so I always like to check out the "web sightings" on wednesdays, but I was disappointed and a little insulted by menknit.net. For one thing, he insults the Stitch'n'Bitch books and Debbie Stoller in two separate places, saying that it's only a "passable" knitting instruction book and that the book is insulting and just plain wrong. I work in a yarn shop and spend a lot of time looking through the instruction books so that I know which ones are the best to recommend to people, and I always recommend Stitch'n'Bitch. Even if they might not like the patterns, the instructions are the best illustrated I've found and the writing is clear and encouraging without being condescending, and it has the best balance of instructions and patterns. Furthermore, although I love and happen to agree with Stoller's feminist leanings, I can't recall any place where she insults men or claims they can't or shouldn't knit (in fact, I think the opposite is true, since she is working on a book devoted to men and boys knitting). Also, it is especially annoying that he claims that Stoller's history is just "wrong" when he then quotes Wikipedia on his history page, since anyone can post whatever they want on Wikipedia (I know there are some regulations, but the general agreement in the acadmenic world is that Wikipedia is fine for general information on a subject but it should not really be quoted as an accurate source).
I was just really disappointed. I was hoping that it would be a great source of encouragement for men to knit and a way for women and men knitters to connect (since the two groups are often separated), and instead I feel like I'm back on the playground in elementary school and it's boys against girls again.