Sunday, April 7, 2013

Cissexual Assumptions By Women

I yearn for more summer-weight knitting projects.

I have gathered a few here, kicking fiber and collecting names.

Got my eye open for others, but warm reality kicks in. I see a techniques book coming out of this…LOL

These are on Ravelry - know to some, unknown to others. I will start looking to yarn manufacturers' sites for more patterns. Then I will list some yarns to consider.

  • Slick Silk by Michael Cooper 
  • Summer Cotton Henly by Drew Emborsky 
  • Simple Summer Tweed Top Down V-Neck by Heidi Kirrmaier
  • Sweetheart Shorts by Knit Picks Design Team 
  • Tweed Polo by Dawn Leeseman 
  • Mike’s Easy-Fit Pullover by Joan McGowan-Michael 
  • Gilgo Pullover by Martha Ann Hoffurann 
  • November10 by ANKESTRICK 
  • Rotation by ANKESTRICK 
  • Men’s Mesh Shorts 2 by Sandi Hagan 
  • Turnstone Pullover by Alexis Winslow 
  • Men’s Swimsuit by Dale Peterson 
  • Trailblazer by Lisa Richardson 
  • Ola Jacket by MillaMia Sweden 

If you leave out the wasp-waist shaping and substitute Chest to Waist shaping, ignore the word bust and substitute chest, shorten the sleeves, ignore the female tag and look for unisex, or get a good book on Knitting Stitches and get EZ’s Knitters Almanac or one of Barbara Walkers Encyclopedias and Knitting From the Top Down, your summer knitting is guaranteed.

 In support of this notion, learn to do a gauge swatch, convert the dimensions of your swatch to the designers’ dimensions, and knit ANYTHING in silk, linen, hemp, cotton, viscose, bast, pineapple fiber, or the latest yarn made from the dregs of winemaking…LOL. Go visit Habu’s studio or website and get busy.

Globally-warmed, summer-weight yarns are HOT right now, so manufacturers are scrambling to adjust, but don’t count on men's patterns increasing in number.

Keep your filthy money,! (Larry's silliest, dressed-in-drag-comeback to Moe, "Don't you call me a You-You!" Years wasted in my youth, sigh!)

If you wait for a publisher to discover your interest, now, after thirty years of “rediscovery”, you ain’t gonna be found.

Publishers make money selling to women. Make your garments from the female-targeted designs that appeal to you, and just…change “em. Become your own designer.

 As in all things out there, cissexual assumption should be avoided in knitting, as well.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Just When You Thought You Had Heard It All

I will be performing in a new work on April 19th in NYC. Composer Jobina Tinnemans' Killing Time for knitters and ensemble (World Premiere MATA commission).
Known for her work with concrete sounds, Dutch-Welsh composer Jobina Tinnemans follows the lead of the late Cornelius Cardew incorporating nonmusicians into a new music context. Her MATA commission, a concerto grosso for solo knitters, instrumental ensemble and a ripieno orchestra of knitters, visualizes the passage of time through its trace in fibre.

MATA was founded by Philip Glass, Eleonor Sandresky, and Lisa Bielawa in 1996. MATA presents a week-long festival of music by composers under age forty each spring in New York City.

The composer uses electronic pickups and enhanced sound processing to create a performance piece that is based on the actual movement, contact, fiber passage and growth of a knitted object using conductivity sensors to create work accompanied by musicians on traditional musical instruments.

The show will be at Roulette in Brooklyn, a theater near BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), that presents new works by contemporay composers, performers and musicians.

 I will be knitting 009 Fisherman Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky on 10.5 needles, basso profundo. How butch is that? 

Young Turks Concert, Killing Time Perfomance.

My Next Project

I no longer assume that the social knitting sites like Ravelry have the best or largest selection of patterns or ideas. The trend is moving against them.
Increasingly, websites for the manufacturers are devoting memory space on their servers for third-party designs using their yarn. Why, you may ask?

  • Hiring in-house designers is expensive and difficult to market directly. 
  • Social sites will never stop jumping to the latest glittering generality. 
  • The number of them grows daily, fracturing the number of eyes for advertisers, making lots of information and little knowledge, and narrowing the audience for each. 
  • Independents are discovering how their business is truly "dependent" on fickle and manipulated Google heuristics, or buried in so called "maker direct marketer" sites, like Etsy. 
  • Online reputations can be created and destroyed in one or two clicks by benevolent or malicious people. 

 The manufacturers are quickly discovering how to reliably direct traffic to their yarn with little directing you to a designer.

Like pie crusts, these linkages are easily made, and easily broken, if needed. Have will probably find tons of ideas and patterns not on knitting social sites.