OPP: Other People’s Patterns

The other day I said very loudly on the subway, “Wait, what does OPP mean?” Adam was like, “Shhhh!” Apparently I grew up during the ’80s in a bubble of innocence about Naughty By Nature lyrics.

Anyway, I was looking at the preview for the new Fall Interweave Knits and I noticed that two of the patterns in the issue were very similar to ideas that had been in my head. I did exactly nothing with these ideas, since I am strangely addicted to knitting socks, but this just goes to show how easy it is to have the same ideas as someone else. (Even though I kept these ideas in my brain, I was like “Hey! Interweave! You stole my thunder!” when of course, they did nothing of the sort.)

The first one was the Freyja hat, by Courtney Kelley :


I even have this exact yarn (Road to China) in my stash–I bought three skeins of it, and I had planned a very similar stranded zig-zag pattern in three different colors for a cowl or a hat.

The other was the Farmer’s Market Cardigan, by Connie Chang Chinchio:


I was like “Grr!” because I had this exact idea–a shawl collar that forms the border for a pocket. I have to say though that I was inspired by someone I saw on the subway wearing a sweater with this feature, so I was hardly original in thinking of it. But I hadn’t seen it in any knitting patterns so I felt a little special in thinking it up, but I guess I can’t really claim credit for it if I did nothing about it.

Random note: Other things I like to claim credit for include inventing the word “defriend” and the idea of high-end  street food for Western audiences (*cough* I’m looking at you Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Spice Market *cough*). There was a part in The Lost Father, by Mona Simpson (an all-around great book) about how the narrator is convinced she started the trend of leather backpacks, and I was very sympathetic. Sometimes you feel like you invented something, even if you probably didn’t.

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5 Responses to “OPP: Other People’s Patterns”

  1. July 28th, 2009 at 6:58 am #Phoe

    I admit to some sniggering when I read the title. 🙂

    I read once in a book that if that happens a lot (the other people stealing your thunder thing), it means you’re supposed to take your own ideas seriously. But I think knitting socks can be way more fun.

  2. July 28th, 2009 at 2:39 pm #Adam

    I like the cardigan thing. You should still make it.

    I also like to think that I kickstarted the whole grilled-cheese-sandwiches-as-hamburger-buns trend. Trend, mind you, as I do not claim having invented this—merely catalyzing the popularization of it.

  3. July 29th, 2009 at 9:22 pm #Ronald McDonald

    Did you also kickstart the whole doughnuts-as-hamburger-buns trend? If so, you’ll be detained in hell until you’re medium-well for that.


    (maybe only medium since the trend never really took off)

  4. July 30th, 2009 at 11:22 pm #Adam

    @Ronald: No. I did not kickstart the doughnutburger trend.

  5. December 2nd, 2009 at 2:05 am #jenny

    wow, am i really five months behind on reading your blog? i guess so. that hat is cute. and mike’s grandmother claimed to have invented the chili dog.