First Some Background
If follow me on social media, watch my YouTube Channel or are on my email list, you probably know I started a Temperature Blanket MAL for 2021!
In truth I started this on a whim and I have never done a MAL of any kind before. But, I have always learned best by doing, so I went ahead and jumped in. (If you want to join along, you still can. It’s never to late to start a temperature blanket or start sharing yours with us over on my Fiber Group!” )
A KAL for February!
Why Are You Not Doing All this On Ravelry?
However, I legitimate concern was raised that I want to address. A email subscriber was very concerned that I am having these MAL on a non-Ravelry, non-Facebook platform. Which I completely get. In this day and age of scams and platforms that have attracted less than desirable personalities, how could they know my space could be trusted.
Well, first let me say that I hope my space will be trusted because I am trustworthy. Although I try not to dwell on politics on my YouTube Channel and other spaces, where I stand on issues is no secret. I volunteered with the Biden campaign. I vocally stood by Ravelry’s decision in 2019 to de-platform MAGA projects. I am a lifelong Feminist. I am the white Jewish mother of a Black Jewish Daughter. I make no space for intolerance, racism, anti-LGBTQ+, sexism and misogyny, antisemismism, and other bigotries. I would not choose to a house my fiber group on a website that did.
Base on my above statement Ravelry would appear to be a natural place to host my Make Alongs and create a Fiber Group. However, due to Ravelry’s issues with accessibility which has been well covered here on my blog and on my YouTube Channel, Ravelry is simply not an option.
Why Not Facebook?
My dislike for Facebook operates on several levels. For one I just do no like their interface, especially since their latest update. 🤢. But, more than anything I do not care for Facebooks rather terrible Community Standard enforcement. I can criticize most Social Media platforms for the same reason. There is also the rather questionable ethics of how Facebook collects and sells user data.
With all this in mind I decided I would rather start a community on a platform where I felt less tied to some third parties ideas of how to create a safe environment.
Mighty Network: What it is and Why I Chose It
So, that’s it. Really. It’s that simple. The Knits Where It’s At Group is a crafting group. And I hope it is one you may find a home where you can meet other crafters, spread the joy of making, and perhaps make new friends along the way.
Happy Health and Happy Making!