it is finished


"Over and over again, in various online parenting groups and in real-life encounters with parents of young children, I say the hallmarks of fundamentalist communities: a desire to return to one's roots and to get back to the 'natural' way of doing things; a mistrust of science, government, mainstream society; a sense of feeling persecuted; intolerance of differing viewpoints; fear of outside influences.

"When does a community become a cult? I wondered. In online discussion groups, we too easily become bumper sticker versions of ourselves. We start out looking for kinship and commonality but risk becoming isolated in out own public thought bubbles."

-- From Donna Eis' essay "Online, Off Kilter" in this quarter's Brain, Child magazine.*

So when does a community become a cult?

Other things -

Is it wrong to want a Tumbleweed House to park in the backyard? I'll give up on my notion of a small house sheep if I could have an office/guest room that is this cool.

Allegheny Alumni should click here. Made me all weepy. I don't know if it's just something about Allegheny itself of everyone feels all warm when they think of their undergrad institution but, man, the alma mater gets me every time. I never, ever feel the same way about the University of Texas at Austin's song.**

Last thing, for now - I'm mulling over a book proposal and need some input from the knitters in the crowd. What is your Mt Everest? That is - what is the project that you look at and think "man, that is so cool and I want to knit it but man, it scares the bejezus out of me?"


* In the interest of full disclosure, I have piece in the same Brain, Child. It's not online and is about why I don't by toys for my kids.

** Which is, btw, "The Eyes of Texas"  and one is to sing it while making the  Hook 'em sign in the air with your hand.


"What is your Mt Everest? That is - what is the project that you look at and think "man, that is so cool and I want to knit it but man, it scares the bejezus out of me?""

Hmm, I had to really think about this one. Because there are two activities about which I am basically fearless -- knitting and cooking. I figured once I learned the basics of knitting, I could knit anything and so far that has been true. In 50 years of knitting, I have yet to find something I simply could not do or was dauntingly difficult. However, there are projects that I know will take a lot of time and perseverance and they, therefore, become a bit daunting. Into that category I would place Sharon Miller's Wedding Ring Shawl. I have the pattern, I know I *can* knit it but I haven't yet committed to knitting it.

I think you hit on what I'm actually asking -- even if you are a fearless knitter, there are some projects that you look at and marvel at the time/complexity/skill. For me, it's sort of like running a marathon. I firmly believe that if I devoted myself to training, etc, I could do it. But I wonder why I would want to. I look at some knitting projects -- like really intricate Fair Isle -- the same way but rather than wonder why anyone would want to, I find myself pondering patterns and colors. But always knowing that there will be a boatload of time that I'd need to finish it and that the learning curve would be steep.

Other thoughts?

I covet the Kauni Cardigan, but I fear it too. I've never done colorwork or steeking and I'm afraid to learn those techniques on a project where I desire the finish object so much. What if I mess it up?

I also fear how I might look in horizontal stripes, but I think the yumminess of the colors outweighs that.

It must be Allegheny cuz I don't know anyone who went to another school that feels anything remotely like that. That includes the people I knew at Case who went to Case and ended up working at Case.

I can't even imagine starting some of the projects in the Kaffe Fassett books!

Congrats on the Brain,Child piece!

Now I want one of those Tumbleweed Houses. Very cool.

I agree with Trish. Definitely Allegheny. I used to think it was something about small colleges vs. big universities, but no. I have friends who went to other small colleges and none of them have even close to the same feelings.
Now, back to making pizzelles.

So, why don't you buy toys for your kids?

I don't buy toys for my kids because I am mean and cruel. I also know that everyone else I'm related to doesn't have any problem at all buying toys for my kids, witnessed by the 4-foot tall animatronic pony that is hogging up all of the space in my living room.

The e-card made me weepy enough to blog about it as well. Definitely an Allegheny thing.

I assumed the plethora of toys furnished by relatives was the reason! I know you are not mean or cruel. Was just curious. Your family is blessed to have such wonderful relatives.

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