(I'm taking this out of comments because I hate the format of Blogger's comments. Yes, I know I should switch to a better comment plug-in, but I'm lazy.)
Dear Ms. Harlot: I don't "get" Jim Carrey either and it hasn't hurt his career a bit, I am not a barometer of public opinion. But though I have admitted this not getting him thing in public for many years, he has never turned up in my comments to lecture me about it. (Jim? Jim? Are you lurking?)
I totally appreciate the fact that not everybody enjoys the same things in the same way - actually, that was the point I was making. I've seen hundreds of rapturous posts from people who do totally identify with and hang on your every word. I had my tongue firmly in cheek when I said that meant I am not a Real Knitter - I certainly didn't read your book looking for validation. I don't read any book looking for validation. I'm not even sure what "validation" means in terms of knitting. If you knit, you are a knitter - where does "validation" enter into it? It's just knitting. If you enjoy it, you're a knitter. It's not brain surgery. People will not seek out your expertise to save their lives. It's just knitting, and it's fun, and you can actually make of it whatever you want. Very few hobbies allow this. Stamp collecting - stamps. Self-limiting. Birdwatching - birds. Self-limiting. Knitting is wildly flexible. Charity cat beds for cats who won't notice the mistakes or care that it's (oh, the horror!) acrylic, or staying up all night to finish a lace shawl when you know that nobody will ever appreciate the money the yarn cost, the hours spent, the tears shed or the eyes so bloodshot they look like they are actually bleeding - it's the knitter's choice. It's all just knitting. We do it for ourselves, not for anybody else.
So today we got the news that they've hired a new VP of Acquisitions, aka my new boss. And after the meeting I checked my horoscope via Yahoo, I believe it's from astrology.com. Look what it said:
Big changes are afoot in the workplace, and they are causing more upheaval than you think is really warranted. There's not much you can do besides watch and wait, though, so prepare for down time.
That is so totally dead on the money, it's hilarious. I'm thrilled about this guy, he comes from a big homebuilder, and if anybody can help us make the leap from nice little regional outfit to the big league this may be the man. This could be a lot of fun. So I listened to the anxiety about how things are going to change, and kept my opinions to myself, for the most part. I say bring on the change, we need it. But I say this softly, because a management shakeup (our second in six months) in a smallish company creates mass anxiety attacks. So I'll just laugh at my horoscope and sit back and chill. I think it will be good. Maybe very good. And if it isn't, I have options. But right now, I think it will be good and I'm excited about the possibilities.
The Louet linen arrived today - laceweight for a shawl, sport weight for a tank. I have only one project on needles right now, and that is so not like me, I need to diversify. I'm not sure what I'm doing with the laceweight - if I had a shawl in mind I've forgotten what it was by the time it got here - but I'll find something.
Oh, and the fallback color I had to select for the tank because the first choice was discontinued is - God wants me to buy yarn! - a great match for the Lorna's Laces "Jeans" colorway. I didn't buy that yet. I am trying to hold off. But I love it when a plan I didn't even intend to plan comes together. And this is of course divine intervention, so who am I to argue?