Thursday, August 09, 2007

Random Thursday...

Everyone else in blogland is doing it, so I present to you Random Thursday.

More specifically, this post is going to be random-Austrian-photo Thursday.

1) A peacock butt. Kind of makes me want to knit Peacock Feathers

I have determined that peacocks are evil creatures. They live outside lovely Austrian castles, and make hideously loud noises to scare away the tourists.

2) The insides of a Stachelbeeren (Gooseberry). Man, is that tasty stuff. I love the purple layer around the seeds. Yep, it makes me want to dye yarn in this colourway... yarn like Koigu. Mmmm, Gooseberry Koigu!

3) A typical Austrian folk-costume: (I've actually seen ladies in the street wearing similar garb)

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Knitting Etiquette?

Hmm, Knitting Etiquette is a rather funny thing. I think it's very subjective, and that there is a very thin (Shetland-weight) line between appropriate occasions to knit and inappropriate ones.

I have been knitting at our Artist Recitals here. These are informal concerts for my summer program, that we have every Monday and Wednesday nights. In the past, I would NEVER have knit at a concert, although I also would have welcomed anyone to knit while I was singing. Why the double-standard? Well, I guess it's because of the opinions of non-knitters (oh, the muggles).

I know that when I (personally) have an easy enough pattern, I actually can concentrate better on things (conversations, concerts, TV, movies) when I can knit at the same time! So I've got endless stockinette on the needles for my Icarus, and I choose to knit at the concert.

However, I understand that it could appear to others (audience members and performers alike) that I am paying less attention to the concert (conversation, movie...) because I am knitting. But, selfishly, I concentrate better AND I get my knitting time in!

This is the main reason why I don't knit in classes! I don't want to offend my professors, even though I'm the one doing the learning, and it would help me!

Likewise, when I hang out with some friends (mainly knitters, or those who 'get it'), I have no qualms about pulling out my WIP, but with others I know that it will offend them! How do you figure out exactly who those friends are?

Where do you draw the line? Do you have to put your knitting away at times when you don't think you should?

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