plain, and gradually, line by line, this thing begins to emerge.

And as long as we are careful to follow the right pattern and we know what we’re doing – that thing will emerge into something … scarf, hat, whatever.

Yet sometimes, what emerges is NOT what we were planning. 

Without us noticing, a wily little stitch has been added on or a sneaky little stitch is dropped. We keep humming our song, watching the telly, knitting innocently away and then suddenly we Notice. Eyes widen. We gawp at our knitting and realise that somewhere, somehow, the thing has started to go in the wrong direction! NOOO!

 (In the words of a lovely scarf knitter who may be reading this right now – “very annoying”).

Question: How can one stitch be so treacherous????

Answer: Because we live in a world of cause and affect.

What we put in will affect the results we get. This counts as much in knitting as it does in day-to-day life. So often we overlook teensy-weensy things that, over time, build up and eventually have a massive effect on our long-term results/health/wealth/happiness/knitwear.

Sometimes in our lives we drop or add a stitch or two and it only becomes clear when things have gone pear shaped and we are gawping at everything in shock and horror and gasping “where did it all go wrong???!”

(Add a few little sweets to your daily food intake and gradually over time you’ll notice that it’s not just scarves that can expand outwards. Likewise, save a little money every month and after a while you’ll notice that something quite pleasing has emerged in your bank account.)

We are all little knitters, who day by day, line by line create our daily-knitwear. We clickity-clack our way through each day, breathing, talking, walking, relating, working, laughing, crying, thinking and feeling and this is the pattern that then effects how our life looks tomorrow. 

The nice bit of news is that sometimes it’s only the smallest stitch/change in your daily habit patterns that can create the biggest difference to your life. All we have to do is suss out which stitches to drop and which to pick up.

Is there something you could add – something tiny – to your life that would make all the difference over time? Twenty minutes walk a day? Cutting down on the smokey-wokeys just a little? Picking up your paint brushes? Avoid seeing a person who brings you down? Or maybe just adding more humour/colour to your street by wrapping some cars up in snuggly blankets? If everyone gave just one car a blanket, imagine what a warm, vibrant place this world would be!

For more info about the wooly warrior revolution, check out these websites and until next time, have yourself a fluffy little day. X


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