Knitting works on the basis of a continuing running strand, weaving and working its way back and forth; up and down; through and under. One line running through everything… which is everything. A knitted object is a journey, made through a journey, that unravels as a journey and is mended as a journey.
These jumpers, these journeys, have been made again and again and again. For thousands of years we’ve been taking bits of thread and hooking them on to sticks and stones and bones and have twisted and turned and learned and yearned and yarned. We have knitted in communities, as communities because we are communities. Because communities are knitted together.
One idea holds a community together, runs through communities, weaving and working its way back and forth; up and down; through and under. One line running through everything… which is everything. We pick it up and then lose the thread. We forget the pattern, make alterations, stab our fingers, but we keep casting on, keep going.
Our ancestors looked at the communities around them and got the idea to knit from seeing the fabric of their lives together held together, drawn together, through one idea.
That people matter.
That idea is pulled and stretched, unpicked and unraveled over and over again. It runs through every community that is a community and not simply a collection of people. We form various communities around this idea – that people matter.
Recently in Scotland we’ve had a glimpse again of just how much people matter.
And that matters.
2015 is not going to be business as usual. We are going to be voting in the coming elections for the candidates that recognise that people matter and as a result care about things that matter to people.
Because people matter we need to vote for ideas that lead to the flourishing of people.
Like a minimum wage that is a actually a living wage.
While our ancestors looked at communities and dreamed of jumpers, we must look at jumpers and dream of community.
For the dreaming is in the knitting and the knitting is in the dreaming.
Knitting is like a story a continuous thread or plot runs through weaving and working its way back and forth; up and down; through and under. One line running through everything… which is everything.
And at the end it resolves.
Let’s resolve to knit a new yarn and tell a new yarn. Tell a story about people that demonstrates that people matter.