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Monday, 14 February 2011

Following months of indecision

And one completely off-topic post.

But hey, I'm allowed, they overthrew a dictator. Good for them, I'm totally in support of that, it's brilliant. Go Egypt, woohoo, and so on.

But back to topic anyway.

So, the indecision part of this last few months has been due to having to decide at some point before may whether I'm picking knit or weave next year. Easy decision, surely? Well, not as easy as you'd think. After all, there is a healthy living to be made in machine knitting apparently, in this country even (imagine that! making a decent living without selling my soul or moving to the other side of the world to oversee hundreds of slave-labourers!). And I was starting to get bored and frustrated with the limits placed upon me in the weave department regarding what i was doing.

So I have been seriously considering knit, simply for the reason that I'd be able to make a proper living when I came out of I'm honest. But at the end of the day, that isn't a sensible reason for me to do anything. Putting all that effort into getting a well-paid job in an economy that has been contracting and dying off all my adult life? Madness surely. Add to that it's an economy that's supported by a state that has systematically declared war on and destroyed large sectors of the economy in the not too distant past, just for the sake of destroying it's political opponents. And I don't care what colour tie the rubbery faced public-school-boy that's running the country's wearing. They're all capitalists, they're all from the priviledged classes, and there's not one of them that gives a damn about people that actually work for a living.

So that's done away with the Alleigance-to-mainstream-society-in-the-form-of-getting-a-proper-career-with-a-salary-and-everything argument that was in favour of knitting.

So what about the creative side of things? Well, I've pissed about on the knitting machines and I've done plating, and fancy cabling and combined 2x2 ribs with full cardigan and all this, and none of it really inspires me. Really knitwear should be simple, and I just don't have any ideas for doing anything different on a knitting machine that hasn't been done a million times before by a robot in Asia.

So bugger it, my weave is actually half-decent and i have ideas for it, so I'm doing weave, even if it does take a whole day to set the machine up. So that's that

Speaking of which, I can't remember if i mentioned the outcome of the concrete project. Well, i wove with core-spun elastane, otherwise known as knicker elastic, in both the warp and the weft, which totally wasn't as big a deal as people said it would be. I just think noone's done it before because it sound like a nightmare, but it really isn't such a big deal. it's a right pain to thread up mind you, but that's kinda expected isn't it?

But anyway, we never got to cast the pieces, because 2 inches of snow in this country apparently spells the end of the world as we know it. We're pathetic. So the entire thing was a bit of a waste of time. It's almost as if they didn't think this whole thing through at all and just bolted it onto the module at the last minute because it sounded like a good idea and someone had a head full of inspirational buzzwords from the marketing imps at Ted.com

Once again, i should have ignored the module brief and done my own thing. If I had I might have had conducting fabric by now. Damn them all!

Oh well, decisions made. Now I've got nothing better to do with the bulk of the week but lie on my back and do research on the internet for the knitwear module on bloody high-fashion because i went and bruised my hip and can barely walk now. How i hate researching fashion and writing about it in my journal. Such a load of consumerist bullshit, it really is.

Ugh, better hobble outside so the dog can take a leak. This is what i get for playing tarzan. Damn fool

-andrew