Tuesday, June 30, 2009

D & D Pirates

This blog is still in formation and will have varying posts, mostly on the craft of knitting or some needlepoint and pirates. I did explain in the "first day" post about the pirate connection.

I would like to speak to the pirate connection further in this post. As has been seen on the news there are pirates and there are pirates. My blog will have no relation to Somalian terrorist pirates or any other truly murderous pirates in the past of the present.

The pirates in this blog will be of the D and D nature. By D and D I refer to the Disney and Depp pirates. The rather inept, thieving, but good hearted pirates that appear in children"s fiction and sometimes adult fiction too. These are the pirates the we enjoyed on the big screen, i.e. Depp pirates in "Pirates of the Caribbean". These pirates are the ones that have inspired the newer knitting patterns for children and adults. Other skull patterns come for the Goth community, who have designed the skully knit hat. These two areas of design have come up with some really fun and innovative projects, i.e. dishcloth/washcloth with a skull on it.

So there you have it. No especially informative, but there are good and terribly bad pirates. The good ones helped us out in the American Revolution and the War of 1812. The bad ones kill and threaten American captains and ships. When you are in New Orleans next (a trip worth taking) check out the statute of Jean Lafitte, a pirate memorialized by a city.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

First Day

Hi any readers. This is my first day blogging and hopefully not my last. As in the description, I have been doing some pirate knitting and I think I am now doing this blog to skip away from everyone's hats and sweaters for awhile.

My return to knitting has been amazing in that, due to the internet, the hobby has grown and many things are available, not the least of which are free patterns. These were not often seen in the "old" days. Also the styles are fun, not always what I would wear, but the younger knitters are just great.

But what is the point of this blog. Well I do hope to post some free patterns that I especially like and direct you all to interesting knitting pages and events. Everyone should at least drop into just once. Also I hope to discuss a few broader topics like changes in life, lifestyle, aging or being young. Even just the people we are knitting for. Discussing intarsia or stranding for colors, I will leave to the experts, but there is a human face behind those that we are stranding for and I think they are worthy of discussion, not just mine, but yours too. We are getting into the knitting season for Christmas and it might be interesting to know why Aunt Jane is getting crazy socks, could be just because they're faster or because Aunt Jane herself is crazy. This is the plan which may change by any comments anyone might have, otherwise I'm just talking to myself, done frequently, but not really the point.
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