I know, I know, bad form coming out of hiding to be crotchety. Skip this entry if you don’t want to read bitching and moaning. [Disclaimer: This is not about any one person or anyone I know.]
The past couple of years I have tried to curb my consumerist tendencies, including in the way of yarn and fiber. Recently I fell off the wagon a bit, including adding two spindles to the collection. I’m enjoying them a lot, and I really enjoy sharing photos and purchases with my friends, so you might see them up here soon. And I skim through some knitting blogs via Bloglines, and I love photos, yarn pr0n, whatever, I like the colors and the photography skills, etc.
What bothers me, though, is the wholesale Christmas-morning-style show-and-tell in blogland (e.g. post MDS&W). LOOK WHAT I GOT! LOOK AT MY HUGE PILE! LOOK HOW MUCH STUFF I BOUGHT! It makes me really uncomfortable. I’m not sure exactly why. Partly it is the consumerism, and partly it’s the egotism perhaps. Partly it’s finding myself looking at other people’s stuff for no apparent reason: it’s not connected to a project, you didn’t talk about why it’s so great or what you’re going to use it for. And partly it’s my self-consciousness about my own stash, because don’t we react most violently to tendencies in others that we in fact share?
So, I will follow my own advice and stay away from gratuitous stash photos. I’m going to photograph yarn, and I’m going to post it on my blog, but I want it to be part of a process (whether it is knitting or photography) and part of creation, not all about LOOK WHAT I GOT!