Ahead of the curve

Okay. Years ago — like, four, five? — I was going to put a haiku submission form on my website. No, really, because it was just such a cool thing for knitters to sit around making up little poems about their cats and yarn, and because there were such wonderful poems printed on Japanese yarn labels (yeah, I had that yarn lying around for a really long time; the last time I actually used some of it was around 2002). I remember making up graphics with a fake parchment background and stuff. I don’t remember if I actually uploaded it. I don’t think I did. Because, in the end, I was not cool enough to be that ironic.

So of course, I started screaming, and not in a good way, when I saw this.

This is like bringing back leg warmers,. Which has evidently happened, so if you’ll pardon me I’m going to go barricade myself in the basement because I’m going to get bombarded with seventeen-syllabled hate mail from knitters dressed like Olivia Newton-John.

(Another thing I had been working on five years ago had been the KnitQ quiz (mentioned as vaporware — answer a bunch of questions, find out if you’re an opinionated knitter, blind follower, or a couple of other character types I can’t remember at this instant. And I never finished it. But thankfully, all those bleepin’ quiz generator websites stepped in, and blogs were never the same.)

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8 Responses to Ahead of the curve

  1. Fernmonkey says:

    I am getting INSANELY sick of the “Knit One, $VERB Too” titles.

    It wasn’t even funny the first time.

  2. fillyjonk says:


    But if I had a couple bucks for every time I saw an idea come out that I was toying around with (but had no time to develop because I’m employed full time in a non-fiber-related field)…well, I’d not say I could RETIRE, but I would have some more money than I do now.

    It kind of sucks and it reinforces all the insecurities I have re: my creativity, lack thereof, or my ambition, or lack thereof.

  3. Cara says:

    you know when I said worst I really meant best. ;-)

  4. j. says:

    Cara, I disagree with the “worst” winner.

    “What the hell, Frankie!”

    … that’s golden.

    (they weren’t going to be all my haikus, oh, no. There was going to be a submission form. Like the knitting list drinking game that is no more.

  5. Carol says:

    Seems you’re ahead of the game so next time you get an idea, ACT!
    I forget where I read it, but when someone gets a unique idea, rest assured that 10 others got the same idea at the same time. Go figure. Bet yours would have better anyway.

  6. sarahjay says:

    what an awful shame
    never mind, girl from auntie
    you’ll get over it in time

  7. Cara says:

    Hahaha. I just had a contest on my website where contestants had to submit a haiku using at least four of a list of words I provided. They could win sock yarn. I had over 400 entries. Craziness.

  8. juniper says:

    Your knitting haikus
    Purls of knitterly wisdom
    Too bad you did not publish.