Alberta has its own 'Revolutionary Knitting Circle' based in Calgary. The group has a great manifesto outlining its political commitment:
"We hold that all communities should have the means necessary to meet every essential need of their own people. To that end, the Revolutionary Knitting Circle calls upon people everywhere to take up the struggle through the tools of local production. We shall bring forth not only our voices raised for global justice, but we shall rise together, with the tools to liberate local communities from the shackles of global corporatism."
Have a look at their site http://knitting.activist.ca
Do you think they are instrumentalising knitting for political ends? Or is there really a sustainable alternative economy at work?