Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Roman Magnus does not knit

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Knitwear is noble clothing, but the Roman Magnus atelier has yet to admit that, with the passing of brocade as a fall and winter fixture, low-key knits have ruled the gray months since. The yarns spun by threadfolk about the benefits of knitting in the hibernation months are interesting, and so are the fireplace tales that go along with them, though the resulting sweaters with reindeer patterns are no better served by the hobby’s cozy features.

Tailoring is mainly leaning into a forge of fairy dust. Much like in blacksmithing, the sweaty brow and the set jaw are further strained by trade scruples like unwieldy material. Cloth and metal are malleable goods, but they are not always obedient. Tailoring the Roman Magnus way is plotted in a sweltering toolshed, amid a somber, studious mood, which, by all accounts, is not a pleasant atmosphere for chitchat. Knitting’s place in this setting cannot hold.

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The other sorry aspects of knitwear are proportional to the stocks, that is, the forgotten, woolly crumple at the bottom of the closet that doesn’t even charm its owner. Outside, the aesthetic and functional value of knitwear does not rise with the pile of snow or the length of sleet. I would suggest a fully-armored coat for the occasion of freezing one’s limbs off for a trip to the baker.

I say this because I get some orders for knit scarves, and with the forthcoming nature I flatter myself having, it always breaks my heart to refuse potential clients.

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Roman Magnus fancies himself the gritty clothesmith. His blog talks at length about this hobby-turned-profession. Read his workshop thoughts in this Facebook page.