We need to talk about Sockmatician. Many of you will be aware of his recent actions, starting with an Instagram post with highly problematic views and language, and culminating in threatening a WoC at Yarningham this past weekend. These actions, and his subsequents reaction to the criticism he faced, are despicable.
We have an article by him in our next issue, Issue 2. It's a long one, we're referencing it in our letter from the editors, and his name appears on the cover. When we initially contracted him to write about his HIV story, we were excited to share it. We can't, and won't, do that anymore. His behaviour is despicable and dangerous and it's very much at odds with everything we believe in here at Making Stories and the values we base our work on. We want our magazine to be a safe space.
We've been working frantically at figuring out with our printer how we can remove the article and his name from the magazine. The issue is already printed, but we might have a solution that would at least ensure the article is removed by taking out the respective spreads so that our contributors don't have to share a space with him anymore. In addition to that, we're working to get quotes for reprinting the cover without his mention and letter from the editor. If that doesn't work, our plan B is to either add a wrap-around cover or a sticker to the cover. We'll also add a printed additional letter from the editor to every copy and adjust the digital version of the magazine so that his article and name are removed.
Furthermore, we'll donate 6% of the profit of Issue 2 to anti-racism causes. This is the equivalent to how much space his article would've taken up in Issue 2 (8 of 136 pages). We're currently looking at different organisations, both in Germany and internationally, and I will update you on which ones we suggest as soon as we've finished our research.
We've reached out to our contributors to hear what else we can do for them to make Issue 2 a safe space again. The same goes for you: We're thankful for every comment and action step that you want to see from us and that you decide to share with us. The action steps outlined above are rooted in our perspective and the values we live by, and with us being a white team, this means that they're inevitably connected to the white privilege we have.
I should have shared this sooner. Period. There's nothing that can take away the harm that we and I caused by not talking about this earlier, and I'm so, so sorry about that.
Claire and I will be taking turns over the weekend to respond to your comments and to make sure that the conversation that happens in the comments remains safe. Whenever we're unable to do so, we'll switch off the comments. If you would like to talk or write about this and don't want to to this here, you're more than welcome to do so by reaching out to us via email, either to our official business address or to my personal Making Stories one: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I can't believe it's that time of the year again – time to take stock, and reflect a little on what 2023 has brought to Making Stories. Another year (almost) in the books which means we're entering our 8th year in business soon. Which feels absolutely wild, even more so in a year that has seen so many small businesses, especially in the fiber world and in indie publishing, close their doors. (I'm so sad to see Pompom Magazine go!)
I like sitting down with a good cup of coffee at some in December, and think through what the year has meant for us, and what has happened here at Making Stories. There's no particular order here, just how these thoughts came to mind!
I hope you are well, and making a dent in your gift knitting (if you are gift knitting this year, that is!)
I am back here today with something a little different: A question for you.
Over the course of the last year, I took over writing most of our blog posts again, and while I love it very much, I also noticed that I tend to gravitate towards posts that I like to read – pattern inspiration posts, FO roundups, that sort of thing.
As I was finishing up Aurin's Joy Cardigan over the weekend, I started thinking about what I could cast on now that one of my current WIPs is almost done. And then it hit me - the holidays are just under two months away, and I have this dream of knitting a few sweaters for my nephews. Will I manage it in time? Who knows. But it would be nice to gift them the promised sweaters in time for the end of the year so that they actually get a little wear out of them still this winter!
Are you already deep in gift knitting mode or, like me, just starting to plan? If the latter (or the former, if you still need a few ideas!) I might have just the thing for you: Three super quick gift knit ideas!
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