Saturday, April 12, 2008

cloudy thoughts

MagKnits is gone. (MagKnits: formerly an online knitting magazine.) Gone. GONE. Poof, in the blink of a monitor, no more. Some designers didn't even have backup copies of their patterns and it's too late now.

I just finished reading The Solace of Leaving Early by Haven Kimmel. It has given me much to consider. Is leaving early cowardice or courage? Is it a good thing to leave before the second act, before the plot gets too messy, before things start to unravel? Is there really solace in that? Or is one cheating oneself (who says "oneself"?) by trying to avoid the sticky tangled consequences of the first act?

I stay up too late at night by myself. For the sake of a few hours of my own thoughts, I handicap the next day with inadequate rest. Is that my way of leaving early? Am I trying to give myself an excuse for not being fully present in the daytime? Is this pathological avoidance or laziness? Am I thinking too much about this? (Finally a question with a clear answer!) Yes. Go to bed.

But first, how about a picture to liven things up? Remember those Miranda Mitts from the last post? When I was experimenting with the mitered rib, the first yarn that I tried was a beautiful cream wool/silk/angora handspun. After I knit and ripped back 3 or 4 times, I decided that maybe angora wasn't the best fiber to experiment with--but here is a picture of it. Note the kiwi fruit. I was feeling poetic.



Tina, you said "Blog more" but this probably isn't what you had in mind.

10 comments:

Proud Mama said...

Where did MagKnits go? I was trying to grab the Jaywalker pattern yesterday and I noticed poof it wasn't there!

Nell said...

I know the Magknits thing is such a shame. Hopefully the patterns can become available through to the designers to distribute as needed.

ali said...

I like the kiwi... now I want one... pregnancy hormones at work. Cravings are a very real part of my days now.

I need to go grocery shopping tomorrow, hehehe...

Happy knitting-
ali

caracolina said...

I know this isn't anywhere current or comprehensive, but there is a snapshot of MagKnits available on the Wayback Machine (www.archive.org). Try http://web.archive.org/web/2007*/http://www.magknits.com (I hope the link will work).

Valerie said...

Thanks for the archive link, Caroline!

Tola said...

check Ravelry. Casey is working with the designers on getting the patterns up there.

Jean said...

You are thinking too much about it. And you should get some rest. Hugs!

CurlyBrunette said...
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CurlyBrunette said...

Here is another link to the archives of MagKnits. I had to delete my previous post because it wasnt printing correctly for some reason.
http://web.archive.org/web/20061104021735/www.magknits.com/archive.htm

CurlyBrunette said...

OK, sorry it wont work here it is again. It might not be clickable and you mght have to cut and paste it into your browser.
http://web.archive.org/web/20061104021735/www.magknits.com/archive.htm