Sunday, April 22, 2007


I continue to have nothing of consequence to report, unless you happen to be enamored by such things as the construct of gender in ancient Egyptian art, or a surfeit of other topics I am finding particularly inane at the moment. Luckily, things of beauty are blooming around me, making my uninteresting work more bearable.

Other things continue to bud around these parts as well. I am relishing sock knitting these days. No, no, not of the absurd amazing variety, like this or this. Any project larger than a sock (of the unexceptional normal-sized variety, that is) is just too overwhelming for my distracted mind to handle at the moment, and it seems that it's all I can do to finish one sock before moving on to the next. Two of a kind? Pairs? Not so much. Singles, please. I can't be bothered right now to follow such sensible knitting rules as project monogamy and warding off single sock syndrome. Knitting is my pleasure and respite from the stresses of crapademia, and it's one of the precious areas of my life where I can do what I want when I want how I want. Who knew knitting single socks could be so liberating?

Happy Sunday!

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Blogger Ashley said...

They are totally liberating, aren't they? I have 3 floating around the house right now and I. Don't. Care. Really, I don't.

However, I would care very much to hear about gender constructs in ancient Egyptian art, because I am a dork like that. Next post, please?

3:48 PM  
Blogger iSeL said...

I hear ya! I've been casting on for things that will probably be frogged as soon as the semester is over. For now, anything small will do. A stitch or two between Nikes, Modernism, and Rothko is all I can manage right now.

Only two more weeks before finals.

Bloom on!

3:52 PM  
Blogger Elinor said...

Hang in there! You'll be done soon enough. And then think about how quickly you'll get socks! For half the effort, you'll have a pair! You can knit the twins later!

3:53 PM  
Blogger Kristy said...

If you wait long enough, it will be like the second sock is brand new again! And you won't be needing to wear wool socks until this fall, anyway.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I actually think that gender identity in ancient Egyptian art sounds really interesting.

It seems like a lot of us are knitting just to knit right now. I want to start a stole, but I've also got a sock and a hat going, and I'm thinking of casting on for a sock for me (different from the first one, which is for my mother). Must. Knit. Small. Gratifying. Projects.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Laura B said...

It's so much fun when you realize you have a few socks that need matches and then you can fly through those fos.

Good luck with everything school related!

5:07 PM  
Blogger Stef said...

Well... I'm interested in the construct of gender in Egyptian art, actually. But I guess the grass is always greener with other people's research.

Knit on. If sock knitting was really about quickly achieving a matched pair, we'd all just go out and buy socks.

6:21 PM  
Blogger BrownPants said...

At least when you want a finished pair you'll be half way there! :)

6:44 PM  
Blogger pamela wynne said...

crapademia, indeed!

You've singlehandedly shifted my sock-guilt paradigm. I feel so liberated! ;)

6:46 PM  
Blogger Jocelyn said...

Amen, Sister! Socks are about the only thing I can handle right now, although it's the functional connectivity of forested landscapes that's taking up nearly all of my time these days. Thanks for checking in on my blog, and hang in there.

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I hear ya (again)!!

PS: 2 socks on 1 circ?

9:23 PM  
Blogger The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Crapademia..hehe, I can relate to that concept very well.

I love the idea of one sock being the goal rather than a defeat!

10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently decided that because I mostly wear my knitted socks under boots or around the house, who cares if they match? I plan to fill the basket next to my bed with socks and I can pull out socks to wear without concern over whether they match. So one sock at a time it is!

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the way i see it is that none of my non-knitted socks match - the dryer made sure of that. so why start matching now?

10:57 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Count me in too for thinking gender constructs in ancient Egyptian art is interesting!

Lovely photos! Sock knitting is a balm.

12:04 AM  
Blogger Pikku- Kettu said...

Take back knitting! Do it for me, who is too stuck up and anal-retentive to liberate myself from the confines of my one-project life.

*bitter knitter out*

I love the delicate pink action going on in that yarn. :)

1:15 AM  
Blogger JulieFrick said...

Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3. Will the New Blogger recognize me?

8:40 AM  
Blogger JulieFrick said...

Yay! Hooray! Something went right today! Except my cute little picture is gone. Ah, well. I can live with that. I may jump on this single sock train. I really need to get off of the baby knits for a minute. The fumes are getting to me.

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who among us hasn't found comfort in single socks in times of great stress? (Well, okay, I'm OCD enough that I actually have to knit the second of the pair or I can't sleep at night, but I HAVE knit nothing but socks for weeks when anything larger seems like an insurmountable commitment.)

Hang in there!

9:07 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

no one says a pair has to match! as long as knitting is providing the appropriate mental respite, I say anything goes! (and I'm with Ashley - another dork here who would actually be interested in gender constructs!)

9:30 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

It looks like the gender constructs in Ancient Egypt has received some interest here... the real question: what period or kingdom? :)

Lovely pics. Good luck with everything.

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I converted to knitting socks on two circs awhile ago, but your photos confirm my lingering regret about this...socks knit on DPNs are just, well, prettier.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gender constructs in ancient Egyptian art? Now that sounds interesting. I am looking at gender architecture in dormitory housing...I think your studying is a little more interesting right now... I have recently discovered my love for the knitted sock. So rock on with the sock knitting.

11:36 AM  
Blogger femiknitter said...

Revealing the extent of my dorkiness: I think the construct of gender in Egyptian art sounds interesting. But I have a backgrund in feminist theory, so anything that has the phrase "construct of gender" inserted into it sounds good to me.

Way to really own your knitting! I think we often get bogged down in the "rules" of knitting, and forget that it's supposed to be a (fun!) distraction from the daily grind. Bravo!

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm right there with you on the sock knitting. That's all I want to be doing lately.

1:35 PM  
Blogger 5elementknitr said...

Crapademia! That's funny! I smell a book! "Crapademia: or how I learned to knit...."

2:01 PM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

I'm glad the crapademia is still allowing you time for single socks and beautiful photos. They certainly enhance my blog reading.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

I'm with femiknitter...Egyptian art and gender constructs sounds interesting. However, all you have to do is combined the words gender and art and my ears perk up.
Summer is fast why would you need complete pairs of wool socks anyway?

12:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the idea of knitting singles -and reminding me that knitting has no rules. It should be a fun activity, sometimes I think I take it too seriously! :)

10:27 AM  
Blogger JenniferB said...

I love that beautiful sock yarn. I'm seeing light pinks everywhere on blogs and I'm loving it.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Yay for singles & lovely flowers!!!

8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, if you say it's ok to knit just singles, then we all can do it! YAY!!! :0) Must buy more sock yarn. Must... :0)

5:16 AM  
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