Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Knitting & Podcasts

 I'm spending most of my free time knitting and watching video podcasts about (mostly) knitting.  There are so many to watch.  Not all are my particular cup of tea, but many of them are lively and funny to watch.  It's also fun to see what other people are knitting. I is also interesting to see what trends in knitting have changed over the years.  I've been a knitter for about 30 years now...a hardcore knitter, which to me means I've had sometthing "on my needles" nearly that entire 30 years.  I would say I am an advanced knitter who can pretty much tackle any project, but I choose the projects I want to knit, mostlly picking projects based on what interests me over any particular skill reqirement needed to complete the pattern.   Living in Hawaii, there is some need for knitted items.  I find mostly accessories: shawls, hats, and socks are best for this weather.  It can be a little cool in the morning and air conditioning can be chilly.  Also, shoes are required at many jobs, therefore socks also are mostly required.  I could even imagine a sweater made out of cotton or linen.  Back to watching podcasts.  Watching knitters (often younger than me), it is interesting to see what discoveries are made these days.  So many things that were discoverred in the 1990's seem to be new ideas again in the 2010's.  I think what has happened in the past is that many "new" techniques were published in books in the 1990's that are no longer in print.  Basic sock knitting techniques, for example, are beiing discussed as new ideas or "solutions" to knitting challenges.  One example of this is the 'afterthought heel', which was a concept written about by Elizabeth Zimmerman in the late 1960's, rediscussed in the 1990's, seems to be a completely new concept in the 2010's.  Now, you don't need to know what that means...simply know that a tremendous amount of information about so many things must be lost every generation. I wonder if the internet will help us remember ideas and techniques or if we will be doomed to discover, forget, and rediscover things throughout time. I'd be willing to forgive humanity for forgetting te small things as long as we don't forget the big ones. On Weekend Edition (on NPR), I listed to an interview with Dorothy Lipstadt regarding the holocaust deniers and the 1990's trial.  The interview (7 minutes long) can be heard here.  It is chilling to think so many conspiracy therorists are jumping on the bandwagon with so many people that spout absolute drivel and lies and NO ONE SEEMS TO FACT CHECK THEM.  I won't go on a rant, but as Dorothy states in the interview, it is absolutely necessary to fact check these people and keep on doing it. Sometimes it is about the big things...

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