Those who know me know that I have pretty strong opinions about things.
(Ok. You can stop smirking now. You know who you are.)
Naturally this holds true for knitting as well! There are certain things I see when trawling the internet knitting world (well, the real world, as well) which make me cringe.
I like to refer to many of these faux pas as gnomey (when not using much stronger language and trying to be polite) – as in gnome on the front lawn cheesy, not in over the top kitsch that is almost cool cheesy. What I am referring to here gives you the inward wince and ‘what was she/he thinking’ goes through your mind.
I feel that knitting gets a pretty bad rap as it is, being looked down on as ‘women’s work’ and ‘craft’ in the most negative connotations of the words, and that perpetuating bad design in knit wear just adds to the devaluing of the art. And yes, call me pretentious, but I do see it as being as artistic as many of the other disciplines I have worked in over the last 20+ years a a professional artist.
(Yes, yes, we could get into the good-old debate of ‘what is art’ but I will reserve that for a wankier blog to take on. Move along if you can’t suck it up!!! heh).
Back to the topic at hand…This new and soon to be re-occuring segment of the blog is going to be devoted to the things I see and find myself WTF-ing. I’m afraid this isn’t going to be particularly PC, so if you find such things disturbing, you may want to forgo the rest of the post and subsequent editions!
So disclaimer read.
Gnomey Knitting 1
There is nothing like outdated shapes to ruin a good knit and give it an automatic £2.99 ‘made in china’ feel. For example:
Why?? We aren’t having a 60s revival. They are probably the least flattering shape in a knit fabric. They don’t drape and just look clunky and awkward…not to mention hanging in your soup.
Why would you ruin a perfectly good pattern by giving it bell sleeves?
I think there is a deluded idea that bell sleeves are ‘romantic’ or some such garbage. They aren’t.
Please trust me on this one.