Monday, April 16, 2007

Pimpin' the Createalong! Extra: thoughts on body image

One of the links on the bottom right of this page will take you to the Createalong! I am in the process of working on a design for this group, and, to avoid redundancy, will not write about it here. I encourage everyone to check out the site and, if you're design-minded, join up! There are a lot of interesting projects in process, as well as discussion about the individual creative process.

My project is called the Small Bust Godsend, inspired by my thoughts on knitting for individual body types, sizing in clothing and knits, and, in general, body understanding and acceptance. There's been a lot of this sort of discussion in the air, what with books like Big Girl Knits (note the OVERWHELMINGLY positive reviews on this one... much deserved, too!) and Twinkle's Big City Knits (contrast the reviews on this one! WHOA! NASTY! I bought it immediately, by the way. 28 inch busts on things meant to stretch? SIGN ME UP!!!).

It's very difficult to read reviews that imply that everyone thin has the body of an 8-year-old or is anorexic. Some of us with 30 or 32 inch AA busts have our own trouble finding clothing that fits and flatters. Please, everyone, learn to love and accept your own body and create clothes to make it look its best. Having been into weight training for the last 11 years, I have never read this sentiment expressed better than it is RIGHT HERE. Now, go run a mile or buy a new lipstick or get a haircut or pedicure or whatever makes you feel pretty.

Or box someone.


Momo said...

Cool site. I saw some of the discussion about Wenlan Chia's book and was pretty disappointed.

Thanks for linking to my post and for the commnents. They mean a lot to me :-)

weaverknits said...

Thanks, momo. I'll be following your future knitting and boxing adventures.

nicole said...

Hurray for loving bodies of ALL sizes. Diversity is what makes this world so interesting and beautiful.