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Friday, December 12, 2008

Learning to Knit

Monday nights are knitting knights.

A few weeks ago I showed up at a friend's house to join her knitting circle, and took my first stitches ever on a sixteen inch, #6 circular needle. Annette cast on for me, then showed me how to do it. She sat down next to me with her own project, and we knitted side by side for a little while, until I started to get the hang of it. Then she showed me the purl stitch.

I actually picked it up pretty fast, and find it to be fun and relaxing.

Best of all, though, is fitting into women's space – and this is definitely women's space. Chatting and laughing and just being myself. And belonging. I'm the only transwoman there, yet not one of my new women friends has stumbled over a pronoun.

It is infinitely sweet to be in this place.

2 comments:

David Carrel said...

I am glad you enjoy knitting. My wife can sew really well. So I thought it wasn't too hard, but then I tried it and it was tough. I gave the little purse made out of scrap clothe to my mother-in-law...as a joke. ha.
Glad all the ladies got the pronouns right. Pronouns can be tricky; we are going over them in Portuguese and mix them up all the time. haha
Good to hear from you again after your little break Seda. (Oh, that reminds me, there is a Brazilian shampoo brand named after you).

Seda said...

Hey, David,
Thanks! I'm glad to be back too, but it's hard to find the time to blog with all the holiday stuff going on.

A shampoo, huh? Is it any good?

Take care, and be well!

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~Helen Keller

Reading List for Information about Transpeople

  • Becoming a Visible Man, by Jamison Green
  • Conundrum, by Jan Morris
  • Gender Outlaw, by Kate Bornstein
  • My Husband Betty, by Helen Boyd
  • Right Side Out, by Annah Moore
  • She's Not There, by Jennifer Boylan
  • The Riddle of Gender, by Deborah Rudacille
  • Trans Liberation, by Leslie Feinberg
  • Transgender Emergence, by Arlene Istar Lev
  • Transgender Warriors, by Leslie Feinberg
  • Transition and Beyond, by Reid Vanderburgh
  • True Selves, by Mildred Brown
  • What Becomes You, by Aaron Link Raz and Hilda Raz
  • Whipping Girl, by Julia Serano
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the sword drop from men's hands even at the height
of their arc of anger
because we have finally realized there is just one flesh to wound
and it is His - the Christ's, our
Beloved's.
~Hafiz