|Vicky with mikes from Kirsty on the left and Anna on the right|
For anyone wondering who those ladies with mikes are from the last few meetings, the first was Kirsty, whose piece can be listened to above. As well as speaking to our lovely Birdy and mentioning our craftivism (see this post and embroideriescampaign.org.uk) she has interviewed Germaine Greer about the WI, who seems to approve. Germaine would like to see us think in terms of being an effective lobby group, and she “likes the WI best when they are angry.” It is good to know that unlike some disapproving feminists she, like us, looks beyond the stereotypes of the WI and sees the value of women coming together to campaign.
Though campaigning and feminism isn’t all we do. At our Yoga and Relaxation meeting, while Kirsty recording, she missed some insightful discussion of “Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism” by Natasha Walter (blog with a collective review coming soon) and arrived over at our group learning hand massage just as the topic had changed to The Only Way is Essex. Thankfully the whole incredulous “what is vajazzling?” part of the conversation and our collective laughter didn’t make it to the final piece.
As well as Kirsty, we’ve had two visits from Anna McNamee , reporter for Women’s Hour. Her piece is most likely to air at the end of June. She was at our last meeting in May, chatting to the members after the inspiring talk by super eco crafts women Annie Sherburne, and joined us again this week at our knitting session at Prick Your Finger in Bethnal Green, where we had some serious discussions of cake, baking, feminism and of course knitting. Our treasurer Jen made a fabulous Lemon Drizzle cake and new member Samantha brought amazing Peanut Brittle. The cakes we knitted will be gracing our marquee at the Big Feastival (July 1st-3rd), so get your tickets now. If you want to knit your own cakes, the patterns are in “Knitorama” by Rachael Matthews, available from Prick Your Finger’s