The Love That Dare Not Change It's Name or Phone Number

New York Built's picture

With acknowledgment to MMario's comment below:

This is open declaration of war. All too often, I see a sock, jacket, sweater, shirt or other knitted object designed for men that is just at the cusp of being slightly perceived as feminine…merely because I see it as “lace”.

Change it’s name. Or rather, call it what it USED to be called.

Thicker, stronger, meatier, burly, cigar-chomping, hairy-chested, testosterone-soaked fabric? With HOLES in it?

“The Devil Take You, Sir!”, you say.

“We used to call it spikework.”, I opine.

“Oh, no!”…I hear you all groan. Another fool trying to buck convention and force another point of view down our throats.

Trapped twixt the Scylla of catatonia and the Charybdis of having to change my phone number, I see an effort to call lace for men Spike or Spikework somewhere in the middle. Much easier to accept than, say, …well…lace for men.

What if the descriptive text of a sock design said:

"Inspired by the Gothic churches of the Midlands, using a bold spikework design for interest and a striking colorway of blues and smokey charcoal, these socks will become his favorite."

Spike in the office? Of Course!

"That's too lacey for me. But that spikework front panel on the other page rocks!"

Works for me. What do you think?

Comments

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I may have to mull this over

I may have to mull this over for a while. Still, Spikework does evoke a certain feeling. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

AKQGuy's picture

I'm digging the "Spikework".

I'm digging the "Spikework". It makes me envision an Obelisk or some other phallic piece... which hey, can't help the cause.

I also like MMario's suggestion of Bastinado. It's similarity to "Bastard" might get the red neck crowd to look again at your Spikework. No innuendo meant.

Q

Tallguy's picture

A rose by any other name ---

A rose by any other name ---

New York Built's picture

Would still smell as

Would still smell as sweet?

Well, the world is filled with heady examples. The profession of marketing calls it repositioning. In 1960, they gave brownstones away in Downtown Albany...in 1980, they were worth millions. I don't live in the blighted, poverty ridden slums of the South Bronx...I live in SoBro, where apartments are selling for half a mil.

Tylenol, Rayon, linoleum, cork products, IKEA, Madonna...everything can be reinvented and repositioned. If it's good...it's good...If I think it is...LOL.

New York Built's picture

Bastinado and spikework

Bastinado and spikework appeal to all five senses.

The evocation of lace says to many people lavender, soft, drapey, old-fashioned, complicated for complication sake, pompous and stuck in a Victorian drawing room with no ventilation. Others know it as mathematical, artful, fun, inspiring and simple. I may be overstating things, but my point is not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Some openwork is just butch. Needs to be made, worn and appreciated. It's knitting, after all, isn't it?

"Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends."
– Francis Bacon

I like 'spikework'. I think

I like 'spikework'. I think I could use it to convince my other half he was not looking at 'lacey' socks.

MMario's picture

Not bad, but there has to be

Not bad, but there has to be some term that doesn''t carry the definition:

caddis:worsted yarn specifically a worsted ribbon or binding formerly used for garters and girdles

and:

Caddis:The larva of a caddice fly that generally live in cylindrical cases, open at each end, and covered externally with debris

NOw, if you start looking at synonyms of lace (in both it's noun and verb forms) THEN you discover the manly term "spike"

so your description would be:

"Inspired by the Gothic churches of the Midlands, using a bold spikework design for interest and a striking colorway of blues and smokey charcoal, these socks will become his favorite."

New York Built's picture

As usual, MMario, you are at

As usual, MMario, you are at the cutting edge. I agree completely. Caddis was a stretch, and I LOVE SPIKE! Spikework as the signal to know it's for males. Elegant!

"Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends."
– Francis Bacon

MMario's picture

I did some more dredging in

I did some more dredging in various linguisitc sites - and "bastinado" could also be stretched to cover.

Can't you see the discription?

Details in Bastinado make this seasons cardigans and pullovers stand out from the crowd.