This here is yet another link courtesy of Ms. SuperGuppy who blogged about this yesterday. I almost spit out my tea when I watched this.
Be warned. While it's certainly not vulgar, occasionally strong language is used. The video might not be workplace or kid appropriate. Use your judgment, yo!
Most of you must remember this. By late last week I had mostly tucked it away as one of those quirky encounters particular to life on the internet.
However, last weekend an email arrived in my inbox from one of Christian Artisans group's moderators (not the moderator who participated in the original thread), apologizing for letting the whole discussion get out of hand. Wearing her moderator hat, she closed the thread to further commenting, and wanted me to understand that many members of the group had written to her in concern.
Needless to say I was quite touched. Although the whole matter was (in my opinion) over and done with last month, Theresa still took the time to compose and send a thoughtful note. It takes a certain grace to stand up and say "We were not fair to you, and we're sorry."--essentially taking responsibility for someone else's actions and apologizing for a whole group. It would have been very easy for her simply let the matter drop, especially when the entire "situation" happened on line. And, indeed, I was never offended by the original thread. Perplexed? Yes. Mildly amused? Yes. Happy to have a topic about which to post? Certainly. But, really, people can believe whatever they want--no moderator's going to stop that. All is forgiven, so let's just move on.
I had to think a bit about how to blog about this. At first, I thought that I would simply cut and paste the email (with Theresa's permission, of course). Later I thought that instead of sharing a private note with the entire world, I would instead write about it. And since I was so quick to share the original post, I felt a responsibility to share a (positive) outcome.
Real knitting content tomorrow.
Just because I live in New York doesn't mean that I don't keep up on what's happening to the rest of the world. No, no, no. I still do, sometimes, pick up a copy of the Boston Globe :-).
One article in particular caught my eye. Did you know that young people knit? That there are, you know, whole blogs and stuff like that devoted just to knitting? Go figure!
Must be a slow news day up there. Didn't you guys just get a lot of snow? Isn't that worth a story or two?
Actually, I think a better spin on this whole knitting-isn't-just-for-grandmas-anymore business is, indeed, all the economic activity that has sprung up due to the internet's ability to connect people. Think about it. How many knitters dye yarn? How many knitters have become fashion designers when their patterns are published? And then there's Ravelry. Need I go further?
This can't be unique to knitting, but for the outside (non-knitting) world it must be strange to think about a rather old-fashioned hobby depending on such a high-tech platform to grow.
Finally, if I were a grandmother, I would be insulted.
I'm a little behind the eight ball when it comes to certain things. Like finding stuff on the internet. An alert reader kindly sent me a link to an old thread on Ravelry. The thread link is here, and if you have a Ravelry username you can read the thread in its entirety. If you don't have a Ravelry account, then I'll post some excerpts for you. I am not a member of the group where the discussion originated, and I have no opinions on its members or other discussions which have occurred within the group. To the credit of many participants in this particular thread, it was pointed out very early that the original poster was putting waaaaaaay too much significance on a pair of wool mittens. My comments are given in straight brackets [ ].
Having said that, without further ado:
Knitting In Preparation For The Mark of The Beast
Arielluria: I thought the subject line would get your attention ;o).......
I just saw this on the preview of IK Winter issue and it reminded me, I heard on a knitting podcast that people who take subways have been getting their hands embedded with an RFID chip so they don't have to show a pass!!! On IK Winter there was a pattern for these mittens:
[Insert photograph of my CharlieCard Mittens here.]
Honestly! It's sad but it's prophecy coming true. However, many will take the mark of the beast because they didn't know God's Word!
[I snipped out three quotations from Revelations.]
dlofink: We are so very close. Jesus is coming soon. I think we will see it in our lifetimes.
Arielluria: I do agree. At no time have so many previously thought impossible things existed. Oh sure, there were evil men people thought were the Anti-Christ, etc. but being able to see the 2 witnesses around the globe in real time, micro-chipping, etc. [What the heck does this mean?]
[I cut out a post here that I felt had nothing to do with the mittens, and broached a much larger subject that I don't want discussed here.]
Kate64: I don't know. I think connecting that knitting pattern to the mark of the beast is a bit of a stretch, personally. I wouldn't get an embedded chip in my hand, just because of the "ick" factor...
dlofink: I think the interesting part is the fact the technology now exists to "mark" someone in the hand or the forehead and not allow them to buy or sell without the mark. And the new pattern accomodates [sic] that technology very well. [Does it?]
Arielluria: Exactly.........the pattern IS for a chip as it is described in Revelation. [No it's not!] I don't mean the pattern is evil or anything like that [Now that's a relief] :o) just that it's sad there are actually people falling for it already........and those who take it, will have to die for their faith to be in Heaven. But if they do, they will have a special blessing, thrones around the throne of God. [Again, I gotta ask what this is all about.]
ladydove: When I saw the gloves I thought those flaps were for pockets to put subway tokens, not open to the hand? Guess I'll have to wait and see when the magazine comes out.
[I removed a post here about security in schools.]
mowygirl: I agree. If you look closely, it looks like a rectangular pocket for a subway card. My problem would be that I would probably lose that mitten. I hardly ride the metro anyways.
Arielluria: Yes, I just found out it was for a pocket. I guess those are the mittens which I heard about on a podcast, which WERE specifically for the implants.
MaidMirawyn: If you were chipped, you wouldn't need any special mitten...for instance, there's an RFID chip in Atlanta's public transportation card; most guys just tap their wallet at the gate, without taking the card out. A regular glove or mitten would be no impediment to the RFID reader.
[I love how there's already a verb for this. "Watch the arm! I got chipped last week."]
dlofink: My husband said the same thing. Irregardless, the chip is technology that could easily underlie bible prophecy. We are so close. [To what?] It will be interesting to find out the purpose of the hole in that mitten. [What hole?]
tabitha: If you look very carefully at the photo, it is actually a pocket on the front of the mitten not a hole in the mitten. I think Mowygirl noticed this first. I can think of a lot of handy uses for mittens with a pocket. [Yup. It's a mitten with a pocket.]
WovenSpun: It would be great if a key or something could fit into it so when the kids and I go for our walks this winter I don't have to take my whole key chain :)
dlofink: Oh you are right. I can see the pocket now.
[I clipped a few posts about preparations one should make for The Rapture.]
[Finally a voice of reason!]
yankeegirlsue: You're reading too much into the mitten. :-) It was designed with a pocket in it to hold a public transportation card so the user doesn't need to take off her/his mitten to take the card out of a purse or pocket to wave it near the reader. The mitten simply allows the user to wave his/her hand in front of the reader. I think it's a good idea. I'm going to make these for my sister who takes the train into Boston every day for work.
Please be careful about what you hear...sources are not always reliable.
txjewelrylady: I agree on your thought process, but those mittens are to hold the Metro Pass card in the pocket so it can get scanned, not an embedded chip in the skin. There have been several mentions of embedding chips in various body parts over the years... I cringe at the thought of it. So, I think these mittens are relatively safe, tho it may get more people used to the skin scanning idea. [Okay, I give up. The CharlieCard mittens are all a big Government Conspiracy. Who have ever thought that there could be a conspiracy therory surrounding a pair of mittens?]
Arielluria: I totally agree....I posted later that it was for card, and not, as I had heard on a podcast (about some other pattern) to access a chip in the skin. [Why would the chip work when it was imbedded under your skin, but somehow cease to function when it was covered by a mitten? And what is this blasted pattern that she keeps talking about?]
I believe in prophecy (past prophecy has always come true and we are living in a day where it is being unveiled to us)....so I don't have to read into anything. I know a day is coming very soon where people will have chips implanted and eventually without them those who do not worship the Anti-Christ will not be able to buy or sell: [What?!?!?]
[I cut out a passage from Revelations.]
The word "mark" is in Greek "charagma" which means a scratch or etching or engraving, as in a stamp (as a badge of servitude).
[I took out a post about a passage from John and another post that was a response directed solely at that passage.]
Arielluria: I completely agree, but He did give us signs, so though His arrival will be “like a thief in the night”, He gave us many unambiguous signs, all of which we are seeing now ;o)
God bless! See you UP there!
Genuine: Um…what about Christians who don’t believe in pre-Trib rapture, and also don’t think that a woodenly literal intrepretation [sic] of Revelations does credit to the author, the intent of the book, or the highly allegorical and metaphorical language used therein? Can we still knit demon mittens? Please?
As of yesterday afternoon, the thread ended there.
I thought a little bit about whether or not I wanted to blog about this, but it's too good to pass up. I sought the advice of a few friends, all of whom could not believe that I would hesitate for a moment to write something about this. As one of them said, "if they can declare that your mittens bear the mark of the devil in a public forum, you are well within your rights to blog about it." Another friend took the time to show us what she thought my mittens would look like as the Evil Incarnate (see above).
Okay, so here's my post. This is much better than the time that I pissed off half of the S-n-B Boston Yahoo! list by telling a beginning knitter that she should be able to figure out the pocket without a pattern. Sorry, I guess that I gave her too much credit!
Perhaps by blogging here I'll remind myself that there are, indeed, those who balance their religious beliefs with a good dose of reason and common sense.
The idea of attaching religious significance to my mittens is absurd. Completely, totally, and utterly absurd. And wrong. I won't even bother to get offended that someone implied that I'm propagating evil in this world by designing a mitten with a pocket. That's even more jaw-droppingly absurd. A mitten with a pocket. A. Mitten. With. A. Pocket. People, how many times do I need to say this? It's a mitten with a pocket. Period. End of story.