I was a bit surprised by the number of comments I got in response to this statement in yesterday’s blog:
A number of you have asked (most of you very politely, one very rudely) when I’m going to stop knitting socks, for Pete’s sake, and move onto something bigger.
I have no problem with people asking questions of that ilk. I’m all about the discussion and the exchange of ideas and free speech, et cetera. I do, however, have a problem with rudeness.
I often have long
boring philosophical conversations with a colleague about the sad state of society. We are both old codgers (comparatively speaking) and every day we see behavior in the workplace that just astonishes us. Colleague believes that a breakdown of civilization is imminent, and he may well be right.
I seem to have gotten a bit off track here. My point is — I am always a bit surprised when someone leaves a rude or snarky comment on my blog. It doesn’t happen very frequently, but it does happen from time to time. Why am I surprised? Because I feel that there is a minimum standard of behavior that ought to be observed in any group. I think unprovoked rudeness, snarkyness, and snide insinuations are simply below that standard of behavior. No, I’m not losing any sleep over this — when I get a comment of this ilk, I usually roll my eyes and wonder if these commenters, blanketed in the anonymity of the online world, would say the same things to my face.
(Although given the state of society, it wouldn’t surprise me if they did.)
The moderator of an online group I used to participate in once said that the group was like her virtual living room. She asked that group participants behave in the group in the same way they’d behave as a guest in her home.
Well, this blog is my virtual living-room. You can disagree with me, you can ask questions, you can offer ideas and insights, as long it is done in a civil manner. (And, as an aside, if you choose not to notice that I’ve not vacuumed the virtual carpet in a while, I’d take that as a kindness.)
It occurs to me that if commenters are visitors to my virtual living-room, the spam commenters are those pesky door-to-door sales people — the ones who are trying to sell me goods, services, or a religion that I don’t want. The spam filter is my front door with the peephole. Heh.
The bottom line is that I’m still feeling the love for socks. I shall continue to knit them to the exclusion of all else for as long as the sock spirit moves me.
That said, I’m making remarkably slow progress on my current sock. Because I’m having an unusually bad bout with insomnia, I fall asleep on the train. (In fact, the other day, I woke up just in the nick of time to get off at my stop.) So no train knitting. And I’ve had some other things to do in the evening that have taken away from my knitting time.
Behold the second Trilobite Sock.
I can only hope that I’ll have the pair complete by Sunday’s blog entry.
Ann-Rose had a question:
How does knitting toe-up affect your choices in patterns? Do you find that some lace or cable patterns are best done top-down, or do you just redesign a pattern if you want to use it as a toe-up motif?
Actually, I think it’s easier to use existing charts and motifs in toe-up socks than in top down. Cables, for example. They are generally knit from the bottom up, so the charts are already set up for toe-up socks.
A lot of the lace motifs I use are ones I’ve doodled up myself. I’m not saying that someone else hasn’t already created them elsewhere, but I’m not using any thing as a reference. So once again, I just start from the bottom and move up.
And most existing charted lace motifs are, I believe, charted from bottom to top.
I am new to knitting and I started a gray wool sock so far so good. I enjoy seeing your knit socks , I was actually looking for more. But, I have a question, when you knit your socks do you knit them with the RS facing you or the WS facing you? I seem to be knitting wrong side out, is there anything wrong with that?
I do knit with the RS facing me, but I know people who knit in the round with the WS on the outside. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that!
What about you all? Do you knit in the round with the RS on the outside or the WS on the outside?
My momma keeps it so cold in the bedroom that I need my cozy cushion!