Friday, June 13, 2008

Technology alludes me..

I enjoy hand knitting (as oppossed to machine knitting or looming) because it is a return to simpler times. It's the same way my grandmother, great-grandmother, and my great-great-grandmother made their garments. They knitted and crocheted. Infact, they would get together in ladies' circles and crochet beautiful lace to give as wedding presents. They would sew, quilt, and knit or crochet almost everything they had. Now, I am not a purist. Nor am I competent enough to sew, quilt, knit, or crochet anything of any value at this point. But the feeling of yarn (or fabric) in your hands is magical. The moment I held needles and yarn in my hands, I fell in love. I knew that I would knit until I die. (Bury me with my Addis, I say!) But now I have to actually give in, a little, to technology. Sure, I know how to post to a blog; check my email; purchase yarn on the internet... but now I have to learn to Skype!

KnittinMitchie on Knittinghelp.com is hosting online knitting classes. {{{JOY}}} I am so excited about this, I could just burst. But then I realized that I need to learn to Skype. Oy! I bought a headset and camera. We'll see how it goes.

Also, there are a tremendous wealth of knitting design softwares available. I have started to check out the Scrapbooking softwares, so naturally I decided to check out the knitting softwares for design. Digital scrapbooking is a tad different than designing knitwear and making knitting charts, but it all falls under technology. Almost an AutoCad for Knitwear designers if you will. I am in no way ready to design garments. (Not unless they have no shaping and consist of rectangles only - LOL) But it is a good idea to become familiar with the various technologies that assist us in this 'simple' art of knitting.

And the technology goes on and on... a friend of mine just bought a sewing/embroidery machine that costs more than my car!! I was so confused by all of the buttons and the computerized technology. We stood there and stared at it for the longest time. I think we both heard the angels singing as she set it up for the first time. Before she even used it, she uttered.. "Next, I am buying a computerized long-arm quilter." And there you have it. Technology is infused in our 'simple' fiber arts. You can't escape it. You might as well embrace it (as long as your checkbook will allow, that is).


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2 comments:

  1. Nice to know that I am not the only one that have problems embracing the 21st century, my DH constantly has to come to my rescue. I too am looking forward to the knitting classes should be lots of fun. Enjoy reading your blog btw.

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  2. Thanks for the comment!! I'm so excited to be taking the online knitting classes. Maybe I'll make more than afghans and scarves!! ;P It should be alot of fun!!

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