I know how to tie a tie in three different ways...though I really only use the one (Half Windsor). I figured there were, oh, seven or eight other ways to do it, and perhaps I'd learn them at some point Turns out, I was way off on that number. By about, oh, a hundred and seventy seven thousand one hundred and thirty five. Ish.
Of all the potential man crafts, the handmade neck tie is one of my favorites. It combines everything that ManMade stands for: it's made by hand, it's something you can use everyday, it's decidely cheaper than buying one at the store, and it's uniquely masculine.
The neck tie can have a big effect on whatever you're wearing. It can dress up a pair of jeans, add punch to a blazer, and generally up whatever shirt you're wearing...provided it has a collar.
But sometimes, you wanna control the "up." There are lots occassions where your finest silk is a little overkill, or that perfectly balanced double-windsor can actually make you overdressed. In those occassions, when you need just a bit of extra style, give the just-casual-enough knit tie a shot...and while you're at it, make it yourself.
I've gone on record multiples times, in which I've shared that publishing ManMade has giving me a whole new appreciation for the necktie. As a full-time writer/crafter/artist/blogger/guy-who-technically-doesn't-have-to-get-dressed-most-days, its fun to have an excuse to get a little snazzed up and throw on a tie. (To you who have to wear one everyday, keep fighting the good fight).
And, whether you wear one daily or just a few times a year, it has to match the rest of your gear.