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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Microrevolt


Microrevolt
is an intriguing organization/website started by knit hobbyist Cat Mazza in 2003. The website fosters awareness among knitters about sweatshop labor. Handicraft is an inherently political act--a rejection of modern materialism and waste, but Microrevolt takes knitting to an activist level, and is currently sponsoring a knitted petition (as well as a virtual version) that targets NIKE.

Knit and crochet hobbyists are making a blanket of petitions for Phil Knight, Chairman of the Board of Nike Corporation. The blanket demonstrates support for Nike garment workers. Each crocheted pixel (square) acts as a petition for fair labor policies, and each petition makes up the pattern of the Nike logo. We are now accepting hand made submissions ANY STYLE KNIT OR CROCHET, ANY GAUGE, ANY COLOR for the border of the Nike blanket, the only constraint is it must be a 4 x 4 inch (10.2 cm x 10.2 cm) square. Once the squares are knitted together the logo blanket will be delivered to Nike headquarters. microRevolt is also seeking virtual signatures. The blanket is now 14 feet wide.
You should also check out KNITPRO, a web app featured on their site that will tranform any digital image that you upload into a handy knitting pattern.

LINK thanks, Kacy!

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