New Knitty

I ought not complain much about free patterns online. They are, after all, free, and it's not like I have to like everything that's out there. The new Knitty isn't bad, either. It's possible Daniel might get a little Sheldon of his own in his Christmas stocking, and I'm admiring those monkey socks (like I don't have a zillion sock patterns already...) And this little scarf is cute. But when I look at the hat featured on the "cover", I'm thinking to myself: "Gee whiz, I could probably design something as nice as (or nicer than) that!" Not that I know anyone who's enough of an over-achiever to be in grad school, taking care of a child full-time and trying to design knitwear...

But what's with the stupid novelty items? A knitted book? A knitted sling for a disposable coffee cup? And, perhaps strangest of all, knitted cozies for the blades on ice skates? You've got to be kidding me. Points for originality, I suppose.

Somehow, Ann and Kay (authors of the book and blog Mason-Dixon Knitting) have managed to pull off knitting Things that Aren't Usually Knitted, like hand towels and curtains and bath rugs, and make them really elegant and tasteful instead of pointless and tacky. It's a rare gift, and I think they are the exception rather than the rule. I have yet to knit a hand towel...but thanks to their book, I kind of want to...sometime...

Why am I even writing this silly little post when I don't have anything new to show you? Could it be I'm procrastinating some unpleasant task, like washing diapers? Or doing the dishes? Or fixing lunch? Yeah, it could.

Comments

Thorny said…
Hee. Yeah, the ice skate cozies are a real head-scratcher.

However, the Corazon mittens? I've already cast them on. Couldn't even help myself.

I suppose the folks at Knitty take on those oddball kinds of projects as proof of their "edginess" or something, but I'm with you - just because you /can/ knit something doesn't necessarily mean you /should/ knit something. grin!
Jenn Hacker said…
Sheldon is sooooo cute! I think that would be awesome for Daniel. Seeing stuff like Sheldon makes me want to make learning how to knit one of my new year's resolutions. But then I would just do like all the others and break it.

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