For those of you not familiar with it, Ravelry is a website for knitters. You can get free knitting patterns, learn techniques, find yarns. And it’s absolutely free. I have an account with them (although, to be honest I haven’t used it in years.) It’s great.
So naturally, politics had to leak in and ruin it.
Yesterday, the website announced a new “No Trump” policy:
We are banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on Ravelry.
This includes support in the form of forum posts, projects, patterns, profiles, and all other content. Note that your project data will never be deleted. We will never delete your Ravelry project data for any reason and if a project needs to be removed from the site, we will make sure that you have access to your data. If you are permanently banned from Ravelry, you will still be able to access any patterns that you purchased. Also, we will make sure that you receive a copy of your data.
We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy.
First of all, let me stipulate that Ravelry is a private website and they can set whatever rules they want. Maybe you don’t think it’s fair that they still have patterns on how to knit your own “pussy hat,” but your MAGA project is forbidden. Go start your own website. Then you can ban pink hat patterns, in addition to snowflakes or whatever else you see fit.
Second of all, having an account at Ravelry is free. It’s hard to get all self-righteous about a service you’re not even paying for.
But having said all that, DO WE HAVE TO DRAG POLITICS INTO EVERYTHING NOW? Come on! Why is this even an issue? You want to argue politics with strangers? Have you not heard of Twitter? Can there not be one single little corner of the internet where you can share cat videos or knitting patterns or trade Pez dispensers without making it all about Donald Trump?
This is why people are tuning out the news more and more. This is why people loathe politics, politicians, and those of us who write about them. This is why the comments section of every website out there is just an absolute sewer of hatred.
It doesn’t matter if you love Trump or loathe him. This isn’t a first amendment issue. It’s just one more example of politics ruining a perfectly good hobby that used to bring people from all walks of life together.
And we just can’t have that anymore.