There are days when I am convinced that, in the well-read, or written or traveled knitting world, that simple isn't always the "best."
I see all this Fair Isle. The Intarsia. The lacey bits. I see fancy construction. I see special steps. I see. I see.
And I wonder: If all this stuff were a prerequisite, how the heck could I manage, and really, would I want to? I like the Fair Isle just as much (or not as much) as the next person, but only if I'm an innocent bystander watching over someone's shoulder, (could be the climate). And about the fancy construction: No thanks. I'd botch it up something fierce.
Just now, I was just feeling a bit funky (not the cool kind) because I finally finished a cardigan, a simple cardigan, for the you-know-what. Eyeing it just a few minutes ago, I decided that it was way too simple and why would someone want that pattern, anyway? How could I snazz the thing up? Could I add a bit of sass-o-frass or whatever it is that it needs so it stands out and gets asked out for a date now and again? Or will it just be relegated to the back of the line or the back of the book, as it were?
Oh, I don't know. This knitting thing: Sometimes I wonder about it all. I wonder about the camp that says that simple isn't best. That adding cables and some snazzly bits will make it ever so much better or so much clever-er. Kind of like all those honors seminars I used to sit in, in college. The words, "...as it were" were sprinkled--no, thrown everywhere--and at first I was daunted. I thought if someone could weave in the words, "...as it were," somehow whatever preceded them were gold, or at least silver, or on a bad day, aluminum, but heck, even aluminum would help keep your food relatively fresh for a day or two in the fridge, or at its worst, keep the flies from laying eggs or poop on top, or whatever.
So what is this all about, anyway? Could it be our "simple" art-slash-craft has all of a sudden become a society? A classist one, at that? Could it be I would be called a Simpleton, and that you could be One Who Favors Cables over Twisted Stitches? What would happen if we kept all this attitude going? What would happen if we all took sides?
Would we destroy Knitting as we know it? Or would we realize that it is just needles and yarn, and sometimes fun fur, and that it is just a type of weaving, as it were?