I think of myself as a disciplined person, but once it occurred to me to examine things, I had to admit that I am all about comfort.
This won’t be news to you, of course. I sell books and toys for a living and knit wooly things for amusement. You weren’t thinking that danger was my middle name or anything.
But there is a tendency to stay in our comfort zone which is almost akin to laziness. Even if that comfort zone is nightly rave-ups or rock climbing, or hair shirts and misery. Whatever we’re doing becomes habitual, and it requires a bit of a push to make us try something different.
I noticed it because I am singing hard music again, having been pushed into the master chorale. I am singing a solo with an E flat, a note I usually avoid, so I am back to practicing my vocalises again, instead of just singing. I am, thanks to Evan, sweating and suffering at the gym again, instead of decorously strolling along on the treadmill. I am listening respectfully to the wild notions of religious fundamentalists, instead of just talking with people who already agree with me.
This is good.
Push your comfort envelope a little with The Anti-Craft, a magazine whose motto is “You’re going to die anyway; you might as well knit.” It could well be a parody of Knitty, though they don’t admit that. I enjoyed it, and may make a thing or two from this first issue.
If you do not need a knitted voodoo doll, you might prefer MagKnits, where there is a handsome men’s sweater with an elaborate cable on the sleeve. The rest of the sweater is ribbed, so it could easily be adapted to a bawk or dog sweater.
The designer of the online bawk pattern tells me, by the by, that the name is an old in-joke. Who knows how many words have entered our language by this route?
Here is the first of the second pair of Fuzzy Feet, with a little suspense over whether there will be enough yarn to finish.
I am following the same pattern, using the same yarn (different color) and the same needle. With the first pair, I had a bit of yarn left over from each of the Fuzzy Feet, and with this one I am about to run out.
There is no mystery here. I am not very accurate, that’s all. I must have made this one bigger, somehow. It doesn’t matter — it will be felted, so the size will be determined later.
But it is a little surprising, all the same.
And a final random note — Ozarque is telling some interesting stories about cross-cultural miscommunication these days.
2 thoughts on “Comfort”
the anti craft is a fascinating link. Does comfort truly equal laziness?…
I love the anticraft link you provided. 🙂 I’m gonna make those snowballs chance in hell wristwarmers when I’m done with my sweater. Cute! I dont need the bad juju doll, but I look forward to seeing what else they come up with! I liked the cable on the durrow sweater…it’s similar to the celtic braid but spirals! Nice! I’m gonna use that in something, too…my binder of patterns I’m collecting on the web is getting bigger and bigger and bigger!
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