Leslie over at nake-id knits has a post up today on the unholy vortex of squirrels, knitting and writing. On the inherent evil-ness of squirrels, there can be no disagreement. Their dark qualities are as evident as those of Karl Rove or Dick Cheney, and those who would defend any of the aforementioned as having their “cute” attributes are simply not paying attention to the havoc and destruction caused by all manner of nutty wingnuts loosed on the world.
On knitting and writing, and Leslie’s question about why so many knitters are also bloggers and writers, I have other thoughts (originally left in nake-id knits comments, and now shared here.) Both require concentration, attention to detail, precision and a skillful pairing of form and function. Turning a sock heel is to knitting what finding the perfect metaphor is to writing. Call it the “geek factor.”
In addition to the geekiness of writing and knitting, both crafts engage the free-association, neuron-sparking creative juices. All the wild ideas that eventually get edited down to a coherent piece of writing aren’t that different from the knitter playing with his or her stash and dreaming-up combinations of texture and color.
I also think that knitting is a good tactile replacement for the way we used to write. Remember the days of notebooks, pens, the smell of ink, the feel of a clean sheet of paper, all the doodling and scratching-out we used to do? Most of that has disappeared with the computer. Playing with yarn is the “new doodling” that stimulates our brains with texture, color and smell while we try to come up with that elusive, but perfect analogy or metaphor.
Plus, like knitting, our writing requires a beginning, a middle and an end. For example, if this were a polished piece of writing, I would have to bring up those squirrels again in order to tidy things up. But it’s not, so I won’t.
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