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february/march <strong>2022</strong><br />

The Tricoteuse<br />

How To Survive Being Cancelled<br />

Know the rules and break them anyway<br />

Cultural Appropriation and Knitting<br />

Please, Whatever You Do, Don’t Read This!<br />

Knitting Mojo<br />

Knitting<br />

for Crocheters<br />

The Church of the<br />

Poisoned<br />

Mind<br />


Editor<br />

Neil of Uknitted Kingdom<br />

For all enquiries:<br />

blockedmagazine@gmx.com<br />

Cover Photography<br />

© <strong>2022</strong> Conley Olson, @NantucketStudios<br />

Technique Photography<br />

@Mac.Tlu<br />

Illustrations<br />

Abby D<br />

Neil of Uknitted Kingdom<br />

Articles<br />

The Laziest Knitter<br />

A ‘Cancellee’<br />

Maree Buscke of Skeinz<br />

Natasha<br />

Neil of Uknitted Kingdom<br />

Patterns<br />

Neil of Uknitted Kingdom<br />

Proofreading<br />

Denise Pettus<br />

Cezanne Pellett<br />

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Acknowledgments<br />

<strong>Blocked</strong> has been made possible by the<br />

generosity and goodwill of far too many<br />

people to name individually.<br />

Thank you to all the designers, writers,<br />

photographers, artists, patrons, advertisers<br />

and, of course, you the reader.<br />

<strong>Blocked</strong> Magazine is a member of the<br />


Welcome by Uknitted Kingdom Page 5<br />

Open letter to ‘knitfluencers’ Page 6<br />

List of Test Knitters and Test Crocheters Page 7<br />

The Tricoteuse Page 8<br />

Dishident Knitting Pattern Page 10<br />

How to Survive Being Cancelled by a ‘Cancellee’ Page 12<br />

Know the Rules and Break Them Anyway Page 14<br />

Cultural Appropriation and Knitting Page 15<br />

Please, Whatever You Do, Don’t Read This! Page 16<br />

The Lazy Knitter’s Guide To Knitting Mojo Page 18<br />

MKAL and KCALs Page 21<br />

Knitting For Crocheters Page 22<br />

Slipped Stitch of the Month Page 27<br />

Designers & Indie Dyers Page 29<br />

The Church of the Poisoned Mind Page 30<br />

Vloggers and Podcasters Page 32<br />

Reviews Page 34<br />


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We hope the content herein will delight and offend you in equal measure. When something<br />

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may not be to your taste, it will be exactly another reader’s cup of tea.<br />

We’re at the beginning of <strong>2022</strong>, many of us want to put divisive <strong>issue</strong>s to one side. Many<br />

are tired of the constant battles over subjects that don’t interest us, or that we have no<br />

vested interest in. However, although we may wish for closure, there are others who take<br />

pleasure from targeting, harassing, and destroying the lives of others. Because of that,<br />

<strong>Blocked</strong> will always shine a spotlight on those who try to hurt others. This may appear to<br />

be, to some, a perpetuation of the problem. Unfortunately, we can’t sit idly as people are<br />

picked off, one by one. Some manner of resistance has to be visible. Be assured, <strong>Blocked</strong><br />

will always endeavor to ‘punch up’ rather than down and will always put facts first.<br />

<strong>Blocked</strong> will only target the bullies and the enablers. ‘Influencers’ who use their power<br />

and privilege to bully, or to support the bullies, will be fair game for critique, ridicule and<br />

satire.<br />

<strong>Blocked</strong> will be a refuge for those that find themselves cancelled. When the mob won’t<br />

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Neil, Uknitted Kingdom January <strong>2022</strong><br />

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January <strong>2022</strong><br />

Dear ‘Knitfluencers’,<br />

Much harm has befallen the knitting/crochet/fibre world in the last five or six years. From the<br />

mass-labelling of good, decent people as racist ‘white supremacists’ and the destruction of individuals’<br />

lives, to the constant policing of our words and our products/projects.<br />

Many of you have stood by, quietly, supported, or in some cases, even joined in or led, with the bullying<br />

and nastiness. This is no longer tolerable.<br />

In the name of protecting the self-declared ‘marginalized’ you have directly or indirectly marginalized<br />

thousands of others. The fate of some of the targets of harassment, hatred, threats, and ostracization<br />

has been far, far more harmful than any of the imagined ’microaggressions’ described by<br />

their attackers.<br />

Fighting racism with racism is not acceptable.<br />

Fighting fascism with fascism is not acceptable.<br />

Fighting white supremacy with black supremacy is not acceptable.<br />

Fighting patriarchy with matriarchy is not acceptable.<br />

Fighting toxic masculinity with toxic femininity is not acceptable.<br />

Our plea to you is to ’stand in the gap’ between the oppressors and the oppressed. Use your considerable<br />

influence to unite rather than divide people. One word from you could have helped Kristy<br />

Glass, Nathan Taylor, Kate Davies, Maria Tusken, and all the others that you watched be figuratively<br />

burned as witches.<br />

As with all the witch-hunts of the past; history does not remember the witchfinders fondly.<br />

You may think that buying gifts for the bullies will gain you favour for now. You may think that<br />

constantly acknowledging their presence in your live broadcasts will protect you. Enjoy your precarious<br />

privilege, earned from the pain of others, while you still can. Someday, soon, you will be<br />

cancelled by those you fete. You are only ever one poorly chosen word or one inadvertent microaggression<br />

away from destruction; subject to the whims of your ’friends’. When that happens we<br />

will be here for you, but it won’t be easy. Many will remember that you were collaborators as they<br />

searched the virtual village looking for transgressors.<br />

Before it’s too late, stand up. Speak out. Do the work. Do better. Use your influence for good in the<br />

name of good, not for evil masquerading as good.<br />

Appeasing the few at the expense of the many has never been a wise action.<br />

Do the right thing.<br />

Yours faithfully,<br />

The blocked and the cancelled.<br />



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Instagram Username<br />

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3 @stches_by_connie ü ü ü ü ü ü ü<br />

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13 @loveknotsbycheryl ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü<br />

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15 @jasminewolverine ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü<br />

16 @chickenladyfiberarts ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü<br />

17 @blazeknits_ ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü<br />

18 @sandyk1ns ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü<br />

19 @smiles5712 ü ü ü ü ü ü ü<br />

20 @windyhillfarm_ ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü<br />

21 @lisa_c_knits ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü<br />

22 @mamawantstoknit ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü<br />

23 @yarnbender ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü<br />

24 @food.gin.travel ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü<br />

25 @reneelmt_ ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü<br />

26 @CezanneFiberArts ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü<br />

27 @raspberrylanestudios ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü<br />

28 @knit507 ü ü ü ü ü ü ü<br />

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36 @yarnobsessed01 ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü<br />

37 @raspberrypotpourri ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü<br />

38 @cherylb1262 ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü<br />

39 @spiralout51 ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü<br />

40 @luckyjennyknits ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü<br />

Email<br />

41 murderknits@gmail.com ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü ü<br />

Facebook<br />

42 Kansaschickie ü ü ü ü<br />

Double Kning<br />

Intarsia<br />

Fair Isle<br />

Lace<br />

Mosaic<br />

Baby Clothes<br />

Baby / Lap Blankets<br />

Large Blankets<br />

Socks<br />

Gloves / Miens<br />

Hats<br />

Cowls / Scarves /<br />

Sweaters / Cardigans<br />

Toys<br />


The Tricoteuse<br />

By Uknitted Kingdom<br />

Tricoteuse /ˌtrɪkəˈtəːz, French tʀikɔtøz/<br />

Noun. One of a number of women who sat and knied while<br />

aending public execuons during the French Revoluon.<br />

"as gleefully as the most ragged and revoluonary tricoteuse"<br />

In October 1789, in the beginning years of the<br />

French Revolution, thousands of working class<br />

women protested and marched to the Palace<br />

of Versailles. The women, hungry and furious<br />

at the inflated cost of food, succeeded in<br />

forcing King Louis XVI to give in to their demands.<br />

The ‘Women’s March’ was applauded and<br />

praised by the wider community and the<br />

leaders of the women, The Tricoteuses, were<br />

exalted and feted by the Parisian Government<br />

and finally invited to The National Convention<br />

(the first French Republic after abolishing<br />

the monarchy).<br />

The Tricoteuse were known to walk the streets<br />

searching for aristocrats and accusing them<br />

of being unpatriotic. They threatened anyone<br />

singled out as privileged, such as landowners<br />

or people with wealth.<br />

The rich and powerful of Paris gave the Tricoteuse<br />

gifts and invited them to events, probably<br />

in a vain attempt to assuage the women’s<br />

wrath and subsequent accusations.<br />

By 1793, the government banned the Tricoteuse<br />

from attending political meetings or<br />

forming political assemblies. The precise reason<br />

for their falling out of favour is unknown, so<br />

perhaps the women harassed the wrong<br />

politician’s wife!<br />

After being banned, the Tricoteuse congregated<br />

in the ‘Place de la Révolution’ with<br />

front row views of the guillotine. Those that<br />

could afford the seats sat knitting in silence, as<br />

victim after victim was decapitated. There are<br />

unverifiable (and unlikely) tales of the Tricoteuses<br />

knitting as they were splattered with<br />

blood from the guillotine. One particularly grisly<br />

report claims at least one woman was seen<br />

to dip her bread into the blood of the executed<br />

before eating it.<br />

As the heads rolled, the Tricoteuses knitted<br />

hats for the Revolution. The pattern they knitted<br />

was known as a “bonnet rouge” and was<br />

usually a knitted red Phrygian cap 1 . The caps<br />

were also known as freedom hats.<br />

Landowners and the rich were so in fear of<br />

being executed they would wear the bonnet<br />

rouge to try to appear to be ‘one of the people’<br />

and hide their links to the aristocracy.<br />

Rules about who was permitted to wear a<br />

bonnet rouge were strict and the bonnet was<br />

seen as sacred. Only those with merit were<br />

permitted to wear them. The bonnets were<br />

even placed atop buildings to dissuade looters<br />

and rioters from attacking buildings.<br />

The Tricoteuse became legendary and have<br />

been infamously depicted in literature and<br />

film. Charles Dickens’ character Madame De<br />

Farge knitted the names of those to be executed<br />

into her knitting. As knitters, we can all<br />

agree that this probably wasn’t based upon<br />

truth!<br />

hps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/<br />

Seal_of_the_United_States_Senate<br />

Etching from Harper’s Weekly, August<br />

1881, from a painng by Carl Piloty,<br />

“The Girondists.”<br />

1 Phrygian caps have a long history and were first recorded in the 4 th Century BC. They were worn by those in the ‘cult of Attis’. In<br />

Roman times ‘freemen’ often wore them to show they were no longer slaves. The caps became synonymous with freedom and liberty<br />

and the Seal of the US Senate proudly depicts a Phrygian cap labelled ‘liberty’.<br />


228 years later, there was another Women’s<br />

March. This time the march was in 2017 and<br />

was held in Washington D.C., USA.<br />

The women protested against the newly<br />

elected President Donald J. Trump, and arguably<br />

this was the result of them misinterpreting<br />

a private comment he had made<br />

more than 10 years earlier.<br />

The women wore knitted pink ‘pussy hats’ to<br />

reflect the colour of women’s genitalia.<br />

Some wore pink vagina costumes. The reason<br />

for the choice of pink for the hats was<br />

later denied when accusations of racism<br />

and transphobia were levied.<br />

Although the women present were not all<br />

knitters, most of the hats were knitted or crocheted<br />

by hand. The demand for pink yarn<br />

created a shortage across the USA.<br />

The pussy hat became linked to anti-<br />

Republicanism (specifically the Trump Administration)<br />

and, like the Tricoteuse, knitters<br />

furiously created them and demanded yarn<br />

stores, yarn dyers, and others join them.<br />

Since 2017 these modern Tricoteuse have<br />

stalked the internet streets searching for<br />

those they perceive as privileged, of the<br />

wrong political persuasion, of the wrong skin<br />

colour, or simply thinking the wrong way.<br />

Once singled out, their targets are figuratively<br />

beheaded as the Tricoteuses sit, knitting,<br />

dipping their bread into the severed necks of<br />

their victims.<br />


dishidents and secquares<br />

by Uknied Kingdom<br />


dishidents (dissident dishcloths) and<br />

secquares (secret squares)<br />

yarn<br />

The test knit for these patterns each used approximately<br />

41 to 43g of worsted weight 100% cotton.<br />

gauge<br />

For dishcloths; gauge isn’t particularly important as you<br />

will find your own gauge (or the yarn manufacturers’ recommended<br />

gauge) perfectly adequate.<br />

However, if you choose to knit squares for a blanket try to<br />

be consistent with your yarn and needle choices so that<br />

the squares are the same size.<br />

tips<br />

If preferred, slip the first OR the last stitch of every row to<br />

create a neater edge.<br />

When purling a stitch immediately after knitting a stitch;<br />

pull the excess yarn out of the purl stitch before knitting or<br />

purling on. This helps to reduce loose/baggy knit stitches.<br />

directions<br />

dishcloth/square number three:<br />

Cast on 45 stitches<br />

R1: k45<br />

R2: k45<br />

R3: k45<br />

R4: k45<br />

R5: k45<br />

R6: k45<br />

R7: k4, p37, k4<br />

R8: k45<br />

R9: k4, p2, k4, p6, k4, p8, k8, p5, k4<br />

R10: k45<br />

R11: k4, p2, k4, p5, k4, p9, k9, p4, k4<br />

R12: k45<br />

R13: k4, p2, k4, p4, k4, p10, k3, p4, k3, p3, k4<br />

R14: k45<br />

R15: k4, p2, k4, p3, k4, p2, k6, p3, k3, p5, k3, p2, k4<br />

R16: k45<br />

R17: k4, p2, k4, p2, k4, p2, k3, p2, k3, p2, k3, p5, k3, p2, k4<br />

R18: k45<br />

R19: k4, p2, k4, p1, k4, p2, k3, p8, k3, p5, k3, p2, k4<br />

R20: k45<br />

R21: k4, p2, k8, p3, k9, p2, k3, p5, k3, p2, k4<br />

R22: k45<br />

R23: k4, p2, k8, p3, k9, p2, k3, p5, k3, p2, k4<br />

R24: k45<br />

R25: k4, p2, k4, p1, k3, p3, k2, p5, k2, p2, k3, p5, k3, p2, k4<br />

R26: k45<br />

R27: k4, p2, k4, p2, k3, p2, k9, p2, k3, p4, k3, p3, k4<br />

R28: k45<br />

R29: k4, p2, k4, p3, k3, p2, k7, p3, k9, p4, k4<br />

R30: k45<br />

R31: k4, p2, k4, p4, k3, p11, k8, p5, k4<br />

R32: k45<br />

R33: k4, p37, k4<br />

R34: k45<br />

R35: k4, p2, k8, p3, k11, p3, k7, p3, k4<br />

R36: k45<br />

R37: k4, p2, k9, p2, k11, p2, k9, p2, k4<br />

R38: k45<br />

R39: k4, p2, k3, p3, k3, p2, k3, p10, k3, p3, k3, p2, k4<br />

R40: k45<br />

R41: k4, p2, k3, p3, k3, p2, k3, p3, k4, p3, k3, p8, k4<br />

R42: k45<br />

R43: k4, p2, k9, p2, k3, p2, k6, p2, k3, p8, k4<br />

R44: k45<br />

R45: k4, p2, k9, p2, k3, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k3, p8, k4<br />

R46: k45<br />

R47: k4, p2, k3, p3, k3, p2, k3, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k3, p8, k4<br />

R48: k45<br />

R49: k4, p2, k3, p3, k3, p2, k3, p2, k6, p2, k3, p3, k3, p2, k4<br />

R50: k45<br />

R51: k4, p2, k9, p2, k3, p3, k4, p3, k9, p2, k4<br />

R52: k45<br />

R53: k4, p2, k8, p3, k3, p11, k7, p3, k4<br />

R54: k45<br />

R55: k4, p37, k4<br />

R56: k45<br />

R57: k45<br />

R58: k45<br />

R59: k45<br />

R60: k45<br />

R61: k45<br />

R62: k45<br />

Bind Off.<br />

pattern errata<br />

Errata can be reported via email to:<br />

uknittedkingdom@gmail.com<br />

© Copyright <strong>2022</strong> Uknitted Kingdom<br />

All rights reserved.<br />


How to Survive Being Cancelled<br />

By ‘a cancellee’<br />

When you find yourself the target of an internet mobbing, it can take your breath away. Hundreds of<br />

strangers “pile on” your social media account with vile accusations and hateful wishes. Those who would<br />

otherwise support you are too afraid to say anything in your defense out of fear of becoming a target themselves.<br />

The self-appointed assessors of righteousness and purity often crawl through your list of followers and<br />

demand your friends denounce you or suffer the same fate. Your business or brand that you’ve worked so<br />

hard to build starts shedding customers— thousands of them.<br />

If you do not own a business, the online attacks can still affect your job. If your personal information is not well<br />

-protected, expect calls to your employer and an attempt to get you fired. Sometimes the mob calls child<br />

protective services and begins that nightmare for you.<br />

What type of offense is worthy of all this effort and contempt? Any, really. In the past we’ve seen that simply<br />

asking for kindness will send the cancel mob into a hysterical frenzy where the goal is the utter destruction of<br />

the asker.<br />

There are not a lot of resources available to help you if you find yourself the focus of the mob. It can be disorienting,<br />

and it feels like the whole world is against you. We’ve put together a guide of coping strategies<br />

should you find yourself ‘cancelled.’<br />

Accept That It’s Unfair<br />

Cancel culture essentially operates as a kangaroo court where an unappointed jury passes judgement and<br />

imposes punishment without giving you the ability to plead your case or be heard. Your attackers are sadists<br />

at heart, and they enjoy the hunt and the kill.<br />

It’s important to know that cancelling is NOT about morality or ethics. It is about power and dominance. The<br />

goal is to control behavior and thinking.<br />

Nothing about cancel culture is fair. Your brand and reputation are forever altered. There is no going back<br />

to the way it was before. However, once you accept this, you can start to rebuild. You may find in the rebuilding<br />

that you have a smaller but more stable customer base – or a smaller, but closer-knit group of<br />

friends – that doesn’t come with the threat of impending cancellation.<br />

Remember Who You Are<br />

Keep hold of your sense of who you are. Accept that others will have misconceptions about you. Being misunderstood<br />

is uncomfortable. However, there is a lot of wisdom in the maxim “consider the source.” Online<br />

strangers, no matter how strong their opinions, are simply strangers. Many of them have mental illnesses –<br />

many self-declared and listed in their bios – and are not people who you would ever consult for life advice.<br />

When you find yourself mobbed by them it’s important to rely on real people in your real life who know you<br />

and whom you trust. You are still the same person you were before anonymous accounts labeled you<br />

“toxic.” You know what is true about yourself. Stay honest and stick to the truth of the matter.<br />


Limit Screen Time<br />

Focus on your real life and real relationships. Remember the difference<br />

between real life and social media. The curated feeds of Instagram<br />

are an illusion. People may not realize that the behind-thescenes<br />

of the knitting industry is cut-throat. The smiling faces online<br />

do not translate to friendly people in the real world. Knitting is ultimately<br />

a competitive business. The same can be said for the world of<br />

knitfluencers.<br />

Do Not Apologize<br />

Apologies will not provide any relief from the attacks. They serve only<br />

to embolden the mob and will make it even more difficult for the<br />

next person to stand up. No apology will ever be good enough. It will<br />

be viewed as insincere or lacking or problematic in some way. Apologizing<br />

disheartens those who are willing to stand by you and help<br />

you rebuild. By apologizing, you alienate everyone.<br />

One caveat— if you truly feel like you are wrong and want to clear<br />

your conscience, then an apology is appropriate. Just do not expect that it will alleviate the onslaught.<br />

Stay Calm<br />

Resist the urge to go on the defensive. The mob will eventually go find someone else to harass, especially if<br />

you do not engage. If you do engage, your words will be used against you. Expect anything you say to circulate<br />

across social media and for it to be twisted to make you look bad. The intent is to shame you and to<br />

intimidate others. “Look what will happen to you if you don’t toe the party line.”<br />

One strategy is to post pretty pictures of your yarn or knitting or kittens. Make it difficult for them to find reasons<br />

to create more smear campaigns. Be prepared that if you leave your comments open, your posts will<br />

be filled with attacks from the mob.<br />

Don’t Expect to Change Minds<br />

Studies have shown that presenting sound arguments supported by facts are not effective in changing the<br />

minds of ideologs. These people value their social and moral status above evidence. If you are a person who<br />

forms your world view on the basis of facts, it may be hard to accept that most people fight data to keep<br />

their belief systems intact.<br />

Record Everything<br />

The behavior of some of your attackers is possibly illegal. You may be able to bring your case to court. Keeping<br />

records of the harassment, libel, and slander could make all the difference in a court of law.<br />

Courage is Contagious<br />

Courage begets courage. People will watch you to see how you react. Your choices will either inspire more<br />

fear or they will inspire others to take a stand. The more people who are willing to speak out, the more quickly<br />

we will reach a point where we can cancel ‘cancel culture.’ We can help create an environment where<br />

civil discourse is the norm. They can’t cancel all of us.<br />

I know of a person who was cancelled and went to a<br />

fiber festival anyways. When people saw her and<br />

scowled, she walked right up to them and started a<br />

conversation. She made them acknowledge her and<br />

see her as a person. With another human being in front<br />

of them, they begrudgingly engaged in polite small<br />

talk.<br />

If you find yourself cancelled and alone, please know<br />

that it won’t last. You WILL find a new tribe that accepts<br />

you and appreciates you. Being cancelled is<br />

emotionally difficult but life after cancellation can be<br />

better than before.<br />


Know the rules and break them anyway.<br />

By Maree Buscke<br />

Knitting started as a way to create cloth and garments as early as<br />

1000AD in Egypt and found its way to Europe and by the 14 th century<br />

where a trade guild was established to elevate the craft to<br />

improve quality and assure higher prices.<br />

With this elevation to guild status, techniques were recorded and<br />

the ‘rules’ of knitting started to be firmly established from oral tradition<br />

to fully-fledged trades. As knitting spread across the continent,<br />

so did the cultural spin to the craft.<br />

Outside of the guilds, knitting was a vastly more practical affair,<br />

with garments created to fit with the lives and livelihoods of the recipients. Those traditions<br />

passed from one generation to the next.<br />

With the advent of publishing and open access to travel, knitting started the transition from<br />

practicality to pastime and with this you saw creativity expand to whimsies of fashion or the<br />

simple necessity of the environment, supply or situation.<br />

Some of the foundational rules of knitting, whether it be by hand or<br />

machine, have always been set around consistency and predictability<br />

of outcome. This was usually revolved around gauge/tension &<br />

cover factor of the fabric. The first helped determine sizing and the latter<br />

wear and functionality.<br />

Those rules still stand today.<br />

How many times have you sought advice about knitting a garment<br />

and the first question has been “Did you swatch?”<br />

Swatching helps set the ground rules for sizing and shape, a snapshot of how a fabric will look<br />

and perform. Once you know the rules, however, then you can also break them and swatching<br />

is the key to this too.<br />

In our impatience we often think that swatching a waste of time or yarn, but if you want to express<br />

your inner stitching anarchist, swatching allows you to test your ideas, throw caution to<br />

the wind and rewrite the rules to the stitching story you want to write.<br />

This is where you can expand or contract your needle, work out various stitch combinations,<br />

multi strand yarns, even substitute yarns for other materials. Each swatch is then a glimpse of<br />

what could become your final garment. It allows you to also see the positives and negatives<br />

of the new fabric and how best it can be used.<br />

Designers have been doing this for years. The glitter knitter StevenBe is famous for his use of<br />

mixed mediums like wool with lurex, knitted fishing line and even knitted cassette tape! Steven<br />

crafts pieces that are worn as layers to create a statement and have fun with fashion and<br />

your craft.<br />

Personally I love nothing more than taking a single design and adding my<br />

own ‘Maree Modifications’. What happens if I change the gauge, alter<br />

the medium, add extra textures, and play with the length, shaping or<br />

size?<br />

Not only does it fuel your creativity, it also helps you maximise the value<br />

from every design you have purchased and allows you to add your own<br />

stamp of personality to each piece.<br />

The first step, you guessed it, is a swatch.<br />


Cultural Appropriation and Knitting<br />

By Natasha<br />

The question a lot of people in the knitting community are asking recently<br />

is, “Does cultural appropriation in knitting actually exist?” The answer to that in simplest<br />

terms is “sort-of.” What I mean by that is cultural appropriation itself does not exist in<br />

knitting, but some people try to stir up trouble where there is none to start arguments<br />

and disagreements because they want attention. Which, to me, sounds very desperate.<br />

Take it from a girl in middle school, it sounds like something a teenage girl would do<br />

for attention. This doesn’t make the knitters behaving this way seem very mature.<br />

An example of knitters using cultural appropriation to start drama is the knitting<br />

pattern “Kochi Kimono.” There is no problem with this pattern being called “Kochi<br />

Kimono” because the overall style, with exception to some details, is very similar to the<br />

traditional kimono. The pattern was actually styled to look just like the traditional<br />

Kimono, with the exception of it being knitted. Because knitters stirred up trouble for no<br />

reason, the designer of Paper Cut Patterns had to change the name to “Kochi Jacket''<br />

and had to apologize to everyone for offending them. This was not the first time in fashion<br />

that some have named a design containing the term Kimono or copied the style of a<br />

Kimono. You have to ask why was this time so offensive?<br />

Another example of controversy is whether or not the “Chinese Waitress Cast<br />

On” is an offensive name. The reason it is called a “Chinese Waitress Cast On” is<br />

because a Chinese waitress was the first one to teach it. I see no reason to change it<br />

because it is just named after the waitress that created it, who was not offended by it being<br />

named after her. So I do not know why other people are offended by it. Why should it be offensive<br />

to knitters to have things named after the persons who invented them?<br />

These are just a couple of examples that<br />

show that cultural appropriation in knitting is<br />

just a means to start arguments and get<br />

attention. Knitting has been developing for<br />

thousands of years across the globe, different<br />

cultures have added new techniques<br />

and construction methods just like artists<br />

and architects have added to painting<br />

techniques/movements and architectural<br />

styles. Would we attack someone for painting<br />

like Salvador Dali or designing a building<br />

like I. M. Pei?<br />

Knitting is just another construction technique<br />

and a skill that anyone can learn.<br />


please,<br />

whatever you do,<br />

do NOT read this!<br />

By Uknitted Kingdom<br />

We seem to have caused somewhat of a stir,<br />

haven’t we?<br />

Before the premiere <strong>issue</strong> of <strong>Blocked</strong> was even<br />

released, the usual suspects were already accusing<br />

the magazine of “abhorrent and disgusting”<br />

content.<br />

“I haven’t looked at it,” said one knitter, “but I<br />

know what it contains.”<br />

“It’s a white supremacist burn book!” said another<br />

who hadn’t laid eyes on a word of<br />

<strong>Blocked</strong>.<br />

Many impassioned pleas were made to NOT<br />

look at our publication…<br />

It was the best advertising <strong>Blocked</strong> could have<br />

wished for! Within one week more than 14,000<br />

readers had viewed these “vile” pages.<br />

With every Instagram story that begged followers<br />

to avoid the magazine, more readers (and<br />

Patrons!) walked through our virtual doors.<br />

As our views climbed, our detractors explored<br />

different tactics to sabotage us. A campaign<br />

was organized to report <strong>Blocked</strong> for hate<br />

speech and racism. An automated system<br />

took the magazine offline for two days (over<br />

the weekend) until a human was able to review<br />

it. This person rejected the complaints as<br />

malicious and without merit and the magazine<br />

was promptly placed back online. This time,<br />

however, <strong>Blocked</strong> <strong>issue</strong> one was block-proof!<br />

The platform confirmed it would never again<br />

be taken down by complaints.<br />

Several unsuccessful attempts were made to<br />

break into our social media accounts so fake<br />

accounts featuring pornography were made<br />

using similar names.<br />

Knitfluencers used social media to intimidate<br />

their own followers in order to cripple our magazine.<br />

They demanded that their followers<br />

block all contributors to <strong>Blocked</strong> within 10 days<br />

“or else!”<br />

Rumours even began circulating that cancelled<br />

’knitfluencer’, Kristy Glass, was secretly<br />

funding the magazine. Apparently, a few people<br />

pushed the lie that the magazine had emboldened<br />

her to return to public life and that<br />

we were all somehow conspiring to promote<br />

racism, and other evils, within the knitting community.<br />

There were likely other attempts at sabotage,<br />

unbeknownst to us. However, you can’t stop a<br />

movement whose time has come. The truth<br />

has a way of cutting through all the lies. And<br />

here we still are, 14,000 readers later!<br />

We had anticipated a small readership of<br />

about 2,000. It is humbling that our expectations<br />

were wildly exceeded. We are grateful to<br />

all of you who have turned out to contribute<br />

content, read our magazine, and support us. If<br />

you are one of our many readers who has endured<br />

harassment or threats from<br />

‘knitfluencers’ online, we thank you for your<br />

courage.<br />

So now that the hysteria has quieted somewhat<br />

it’s time to get on with <strong>issue</strong> two of<br />

<strong>Blocked</strong>. We hope that you enjoy the content<br />

on our pages. And we hope that if you are inspired,<br />

you will think about participating.<br />

If you have a pattern, or an article, or artwork<br />

that you’d like to have reviewed and considered<br />

for publication, please email us at:<br />

blockedmagazine@gmx.com<br />



The Lazy Knitter’s Guide<br />

to Knitting Mojo<br />

by the Laziest Knitter, Illustrations by Abby D<br />

Over the years, there has been a lot of talk about the somewhat elusive ‘knitting mojo.’ We all<br />

know how it happens; Christmas is looming on the horizon and we spend several frantic weeks<br />

knitting furiously on 20 pairs of wool mittens for friends and family. By the time the New Year rolls<br />

around, we never want to see a knitting needle again.<br />

A new sweater pattern and a yarn we’ve been dying to try helps to restart the mojo. That luxurious,<br />

fuzzy, and hard-to-frog yarn comes together with a misread of the instructions and we<br />

need to unravel back to the cast on. In disgust, we shove our project away and the mojo<br />

evaporates for weeks or months.<br />

If you’re reading this publication, you may be familiar with the occurrence of another mojokiller.<br />

Hundreds, if not thousands of knitters have laid down their needles and headed over to<br />

greener pastures and friendlier communities. Why? Knitting went ‘woke.’<br />

For some, they walked away when Ravelry declared them white supremacists (regardless of<br />

their skin color.) For others, it was the online mobbings and cancel-brigades that drove them<br />

away from their craft.<br />

I abandoned my needles for over a year after Sockmatician was bullied into a hospital. Watching<br />

knitters I knew and admired celebrate the destruction of Nathan’s mental health and career<br />

ultimately soured my feelings about both the “knitting community” and knitting itself. Demands<br />

for statements of fidelity to the ideology that fueled the psychological torment were<br />

everywhere. Knitting friends who spoke of inclusivity and kindness were demonstrating cruelty<br />

and ostracizing anyone who had different life experiences or different perspectives. Very few<br />

knitfluencers were able to find the courage to take a stand against it. Those that did paid dearly<br />

for it.<br />

My beautiful stash of hand-dyed yarn and my half-completed projects became a visual reminder<br />

of the pain of being mischaracterized and the loss of community I felt. It’s difficult to<br />

want to knit when there’s so much emotional baggage attached. Also, I just didn’t want to join<br />

the creepy cult.<br />


Why Even Care About Your Knitting Mojo?<br />

If you are like me, you have spent a considerable amount of time and money collecting yarn,<br />

patterns, and knitting skills. You have dreamt about the beautiful finished objects that your<br />

stash will become. And how awesome is it when a stranger asks where we got our sweater/<br />

hat/shawl and we can say we made it ourselves?!<br />

The stress that comes with making a<br />

large investment in a hobby that<br />

goes unused isn’t exactly comfortable.<br />

A sweater’s quantity of handdyed<br />

yarn can easily cost over $200,<br />

not to mention the $10 pattern and<br />

all the classes you took to learn the<br />

necessary skills. It feels incredibly<br />

wasteful.<br />

Find a New Tribe<br />

If your loss of mojo is due to loss of<br />

community, the quickest way to find<br />

your knitting mojo again is to find a<br />

group of knitters that is inclusive— as<br />

in the actual definition of “inclusive,”<br />

and not, you know, a weird cult. These inclusive groups are getting easier and easier to find<br />

thanks, in large part, to the “inclusive” groups shunning and publicly humiliating anyone with<br />

the audacity to question them. (You know, how cults work.) I’ve found knitting groups on FB<br />

that keep politics out of it. There are also knitting groups that cater to those who were expelled<br />

from Ravelry. A community of people who can empathize with your pain and who love to knit<br />

can go a long way toward wanting to pick up your needles again. If you are on IG, search for<br />

#dismantletheknittingcult. You may find kindred spirits there.<br />

Overdye Toxic Skeins<br />

What if a large part of your stash is yarn from a dyer who has participated in the mobbings<br />

and cancellings? Hand dyed yarn is beautiful (and expensive), but yarn dyed by the hands of<br />

someone who has taken part in bullying or doxing doesn’t exactly inspire. What can you do?<br />

Besides the obvious selling/trading/donating the yarn, you can overdye it and turn it into<br />

something new. Magical things happen when you overdye a color you don’t like or want, especially<br />

when you use light color washes which act as glazes. I’ve used this technique on colorways<br />

that I didn’t like and have gotten results that are stunning.<br />

Don’t know how to dye yarn? There<br />

are a lot of free resources available on<br />

YouTube. If you are willing to invest in<br />

classes, the School of Sweet Georgia<br />

has very thorough classes on practically<br />

every method of yarn dyeing under<br />

the sun. Dyeing yarn is not as unapproachable<br />

as you might think. You<br />

can use acid dye and citric acid or<br />

you can use food dye and vinegar<br />

right out of your kitchen. In the same<br />

vein, to inspire your mojo to return, try<br />

dyeing your own colorways from<br />

scratch! Wool2dye4.com is a great resource<br />

for quality bare yarns.<br />


Frog Everything<br />

Frogging all your projects may seem<br />

extreme, but to me, it feels like freedom.<br />

Unraveling my stagnant projects<br />

is liberating. The yarn goes back into<br />

stash and becomes fuel for inspiration.<br />

I regain all my freshly emptied needles.<br />

Plus, I can indulge in cast-on-itis, guilt<br />

free!<br />

What does frogging mean in<br />

knitting? It is when you remove<br />

your needles from your project<br />

and pull the yarn out, undoing<br />

all the rows. Frogging gets it’s<br />

name from “rip it, rip it, rip it”<br />

which sounds like a frog’s croak.<br />

Indulge Your Curiosity<br />

Sometimes it’s a joy to work on something mindless, like a stockinette sock. But there is something<br />

intrinsically exciting about a project where you learn a new technique. When I found the<br />

Skew sock, I couldn’t put it down. Watching a sock emerge from a construction that wasn’t intuitive<br />

to me was exciting! In that same vein, using a new yarn or a new pattern can reignite<br />

excitement for your craft. Explore and nourish your curiosity.<br />

Do It For You<br />

Forget the gift knitting and deadline knitting and knit for yourself. It’s a shame that we often refer<br />

to this as “selfish knitting.” Do potters have “selfish bowls” or painters have “selfish paintings?”<br />

Knitting can be practical but it is also an artform, a type of self-expression. All art is inherently<br />

selfish in this way and it should be!<br />

Do It For Charity<br />

It’s often our selfless acts that bring us the most satisfaction. Using your stash and skills to help a<br />

stranger may be just what you need to bring back your mojo. Whether it’s knitting hats for veterans<br />

or lap blankets for seniors, knitting knockers for breast cancer survivors or blankets for animals<br />

in shelters, there are limitless opportunities for giving back. Contact your local hospital to<br />

see if they need beanies for preemies or your homeless shelter to see if they need mittens and<br />

scarves. Want more ideas? A quick internet search on ‘charity knitting’ will bring up numerous<br />

options.<br />

Give Yourself Time<br />

If none of these ideas work for you, give yourself<br />

more time. People throughout history have<br />

knitted for the sheer joy of it long before<br />

knitfluencers existed. I often remind myself<br />

that I loved knitting before I loved podcasts or<br />

IG. While the pain of losing a community is real,<br />

I don’t want it to translate to the loss of my<br />

favorite creative outlet. It’s taken time, but my<br />

mojo has returned in full— reawakened, I<br />

would say. I hope the same for you.<br />


Join Two Sisters & Some Yarn with<br />

their latest make-along (MAL).<br />

· Just create and have fun; join in using<br />

the hashtag #TSASYMAL and<br />

tag @twosistersandsomeyarn.<br />

· Start a new project with the ‘Two<br />

Sisters and Some Yarn’ colorway<br />

from @sweetmountaincrafts or any<br />

of her other yarns or ber.<br />

· For details of other indie dyers you<br />

can use contact Two Sisters &<br />

Some Yarn on Instagram.<br />

Join us in <strong>2022</strong> to knit, crochet, and spin!<br />

Quarterly KCALS with fun themes, video chats, prizes galore, no politics<br />

and almost no rules.<br />

It’s time that we bridge the divide created in the fiber community and get<br />

back to the joy of making!<br />


Knitting for Crocheters<br />

by Uknitted Kingdom<br />

I was recently asked if I could write a ‘how-to-knit’ for crocheters who have tried to knit and<br />

failed, then tried to knit again and failed again. Those that have failed many times (and given<br />

up for good) may find this useful.<br />

This is a temporary solution designed to acclimatize crocheters into knitting in a more crochetfriendly<br />

way before moving on to a more traditional knitting method.<br />

For me, crochet was far more complicated to learn than knitting. Where knitting has 2 basic<br />

stitches, knit and purl, crochet has slip stitch, SC (single crochet), HDC (half double), DC<br />

(double), HTC (half triple), TC (triple) and so on. This is before learning extended stitches, post<br />

stitches, Tunisian stitches and then learning the difference between USA terms and UK terms.<br />

Imagine if every time you read a pattern, you had to check if the knit stitch was a USA knit<br />

stitch or a UK purl stitch and whether the purl stitch was a USA purl stitch or a UK knit stitch!<br />

Over the years I’ve experimented with different styles of knitting. I began as an English<br />

‘thrower’, however after developing carpal tunnel syndrome I researched different styles of<br />

knitting to try to reduce the stress on my hands and wrists. After trying continental, Norwegian<br />

and Portuguese/Andean methods I settled permanently into the Portuguese style. These styles<br />

of knitting gave me the idea for this technique.<br />

Some, but not all, Portuguese and Andean knitters use hooked knitting needles. The needles<br />

have a hook on one end and a traditional knitting point on the other.<br />

As crocheters are more familiar with manipulating yarn with hooks than needles this technique<br />

could be a temporary solution and a step towards knitting with needles.<br />

Tools<br />

To try this technique you will need two Portuguese knitting hooks. As these are not easily available,<br />

and can be quite expensive, Afghan hooks can be used instead. They are just as useful,<br />

are easier to source and are much more affordable.<br />

You will need 2 hooks of the same size (appropriate for the yarn weight you prefer to use).<br />

Afghan hooks have a crochet hook at one end, a smooth, uninterrupted shaft and a ‘stopper’<br />

at the end of the hook to prevent the stitches falling off. Afghan hooks are usually much longer<br />

than crochet hooks and can be the same length as straight knitting needles.<br />

Your usual crochet hooks will not be suitable if they have larger handles than the shaft, an indent<br />

on the shaft for your thumb, or short shafts.<br />


Yarn choice<br />

For the time being choose your favourite weight of yarn. For example, don’t use fingering<br />

weight to knit if you usually use worsted weight to crochet.<br />

Holding the needles<br />

You will probably hold your crochet hook like a pen or like a knife. Whichever way you hold<br />

your hook, apply the same hold when knitting.<br />

Which Knitting Style should a crocheter choose to learn?<br />

As with knitting, crochet can have a number of styles. To my knowledge they don’t have titles<br />

(I’d be very interested to hear if you know otherwise), so for the purpose of this article, I’ll call<br />

them by the names of the knitting techniques that I’m going to compare them to. The reason<br />

for this will become clear.<br />

The Continental Crochet hold. This style is where a right-handed crocheter holds the hook in<br />

the right hand and the working yarn in the left. The yarn is tensioned around the ring or little finger<br />

and the ‘active’ yarn is suspended from the raised index finger. The yarn is then hooked<br />

from the ‘active’ part of the yarn.<br />

The Norwegian Crochet hold. Similar to the Continental style, the Norwegian style is where a<br />

right-handed crocheter holds the hook in the right hand and the working yarn in the left. The<br />

yarn is tensioned around the ring or little finger and the ‘active’ yarn is held over the lowered<br />

index finger. The index finger does not rise at any point. The working yarn is then hooked directly<br />

from the index finger.<br />

The English Crochet hold. This is a style utilized by left-handed crocheters. The hook is held in<br />

the left hand. And the yarn is wrapped or thrown around the hook by the right hand.<br />

First, identify which kind of crocheter you are. If you fall into one of the three styles above I<br />

think you will have some success learning to knit.<br />

Make your transition from crochet to knitting as familiar as possible. For continental Crocheters,<br />

learn continental-style knitting. Norwegian Crocheters, learn Norwegian-style knitting and English<br />

Crocheters, learn English-style knitting. The reason for this is that the crocheter will already<br />

be used to holding and manipulating the yarn in that way.<br />


Casting on<br />

For the time being use a crochet chain cast on. This will be familiar to all crocheters and is a legitimate<br />

cast on for many knitting projects.<br />

Chain 21.<br />

With the Afghan hook SC (USA) or DC (UK) into the 2 nd chain from the hook. HOWEVER do not<br />

finish the stitch. Insert the hook through the 2 nd chain, catch the yarn as usual, pull through the<br />

chain but DO NOT complete the stitch as you would with crochet. Just leave the loop on the<br />

hook. You will have 2 loops on your hook. Now do exactly the same into the 3 rd chain. You will<br />

have 3 loops on the hook. Continue until you have worked all the chains. You will have 21 loops<br />

on your hook.<br />

Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3 Fig.4<br />

In fig. 1 to fig. 4, I began with several rows of single crochet (USA)/ double crochet (UK). However,<br />

this process would be the same if starting from a chain.<br />

This is exactly how you would begin a Tunisian Crochet project. However, the comparison with<br />

Tunisian crochet begins and ends here.<br />

Swap the hook with the 21 loops from your right hand to your left hand (Fig. 5). The hook end<br />

should be facing to the right. When crocheting you would now be holding the fabric between<br />

your thumb and middle finger. Do the same with the hook that holds the 21 loops. Wrap the<br />

working yarn how you would when crocheting.<br />

Insert the right hook into the first loop on the left hook through the back loop (Fig. 6).<br />

Fig. 5 Fig. 6 Fig. 7 Fig. 8 Fig. 9<br />

Catch the yarn from your index finger (Fig. 7) and pull it back through the loop (Fig. 8). You will<br />

now have a new loop on your right-hand needle.<br />

Allow the ‘old’ loop to slip off the left hook (Fig. 9).<br />

You have knitted your first stitch.<br />

Continue knitting into each loop on the left hook until you have 21 stitches on the right hook.<br />

In Fig.10 you will see 2 rows of knit stitch directly below the<br />

needle. Two rows of knit stitch creates one garter stitch ridge.<br />

Below the garter stitch ridge are several rows of crochet.<br />

Fig. 10<br />

Photography © <strong>2022</strong> @Mac.Tlu<br />


Knitting is simply a series of crochet slip-stitches. Purling is similar except you enter the stitch from<br />

the back to the front instead of knitting from the front to the back. Purling is a little trickier so for<br />

now focus on the knit stitch.<br />

When crocheting a slip stitch you would insert<br />

the hook into the stitch from the front, catch<br />

the yarn, pull it back through the stitch and<br />

then, as part of the same movement, you pull<br />

the new loop through the old loop leaving<br />

one loop on the hook. Knitting is almost the<br />

same. You just omit the last stage.<br />

At this point, experienced knitters might possibly<br />

be appalled. Remember, this is a technique<br />

for crocheters that have failed to learn<br />

to knit and require a different approach.<br />

Knitters will recognize that this method produces<br />

an Eastern-style knit stitch. Where Western<br />

knitters enter the stitch from front left, the<br />

Eastern method enters the stitch from back<br />

right. This method has no bearing on the appearance<br />

of the knitted fabric so long as the<br />

accompanying purl stitch is created in the<br />

matching East or West style. The Eastern method<br />

will feel more familiar to crocheters.<br />

Crochet slip stitch<br />

Begin with one loop<br />

on your hook<br />

Insert hook through the<br />

first stitch from the<br />

front to the back.<br />

Catch the working yarn<br />

from your index finger<br />

with the hook.<br />

Pull the working yarn<br />

back through the stitch.<br />

Pull the working yarn<br />

through the loop on the<br />

hook.<br />

One loop on the hook.<br />

Knit stitch<br />

Begin with zero loops on<br />

your right needle but with<br />

the<br />

desired number of loops<br />

(stitches) on your left needle.<br />

Insert the needle through<br />

the first loop on the left<br />

needle from front to the<br />

back.<br />

Catch the working yarn<br />

from your index finger<br />

with your needle.<br />

Pull the working yarn<br />

back through the loop.<br />

Allow the original loop to<br />

drop off the left needle.<br />

Two loops on the needle.<br />

Binding Off<br />

To bind off, work each stitch from the left hook in the same method as before, but this time finish<br />

each stitch as if you are making a crochet slip stitch.<br />

Insert the right hook into the first loop on the left hook through the back loop.<br />

Catch the yarn from your index finger and pull it back through the loop. You will now have a<br />

new loop on your right-hand needle. You will now have one stitch.<br />

*Insert the right hook into the next loop on the left hook through the back loop. Pull the working<br />

yarn through. You will have two loops on your right hook.<br />

Pull the new loop through the old loop (as per crochet). One loop on your hook.**<br />

Continue * to ** until you have one loop left. Finish off in the same way as you would with crochet.<br />

Keep practicing this until you are familiar with the physical movements involved. When you feel<br />

confident try doing exactly the same with knitting needles instead of hooks.<br />

If you have found this useful please let me know and I’ll prepare a ‘Purling for Crocheters’ for<br />

the next <strong>issue</strong>.<br />


Email:<br />

blockedmagazine@gmx.com<br />


It seems that just as we knitters and crocheters settle down to our craft; someone else comes<br />

along and causes us to drop a stitch, or worse, causes us to lose our excitement and enjoyment<br />

of the particular project we’ve been working on. So many times I’ve heard that the unpleasantness<br />

surrounding our corner of the world has stagnated creativity.<br />

In ’Dropped Stitch of the Month’ I’ll highlight the latest bad behaviour to cause our collective<br />

and figurative dropped stitches. As with a literal dropped stitch we can’t simply knit on. We<br />

have to ladder that sucker back up and regain composure, and then, and only then, knit on.<br />

This month’s ‘Dropped Stitch’ is:<br />

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.<br />

Although Trudeau is not a knitter/crocheter his actions and words have negatively affected<br />

many of us.<br />














DO WE<br />


THESE<br />

PEOPLE?<br />


Here, at <strong>Blocked</strong>, we believe that if you see a pattern or a yarn that you love, you should<br />

download or purchase it. We don’t support boycotts, blacklists, or cancelling. No one has the<br />

right to dictate how any of us spend our money or the yarns or patterns we enjoy.<br />

If you’ve seen the pattern or yarn you want to have already, go for it! However, if you haven’t<br />

chosen a specific pattern or yarn and are browsing for inspiration, please start with the designers<br />

and indie dyers listed below.<br />

These small businesses have been boycotted and blacklisted. Or they risk the same simply by<br />

not supporting the cancelling of others or, just for appearing in <strong>Blocked</strong>.<br />

As the months progress, we hope this list will get longer as more designers and indie dyers collaborate<br />

with <strong>Blocked</strong> or choose to advertise in <strong>Blocked</strong>.<br />

If you are a designer and we feature one of your patterns, you will receive free advertising in<br />

<strong>Blocked</strong> for 12 months.<br />

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Knitty McPurly<br />

Lizclothier Designs<br />

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Anne Pinkava<br />

Deplorable Knitter<br />

YankeeRose Creations<br />

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https://galilee-life.com/vendor/deplorable-knitter/<br />

http://www.yankeerose.etsy.com/<br />


The Church of the Poisoned Mind (Fleecing the Disturbed)<br />

by Uknied Kingdom<br />

We face a new religious cult. The religion of<br />

“anti-racism.” One of the high priestesses, a<br />

knitwear designer, states, with authority, that:<br />

· all white people are racist, but some are<br />

working towards being less racist.<br />

· That she, as a black woman, cannot be<br />

racist.<br />

· That black women should be believed at<br />

all times.<br />

· That facts and evidence are tools of<br />

white supremacy.<br />

· If you don’t admit to being a racist, guess<br />

what? You’re a racist!<br />

Not being racist isn’t enough. You have to be<br />

actively anti-racist. This entails harassing, reprimanding,<br />

and reporting perceived instances<br />

of micro-aggression. If you aren’t actively antiracist<br />

you must, in their view, support racism.<br />

Each week she delivers her sermon, and after<br />

the release of <strong>Blocked</strong>, she led her flock in a<br />

minute’s silence for all the black women that<br />

were ‘harmed’.<br />

At the close of each sermon she allows white<br />

and non-black worshippers to communicate<br />

with her for 10 minutes and 10 minutes only in<br />

a form of public confessional. Confessors are<br />

encouraged to “sit in their discomfort” and<br />

profess their racist sins.<br />

After the confessional, ONLY black people are<br />

permitted to speak to her. Whites, Asians,<br />

Jews, Latinos, and any other non-blacks are<br />

strictly verboten. However, they are all expected<br />

to put money into the collection box<br />

via her tip-jar or ‘badges’. Contributors and<br />

contributions are noted.<br />

The religious metaphor took another step closer<br />

to reality this month when the high priestess<br />

<strong>issue</strong>d an encyclical stating that “Black life is<br />

sacred.” A caveat was included to make it<br />

clear that unborn black babies’ lives were absolutely<br />

NOT sacred and had no value except<br />

as an extension of the uterus owner’s body.<br />

Deliberately excluding the lives of all other<br />

races/ethnicities from being perceived as<br />

equal/sacred is the first step on a path that<br />

has been well-trodden by race-purists since<br />

time began.<br />

For those of us that believe ALL life is sacred<br />

this should cause some concern.<br />

The church of Anti-Racism preaches that:<br />

· White people are raised to have no empathy,<br />

especially for black people.<br />

· That white lives are less important than<br />

the sacrosanct black lives.<br />

· That white people kill black people and<br />

that white people are inferior but also<br />

have privilege.<br />

Recently a gay, white man sent the priestess a<br />

private message to talk about some anti-racist<br />

resources he had enjoyed. She exploded with<br />

anger, humiliated him and instructed her flock<br />

of minions, as she calls them, to scorch the<br />

Earth of his presence. His crime? Daring to<br />

speak to a black woman. His white privilege<br />

and power wasn’t enough to save him from<br />

excommunication.<br />

This religion is not about equality. If it were, its<br />

disciples would call for equality for all. Instead,<br />

they call for power, exclusivity, privilege, and<br />

wealth at the expense of all others.<br />

There is no point defending your position as a<br />

reasonable human being. To this church you<br />

carry the original sin of white skin. The shame<br />

of your nakedness. The mark of Cain. Unless<br />

you are baptized into the cult you will always<br />

be considered the most racist of the racists, at<br />

best a heathen, worse a blasphemer, or worst<br />

of all, a witch.<br />


There are even ‘witch-finders’ under the command<br />

of a handful of white, witch-finder generals.<br />

They scrutinize Instagram, Facebook and<br />

other social media platforms for evidence of<br />

witchcraft. Association with other witches is<br />

enough to get one denounced. If those denounced<br />

do not confess, prostrate themselves<br />

before the altar of Anti-Racism, and perform<br />

their penance, they are tried in the ‘Court of<br />

Hysteria’ and inevitably burned.<br />

Throughout history. witch-finders, religious dogmatists,<br />

and cultists, have never been remembered<br />

fondly.<br />

In 1647, after personally overseeing the execution<br />

of approximately 300 ‘witches’, Matthew<br />

Hopkins, the original ‘Witchfinder General’,<br />

died, aged 27. He is rumoured to have<br />

drowned undergoing one of his own<br />

’swimming trials’ after being accused of witchcraft<br />

himself.<br />

Sadly, as ironic and satisfying as this rumour is,<br />

it is more likely that he died of tuberculosis.<br />

Either way, his legacy is not one to be envied.<br />

























I CHARGE $60 AN HOUR.<br />


SO THAT’LL BE $90.<br />


Vloggers and Podcasters<br />

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Adventures With Yarn<br />

Presented by Louise<br />

Child friendly, fun, quirky and full of energy.<br />

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<strong>Blocked</strong> Magazine<br />

Presented by Neil (Uknitted Kingdom)<br />

Not really child friendly.<br />

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Herd knitunity<br />

Presented by Treecurtis<br />

Not child friendly. Shepherd and ‘woolfluencer’, a sheep to<br />

sweater kinda gal.<br />

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Knitty McPurly<br />

Presented by Devin<br />

Very child friendly, a virtual saint!<br />

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyIInmPUQGqoohNgUj0Zmow<br />


Murder Knits<br />

Presented by Tabitha<br />

If your children watch, they'll become serial killers!<br />

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbrSeXmJuT0_BglI_pzi1jg<br />

Politically Incorrect Knitters<br />

Presented by DK and Anne<br />

Mostly child friendly, they’ll learn a lot!<br />

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm8CME6h72cFfQ7ZBNGCj5w<br />

Skeinz Diaries<br />

Presented by Maree<br />

Child friendly. Take off your ‘gummies’, put your feet up and<br />

prepare for a ‘tiki tour’ of yarny goodness!<br />

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCswGNOSxnHlPZsQMCC2YHxQ<br />

Two Sisters & Some Yarn<br />

Presented by Amy & Denise<br />

Mostly child friendly, especially if they’re little wiseguys.<br />

https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoSistersAndSomeYarn<br />




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