Stop over-engineering shit! No, I don’t need an iPhone that will post a 3-D photo on Facebook. And who needs a “smart LED bulb” that can be controlled by a smart-phone and glow 3 different colors and blink?
There’s a certain comfort in fiber-arts as a hobby.
The tools are simple and effective from centuries of paring down to the most bare-bones design in our tools.
Don’t get me wrong, changes in design have made knitting better too. Switching from straight needles to circular cabled needles made a huge impact on knitting. And I say a big “YES” to Addi Turbos! I’m not so sure about the Addi Flexiflips yet.
But innovations like Flexiflips don’t add ridiculous bells and whistles that nobody needs. And honestly, what will happen if enough knitters don’t find that this new innovation is useful? Skacel will eventually realize it was an unnecessary change and stop producing them.
I also look at my circular sock knitting machine.
I would suggest that there are few changes to this machine that wouldn’t diminish the overall effectiveness of it as a sock-knitting tool. It’s clearly possible. Erhlbacher Gearhart is manufacturing new CSMs and the few minor changes did make it better.
But the success of this venture is that they didn’t try to add unnecessary features that no one wanted or needed. The didn’t add an auto-threader. Or an internal video camera to see if you dropped a stitch while the ribber was on. They recognized a good design when they saw it.
What is your least favorite features on something that is WAY over-designed?
Lately, I’d have to say my choice is a toss-up between smart-phone-enabled automobiles and “smart” televisions.
Neither are so smart that they don’t confound many of us.
I’m down to two active projects. Yes, I finished the Biased Striped Stole.
It came out better than I had expected. It’s approximately 70″ long and 16″ wide.
And the colors are much nicer in total than what I imagined. As long as I keep that “squash blossom” color away from my face!
I am continuing to make slow progress on the Tommy’s Preferred Blend spinning project.
And still really enjoying spinning with this blend of fiber.