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I subscribe to a few knitting list because I like to knit.
Every so often, someone comes on with a question, comment, or thought that gets blown out of proportion, and BOOM BABY, all hell breaks loose.
I forget which list it is, but there was a question you were supposed to ask before posting:
Would you stand in a large lecture hall and make this comment? Consider this knitting list the same way.
Sadly, very few do.
Like the arrival of the new moon, someone makes a ‘snarky’ comment that gets blown out of proportion. Rather than hit delete, people hit reply and thus begins the flame wars. Knitters are creative so some sensitivity is understood. What’s not understood is the passion and venom that come with it. On my own list, someone posted information about knitting a square to put on the White House gate to protest the war. Innocent enough until some chick says it should be to protest abortion.
Hold the phone.
I’m pro choice and proud of it. I believe a woman has a right to choose what she does with her body. Her mate should have a say but ultimately it is up to a woman to decide if she is having a baby or not. Her choice, her decision. My blog, my position (to anyone who wants to make a big deal out of this).
But I digress.
Rather than offer another group that is knitting squares for Pro Life views, this person implied that the whole (anti war) group should be changed to support Pro Life. This started a whole thing about what is and isn’t knit related, what should and should not be allowed. I got the obligatory I want to unsubscribe! whiny letter, and I got the I WILL unsubscribe letter.
My list is not that active. There are a few posts about cheap yarn, I ask a question every now and then about my hurting hands, and someone will join and ask a few questions about Jo-Anns. Then the list goes silent. Then someone makes a so called snarky remark, and here we go again.
Unfortunately, it is not unique to just my list. On the Sock list, someone complained about the cost of shipping from a company. One of the thousands of members forwarded the letter to the company. Who then sent a reply to the original email writer (with me?) The original author then made a passive aggressive statement, and then up to 40 messages went flying back and forth about the lack of knitting in the messages, the proper use of email, the right and wrong of it. There was the ‘me too’ portion of messages and then two IGNORED request from the list ‘mom’ who asked that the subject be dropped.
Some felt it was okay to add their two cents because of three letters:
Which stands for Obligatory Knitting Content/Comment.
Why? I ask. Are we so shallow and needing of attention that we have to act like my kids at bedtime? Just one more minute, they beg when I tell them lights out. Just one more message, knitters say as they hit send.
Knitters tend to bitch about the following:
Knitting in public
People who comment about the novelty of knitting
People who ask them to knit something
I hit delete a lot.
I often wonder how knitters can knit as much as they claim and still find time to reply to emails.
It reminds me of something Sleeping Beauty and I say about a few rattle rattles in our life:
So, who pissed you off today?
Who pissed YOU off today? Don’t hit reply, cast something on the needles, instead.