On the arbitrary complexity of projects

I had a realization last night while working on a simple sock for a friend. I kept feeling guilty because I’m working a really simple pattern. I haven’t got a lot of flashy, death-defying knitting to show right now because the stuff I’m working on is really ridiculously simple. And that makes me feel a little lame.

Then I remembered that I’m knitting this sock pattern because I like the way it looks. It’s the simple sock pattern from Folk Socks, the first one in the book, and it’s a fine-looking sock. It’s for a guy, so fancy lace isn’t really appropriate. I’m using some self-patterning Sockatta so I don’t need to do any color work with it. It’s just a long tube of 2×2 and some simple shaping. While it’s not challenging, it’s a fine project.

Whenever I work on something simple I feel a little guilty, but I don’t really enjoy working on complex patterns for the sake of the complexity. I enjoy working complex patterns when I find one that I think really looks good. So for the time being, I’m going to content myself with some easy sock knitting and look around for some more patterns I like. And then I’ll bust out the kninja skillz. :-)

No Responses to “On the arbitrary complexity of projects”

  1. Lilith Says:

    Or you could pick up Samus again. Slacker. 😉

  2. Stephieface Says:

    heeeheee lilith.

    Do you feel guilty because you actually feel guilty knitting something simple…. or do you feel guilty knowing that if you post a pic of the FO you feel we’ll say “Oh, well its just a plain ole sock”?

    You should know us better than that. You know we’ll make some snarky comments about it not being modeled and consistently bring it back to demanding that you post pics of you wearing a kilt. 😀

    Remember how much we loved your Duck Socks of Doom, we’re easy to please.

  3. MMario Says:

    Sometimes simple is best. What’s the point of doing something compplex if you aren’t enjoying it?

  4. Jess, of the Bugs Says:

    There’s this book, illustrated by Tomie de Paola, I forget who the author is, titled “Simple Pictures are Best.” It’s a kid’s book. My mom likes it because she’s a graphic design artist and the idea of the simple picture is very important in that field of work. But the concept is applicable to almost everything. Simple is best. Occam’s razor. The more parts it has, the more can go wrong.
    Everyone in the world should read that book.

  5. Lee Says:

    When I was a music student we had an assignment to write a brief piece of music. Very brief, maybe a minute long. One student really turned out a dazzling little piece of work, with a 5 against 6 rhythm played on the piano. As she turned expectantly to the professor, expecting him to be blown away by her virtuosity, creativity, and such. Instead he looked at her very seriously and said, “Is hard good?”

    My husband hates it when I do complex stuff, lace or colorwork. He says it makes me antisocial.

  6. Cynthia Says:

    Simple socks are the most useful knitting you can do. I’m more likely to pick up a simple pair of stockinette or ribbed socks to wear than the overly ornate lace socks in the drawer.

    I always try to have a simple project on hand. You don’t always want to have to concentrate on something complex.