Previously, my blog description said something like "my forays in the womanly arts". It dawned on me suddenly that this may have been offensive or at least off-putting to some -- particularly those who do not see themselves as womanly.
To me, the whole Domestic Sphere -- and the traditional dichotomy between public/male private/female of old school Social Science --is meant to be a tad ironic. I spent quite a few years in academe studying Anthropology...
And then I had kids and became a HOUSEWIFE. I love being a housewife. I love puttering around the house doing housewifey things. I take care of kids. I cook. I clean. I knit and sew. I do charming little craft projects with egg cartons and pipe cleaners. I have a tremendous soft spot for old etiquette books, cook books, and any other guides that tell women how they ought to behave, implicitly or explicitly. I hang out with other over-educated, under-employed housewives.
I am very much IN the domestic sphere. And it's underrated.
Anyway, the conception of this blog centered around these ideas. When I started the Domestic Sphere, there weren't any knitting weblogs hosted by men (at least that I was aware of), but that has changed and there is now a growing community of male knitters with web presence. I don't believe that knitting or any other art or craft belongs particularly to women or men. I think everyone should find a medium for creative expression -- whether it's crocheting doilies or carving with chainsaws -- and do it, regardless of what the neighbors think. And if I were your neighbor, I would be thrilled to have another knitter next door!