A friend of mine who was traveling the country recently, go Daria in ’08, let me know that there was a lot of fury around an article in the January 2nd Philadelphia Weekly about kniters. (I do not want to link there, read on).
The article reads very strangely, it starts off expressing that it’s annoying when people are so nit picky and defensive about location and then it goes on to say that there is a new wave of defensive nit picky freaks, the knitters. (OK) Then the article complains about the lame assumption that knitting is punk and uses to books to prove their argument (sorta) and then just thrashes knitting and all people who enjoy knitting and crocheting (I guess crafters) in general.
OK, I don’t want to link to the site because I do not want to be responcible for giving this crap any more due than it deserves. Readers are exactly what they want, so if you go to the website and read this article you are in giving this persons article more popularity and I don’t really want to suggest that you go read this, it’s not a very good article in general, let alone what you think about knitting/crocheting/punk/hipness/motherhood… etc.
Here is my thought though, why get defensive at all. The author of this piece seems to be angry about something, but I don’t know what? Is it really that offensive that knitters feel cool or punk? Is it really that hard to believe that cool people and punks knit? Has this person been tied to a tree by knitters and been giving a bad sweater to wear? I don’t get it?
What is it about knitting/crocheting that threatens other people?
Anyhow, just thought I would let you all know about this if it is of interest to you. Sadly, people did write in and were very defensive about this article… But I think I am totally missing the point of the article… I read it as … knitters are very defensive, and I will go ahead and make fun of them, and what give them the right to think that they are punk in the first place.