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My letter to Ravelry

After Jessica’s letter was published on Ravelry’s blog on July 30, 2020, and because it sorta sparked more anger on my end, I’ve decided to send them an email with a couple hints on what fixes they can do to reduce current issues regarding eye strain and migraine. I wrote this in one go on July 31, 2020 en press sent. I forgot a couple things I should have added here and there, but it’s also a lot of free work I’ve been doing here when I was normally supposed…

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Things not to do when being held accountable

So, I though that a post on my Instagram grid with as many words as I’m known to cram into small space wouldn’t be enough to hold everything I’d like to say about what’s going on with Ravelry. Before we dive in, I’ll also take a minute to ask you to be respectful of each other in this conversation. We may disagree and be angry at each other, but it’s never an excuse to be trans-phobic, to dead-name and misgender people. It’s also no excuse to use slurs and LGBTQ-phobic…

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My new summer favourite : the Beachcomb tee

At the end of June, I only had big projects on my hands and I was in need of a quick knit and something that was more of a summer item too. I have a confession to make though : about 95% of my stash is wool. And we have very hot and humid summers in Quebec, so woolly items don’t get a lot of wear during this time of the year. I wanted to make something versatile and easy to wear and just when I was on the lookout,…

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Ravelry, Disability and Accessibility (Part 2)

In the first part of this post, I mainly addressed accessibility from the disability point of view, and I hope you found it useful and it gave you some perspective on the matter. Now, accessibility is not just a matter of being able to physically access something, it can also encompass other aspects like knowledge and financial means. In the second part of my survey which was addressed to designers and/or people selling things through Ravelry, I was trying to get some insight on the impact that sudden change of…

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Ravelry, Disability and Accessibility (Part 1)

A little over a week ago I put together a small survey to get a better idea of what kind of issues users of Ravelry faced with the new design but also to get some data on the type of disability and/or other issues people do face when using the web. Disclaimer : I put together this survey really fast, it’s in no way the most perfect survey there is out there, and the goal of the results is not to use the as an indisputable truth. No survey is…

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Web Accessibility Resources

So, I started this blog following the issues the new Ravelry design made for many of their users. You can learn more about it in this blog post. Here are some resources I use and refer to in my professional life, that may come in handy if you’re looking into improving the accessibility of your website or app. Website W3C introduction to Web Accessibility – this page is an excellent starting point to get some general sense of what web accessibility is. I would also advise to read the content…

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Menon-Binary Gloves

Earlier this week, I finished this pair if fingerless mitts designed by Harper (@disyarning) from the MoonCraft Collective. The design feature quotes translated into binary code from Alok Vaid Menon, a gender non-conforming writer and performance artist, that Harper selected from some of their Instagram. If you’re not following Alok yet, I highly recommend you do, their work is fantastic. One glove says “being non-binary isn’t new” and the other “you can’t divide billions into two“. As a gender-queer person myself, those words resonate a lot for me and I…

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To new beginnings

I’ve been toying with the idea of a blog on and off for maybe 2 years. I bought my domain when I settled on the name “Stitched in the Middle” a while ago, but never got the extra push to properly do it. Following the debacle of Ravelry’s new design, which is still actively causing harm to a part of their user base, I guess it’s time for me to accept that this is not the community I thought it to be. If I probably will still upload my future…

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Support Canadian Organizations

This post compiles a number of organizations and resources promoting anti-racism work based in Canada. This list was first published via a Google Doc on May 30, 2020 following the #BlackLiveMatter protest happening in the US after the murder of George Floyd.

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