January 16, 2013
OK, the title of this post sent me into Salacious Seventies Snickers from my high school days, when this song was on the radio. There was a period when Afternoon Delight (the top selling single of 1976–you see the problem with my generation, right there) was in constant rotation on Omaha’s WOW with a half dozen songs including Sister Golden Hair Surprise, and other silky silliness that I flat-out adored. The happiness of those memories, of singing along to girly boy voices, with Sun In spritzed, feathered tresses flying out the window of my trusty 1975 Maverick, keeps me biting my tongue about One Direction and its ilk. (Yes, there is an ilk. If you have a teenage girl you hear 1D, and you hear the ilk, and you despair.)
OK, but this post is not about boy bands. HULK SMASH BOY BANDS! HULK LIKE MAN BANDS! HULK LIKE LADY BANDS! HULK HAVE WEIRD AGE-INAPPROPRIATE THING FOR JACK WHITE AND ALSO WEIRD AGE-APPROPRIATE THING FOR VINCE GILL AT THE SAME TIME, WHICH CONFUSE HULK!
Ahem. This post IS about: Annie Modesitt. HULK VERY FOND OF ANNIE! HULK HOLD ANNIE VERY GENTLY IN HULK’S MASSIVE PAWLIKE PALM! (Be patient. This Hulk thing, too, shall pass.)
Today on Twitter I learned about Annie’s delightful video on how to make a Lovely Left-Leaning Decrease. Watch and learn, and laugh with delight at the cleverness: the video is here.
If you liked that one, here’s another one, with hilarious animation. (“The stitch is terrified.” Help. Me. Can’t. Breathe.)
Annie Modesitt and Cat Bordhi both have the gift of seeing ordinary knitting techniques–tiny things we don’t think about, we just DO– in an extraordinary way, and sharing them with us, thereby blowing our minds. Seriously, did you ever notice that thing about how the decrease will lean in the direction of the working needle? I could knit for 100 years and not notice that on my own; hell, I had to think for a minute about what “the working needle” even means–aren’t they both working? (NO. One is just holding the stitches from the last row. The other one is knitting them. Wake up and smell the wool!)
These teachable moments make me feel like a Bear of Small Brain. In a good way. To continue with yesterday’s theme: humility is good. It’s good when it’s justified, and it’s even better when it’s not as obviously justified.
OK, time’s up. Enjoy Annie. She’s the bomb-diggity.