The final two patterns (Pinky and Numbers) in the Man Issue of Knitty have been posted. They're not linked from the main site as of this writing. I have to say that I'm not surprised. The designs, while strong, solid designs, were incredibly disappointing. I'm not so sure if I'm more disappointed in Knitty (who could only go with what they had submitted) or in the designers (meaning the fact that the vast majority of submissions were from women, thereby making me disappointed in the men who knit -- of which I'm one myself and therefore just as culpable). I'm curious as to what the reasons behind the lack of submissions by guys (I didn't because I didn't have enough faith in my abilities as a designer), but I can certainly hope that the upcoming inagural issue of MenKnit will be a much more satisfying effort by the male knitting community.
I work part time at Skein Lane, a local yarn store where I live. Today, I had a couple of women talking to me about the rampant sexism that they see surrounding knitting. I just laughed and told them they have no idea. One woman said, "You mean people get patronizing to you because you're a guy who knits?" Before I could say a single thing, the second woman said, "Would that be matronizing?"
Many laughs. :)
So with the upcoming inaugural issue of MenKnit, I decided to jump into the designing game. Strong masculine motif, designed for someone who's very proud of his ancestry. It was a stone bitch to design (and after SIX screwups, it finally works right), and hopefully, it'll be a strong enough submission to make it in. *sigh* Here's hoping. Wish me luck!