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Blog posts to read while knitting

Blog posts to read while knitting, if you like getting kinda riled up while knitting by reading strange things people write about knitters and the etiquette of knitting in public:

http://danesecooper.blogs.com/divablog/2007/08/ashlee-vance-wh.html

http://www.purselipsquarejaw.org/2006/08/knitting-and-public-politics.php

http://www.nfb.org/Images/nfb/Publications/books/kernel1/kern1004.htm

http://www.madison.com/post/blogs/militarymatters/83912
http://www.madison.com/post/blogs/militarymatters/83573

A couple of other knitting-related and craft-related links:

http://knitting.activist.ca/
I especially liked the line "Some of us feel that macrame is not a tool for social change."

http://craftresearch.blogspot.com/2006/06/problems-with-f-word.html

Comments

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clawbug
Aug. 23rd, 2007 08:58 am (UTC)
If I comment that your knit-picking skills have improved, will you take offense at my terrible pun? :-P

I loved the Manifesto, btw : http://knitting.activist.ca/manifesto.html
firecat
Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
I will just sing the pink panther song at you.

("pedant pedant, pedant, pedantpedantpedant pedant pedaaaaaaaaaaant")
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kmd
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
I especially liked the line "Some of us feel that macrame is not a tool for social change."

*splorf* I liked it even better once I read it and realized that they were saying that ONLY macrame is out. Hee.
19_crows
Aug. 23rd, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
I just got back from a vacation in which we went to 5 baseball games in 5 days and I knit at every one. A couple of people joshingly said things like "I guess you don't want to pay attention to the game!" but I didn't care. At one field I did actually feel I should put down my knitting because of the possibility of being hit by foul balls, and I did.

At the last game I measured the back of my sweater and found that I'd gone an inch past when I should have been shaping the armholes. Oh well.
firecat
Aug. 23rd, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
I went to Stitch'n'Pitch night and found it quite easy to pay attention to the game and still get some knitting done. They have such long breaks between innings for commercials, if nothing else.

I have that problem of getting distracted and going past where I should be doing some shaping, too.
prairierabbit
Aug. 23rd, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the links. I attended a brown bag session related to my job over the lunch hour last fall, and I knitted during it. (Other people were eating, which was far noisier and more distracting, IMNSHO.) Several people (allegedly) went to my boss to complain that it looked like I wasn't paying attention and that it "didn't look good". Of course, she wouldn't tell me who they are but I can guess. I'm sure they were women, and I'm sure they were talking about it during the session since gossiping during presentations about what they don't like about others is typical behavior for them.

I find myself wondering if the negative reactions some people seem to have to public knitting would be as negative if the people knitting were men. Can't quite see them taking on Rosey Grier, the football player who was an avid needlepointer as well as one of the men who tackled Sirhan Sirhan after he shot RFK, in quite the same way.
mjlayman
Aug. 24th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
If I don't have something for my hands to do during lectures, I just zone out. I usually crochet, but my friends are all used to it. I don't think I've seen anybody upset before. I do some kind of handwork at bookgroup, too. It keeps me focused on the book.
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