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April 5th, 2007


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12:27 am - warning: contains anthro-geekitude
Knitting is the new BDSM.

Meaning, it's the hot new subculture that 'everyone' is curious about. It's got a core population of practitioners who have been doing it forever, but as the result of recent publicity there is a growing flood of newbies, a fair number of whom will try it and move on once the buzz dissipates. There are specialty shops where you can obtain paraphernalia and hook up with more experienced community members, and new venues are popping up rapidly. There are blogs. There are meet-ups. There is jargon. You see people on the street more openly practicing or displaying the tools of the trade.

However, one thing in particular makes me proffer this thesis right now: knitting has hit the programming circuit at events like science fiction conventions.

What does [BDSM, knitting] have to do with SF? Not much, beyond a reasonable overlap in interested population. Hence the inclusion of [BDSM, knitting]-related panels and activities at SF conventions (like, say Norwescon). Mind you, people practiced [BDSM, knitting] at conventions long before there were panels about it! But the interest has grown to the point that a degree of organization is starting to shake out of the matrix. A once-marginalized portion of the population is starting to emerge as a group, out and proud, forming new coalitions and boldly displaying the badges of their subculture.

I haven't looked for it, but any minute now I expect to run across a Knitting Pride flag. Perhaps this weekend.

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From:icebluenothing
Date:April 5th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
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*giggles* I love it.
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From:grouchychris
Date:April 5th, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
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Knitting is the new BDSM.

Whips and chains made of yarn? That strikes me as a fetish of limited appeal.

"Strikes me." Heh.
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From:faintheart
Date:April 5th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
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Knitted restraints, on the other hand...
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From:bookish_girl_
Date:April 5th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
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In a nice wool alpaca blend, for softness & strength!
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From:nihilistech
Date:April 5th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
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There are those who knit with other materials. I've seen a couple books about knitting with wire.
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From:bookish_girl_
Date:April 5th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
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The Knitting Pride parade is coming up on Knit In Public day - I think it's this Saturday. There are knit in public bags on knitpicks as well - James got me a partial set for my birthday.

There's a bigdamnknitters community on livejournal, as well, focusing mostly on firefly / serenity knitting projects. Low traffic, but fun.
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From:faintheart
Date:April 5th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
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If you don't find a Knitting Pride flag, you could knit one.

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