With the recent Women's March, there has been a lot of hubbub about crafting for causes, or craftivism. One business even went so far as to say they won't sell you yarn if you're making something for a cause that they don't support. That's ridiculous, in my opinion. So I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you that here at Darn Yarn, if the cause is important to you, it's important to us.
We try to keep politics and our beliefs out of our business, but let's face it, that can be hard to do because we all make decisions, every day, based on our beliefs. It sounds silly, but even the colors we choose to order are based on what we are drawn to, or based on what our customers prefer. That simple decision is based on a belief - albeit a trivial one - about which colors are better. We prefer natural fibers, so we tend to gravitate towards stocking them over 100% synthetic yarns, another decision based on a belief". And the very core of our business here at Darn Yarn is a focus on American Made supplies for crocheters, knitters, spinners, and weavers. That decision is based on the belief that it's important to support our community, neighbors, and country by supporting our manufacturing infrastructure, and thereby helping to improve our economy.
While the stocking decisions, new lines, and many other business decisions are made based on our beliefs and political leanings, that doesn't mean we blatantly share our political leanings or post political statements on a regular basis. We all get tired of that anyway - and no one wants to hear it in their "safe place", and for many crafters, their LYS or small craft supplier is a place of refuge from the current deluge of political propaganda. However, because of this, we tend not to promote or post many craftivism projects or causes. That doesn't mean we're opposed to them, just that it can be difficult to remain neutral - there are a lot of great causes out there! The charity projects that we do promote or share are usually directly affiliated with a customer or local organization.
And for many, part of the joy, relaxation, or relief they receive from their craftivism includes the knowledge that they are making something "for the cause" - whatever that cause may be. And for that we applaud all of you! We are constantly amazed at how giving stitchers are! Whether it's for a local shelter (teen, battered women, substance abuse halfway house , LGBT); an animal welfare organization; a march or demonstration; a medical cause (preemie caps, chemo caps, knitted knockers, twiddle muffs); a clothing drive; or any of the the many other options we may have forgotten, you like to pour your soul into every stitch and give hope to the masses. That deserves a round of applause.
We believe that every project is important, even the "I'm finally making something for myself" projects, simply because you are making/made it. That sounds trite, but it's true. The art of making is a powerful thing - it's revolutionary, it's traditional, it's an act of subversion, it's domestic, it's empowering, it's calming, it's radical, it requires discipline, it's creative, it's stodgy, it's inspiring, and it's monotonous. But it is never a waste. And anything you take the time to make is valuable - even if the value is intangible at the moment. If you take the time to make something, we should take the time to try and help you - regardless of the project.
So, if you are a charitable crafter, thank-you and keep up the good work; and if you aren't a charity crafter, that's ok - thank you for being a maker, we need more people like you too!