Sunday, February 10, 2008

Garage sales and living rooms

Clearly, it's still not done, and I'm getting kind of bored with it. The nice thing about the pattern is that it's so completely mindless that you can work on it anywhere, at any time. So my scarf has been worked on with my morning coffee, while listening to NPR, during the 10 minute intervals between doing something in the lab, while watching TV. But still, not done.

I have no idea why it's so important to me to finish this one over other things. Finishing my sweater would be less effort and more rewarding, but I never said I made any sense.

I guess the weekend is over already, and I spent most of it in the lab. I had really hoped to do more cooking, but I ended up out of the house for more hours than I had anticipated. I really wanted to make brownies, as I like chocolate very much. However, I forgot to get ice cream, and I figure if I'm going to make brownies with chocolate sauce, I might as well get ice cream to go with it. I still got to something though - in the oven right now is a pan of breakfast bars from Nigella Express. The recipe is extremely simple, essentially having you throw a bunch of solids into a bowl, mix with condensed milk, plop in a pan and bake for an hour. They're not done yet, but they smell good. Photos and a report on the taste tomorrow, when there's some light in my house, and if I have time to post after I run.

Elizabeth posted about recent kerfluffles regarding rude comments, and whether or not a blog was like a garage sale or a living room. I was somewhat surprised to find out that I have an opinion about this. I don't think I would ever tell someone their knitting sucked, but if they asked, I would (and I think I have) commented that a color combination isn't for me. I don't think it's the nicest thing to tell someone what they're knitting is fugly, and I don't know that I would do it. But I wish there was more constructive commentary on blogs. I think the lovefests on blogs get to be a bit much. I don't think everything I see other people knitting is great, and I've certainly cranked out some crap. I've still got a lot to learn, and I wouldn't mind it if people suggested better ways of doing something, or a means of fixing a problem that I may not be aware of. The key word here is constructive. Criticism is a big part of my job, and it's not always a negative thing. I do think it can be a challenge to find the balance between saying something overly critical and useless, being sycophantic, and actually providing constructive critique. I should do this more myself. I've gotten out of the habit of commenting. Blogging too.

Oh - but just for the record - I still can't stand the comments on how one should blog. The blog isn't my hobby, neither is photography. I don't have a great camera, I'm barely home when it's light out, and well, I'd rather knit than write or take pictures of my knitting. Nor do I really want to be told how often I should post or what topics I should or shouldn't address. Many options are out there. Read or don't read as you choose.


Elizabeth said...

I didn't realize you started again! I'm glad you mentioned it, or I would have gone years without knowing.

I can't believe folks have the gall to tell you how to blog. I might occasionally put in a request for a picture of a garment on the person, but that's intended as a compliment, not a command.

Anyway, run your blog the way you like!

Bells said...

I think that is the coolest photo. Well done you, especially after you wrote that you don't have much time for doing good photography!

This is an interesting post. I read it earlier today and have been mulling over it. I suppose the love fest comes about because the alternative is for people to say, nah, that's not for me. And who wants to say that unless asked? I see stuff I don't like and I stay silent because, well I wasn't asked, was I? So what you're left with is a blogs where all the comments are in praise of said items.

But I do know what you mean, I think.