Thanks for the support from folks who understand or at least empathize with the winter blahs and other stresses.
In my reading travels I saw this article
about a documentary entitled, "“Fifty Nude Women: A Musical Montage.” Margot Roth, the film's creator, made it in response to a male friend's confessed shock at seeing a date's breasts hang down once released from their push-up bra. Roth says she responded, “You just need to be barraged with, like, real boobs.”
She went on to recruit "real" women -- of all shapes, sizes and ages -- to appear nude on film.
My initial thought was positive. We all need to hold in our minds realistic images of unaltered (or naturally altered!) women's bodies. Dove's Campaign for Real Beauty
attempts to combat the uniform thinness and bustiness of media models.
But then I got irritated. Get over it! I wanted to say to the guy. Are you really dating for a pair of good boobs? How refreshing to hear him say, "She seemed interesting, but then we got back to my place and some serious
talking -- I mean, we were getting deep -- and then she shed her date persona and I was horrified to see how shallow she was. I mean, she had nothing to support her positions."
Should we really go out of our way to "educate" men about real women, when they really only want realLY HOT women'S BODIES? Bang, bang, bang goes my head against the desk.
In more positive news, I have been picking up some exciting knitting patterns. A clear downside (or upside, depending how much cash flow bothers you) of Ravelry is the way its "queue" feature facilitates stockpiling. I thought it would be enough to see a pattern I liked, pop it in my queue and hold it there until I felt like knitting it.
Nope! Instead I want to have the pattern in-hand NOW. Heaven forbid I decide I want to knit it and have to wait a week or two while I track it down. This means for some of the high-ranking queue patterns, I've been aquiring their sources. For knitty or IK patterns, I'm set. They're free or I get the magazine. But what about Alice Starmore's Aran Knitting
? Out of print. Or Adrienne Vittadini's Fall 2003 pattern book
. Good luck.
So I've turned to ebay for the first time. So far, the results are mixed. I got a Dale of Norway pattern book (#132
) that has some patterns I really like. And I paid less for it than if I'd ordered it new. Likewise for Elsebeth Lavold's Book One
I also got a Noro Knits pattern book
for less than retail. But it was the wrong book. I miswrote which one I wanted
and now have a pattern book I'll never use. Looks like I'll be SELLING on ebay next!
I also used a gift certificate to pick up Jackets for Work and Play
, a collection of patterns from Knitters.
So. Lots of new patterns, lots of startitis, lots of knitting commitments to wrap up before I start something new. I can't be the first knitter to put the cart before the horse.
Labels: feminism, knitting