The fiber community is like the best neighborhood you could ever imagine. We don’t always live in close proximity to one another but we’re nearby in spirit. If someone needs help, the community is there to help it’s other members. If there is rejoicing, we stage a giant neighborhood party. If there is sadness, we all share it. If you’re a part of this community then you know what I mean. It’s a beautiful thing.
Many live in actual neighborhoods of isolation or general crapulelnce (yes it’s a word). That makes the fiber community just that much more special. When our real life neighbors aren’t there, our fiber neighbors are. You know there are exceptions of course and places where any good neighborhood falls, but we’ve also seen this community rally so many times. I would pit our fiber community against anyone’s idea of a utopian neighborhood any day.
Why anyone wouldn’t want to be a part of a great community, I don’t know. Yet there are people that willingly toss themselves on the outskirts, or further. Every now and then I’ll read several posts by someone on one of the fiber boards being flagrantly mean for no obvious reason. I just think that maybe they don’t “get it”. Maybe they’ve been jaded by all the bad neighborhoods out there and just don’t realize how good the fiber community really is.
But there have been recent larger events that are hurting the community as a whole.
If you haven’t heard, there has been some pretty big thefts and vandalism at Maryland and a big theft at New Hampshire sheep and wool events. It’s quite sad that someone that probably was in the community is doing this. And through their actions, the community is likely to change. Or at least the events that we get to meet up at will change. With this stuff happening 2 weekends in a row, I don’t know how the events won’t change.
Then there is the flagrant copycatting of one of our beloved wheel and spindle maker’s spindles. Copying happens all the time. When it’s obvious, it’s sad and hurtful. Copying is not the sincerest form of flattery. There are so many ways to make spindles so I hope the copycat doesn’t stop making spindles, but that they change their design so their work can be unique and wonderful all on it’s own merits.
I’m thoroughly saddened by events of late. Many people report that stuff gets stolen at almost every show. Yes, it’s true, stuff disappears at almost every show. Little things usually but it stings none the less. The fiber community had such a cozy blanket kind of feeling to it. I hope that feeling isn’t lost.
I know it’s doubtful that the person(s) that are creating the havoc in our community is reading this or cares for that matter. But I guess I’m hoping that if anyone that does care about the community and wants it to remain the happy neighborhood that it is, will speak up if they know something hinky is going on. Rally around the community so nothing more happens to it.
I know it’s easier (and sometimes better) to just turn the other cheek, but when it’s hurting the whole, that’s when it’s hard to dismiss. I hope as the show season progresses, we all get to have fun and shop and hang out with our fiber friends without having the atmosphere change drastically.