Editorial: Getting crafty

It’s no secret among people who know me personally that I love craft – specifically knitting.

This year, knitting has been put in the spotlight with the rise of the Pussyhat global campaign and I couldn’t be more excited to see my fellow crafters standing together for an important cause.

I’ve loved writing the feature article on ‘craftivism’ for this edition, and I’m hoping there are lots of you out there who’ll connect with it too. Click here to read it.

I learnt to knit from my mum while I was in primary school. We were on a family driving holiday and my brothers and I would alternate as to who would sit in the front next to my mum and stepdad as we drove along. My mum was knitting a jumper for me throughout the trip, and I wanted to learn. So my stepdad made me some knitting needles out of wire and when it was my turn in the front my mum would teach me the ropes.

I managed to make a top for a doll on that trip, so I must’ve picked it up pretty fast. In the years following, my nanna also taught me to crochet, and both skills have played a huge part in my life.

The way we consume handmade items these days is so different to how it used to be. In my nanna’s day, knitting, crocheting, sewing and mending were almost a necessity – and it would have been  seen as women’s work.

So now when I see people all over the world using their craft as a way of supporting each other, it’s more than just activism; it’s paying tribute to all the women who’ve come before us, who’ve  worked so hard for us, who’ve struggled for us, and who’ve supported their families so lovingly for us.

As a woman myself, that is a pretty cool thing to be part of.

Fast forward to the here and now, and we craft because it’s enjoyable, satisfying and good for our mental health. There are also many men out there who do it too (not that there weren’t some who didn’t do it before).

There’s so much more I could say on why I love knitting, but we’ll have to leave that for another day.

This edition, we’d also like to welcome Elsa Samuel, our new digital communications officer  here at the Uniting Church WA. Elsa will be working on the Uniting Church WA website, database and  social media, and will also write for Revive. It’s great to have her on board.

I hope you enjoy the edition as much as we have. Send us your thoughts to revive@wa.uca.org.au or by post to Revive, GPO Box M952 Perth WA 6843.

Happy crafting,
Heather Dowling

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