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Good Newses | Tuesday.

from this morning’s walk

Thank y’all so much for sharing your Good Newses … and embracing the idea! I think the world needs as much good as we can share right now and I would love for y’all to take the idea and RUN WITH IT! I don’t post very often on Instagram, but I might even be tempted to share a square of that photo above (as y’all know, summer in Georgia is not always that pretty) and encourage my few hundred followers to find some good and SHARE it. and if y’all shared something too, well, this could be something good to hold on to. and I know we all need that right now. #goodnewses

…and I guess that’s about as graceful a segue as I’ll manage today. Because today’s Good Newses are all from Instagram.

but first a little background – a while back (months? years?) I started an unplugged morning routine. I start my days dark early with coffee, quiet time with my journal, some contemplative reading and (for the last two months), 20 minutes of centering prayer. …then I come back into the real world, pour another (maybe a third? fourth?) cup of coffee and open up my laptop to check emails. Social media was never much a part of my routine, but with all that’s happened this year, I’ve made Instagram a regular part of my life. I consciously added it in, curating and re-curating my feed … and I discovered that a good time for me to check Instagram was first thing in the morning – while I waited for the coffee to brew and then while that first cup helped wake up my brain.  (shoutout to all of y’all of who do life without caffeine. I am in AWE!) Some days, this is the only time I check in with Instagram. Most days, the only time I read news is around 7am. All of which is to say that I think I might’ve finally caught up with the really bad news from the weekend. and so I love that today’s Good Newses are all from this morning’s hour plus long catch up with Instagram.

First up – I love Ambah O’Brien … and her heartfelt apology in this post made me feel good about how much I love and support her.

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Spotlight Tuesday. As Tuesday rolls around again I find myself reflecting on diversity in our craft community. When considering names for my Tuesday Spotlight I very nearly used #diversknitty, something about that didn't sit right with me at the time, so I moved on and landed on Spotlight Tuesday. My intention is to celebrate Makers and Businesses with a focus on diversity and also ethical practices, with the hope that they may gain new supporters as a result of my shining a spotlight on them. I have loved discovering and sharing new accounts, and broadening my understanding of the conversations we are having, particularly around racism as well as other important issues. A few weeks ago I included the sock man in my feature, I had met him and was excited by what I perceived him to be doing. The unfolding of his interpretation of diversity and blatant disregard for BIPOC has been disturbing to say the least. Initially I had skimmed past his post and gave it a like without really stopping to read it. I feel sick about this, I am sorry for those who have been hurt by his actions and absolutely do not support them. Once I had properly read his post I immediately realised I could no longer support his post or account and unfollowed and deleted his feature post in my highlights. This is one of many wake up calls I have had this year – I must always look deeper. I made a mistake and I'm sure as heck going to learn from it, as I have been and will continue to do. My main mantra has been to check myself when I feel defensive…..I always find that once I let down my defensiveness I am open to learning and that is when I gain valuable insights. As well as listening and learning I'm continually looking for ways to do better, some of these ways are: continuing Spotlight Tuesday and general sharing of great people to support, writing to yarn manufacturers & LYS I work with to ask about their stance on Racism and inclusion in our community, seeking more BIPOC and dyers of diversity to support, monitoring my online spaces and blocking/ deleting where necessary to ensure a safe space for those participating, looking for opportunities to show my support….continued in comments

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Melanie Berg is another favorite. I must admit I’m not quite on board with all those ends to weave in, but oh my goodness I do love her message!

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A lot of things have been going on in the last week, and I'm a bit late with commenting on the events because I haven't spent a lot of time online and only learnt about what happened when a few days had passed already. Since then, I've thought a lot about what I heard, and it makes me incredibly sad. I can see so much hurt, and so much that is wrong. But things won't improve by us simply wishing for the better. We need to be more active. We need to listen, we need to stay in dialogue. We need to accept that some things are uncomfortable – this is a necessary step in moving forward. None of us is perfect, and I think we constantly have to question our own behaviour. There's much to learn. If you feel oppressed, I'm standing with you, and I want you to feel safe and welcome. If you feel like you constantly have to fight for your rights, I want to fight with you. I want to set another strong sign against discrimination and racism – really, I don't think there can be done enough here. Inclusion is a process, and there's never an end to the work of making everyone feel equally welcome. One more Stripe is the pattern I'll be releasing today, and 20% of this week's proceeds through Ravelry will go to Amnesty International Germany, an organization that is fighting racism for a long time already. If you understand German, you will learn a lot about their concrete work on this subject here: https://www.amnesty.de/kampagne-gegen-rassismus-deutschland #mairlynd #melanieberg #amnestyinternational

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and last but by no means least, this morning’s new follow – Jacqui Cieslak – gah! I can’t remember who shared one of her posts, but I’m grateful. 

Much of my hour-plus with Instagram this morning was reading her saved stories. The ones about #misogknitty, size inclusivity and Ravelry gender tags struck a chord. some because they felt comfortable … and some because they didn’t. I know I have still have much work to do. and I appreciate the time and space to do it.

Bottom line, I  am ALL IN for being better … and I truly believe we do that one step at a time.

What do you think about sharing your #goodnewses more broadly?


  • Honore´

    I have had an IG account for several years and very seldom post…I have been thinking seriously about changing that status…for a variety of reasons; #goodnewses is certainly an invitation to begin. Count me in!
    to be continued…

  • Carole

    I think #goodnewses is wonderful! Thanks for sharing these instagram accounts. I’ve been following a lot and seeking out accounts just like these.

  • Kat

    I am really struggling with good news these days. Humans being held in inhumane conditions and direct racist attacks on 4 congresswomen. And some colossally stupid sock math person and their entourage directly attacking makers on IG. I guess the one tiny sliver of good news is that I had no clue who the sock math idiot was before he became infamous to me.

  • karen

    I try to limit my ig time which is a slippery slope. Also my feed is so big that my fav people get dropped from the algorithm (boo), and then it takes time to look for them…

    I’m so ready to life to not be full of upsetting news streams.

  • Patty

    All aboard the #goodnewses tag! There is never enough good news! And fortunately I didn’t know a thing about the sock guy either until it trickled through my stream.

  • Debbie

    I think #goodnewses is a wonderful idea! There is so much hatred and nastiness out there and it is time for that to change.

  • Vicki

    I am struggling with social media right now… it’s so intense, there’s so much hate and sadness and hurt, and I always have the feeling that I’m way out of all the loops, struggling to keep up, that there’s a lot between the lines (and I’m SO not a “between the lines” person)… my head is spinning. I feel bad about all of it. I worry that I’m not doing enough, not spending enough TIME… that there’s a standard or a baseline or something that I should be living up to or meeting, but I don’t know exactly what that is. I feel bad that this sounds like complaining, and worry that I’m letting people down. I’ve actually thought about shutting down accounts… for the first time ever.

  • Vera

    I have both Facebook and Instagram accounts, but rarely go on either and haven’t posted on either in ages. Guess I just prefer blogs, which tend to be bit “meatier” for lack of a better word. Having said that, though, I do like the idea of #goodnewses…but still think people could just post things on blogs rather than IG (I’m old fashioned I guess).