Skrilla Knits

Knitting has long been considered antiquated, something for grandmas and whipped little housewives. That just isn't true. Knitting is one of those minute to learn, lifetime to master deals, and I'm in it for the long haul.



...that I should happen upon such a thought-provoking band when I decide to shift my mental energy from the crafty to the cerebral. I've been listening to Why? all week and it feels like being in the bathroom at the Montague Book Mill/Lady Killigrew.

I'm not saying that crafting isn't cerebral, I think it is. I feel like I've had a very lucky perch here in the knitting craze and what I notice more and more is a trend of sameness. The best designs/yarns/bloggers quickly attain cult status and they're deified in a way I find almost embarrassing. That isn't to say they don't deserve this, but it seems counterintuitive to the DIY ideal of self-sufficiency and creativity...

Anyhow, lately I have been thinking about weaving. I had my reasons for resisting it, despite the fact that I work at weaver's mecca (before the knitting craze, Webs was known for being the source for weavers). It takes a ton of yarn, space and know-how. I didn't dare take up another fiber hobby lest it take over the apartment entirely. Then I saw these linen towels woven by Sharon Alderman. They are beautiful and functional and all of a sudden weaving made sense. My plan is to use my last few store credits to buy the simplest of looms, a rigid heddle loom.

I took it as a sign when I found Learning to Weave for a 1/4 it's usual price at the Book Mill.

Over and out,



Blogger Melissa said...

I have three looms (LeClerc ancient table, small old Purrington jack loom with 4/4 and monster LeClerc Aristat with 8/12 I think). And a LOT of coned yarns. I also have six spinning wheels. You have to watch fiber toys closely. If left alone for long they will reproduce with the rapidity of rabbits, requiring additional living space. Or maybe it's like farm cats, People find out you've got one, and start leaving new ones on your doorstep.

No, seriously, you're right - on a lot of levels. And my favorite dishtowels are the ones Mr W. wove for me. Weaving is indeed both beautiful and functional.

2:51 AM  
Blogger Chloe said...

Funny, I understand what you're talking about with deification, but from a totally different perspective.

I used to do this crazy 'fandom' thing with dorky fanfiction and other nonsense, and the 'good writers' -- or sometimes just the ones who got there first, were glorified. It was always sort of odd, and I always felt like an outsider because I never attained the status of BNF (big name fan! :P)

Oh well... I don't think you can help that sort of thing when something is massively popular and folks talk about it in groups.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Zach said...

It's always fun to find fellow bloggers in the Pioneer Valley, especially when they attend the same concerts and comedy shows. I hope to see you and Eric on Friday at the IWA show!

By the way, have you ever seen Sut's MEF "Wrestling with Manhood" film? I just saw it and was blown away.

6:31 PM  
Blogger amylovie said...

I don't read all of the big knit bloggers for that reason.


5:20 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Weaving sounds fun, but I think knitting is a little more portable... and it takes up less space in my room.
I'm new here by the way... though you probably already noticed ^^
I agree about the knitting craze. I either design my own patterns, or sew my projects. It's nice to have something original...

3:56 PM  
Blogger SpiderWomanKnits said...

I started as a weaver but I taught myself to weave primitively on a Northern Eastern Indian loom after sitting in the Museum of Natural History for an ungodly amount of hours completely taken with the beauty and function of this type of weaving.

Weaving is so wonderfully different than knitting that it is hard to compare them. When you work with fiber because you love texture, color and pattern it seems natural to grow into different mediums.

6:15 PM  

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