Thursday, October 19, 2017

Side-step: knitting

Many women would like to try if they can think of computers in some way that benefits fromknitting, since both have kind of mechanical parts from which to build something more complex. I do not know if there is anything much that one can learn that way, but propably many would like to try anyway, since they psend a lot of time knitting. So here are knitting advices that I have made, translated from Finnish to English . But I haven't knitted much. The first usable cloth that I have knitted was last year December a pair of mittens:

4.12.2017   There are many knitting advices in my text already: loops, socks, mittens, counting, figures, threads, work rythm, planning & correcting errors, etc
My opinion is that since computers are mechanical, kind of stupid, and knitting has the same fault too, there isn't much that one could learn by knitting. But on the other hand if one knits figures or pictures, then there is the sma that like a computer does, one knits for a certain time on a certain colour and then according to some rule it ends on some row at a certain point and one continues with another colour, like a computer with another task or another phace of the same task. One the next row one often knits with the same colours, so it too is like a computer having simple tasks from which it mechanically builds the end result, like for example a picture to the computer screen or the text on the screen. One can also learn work habits: how do I rise above the stupid level to produce something fine, which of course usually goes carried by other more complex and wise areas of life. There is also the fact that even though the task itself is simple and does not give rise to any fine thinking, it is important to think through ways of doing and ways of working, work habits and planning phaces with a good understanding about life, skills and ways of doing at large, endurancy, motivation, comfortability at work etc, plus also about whether one oneself wants to spend lots of time in such tasks and how one should communicate about whether one likes knitting or not.

8. November 2018   In knitting woolen socks many find knitting the heel difficult. It is propably a consequence of knitting being a simple repetitive task that requires attention but does not leave in sight almost at all the way one used attention in doing, and so one ends up much more stupid than to begin with, and so many women do not find a good way to knit the heel of a woolen sock, it is just a disaster. The other thing causingthe problem with the heel is that women have heard that knitting the heel is difficult, so they seek advices for it, but the advices are not so wise, anfd so they lose their original insight when following the advices. I guessed that this was the problem with the heel, so I did not look at any advices about knitting the heel, but just looked at a good sock, but not very detailedly, and I knitted a good heel according to my own common sense view of what the heel ought to be like: first the width of the back of the heel, then at each row wider like the heel gets wider, and when wide enough and enough space for the foot, then straight, and continue the sock to finish. The only part I needed from ready sock was knitting back and forth before starting the heel itself.
This is like with computer programming and using computers: people have common sense views and emotionally motivated goals, even wider wisdom about what is good in the society and in the world, and so starting according to their own common sense, they can reach good results! It is in a way an easy task for them. But if they drown in studying computer programming or what others have done with computers before and what is possible already and what not, they lose their own insight, their own common sense and are much more stupid, and so the computer professions are kind of stuck. Some also make the rror of thinking that since computers are a new area of life one would not need to follow civilized ways in connection with them, but civilized ways are wise, they offer solutions, that is why they exist and are valued, and such solutions are on a generallevel that very often applies to computers too and to the modern world, if one just is good enough in civilized objkective thinking.

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