Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Why Would You Knit That?!?!

A few years back I stumbled across the (now sadly defunct) blogspot You Knit What?? (warning for those who click on the link and peruse the blogspot -- the original creators were quite funny but also occasionally profane) which was a source of immense hilarity to me -- even though at the time I didn't knit and knew very little about knitting.

The point of You Knit What?? was to poke fun at ugly knitting patterns.

And indeed, the patterns they featured on the website were usually mind-bogglingly bad on a fashion level alone.

Now, however, that I have started to become a knitter myself I understand the hours of work and the expense of some of the yarns involved and I have to ask myself.... Why would you knit THAT?!

So, in tribute to the ladies of You Knit What?? I will occasionally feature an image of an item which is actually knittable. In other words, these are things for which there are patterns available (okay, usually FREE patterns but still...) and someone out there created the pattern and thought that human beings would actually want to MAKE this item either for themselves or as a gift for someone else.

Our first entry is.....

This is described as a "shrug". What is actually is, however, is more like "Two big sleeves held together with a tie". And the pattern looks like an afghan my parents had in the 1970's. Not only is this rather useless, rather pointless, and all around rather unattractive the yarn the makers recommend using to make this glorious creation is alpaca wool yarn. Do you have any idea how expensive alpaca wool yarn is? Trust me it's pricey for the nice, 100% stuff. So, yeah, you would be spending quite a bit of money all to create.... this.

And, by the way, what the heck is up with the model?! Is she auditioning for an old fashioned melodrama? "I can't pay the rent", "You must pay the rent!" "I can't pay the rent".... etc.

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