CONNECTING VETERANS WHO KNIT
Lindsay, a disabled veteran and a knitter, had a life-changing experience at a local yarn store. Not a good experience. She asked, as she often does, if the store offered a military discount. Not only did the owner not offer one , but Lindsay was rudely and harshly treated. She took her hurt and frustration to a knitting community page on Facebook. The fiber community responded with a huge outpouring of love and support. Over 1000 replies to her post to date. She knew then that she belonged to an amazing community that would always have her back. Instead of concentrating on the bad experience that led her there, she decided to dedicate her time to creating a knitting sub-community for veterans. She wanted to teach anyone who asked how to knit, provide supplies, and create a safe and encouraging place for veterans to gather, stitch and bitch.
That's the glory of grass-roots craftivism. With few resources, and little experience building an online group, she started as she meant to carry on. She's figuring it out as she goes along without giving up. Lindsay is brave and Lindsay is resolute.
She created a website, a YouTube channel with begin-to-knit videos (see below), and a vibrant Instagram profile. Recently, she started her first KAL for the group. We're in 100%.
There are a few items to buy on her site - more to follow. One way to you can support VS&B is by purchasing. Find her cool pin on our ETC page.
To learn more about how you can participate, donate or join her group as an active military person / veteran, visit her site and follow her on IG @veterans_stitchand bitch.