As both a knitter and a gamer, I spend quite a bit of time doing both things and thinking about both things. They’re much more similar than they seem at first glance. Let me break it down:
1. Normal people think you’re crazy for doing either.
With video games, people think you’re crazy for wasting your time doing something meant for kids. With knitting, people think you’re crazy for making something you could buy in a store. Either way, you’re the crazy one for doing something you enjoy, instead of whatever other people are doing.
2. They both sound like complete gibberish to people who don’t understand them.
This is a quote from one of my posts about Mass Effect:
The pathing is nice as well, which is something that is usually the bane of my existence in games with companion AI characters. They stay out of my way and rarely trap me in a corner, and when they do I can order them to move. The only problem is that my giant tank teammate has a tendency to bogart the cover when we’re all behind a big crate.
This is a completely different language from what most people use. Do you think my mom would understand what that meant? Would your mom? (Maybe. I don’t know your mom.)
This is a quote from the description of the sock pattern I wrote and published:
Knee high, with a flap heel and calf gussets that flow naturally out of the lace pattern, these socks were worked from the toe-up two at a time on a circular needle using Magic Loop. This pattern assumes knowledge of Magic Loop, short rows, the KFB increase and m1 increases, and basic lace.
Do you understand what that meant?
3. They both sometimes require grinding.
You know what grinding is in a video game: doing the same thing over and over again to gain equipment or experience in order to progress. You know what I had to do to knit this sweater?
One. Single. Stitch. Over and over and over and over, to gain length on the sweater pieces so I could progress toward having a finished sweater. If that’s not grinding, I’m not sure what is.
4. They both have annoying fanboys.
If you think that the arguments between xBox fanboys and Sony fanboys are bad, trust me. They’ve got nothing on the manmade fibers vs natural fibers debate.
5. Despite the fanboys, it’s pretty awesome when a big group of them get together.
PAX is a video game and geek culture convention. It’s a big celebration of what makes all of us dorks, and that brings us together.
In 2009, a couple of very awesome knitters named Tina Newton and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee created Sock Summit. It was a three-day convention just about knitting socks. There were 1800 registered attendees, which doesn’t sound like a lot… But 30,000 people tried to register for it. They crashed the registration servers. I wasn’t able to attend, sadly, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, and they’re back for 2011.
When people who have a shared interest are able to share it in person, it’s almost always a magical occasion. I am psyched for PAX this year.
Hopefully this time I won’t catch Swine Flu.