Monday, August 24, 2009

Overexposed


In a world where social networking is playing an ever-increasing role, is there any mystery anymore about us?

My Mother Just Joined Facebook
Years ago, a seminar leader was discussing how we use masks in our lives, varying the picture of how specific groups of people see you. Most folks have a different social mask for their spouse/partner, their friends, their boss, their pastor/priest/rabbi/mullah, their family, etc. The seminar leader suggested trying to imagine all those groups of people in one room and how you would present yourself.

Having had an on-line presence for a while now, I'm no stranger to figuring out exactly which aspects of my life are public, and which are private, but it's very interesting to see how the younger folks are navigating these waters now that many of their daily relationships with folks are melding into the worlds of FaceBook and twitter.

Not sure how long it's been around, but someone even claimed the domain name "myparentsjoinedfacebook.com".

Yes, there is such a thing as too much openness.

Current Knitting
I finished the back of the handspun pullover, and I'm quite pleased with how it's looking so far.



Clicking/expanding this photo will definitely show off the colors in this sweater.

Thanks to Carol and Mindy, the colors of the vest are deep and rich, and I'm very glad to have found a way to keep long stretches of color in my singles in tact when the final yarn is plied.

I considered making this in the round with steeks, but I'm glad I didn't, since the striping wouldn't have been as nice. Even though the back and the front stripes won't match, I still think the vest will look better this way.

Readers' Comments/Questions
Mindy (of Puff The Magic Rabbit and magnificent mohair fame) writes, "Love how the vest is looking! What are the chances you might wear it to Rhinebeck- I might faint if I were able to see it in person..."

You definitely are not allowed to faint, but I will definitely have finished the garment by then, and I will most definitely plan on being there on Saturday. As to whether I wear it there or not, will be based on the weather.

You should also check out Mindy's moving blog entry about her older brother and make a contribution to her AIDS walk fund.

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