FIRST OF ALL: If you live in Austin, you should know that Amy’s Ice Cream is making peppermint bark. If you buy a box of it (it’s small), they will then kindly let you make your bark into a crush’n, which they will then add to your scoop or pint of ice cream. I recommend dark chocolate. It is FABULOUS. If you don’t live in Austin, my apologies. You should visit and I will take you there.
Moving right along …
Although sometimes it seems crafters are off in their own little world, it’s not really true. Consider ICD-9 codes (that’s International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems to you). These are the codes doctors assign our charts to tell health insurance companies about what they’ve diagnosed us with. Yes, I DO work in a medical clinic. But check out this one:
E0.00 Injury or illness due to knitting and crochet.
Yes, it does exist. We have our own diagnosis! I had fun thinking about what sorts of things might fall under this diagnosis code. Are people being stabbed with knitting needles? Blindness from a poor color combination choice? Development of obsessive-compulsive disorder due to inability to put down the hook? Suffocation under yarn stashes that got out of hand? More likely repetitive stress injury or maybe intracranial injury, but it’s interesting to imagine.
Then, earlier today I was on New Yorker Jeffrey Zeldman’s website looking into Blue Beanie Day – which is a day for people to show support for web standards. It was the webmaster in me going there, but imagine my surprise when I was reading through the comments and the crafter side of me saw this:
OMG! The Knitting Nest is a south Austin LYS that I go to. Neat! So then I clicked on that bit.ly ink and saw this.
The interwebs make it such a small world.