Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Real vs Fake

Since we went on vacation Labor Day weekend, I've been knitting and crocheting a lot! Yay for progress! I'll share my projects in a little while, but for now, I must share two funnies.

I've been trying to knit a preemie hat in the round (seamless). I've started, and frogged, the project approximately 10 times. No joke. I've tried Magic Loop using circular needles, and I've tried double pointed needles. I got so frustrated with the dpns at first, I wanted to use their bamboo loveliness as kindling for a campfire. I then planned to roast marshmallows and have smores to drown out my failure. Then, my toddler, Sweet E finds the dpns, and yarn, and decides she'll take a shot. Please excuse the after-nap hair, but we all know you must be well-rested in order to concentrate.

Now seriously, why does it seem she get them, and I don't?! I had to laugh and take a picture. It's priceless. Since then, I have cast on yet another preemie hat, and am actually halfway done with it. Seems I learned a thing or two from my daughter.

Second funny of the day. I saw this on a Ravelry discussion board last night, so this is not an original 'me' thought. However, I'm still laughing about it, so I thought I'd share it.

This picture was in a craft magazine, advertising the handy-dandy yarn holder for those projects that require multiple colors. The holder helps you keep up with your yarn, and helps it not to tangle. Nifty, right? Take a look at the picture.
At first glance, you may not think anything of it. However, look again, and ponder the following points.
-This is a crocheted, granny squares, afghan. If it's crocheted, then why is she holding knitting needles? You can't crochet with knitting needles, and you can't knit with crochet hooks (unless you're quite MacGyver-ish). Hmm.
-Why is she holding her knitting needles in the same hand, chopstick fashion? That doesn't work either.
-Why does she have her knitting needles stabbed randomly into the afghan? That's not how you knit either. With knitting, you carry individual stitches on your needles.
-Have you noticed yet that the afghan is completed, and not in progress?
-There are only 4 colors or yarn used in the afghan. There are 6 colors of yarn coming of of the yarn holder. Yellow is the mystery color I'm really caught up on. Where is she putting the yellow strand? Is she eating it, or using it to knit more blonde hair?
-Very rarely do you either knit, or crochet, with 6 strands of yarn at one time.
Anyway, please, if you work for a publication, and want readers to take your advertisements seriously, know your audience, and at least a little about the crafts your product pertains to. Maybe the blonde model explains it all! :) Ok, ok, just kidding about the blonde thing. Kinda.
I think Sweet E is doing much better with the dpns than the model is doing knitting her crocheted afghan. Just a thought.


Connie said...

I can help you with your dpn's on Saturday. They aren't hard at all once you get it. Also funny on that ad...I even have that yarn thingy! LOL

Aura said...

If I use double points, I do much better with the bamboo. You'll get the hang of it. Connie is an excellent teacher. I like to use the 16" circular and at the end switch to the double points. I find it hard to believe that the people who published that ad are so ignorant. Your little girl is precious and yes, that picture of her holding the double points is priceless. Thank you for posting.