Add a few more punchy words like "of the world" to those first two and you get yourself any number of nightmare scenarios that few people can scarcely agree upon, let alone be willing to live (or die) through.
But is there really such a thing as "THE end?" I myself subscribe to the belief that there really are neither beginnings nor endings, but let's say, hypothetically, that there IS an End at hand. One of the "of the world" variety. It's a pretty big thing and it raises some very important questions, most notably the ever-important "What on Earth (well, what's left of it,) are you going to wear?"
Well fret no more my (potentially) sartorially-stranded (potential) End-timers, especially if you're a knitter. I've got something to show you.
Yes, it's Doomsday Knits, the twisted progeny of Alex Tinsley's sharp and pointy mind and a number of devastating end times scenarios. This collection of 32 patterns promises to be your go-to source whether you're looking to dress for, say, a particularly chilly nuclear winter or that first meeting with your new alien overlords (among others.) Conveniently available for pre-order, this portentous tome is going to be unleashed upon millions of unsuspecting innocents come December 2013. Consider yourselves warned.
I myself have a mitten pattern in this doomy book, in the cheerily-titled "Kill All Humans" section. Sure, the robots have risen and want you dead, but that doesn't mean you have to have cold fingers while hiding out in that abandoned factory.
Meet Circuit - a pair of mittens sure to inspire you to look within yourself. Sure the lights are out (both literally and metaphorically,) but your circuit-emblazoned mittens tell a different story. See that ancient Egyptian-style cartouche nestled into the circuitry on the backs of the hands? Those seven symbols represent your seven main chakra centres through which Energy surges and flows. Yes, the Power has been within you all along - and no rust-eaten bucket of bolts can ever take that away from you. Plug in.
Circuit is worked in Shibui Knits Sock, a fingering-weight yarn that is wonderful for use in colourwork accessories. All photos from the book, courtesy of Vivian Aubrey. The Doomvember blog tour rolls on tomorrow over at A Pile of Sheep. Looking for the full blog tour schedule? Right this way.