Knitting has been and is being used to encourage dialogue about other important social and cultural issues. Thanks to the web it’s easier to make your voice heard also if you are communicating through knitting. In addiction, knitters have natural attitude to come together, online as offline, and it makes these organizations have a very high potential to be ‘social’.
Lots of online communities of knitters have grown up during these last years to help animal, domestic, cultural and social causes.
Here you have some links of few of them:
- afghans for Afghans: a humanitarian and educational people-to-people project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to the beleaguered people of Afghanistan;
- Stitch for Senate: an initiative of knit hobbyists from 2007-2008 to hand knit helmet liners for every United States Senator. Stitch for Senate used the tradition of political organizing within knitting circles as a space for discussion, skillsharing and protest in the lead up to the 2008 senate elections. Hobbyists knitted to persuade elected officials to support the troops by bringing them home. Every senator received their own helmet liner, mailed on President Obama’s Inaguration
Late this year I will write also about other organizations which use knitting as a political word.