Finding My People
Affinity groups can be fraught with exclusivity and entitlement. But I think there is also an inherent need for us all to belong. That’s why “finding my people” is so important.
The Direction To Finding My People
It’s been discussed here before. Finding a group to call your own is important. But it also needs to recognize that attaching myself to a specific selection of people requires me to navigate privilege, racism, sexism, gender-normativity, exclusivity and many more areas. In creating the Men’s Knitting Retreats over 14 years ago, I began that journey.
First off, I knew that these were my people immediately.
Then came the hard work of making sure I wasn’t disadvantaging folks through these relationships.
I haven’t been completely successful in all the efforts to make sure we raise up as many people with these retreats. So I guess this community building is more of a journey and not necessarily a destination.
Being able to celebrate the men’s knitting community has been the true joy of my life. And the retreats have spread that joy widely. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to have brought these people together.
Here are some photos of the community we created last week.
It’s such a shame none of them seem to be enjoying themselves. I’ll try harder in September.
I was able to finally pick up my knitting again this week. I also FINALLY finished the last little bit of knitting on the Provenance Mitts.
Now I have two pairs. One in the large size and the other in the smaller size. Both gorgeous.
Even the wrong-side looks decent.
Still LOVE this pattern. It’s fun and easy.