Every time I hear “double knitting”, I think about the double knit fabric back in my younger years of sewing clothes. Oh, the double knit pantsuits I made back then! They were wash and dry . . no wrinkles!
But, in knitting, there’s a double knit technique where you end up with two sides that are both right sides and the designs can be, but not necessarily, mirror images. I’ve been wanting to try it. And, from what I’ve seen, the finished product is nothing, thankfully, like the double knitting fabric of my younger years.
Totally aside from double knitting, many of you have heard about, or may be aware of the SJW (social justice warriors) who have self appointed themselves to right every wrong in the world, with “wrong” being determined by them on a daily or hourly basis. Often people, designers, yarn dyers . . you name it, are “targeted” simply for not apologizing loudly or quickly or often enough for those “wrongs” they have discovered. It is pretty unbelievable what they’ve focused in on. It’s pretty unbelievable if you’ve seen it. If you haven’t seen it . . be thankful! They seem to want to keep it going and they all seem to have a dedicated following that can’t seem to stop with the encouragement and accolades. It’s been brutal and I can’t tell you how sick I am of hearing about it. I’ve almost totally stopped looking at Instagram (more knitting time .. thank you!) There are designers whose patterns I’ve previously loved, whose patterns I have purchased that now, I can hardly stand to even see in my files. I have moved all of those patterns from their previously designated folders, such as “Shawls” or “Sweaters”, etc. and now, they’re all in a “Mean Girl” file so they’re not mixed in with the files that make me happy and, so far, I haven’t looked at anything in the “Mean Girls” file. I didn’t delete those patterns because (1) I’ve paid for them and the designer wouldn’t know or care if I knitted the pattern or threw the pattern out and (2) Maybe someday I’ll be a nicer, more forgiving person, and get over my frustration with the bullies, and they truly are bullies.
I wish I had never happened upon all the Instagram crap . . why do some have to ruin in for all? If I didn’t even know about it all, I could be blissfully knitting, instead of feeling badly for those who have been targeted and terribly disliking designers I used to think were great. Life goes on . . right?
Let me be clear . . I am not racist. Basically, I just want everyone to be nice to me and I’ll be nice to them and that’s about all that matters to me when dealing with people. Heck, with designers and yarn dyers, they’ll never even know who I am so forget being nice to me . . just be nice to everyone!
I don’t care if you’re gay or black or brown, or red or whatever combination of those things or any other designation. I just don’t care . . so long as you’re nice. And if you aren’t nice, I’m happy to move on but I will never spend hours and hours of my day following anyone around on social media, making sure their lives are forever scarred. I’ve never once unfriended anyone on FB or in real life because of the color of their skin, who they love, how they love, where love. When I buy patterns, I don’t know if they’re from a gay designer, a white woman, a black man . . I buy the pattern because I like it and I like the projects that were made using it. But, I absolutely no longer buy, or link to patterns from those I feel have been horribly unfair to some.
But . . I am going somewhere with this post! Sockmatician is a designer who, in my opinion, was targeted. I’ve read what “they” say; I’ve read what he said. He has a long video explaining his position. Honestly, to me, it seems like someone got up one morning, pulled a name out of a hat and decided the target for the day and that day . . it happened to be Sockmatician.
So whatever Sockmatician did really set off those self appointed rulers of the knitting world and they have been brutal and, in my opinion, terribly unfair. I began following him and paying closer attention to his work and . . praying for him for strength to get through this dark time in his life.
All of the reviews of his other “teaching” patterns are great. One person said she had tried every tutorial to learn double-knitting and couldn’t get it but his tutorial was so clear that she “got it” easily so I may take some Clemson colored yarn with me on my trip and maybe, if I have a few minutes, I may try to make Vince a double-knitted hat.
I am turning off comments on this post because (1) my guess is that some are scanning the internet looking for “whom they may devour” and (2) I don’t want to perpetuate the negativity . . just wanted to share that Sockmatician could probably use a little moral support by seeing lots of projects done using his patterns if anyone feels the desire to make a nice double-knit hat!