Recently I picked up a copy of Knitting for Good by Betsy Greer. I've never actually met Betsy Greer, but I hear that she lives in the same town as I do! The idea behind the book is that knitting (and other crafting) can be good for individuals and for society, and can even be a form of political and social activism. What I love is that at the end of each chapter there are a couple of questions for reflection. After reading the first chapter, mainly about how we come to crafting in our lives, I used those questions in a post on my personal blog (if you'd like to read it, click here).
Chapter two mainly focused on knitting clothing/accessories as a way to develop your personal style without being dictated to by fashion trends and without supporting clothing companies that have unethical business practicies. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand I always try to avoid buying from companies with irresponsible or unethical business practices. But its important to remember that a) not all clothing companies are corrupt and b) not all yarn companies or fabric companies are ethical. I think what is most important is that you are a responsible consumer. This means making sure that the money that you spend-- whether its for yarn, fabric or finished clothing--goes to support a company that you can get behind.
Do you make much of your clothing (or the clothes for your family)? If so, why do you do it? Is it just that you love to knit and the side effect is lots of finished objects that you stick on whomever is closest? Do you knit in order to cloth yourself/family? Has the way that you think about clothing changed since you learned how to knit?
I'll be back soon with reflections on Chapter 3: Craft as Therapy.