A Projeck: In Search of the Perfect Handknit
September 5, 2005
I keep thinking about how awesomely awesome it was to hear everybody’s ideas about how to design the Fern sweater. How helpful. How incredible the brain trust is, here on the Internet. How everybody else seems to know so much more than I do. How all that awesome awesomeness could be channeled into a project that would reflect the collective wisdom of all the knitters of the universe.
Here’s what I propose: We do a Future Search. I mean, now that Fern is done, and the younger Fella has started kindergarten, there’s nobody who needs a Future Search more than me.
Our goal: to design the Perfect Handknit.
Future Search is a process designed to build consensus–all sorts of organizations use Future Search in corporate retreats and warmfuzzy weekend workshops. You know, you vote and vote and vote on batches of issues and ideas, narrowing the options until everybody in the whole group agrees: “We should build a new building.” That’s how the Future Searches I’ve done have ended up. Always with the new building, and a big group hug, and a skit in there someplace.
Now, this isn’t going to work exactly the way Future Search works, because we don’t have enough flip charts and styrofoam coffee cups for everybody. But whatever. If somebody wants to put on a skit, go for it.
Over the next week or two or three, we will work our way through all the elements required to make a handknit. The issues will large and small, and it’ll take a while to boil it all down to The Pattern. When the Blogpolls are tallied, and the Tribe has spoken, we’ll have a pattern that distills the collective wisdom of everybody who votes. With the brainpower of the online knitters of the world, and with the ferocious technology that is the Blogpoll, we may very well end up with . . .
The Perfect Handknit.
By the way. I pledge to manufacture this Perfect Handknit, whatever it turns out to be.
No Time Like the Present: Let’s Get Started
We begin with yarn.
Some might argue that necessity is the mother of invention, and it’s a need–socks, a hat, some kind of covering–that drives the making of a handknit. Pah! I say. Nobody’s knitting for need anymore; it’s too pricey! Yarn’s fun, so yarn’s where we start.
Question Numero Uno
Please leave a comment in which you nominate your favorite yarn–and I mean DESERT ISLAND yarn, the yarn you’d take with you on a four-month boat trip, the yarn that you most adore. Be specific. Feel free to explain your nomination, to show us a link, to tape a sample to your comment.
We’ll collate the nominations, then let everybody vote on the perfect yarn. We may need a run-off if it’s tight.
I don’t know where this will lead, and who knows if it’ll actually work. But by jinky we’ll end up with something. The perfect knitted vacuum cleaner cover? You never know what’s going to happen when a group gets started.
PS I hasten to add that everybody who participates will be considered a co-designer and shall reap the, er, glory when all is said and done.