Friday, March 21, 2008

Sin and roving

Once upon a time there was a Knitter of Shiny Things, who also spun Shiny Things. One day, she came upon a book on modesty (in Orthodox Judaism) which said it was forbidden for a woman to spin red wool in public, since red was a licentious color that attracted male attention, and if she spun red wool, the fibers might get on her clothing, causing men to notice her and think lustful thoughts. Being the heretic that she was, the Knitter of Shiny Things' immediate reaction was, "I must spin red wool in public now!" since clearly she was an immodest person who promoted licentiousness throughout the land. But alas, she lacked red wool.

One day, she and a friend went yarn shopping, and she found red wool. So she bought it. And spun a bit. No one seemed scandalized. (Nor did she seem to attract male attention, or any more than she would have gotten from spinning with any other color. People don't usually carry around drop spindles, so whatever you spin, they will notice.)

Anyways, she decided to go as sin for Purim (the Jewish Holiday where you dress up in costumes among other things). And obviously, spinning red wool in public is the biggest sin there is, so she brought along her drop spindle in addition to dressing in red and black and wearing red wings. Here's the red wool she used:

Also, (switching out of first person) here are the Manos wrist warmers I mentioned in my last post:

And I bought shiny roving which came today:


PinkAdele said...

Hello knitter of shiny things, I love your page. Any more knitting mentioned in other religions? That red yarn looks great! pinkadele xxx

Knitter of shiny things said...


I don't know much about knitting in other religions (though you'd think I'd pick something up in Divinity School) other than the whole knitted prayer shawl thing, which seems to be a Christian idea. The difference is that I haven't studied the laws of other religions in great detail, and in general, Judaism seems to be more legalistic in that it has laws for every aspect of life, no matter how minor. Like even which shoe you should put on first. (Not that people necessarily follow them, but they do exist).

Though we did learn about Gandhi in my Comparative Religious Ethics class a couple of weeks ago, and the professor mentioned how he spun his own wool and made his own clothes in order to boycott the British rule in India. And she mentioned how it would be like if Oxford-educated professors here started spinning their own wool. I happened to have my drop spindle with me that day, and after class I showed it to her, and she was quite impressed. :)

By the way, is the Calorimetry on your blog made out of Paton's Classic Merino? If so, I made myself a Calorimetry out of the exact same yarn in the exact same colorway, though sadly mine stretched a lot...


Don't forget the law ordering women not to show their ankles or wrists. Evidently this is a turn on, and should not be tolerated.
Oh, those summers in SoCal, no ankles showing, how could we survive?