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Whatever happens to strike my fancy, but surely some sort of fiber content.


You don't have to read the whole thread. Here's a synopsis/my take on the ressponses to the original poster (who has mysteriously disappeared from the discussion): If you don't like a blog, then don't read it, and why be even slightly rude about it?

Complaining about anybody's blog content makes no sense to me. Why does everyone have to be a critic?

I want to know about your day, and your heart, and yes even your knitting. If I didn't, I wouldn't visit. Simple! And nobody gets hurt!

By Blogger Jane, at 8:37 AM  


I thoroughly enjoy regularly reading your blog. I first discovered you and your terrific writing style through the KR forum and since have been a devoted follower.

I agree with Jane in that if you don't like a blog and/or want to read it, then don't do so and don't complain about it. Perhaps the original poster is an antagonist and just wanted to stir up some potentially confrontational conversation. If this is their way of "winning," I choose not to play.

Keep on keepin' on, Ramona

P.S. I will do a rain dance for you.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:09 AM  

I was amused that some people think blogs exist to serve them - knitting blogs should be providing educational content and perhaps even (this cracked me up) videos! There are "too many blogs" that don't meet HER needs as reader! Harrumpf!!

Some people do provide wonderful tutorials, and that's nice, but like you, I read them for the personal connection to people I either have met IRL or have become virtual friends through blogging. And some of the most popular "knit" bloggers don't write much about knitting at all. Personally, I barely skim the "totally dedicated to knitting" blogs - if something catches my eye I'll read it, but I really don't give a rat's heinie about someone's obsessive ruminations about a project. Give me Crazy Aunt Purl's thoughts on the Courtesy Wave any day!

By Blogger Catherine, at 7:48 AM  

I once saw someone complain on the Knitty Coffeeshop forum about folks responding to questions on the forum by saying something like "I've explained it in detail on my blog. Go here: http://...". The complainer didn't like having to go to another website; they felt that the person's answer should be full and complete on the forum. Someone quickly reminded the complainer that bandwidth and storage aren't free and that we're doing the forum owners (Amy/Knitty and Clara/KR) a disservice if we go on for three pages on someone else's dime. Funny what misconceptions people have.

I blog because I needed an outlet for my novice knitter exuberance. When I learned to knit (a year ago today!) the only other knitter I knew was my SIL Jenny who taught me, and I didn't want to overwhelm her with my unbridled enthusiasm, so I started the blog. And oh, what a year it's been! :-)

By Blogger Mary, at 1:08 PM  

I'm a few days late on this comment sorry. Bess, I hadn't read that post on the forum because I had a feeling what it was all about. Now after reading the first page it's exactly as I expected. I've cut back on the blogs that I read mainly because I'm tired of the "see how much I can be like ___ " mentality that seems to be sweeping the blog world. I run a blog ring and I love to see the new knitters who are so excited about their first scarf or first sweater. And there are those knitters who don't have knitting friends who love the fact that someone they don't even know comments and says, "I love your scarf." I started an "up to" page before there were even blogs to keep my friends up to date on what I was doing since so many of my friends were scattered all over the country. I think of the friends that I've made through the forums and their blogs and I'm glad that not everyone's blogs are tutorials. It's cheaper than a phone call and I get more out of reading your blog than I might on the phone anyway because you wouldn't have me interrupting. :)

Lately, I've been comparing your weather to ours and it makes me feel better than the midwest isn't the only place suffering under massive amounts of heat and humidity.

By Blogger erica, at 1:41 PM  

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006  

At 10:30 last night, it was still hotter outside than in, though we don’t have air conditioning and still use those ancient cooling methods of closed windows in the daytime and fans. So far this summer, even on the worst days I’ve been able to open the north windows around 5 o’clock and the rest of them around 8. Ahh well. At least it’s cooler this morning and the weather dot com guys have promised us the peak has passed. It’ll only be 90 today and in the 80’s by the weekend.

Weather is very important to folks who live on, work on, or derive income from farms. It’s even more important if you live somewhat au naturelle as we do, with wood heat in winter and high ceilings with fans in summer. It’s only on the most humid days of summer that I contemplate air-conditioning, but the truth is - I just don’t want it in the house. I’m deeply grateful to be able to work in air conditioning and if I could, I’d have air conditioned closets but other than that, I really prefer to feel the seasons. Hmmm. And I apologize because I go on about this every summer. Of course, this is why weather is so important. I live on a farm! And this year has been such a splendid farming year. I was a little worried when those daily rains came in June, as I waited for the combines to roll into the wheat fields, but they got there eventually. Of course, the cash flow was excruciating, since the wheat check is supposed to pay the property taxes and this year there was a 30+ day lag between their dates.

Corn looks to be even more splendid this year. All over the area, from the Potomac River to Richmond, enormous rectangle fields of sentinel like stalks, with their proud chests full of fat, swollen cobs, give promise of bountiful harvests. Unless a field caught on fire, or a tornado came through there’s nothing that could hurt that crop. Early beans look just as luxuriant and healthy. The late beans, which is what followed our very late wheat crop, got a good start with some brief, but drenching showers and a week or so of quite hot weather won’t hurt them a bit. A month of drought is another thing, but those weather dot com guys aren’t talkin’ ‘bout that.




(throat clearing)


(finger drumming)

(‘nother throat clearing)

(laugh at self)

So. I just opened up the thread on Knitters Review Forums All Forums
Knitting on the Web
Blog Talk
too many blogs... Yes or No????


Too many blogs? Why do we blog? Why do I blog? What is my secret hungering desire? Celebrity blogger - my secret longing? What prompts me to read a blog? Why don’t I have any pictures on my blog? Who do I think I am, anyway?

I wonder if I’ll read the whole thread. There are 3 pages and the first one is already causing me to blush. And at the same time, I don’t care why other people blog since reading them is voluntary. If I weren’t blogging I’d be writing these long prosy things and posting them somewhere - a forum, in a letter to a friend, in a diary...

No. Not in a diary - at least, not after January.

Well. I began blogging because I used to post these horrificlly long posts on the KRForums and as they began to swell up with non-knitting non sequiturs I felt a tad bit guilty, certainly too pushy and self aggrandizing, to keep hogging Clara Parke’s storage space. And perhaps, as the arena there grew so large I sort of wanted to work within a smaller audience. And I wanted to learn a wee bit of html. And maybe I wanted to be “in print”. A little. And I thought I might want to get some attention - which - now and then, I do.

This I know - I read the blogs I do - about 20 a day, because I have come to care about the people who write them. Most I have met face 2 face, a few I will probably never meet. But I want to know how they are doing, what is moving them, how they see their world. So I keep in touch, if only in a voyeuristic Read-Only manner. (I’d post more comments but I do my blog reading in the a.m. on dial-up access that is progressively eroding into complete stagnation. Sometimes it takes 5 minutes to open the comments feature!!)

Ahh well. I really ought not care. I can laugh at my own ego as easily as I can laugh at another’s.

Still - to keep this a knitting blog - (Doesn’t one of the webrings require you to say something knitterly at least once a week?) - the Rowan/Trendsetter hat is too small. At least, the rowan part is. I believe I’ll rip it out and knit the brim a tad wider. One ball of Dune makes only a hat crown plus a little bit more. Too bad. I was hoping to knit a tall peak that I could wrap around the head and fasten with a pin ... I had this idea in my mind - there isn’t enough yarn. This is not a great disappointment. It’s a mindless knitting project to begin with - a stash buster hat. I don’t mind knitting it again.

Board meeting today. One more week of SRC after this week and then it’s half way to autumn and only a month till my 30 day ego trip of birthday celebrating.

Stay cool. Drink water.

posted by Bess | 7:42 AM