Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Feature- The Veiled Knitters

Asalamu Alaikum,

I have been on Ravelry for just over four years now. It is an awesome site for fiber artists of all sorts- knitters, crocheters, and spinners. The forums are especially fun. Anyone on the site can create their own group, with it's own pages and forum.

There are groups for any interest you can think of, television shoes, debate groups, sewing, favorite authors. One of the groups that I have joined is the Veiled Knitters, basically a group for people who cover their heads. Some people wear hats, some hijab, some tichels. Some cover for religious reasons, some for medical, some just because. There are Jews, Muslims, Christians, Pagans, and people that aren't into religion. The reasons and styles of coverings are many, the only thing that really links all of us is the fact that we cover our heads(and like yarn).

You might think that in a groups of such diverse people there would be fights, or arguments aplenty. In fact the exact opposite is true.This group is one of the most easy going and pleasant groups I have ever seen. Everyone gets along pretty well, no major fights. Even when there are disagreements, they are respectful, everyone states their position, and I have never seen it degrade into name calling.

I sometimes wish the rest of the world could be like them. So many different voices, and instead of the cacophony of sound that normally comes from large groups, there is a peaceful coexistence of differing life styles and paths.

Recently the idea came about for communal Blog, anyone from the group could be an author. InshAllah I will be writing some posts too. It is called "Covered by Choice", and I think it is going to be awesome. So many voices, and I would gladly call each one "friend".

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