This is my first hand knit sweater, using Davina Choy’s Everyday Raglan pattern! I have mostly stayed with the written pattern, only changing the sleeve decreases and altering the underarm pickup using Suzanne Bryan’s method. I picked knitting up two months ago and I’m really enjoying it so far!!! I can’t wait to make my next sweater, the Fireside Pullover by Jane Richmond, my first shawl, the Find Your Fade Shawl by Andrea Mowry, and my first pair of socks.
The knitting community, a predominantly white space, recently experienced much needed discourse in diversity and racism. BIPOC creators gave so much of their time and energy to educate those who blatantly and not so blatantly displayed racist behavior in the wake of the Karen Templer post. I’ve been reading all the stories and watching the responses (and silences) very closely, especially from LYSs in my area.
I have had issues with imposter syndrome all my life. As a first gen Asian American born to immigrant parents who came to the US at relatively young ages, I’ve never felt comfortable owning my own POC experience. If I experience racism I brush it off and chalk it up to overreaction. It’s easy to think I’ve overreacted and harder to know that there are those who feel it is okay to treat some with prejudice because of the color of their skin. No more. We. See. You.
I’m glad that the cosplay space is so diverse and welcoming. Seeing pushback happening on these important conversations for the last two weeks has made me feel incredibly anxious and worried. What’s happening now isn’t “politics”. It’s not “drama”. It’s real people’s lives. It’s inclusivity and it’s diversity and it’s not minimizing lived experiences. It’s unlearning internal racism and it’s listening to others without making it about yourself. I’m overjoyed to see the conversations taking place and frustrated that it took so long. 📸: @aaronstehley
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