Thursday, March 31, 2005

Festering Sores

It's interesting how life reflects the seasonal knitting magazines.

Family Circle Easy Knitting
I wasn't going to buy it, but I saw it on the stands and just had to. I admit, I have a problem.

The sad part about it, is that it's not awful, or disgusting or ridiculous (examples of all of them could be located in the magazine, but overall, it wasn't any of them).

It was just downright boring.

I was going to review the magazine in detail like I usually do, but this one reminded me so much of those little old craft magazines (Craft Basket?, Yarn Basket...what the hell was that piece of crap called?)

Anyway, the only thing of note was a new Mari Lynn Patrick design that would make your skin crawl.

No updates here.

Now that I'm back to work, I'm trying to get enough sleep, continue the hot compresses and dress my wound myself using a handheld mirror. It takes a surpising large chunk of my time and my knitting has suffered.

Male Knitters
Liza's snarky comment in response to Maggie's comment about how great it is that men knit brings up the subject of men who knit again.

I've said this before, but it bears repeating.

It is surprising that some women will bestow upon men some magical quality, some special attributes or an aura of talent just because they do something that many woman have been doing for a far longer period of time (and are usually much better at).

It used to happen to guys on the KnitList often because many of the low-self-esteem, need-to-get-a-life-of-their-own, women would gush over any guys who posted.

I consider it a sign of self-loathing (or minimally poor self esteem) when someone assigns magical qualities to someone or something ordinary just because they perceive the person or thing to be different than them in some irrelevant way.

Readers' Comments/Questions
Marilyn asks how many yards will the Communion Shawl take?

With fringe it will take a little under 900 yards of this Sirdar stuff I'm using. I plan on selling the design using the soon-to-be Knitting Vault web site.

Finally, the ever-hysterical Liza sent me this timely and relevant link featuring one of my favority essayists, David Sedaris.