#raiseyourhandinsolidarity

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#raiseyourhandinsolidarity #bipocmal2019 #diversknitty #bekind
Working on a Kissing Book hat (by @trusparkdesigns ) in some special handspun yarn. 
I know that we can only #bekind when we stop centering our selves above others.
We can only grow and learn when we stop and listen. 
So long as we blame others for our mistakes, so long as we deflect rather than take responsibility and truly apologize for any harm we have caused (even without intention), we cannot do as we promise - to be better and do better.
Inevitably we can find others to support us. We can find others to harass those we have harmed further, we can label folks who ask us to uphold our own promise to #bebetter as "bullies" even when they speak with patience (and when they express their own frustration, as they may).
Fortunately, there is always an opportunity to stop, decenter, listen, apologize, and yes #wecanbekind in our respect and without telling folks who are legitimately frustrated and angry to tone it down, shush and knit. 
#believewoc #believebipoc #ourhandsthatstitch #knittersofinstagram #knittersofravelry

#raiseyourhandinsolidarity #bipocmal2019 #diversknitty #bekind Working on a Kissing Book hat (by @trusparkdesigns ) in some special handspun yarn. I know that we can only #bekind when we stop centering our selves above others. We can only grow and learn when we stop and listen. So long as we blame others for our mistakes, so long as we deflect rather than take responsibility and truly apologize for any harm we have caused (even without intention), we cannot do as we promise - to be better and do better. Inevitably we can find others to support us. We can find others to harass those we have harmed further, we can label folks who ask us to uphold our own promise to #bebetter as "bullies" even when they speak with patience (and when they express their own frustration, as they may). Fortunately, there is always an opportunity to stop, decenter, listen, apologize, and yes #wecanbekind in our respect and without telling folks who are legitimately frustrated and angry to tone it down, shush and knit. #believewoc #believebipoc #ourhandsthatstitch #knittersofinstagram #knittersofravelry - 1 month ago

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My hand
Always in solidarity with you 
Sometimes in a fist to go with the roar that keeps being demanded of you, to be heard, to be believed 
Sometimes with palm open to the sky, asking higher power to change what we can’t seem to
Sometimes dirty from all the shit that needs to be dug through, in order for the most beautiful flower to grow and thrive
Sometimes holding my end of the thread of joy, creation and beauty that connected us in the first place, knowing that our hands meet in the sometimes tangled middle 
My hand, always in solidarity with yours, Almas @witchcraftylady 
#raiseyourhandinsolidarity #believewoc

My hand Always in solidarity with you Sometimes in a fist to go with the roar that keeps being demanded of you, to be heard, to be believed Sometimes with palm open to the sky, asking higher power to change what we can’t seem to Sometimes dirty from all the shit that needs to be dug through, in order for the most beautiful flower to grow and thrive Sometimes holding my end of the thread of joy, creation and beauty that connected us in the first place, knowing that our hands meet in the sometimes tangled middle My hand, always in solidarity with yours, Almas @witchcraftylady #raiseyourhandinsolidarity #believewoc - 1 month ago

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204/365. Nightly routine. #365photochallenge #365daysofblackandwhite #knittersofinstagram #neverendingsockyarnstash #mdolezalphotography #raiseyourhandinsolidarity

204/365. Nightly routine. #365photochallenge #365daysofblackandwhite #knittersofinstagram #neverendingsockyarnstash #mdolezalphotography #raiseyourhandinsolidarity - 4 months ago

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#raiseyourhandinsolidarity I stand with Almas, I raise my hand for a woman who is so kind, such an inspiration, so brave. A woman who has the guts to speak up. I really hope I can make it to York in August and I will give you a big hug xxx

#raiseyourhandinsolidarity I stand with Almas, I raise my hand for a woman who is so kind, such an inspiration, so brave. A woman who has the guts to speak up. I really hope I can make it to York in August and I will give you a big hug xxx - 4 months ago

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This beautiful artwork by @maxine.sarah.art sums up all the words I need to say about the continuing struggles that BIPOC face in our crafting communities.
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If we want this space to be safe for the marginalised, less privileged and minority groups among us then we need to fight for them and each do our part. Acknowledge the part you play now and what you can do more of. .
Some awesome UK BIPOC fibre artists and initiatives to follow and support and learn from:
@thirdvaultyarns 
@jimiknits 
@mrsumakes 
@handmadebykunbi 
@lhamiltonbrown 
@blackgirlknitclub 
@jeanettesloan 
@witchcraftylady 
@shereearobinson 
@berylliantknits 
@bipocinfiber 
@yarnpeople .
And round the world:
@tina.say.knit 
@bipocmakers 
@crochetluna 
@onyxfiberarts 
@therookiehooker 
@motherofpurll1 
@ladydyeyarns 
@biggerthanlife_knits 
@heybrownberry 
@arohaknits .
If you have any other suggestions, please post them in the comments. .
I also encourage to you to look at blogs for resources and articles for understanding the issue, challenging your own unconscious prejudices and privileges,and understanding what BIPOC contend with every day in our community, and how to be more inclusive. 
I’ll try and post another few links to links I have found helpful in wake of recent events, either later on today or in the next few days.
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And yes,#diversknitty is the community’s hashtag, and one that I will continue to use for good, to raise awareness and challenge privilege and bigotry. I will not tolerate intolerance.
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#thestitchinghour #bipocinfiber #bipocindiedyers #bipocmakers #racismisreal #knittersoftheworld #crochetgirlgang #fuckracism #knittersofinstagram #crochetersofinstagram #makersofcolor #raiseyourhandinsolidarity

This beautiful artwork by @maxine.sarah.art sums up all the words I need to say about the continuing struggles that BIPOC face in our crafting communities. . If we want this space to be safe for the marginalised, less privileged and minority groups among us then we need to fight for them and each do our part. Acknowledge the part you play now and what you can do more of. . Some awesome UK BIPOC fibre artists and initiatives to follow and support and learn from: @thirdvaultyarns @jimiknits @mrsumakes @handmadebykunbi @lhamiltonbrown @blackgirlknitclub @jeanettesloan @witchcraftylady @shereearobinson @berylliantknits @bipocinfiber @yarnpeople . And round the world: @tina.say.knit @bipocmakers @crochetluna @onyxfiberarts @therookiehooker @motherofpurll1 @ladydyeyarns @biggerthanlife_knits @heybrownberry @arohaknits . If you have any other suggestions, please post them in the comments. . I also encourage to you to look at blogs for resources and articles for understanding the issue, challenging your own unconscious prejudices and privileges,and understanding what BIPOC contend with every day in our community, and how to be more inclusive. I’ll try and post another few links to links I have found helpful in wake of recent events, either later on today or in the next few days. . And yes,#diversknitty is the community’s hashtag, and one that I will continue to use for good, to raise awareness and challenge privilege and bigotry. I will not tolerate intolerance. . #thestitchinghour #bipocinfiber #bipocindiedyers #bipocmakers #racismisreal #knittersoftheworld #crochetgirlgang #fuckracism #knittersofinstagram #crochetersofinstagram #makersofcolor #raiseyourhandinsolidarity - 4 months ago

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Here are some dinosaurs from a recent scrap busting project featuring found stamps, acrylic paint, and Ginger jeans scraps.
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How can I ask for accountability from other white folks on the Ravelry and Sockmatician events when I fail to make a statement myself? I can’t. It’s privilege to be able to feel that having conversations offline and in DMs is enough. That TALKING is enough. That I can wait to make the perfect statement after enough hours of studying and word choice. NOPE. Done is better than perfect. I will make mistakes and fingers crossed I will grow enough to respond constructively to call outs on those mistakes. 
To BIPOC Makers and makers who identify with marginalized communities, I’m sorry for my previous silence, inaction, and sub par actions. I’m actively choosing to be in this because it was privilege that allowed me to opt out and because BIPOC and marginalized folx have never had the choice. I’m doing the homework and I’m holding others accountable. I see you. White folks, please see @knitcraftandknittery and @masteryarnsmith for posts with action steps for what we can do next.
(Also, thanks the @theknittinggoddess for the accountability nudge) #knitting #knittersofinstagram #diversityandinclusion #istandwithravelry #raiseyourhandinsolidarity #accountability #antiracism

Here are some dinosaurs from a recent scrap busting project featuring found stamps, acrylic paint, and Ginger jeans scraps. . . How can I ask for accountability from other white folks on the Ravelry and Sockmatician events when I fail to make a statement myself? I can’t. It’s privilege to be able to feel that having conversations offline and in DMs is enough. That TALKING is enough. That I can wait to make the perfect statement after enough hours of studying and word choice. NOPE. Done is better than perfect. I will make mistakes and fingers crossed I will grow enough to respond constructively to call outs on those mistakes. To BIPOC Makers and makers who identify with marginalized communities, I’m sorry for my previous silence, inaction, and sub par actions. I’m actively choosing to be in this because it was privilege that allowed me to opt out and because BIPOC and marginalized folx have never had the choice. I’m doing the homework and I’m holding others accountable. I see you. White folks, please see @knitcraftandknittery and @masteryarnsmith for posts with action steps for what we can do next. (Also, thanks the @theknittinggoddess for the accountability nudge) #knitting #knittersofinstagram #diversityandinclusion #istandwithravelry #raiseyourhandinsolidarity #accountability #antiracism - 4 months ago

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There have been ongoing discussions of race everywhere, but especially in my knitting community. Things have gotten ugly, hateful and finally, violent. 
I realize that many of my Instagram followers are not knitting friends, but whether or not we knit together, I want you to know that I value diversity, I’m glad you’re part of my community, I know we all have the capacity to learn, grow, change and accept one another. I hold myself AND you to a high standard, I make mistakes, I don’t always know it. I want you to tell me, and I will own them and apologize for them. I’ll probably feel embarrassed but try so hard to do better and I expect the same from you. I expect that you’re angry about things, I am too. Let’s work towards solutions. If you’re not here to learn and grow and be the best version of yourself you can be, and to help the rest of us be our best selves, this is no place for you. No violence in words or actions, no racism, no hatred. #raiseyourhandinsolidarity #knittersofinstagram #knitting

There have been ongoing discussions of race everywhere, but especially in my knitting community. Things have gotten ugly, hateful and finally, violent. I realize that many of my Instagram followers are not knitting friends, but whether or not we knit together, I want you to know that I value diversity, I’m glad you’re part of my community, I know we all have the capacity to learn, grow, change and accept one another. I hold myself AND you to a high standard, I make mistakes, I don’t always know it. I want you to tell me, and I will own them and apologize for them. I’ll probably feel embarrassed but try so hard to do better and I expect the same from you. I expect that you’re angry about things, I am too. Let’s work towards solutions. If you’re not here to learn and grow and be the best version of yourself you can be, and to help the rest of us be our best selves, this is no place for you. No violence in words or actions, no racism, no hatred. #raiseyourhandinsolidarity #knittersofinstagram #knitting - 4 months ago

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#raiseyourhandinsolidarity 
I believe Almas.
I support her and admire her but most of all, I BELIEVE HER.

#raiseyourhandinsolidarity I believe Almas. I support her and admire her but most of all, I BELIEVE HER. - 4 months ago

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To my fellow knitters, please inform yourself on what has happened over this past week from a certain #diversknitty post. I have watched the whole thing and have been quiet until now. I'm so sorry Almas.  I don't know how much influence I have on IG but here is my post  #raiseyourhandinsolidarity ✊🏾 not tagging people for a reason. #knittersofinstagram

To my fellow knitters, please inform yourself on what has happened over this past week from a certain #diversknitty post. I have watched the whole thing and have been quiet until now. I'm so sorry Almas. I don't know how much influence I have on IG but here is my post #raiseyourhandinsolidarity ✊🏾 not tagging people for a reason. #knittersofinstagram - 4 months ago

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I-cord bind off in progress... #icordbindoff #icordknitting #romaknittersofinstagram #romanipeople #knitallthethings #raiseyourhandinsolidarity 💕

I-cord bind off in progress... #icordbindoff #icordknitting #romaknittersofinstagram #romanipeople #knitallthethings #raiseyourhandinsolidarity 💕 - 4 months ago

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Back at it on the #mandameflores sweater from @mediaperuana The body is worked on @knit_picks #knitpicksstroll and the subtle stripes are creating some very interesting details. Should be making a dent in this #testknit and can't wait to wear it!!! Anyone anxiously waiting for #fallweather🍁 This #knitaddict just can't wait!!!
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#bitsbybey #exquisiteyarnandfibercommunity #creativemuslimwomen #iknit #knittersofravelry #instaknitters #raiseyourhandinsolidarity #ktog #ourhandsthatstitch #diverseknitty #diversknitty #iknittoo #weknittoo #knitallthethings #igknit #nevernotknitting #knittingmylifeaway #knittoheal

Back at it on the #mandameflores sweater from @mediaperuana The body is worked on @knit_picks #knitpicksstroll and the subtle stripes are creating some very interesting details. Should be making a dent in this #testknit and can't wait to wear it!!! Anyone anxiously waiting for #fallweather 🍁 This #knitaddict just can't wait!!! . #bitsbybey #exquisiteyarnandfibercommunity #creativemuslimwomen #iknit #knittersofravelry #instaknitters #raiseyourhandinsolidarity #ktog #ourhandsthatstitch #diverseknitty #diversknitty #iknittoo #weknittoo #knitallthethings #igknit #nevernotknitting #knittingmylifeaway #knittoheal - 5 months ago

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This may look like a gorgeous braid of fibre(and it is!), but it is also an important part of my self-care strategy. Much as I am looking forward to Fibre East this year, past experience tells me that I am likely to have a significant fibromyalgia flare up afterwards. 
So I’m planning for that. I have blocked out the week after Fibre East for some rest and relaxation and I plan to spend some quality time with my spinning wheel and this braid of fibre from @witchcraftylady which arrived today (super speedy delivery!)
The second photo shows the lovely mini-skeins that Almas kindly sent me too - thank you, Almas! With apologies for the accidental, scary shadow puppet...
#raiseyourhandinsolidarity #spinnersofinstagram #dealingwithfibromyalgia #planningahead

This may look like a gorgeous braid of fibre(and it is!), but it is also an important part of my self-care strategy. Much as I am looking forward to Fibre East this year, past experience tells me that I am likely to have a significant fibromyalgia flare up afterwards. So I’m planning for that. I have blocked out the week after Fibre East for some rest and relaxation and I plan to spend some quality time with my spinning wheel and this braid of fibre from @witchcraftylady which arrived today (super speedy delivery!) The second photo shows the lovely mini-skeins that Almas kindly sent me too - thank you, Almas! With apologies for the accidental, scary shadow puppet... #raiseyourhandinsolidarity #spinnersofinstagram #dealingwithfibromyalgia #planningahead - 5 months ago

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OFF it goes, to it's forever home... ✈ 
Pattern release mid July. Follow @gillibunny for details and news!!! .
#bitsbybey #exquisiteyarnandfibercommunity #creativemuslimwomen #knitsforsale #etsyseller #etsyknitter #shopetsyhandmade #weknittoo #diverseknitty #diversknitty #iknittoo #indiedyers #raiseyourhandinsolidarity #ourhandsthatstitch #indieyarn #yarnporn #yarnsnob #knittoheal #ktog #knitallthethings #knittingmylifeaway #knittedshawlhijab #knittedshawls #knittedshawl

OFF it goes, to it's forever home... ✈ Pattern release mid July. Follow @gillibunny for details and news!!! . #bitsbybey #exquisiteyarnandfibercommunity #creativemuslimwomen #knitsforsale #etsyseller #etsyknitter #shopetsyhandmade #weknittoo #diverseknitty #diversknitty #iknittoo #indiedyers #raiseyourhandinsolidarity #ourhandsthatstitch #indieyarn #yarnporn #yarnsnob #knittoheal #ktog #knitallthethings #knittingmylifeaway #knittedshawlhijab #knittedshawls #knittedshawl - 5 months ago

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Look what was waiting for me when I got home from work! Polwarth handspun from @witchcraftylady, plus some bonus sweeties. It's gorgeous and I can't get over the texture of it. I've got a couple possible projects in mind for it, but I think I'll swatch first before I decide. #raiseyourhandinsolidarity

Look what was waiting for me when I got home from work! Polwarth handspun from @witchcraftylady , plus some bonus sweeties. It's gorgeous and I can't get over the texture of it. I've got a couple possible projects in mind for it, but I think I'll swatch first before I decide. #raiseyourhandinsolidarity - 5 months ago

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Drying.... #babyblanket for a precious  #augustbaby2019 💝  Pattern is the ABC Baby Blanket, on #ravelry, by Jenny Williams,  and Yarn is #bunnyhop by @crystalpalaceyarns Discontinued now, but wonderful for baby knits. Proper photos forthcoming. .
#bitsbybey #exquisiteyarnandfibercommunity #creativemuslimwomen #knitsforsale #etsyseller #etsyknitter #shopetsyhandmade #weknittoo #knittersofpittsburgh #knitallthethings #ktog #ourhandsthatstitch #raiseyourhandinsolidarity #knittoheal #nevernotknitting #diverseknitty #diversknitty

Drying.... #babyblanket for a precious #augustbaby2019 💝 Pattern is the ABC Baby Blanket, on #ravelry , by Jenny Williams, and Yarn is #bunnyhop by @crystalpalaceyarns Discontinued now, but wonderful for baby knits. Proper photos forthcoming. . #bitsbybey #exquisiteyarnandfibercommunity #creativemuslimwomen #knitsforsale #etsyseller #etsyknitter #shopetsyhandmade #weknittoo #knittersofpittsburgh #knitallthethings #ktog #ourhandsthatstitch #raiseyourhandinsolidarity #knittoheal #nevernotknitting #diverseknitty #diversknitty - 5 months ago

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Progress on this #bunnyhop #babyblanket 💕
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#bitsbybey #exquisiteyarnandfibercommunity #creativemuslimwomen #knitsforsale #etsyseller #knitaddict #knittingmylifeaway #nevernotknitting #knittersofinstagram #knittersofpittsburgh #ktog #ourhandsthatstitch #raiseyourhandinsolidarity #diverseknitty #diversknitty #iknittoo #weknittoo #knitallthethings #babylove #nurseryessentials #babyblankets #handknitsforbaby #babyknits

Progress on this #bunnyhop #babyblanket 💕 . #bitsbybey #exquisiteyarnandfibercommunity #creativemuslimwomen #knitsforsale #etsyseller #knitaddict #knittingmylifeaway #nevernotknitting #knittersofinstagram #knittersofpittsburgh #ktog #ourhandsthatstitch #raiseyourhandinsolidarity #diverseknitty #diversknitty #iknittoo #weknittoo #knitallthethings #babylove #nurseryessentials #babyblankets #handknitsforbaby #babyknits - 5 months ago

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Preparing for yet another #testknit this time for @gillibunny and Intuitive Knit Designs. Colors of summer calling me... Pattern release is next month 👀 and excited  to be working with these yummy fibers @joknitsew 🎊 @peepaloofields 🎊 and @inthedeephuesea 🎊 .
#bitsbybey #exquisiteyarnandfibercommunity #creativemuslimwomen #iknit #knittersofravelry #instaknitters #testknitting #testknitter #iknittoo #weknittoo #intuitiveknitdesigns #diverseknitty #diversknitty #raiseyourhandinsolidarity #ktog #ourhandsthatstitch #ravelryknitters #ravelry #knithappy #knitandbehappy #knitallthethings #yarnsnob #indiedyers #indieyarn #yarnporn

Preparing for yet another #testknit this time for @gillibunny and Intuitive Knit Designs. Colors of summer calling me... Pattern release is next month 👀 and excited to be working with these yummy fibers @joknitsew 🎊 @peepaloofields 🎊 and @inthedeephuesea 🎊 . #bitsbybey #exquisiteyarnandfibercommunity #creativemuslimwomen #iknit #knittersofravelry #instaknitters #testknitting #testknitter #iknittoo #weknittoo #intuitiveknitdesigns #diverseknitty #diversknitty #raiseyourhandinsolidarity #ktog #ourhandsthatstitch #ravelryknitters #ravelry #knithappy #knitandbehappy #knitallthethings #yarnsnob #indiedyers #indieyarn #yarnporn - 5 months ago

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EID is FINALLY "in THAA HOUSE" !!! ❤
For years I've been introduced to different types of scents... my dh is a crazy maniac for 'Oud and for years I've had my favorite. Hands down, @nejmacollection #6 !!! ❤❤❤
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#oudperfumeoil #oudperfume #nejmacollection #eidgift #exquisiteperfumes #exquisiteparfum #selfcare #selfgrowth #selfishknitting #pamper #pamperyourself #bekind #begrateful #behumble #ourhandsthatstitch #diverseknitty #diversknitty #raiseyourhandinsolidarity #ktog #weknittoo #iknit #smellgoodfeelgood

EID is FINALLY "in THAA HOUSE" !!! ❤ For years I've been introduced to different types of scents... my dh is a crazy maniac for 'Oud and for years I've had my favorite. Hands down, @nejmacollection #6 !!! ❤❤❤ . #oudperfumeoil #oudperfume #nejmacollection #eidgift #exquisiteperfumes #exquisiteparfum #selfcare #selfgrowth #selfishknitting #pamper #pamperyourself #bekind #begrateful #behumble #ourhandsthatstitch #diverseknitty #diversknitty #raiseyourhandinsolidarity #ktog #weknittoo #iknit #smellgoodfeelgood - 5 months ago

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Yesterday I thought I was almost done with the last section of this shawl but somehow the stitch count on the last row was completely off. So I ripped it all back to the previous section and came up with a better solution for straightening the diamonds off. Also: #raiseyourhandinsolidarity

Yesterday I thought I was almost done with the last section of this shawl but somehow the stitch count on the last row was completely off. So I ripped it all back to the previous section and came up with a better solution for straightening the diamonds off. Also: #raiseyourhandinsolidarity - 5 months ago

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@witchcraftylady I am raising my hand I  solidarity. There is no tolerance for racism here and I will not be silent. My voice is small but when we add them together we are a roar. #raiseyourhandinsolidarity #diversityknitting #diverseknitty #saynotoracism

@witchcraftylady I am raising my hand I solidarity. There is no tolerance for racism here and I will not be silent. My voice is small but when we add them together we are a roar. #raiseyourhandinsolidarity #diversityknitting #diverseknitty #saynotoracism - 5 months ago

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