Communities on the web

I’ve written about this before, but I am reminded about this when reading some of my knitting books. Some of the more recent ones come from women who have active websites, and are known by them. Yarn Harlot, one of my favorite writers about knitting, has her own blog, as well as three books on the subject.

Ugg, you might say. I can understand reading about how to knit things, to learn more, but why would you read about book about a woman writing about knitting. It sounds odd, but she is very funny, and I have enjoyed reading "Knitting Rules" and "Yarn Harlot". Once I am done with these two (I read them off and on, between knitting, and reading all the other books I have piled around my room, along with the yarn), I will read her other two.

Who would have thought a book making fun of women who knit, written by a woman who knits would be fun. But the cool think, is without her blog, she might of not even gotten noticed.

I’m sure that "Mason-Dixon Knitting" wouldn’t have been written before the internet, because the two women who wrote it met at a forum, and that is how they became friends.

It is an odd world out there, where we stumble on forums, and email lists and blog-comments, and notice others who have the same mind, and we start to see their name, and chat either on the comment board, or off-the-list, and get to know people we would never have known.

There is a whole new part of life that therapists are now studying, which is how one person in a relationship might be hocked on their on-line friends, and their partner is not a part of their world, and won’t be, because they are not interest in, for example, knitting.

They end up being jealous of the computer, and they are probably right to.

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