Knitting Kitty Web Ring
Sunday, August 12, 2007
It's wonderful to see the world of fiber arts explode the way it has over the last decade, but conversations I've had with people recently have made me fume.
There are still many who see knitting, crocheting, needle point, etc. as domestic tasks. Something to be done as a chore, as tradition, but never as a form of real art.
While I understand that art is very subjective, I don't see why it can't be accepted among the orbit of other arty things. I don't understand the resistance to seeing an intricately knitted pair of socks as (at the very least) functional art.
Why can we call a dress made of bright colored condoms art (it was made, with a host of other dresses, to bring attention to the AIDS epidemic), but if you create something through a "domestic art" technique, something with a clear message, something truly beautiful and vibrant, it won't be given the same amount of respect as a shapeless sculpture made of used coffee filters (I passed such a sculpture in Pasadena, CA and had an art-student friend tell me how great it was).
Knitting and other such fiber art forms can be a subject of art, but never the respective means to create it.
How can this not be creative? Or this not complex? How can this, this, or this not be anything but art! It's beautiful, powerful, there's meaning to it all and I am moved. Is that not what art basically is? It's meant to move the masses and relive the artist of creative stress, replace it with a sense of accomplishment that something has been made and that it means something to somebody. Not caring so much that people approve of the piece it-self, but that a message has been sent. And what does it matter; what importance is there to the means of which we get the creative "note"?
Sunday, July 01, 2007
503 crazy cats now pawing around the ring >*.^<
I've always been a fan of kettle, hand-dyed, & hand-spun yarn. Companies such as Manos De Uruguay, Malabrigos, and Rio De La Plata I've always held amongst my favorite.
The rich colors, and lustrous sheen these small companies produce their yarn is impossible to compare. There's something rich and rustic about these yarns. So beautiful that it's almost a shame to undo them from their skein. Fibrous pieces of art.
So you can imagine my surprise when I walked into a quaint yarn shop (wonderful service) in Eagle rock, and on the table was a tiny shipment of sock yarn and it was by Rio De La Plata!
I knit socks almost exclusively, so you can imagine the levels of serotonin that shot through my body was immense. I snapped up to skeins of Deep Water SS24, and with the 437 yardage @ $16.00 (I usually fine this yardage for about $24-$27, or 220 yards for $12-$16) per hank, it was a great deal.
Rio De La Plata sock yarn is so soft, evenly spun, deeply colored, shines like the sun, generous yardage, and is super washed! I've not seen sock yarn like this, ever. The only yarn that comes vaguely close to is Koigu KPPPM.
Run to your yarn stores see if they have it, if not ask that they carry it in their shop. It's beyond quality with affordable pricing. Can't get better than that!
Thursday, May 25, 2006
440 plus kittens are still knittin'!
My life has gotten more hectic than expected these last few months. I rarely have time to tend to this ring, but tend I do when I find the precious time. That said, I'm looking for 2 or 3 well established bloggers (a year or more of blogging required!) out there that could possibly rotate managing the ring with me. Ring checkers also need to have basic knowledge of html.
Managing the ring would include enforcing the guide lines, assisting members with ring code questions, checking in member applicants, checking for dead site, and so on.
The rotation will be loosely done. I'll assign a week to each ring checker and during their assigned week they'll take up the tasks.
email me with "ring checker" in your subject line at: haruka337(at)hotmail.com
Please include your blog link.
Monday, March 07, 2005
270 roarin' cat to date.
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