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Wednesday, November 29, 2006 :::

Knittin' Foo'

I've been trying to take up knitting. I'm not sure why. I guess it just sounded like something productive to do while watching TV. Turns out it's not so bad, but anyone who tries to tell you that knitting is a perfectly respectable hobby for a man and that it isn't at all emasculating is a total liar. It's emasculating as hell. Honestly, it's incredibly hard, if not impossible, to hold two knitting needles in your hands and a ball of pristinely wound yarn in your lap and not feel a little bit like you may as well be breastfeeding. But there is a certain sense of satisfaction you get after completing each perfect row that almost makes it worth it. Almost.

It's not exactly a hobby for the impatient or those inclined toward instant gratification, that's for sure. It's been two months and I have about one foot completed of my five foot scarf, which when all is said and done will probably have taken me 15-20 hours to complete, making this scarf worth almost $500 when you factor in my time, and that doesn't even include the price of yarn. And even after all that, it still won't look as nice as the nine dollar knitted scarf I bought on clearance at Banana Republic last year. But somehow, it's all worth it? I dunno, I'm still trying to convince myself of that.

Or instead of yarn I could using IV tubing and then fill it with my own blood... oh wait, that's already been done:

How to Make Your Very Own Bloodscarf

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By Blogger ntrudr, at 5:47 PM  

3 ft of yarn: $30.00

knitting needle: $5.00

look upon the face of the first person you tell that you made the scarf all by yourself: priceless

By Blogger ntrudr, at 5:50 PM  

Dan, I absolutly adore you for knitting. What a sweet pea. A super bad ass, manly sweet pea.

By Anonymous Kate, at 8:48 PM  

Daniel, I'm like a proud momma bear. So proud of you for sticking with it like a champ. Keep going and you'll love wearing your own creation, I promise.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:36 PM  

Blood scarf: Ew

There's actually a book out there called "Knitting with balls". It's written for men who knit.

So there you go.

By Blogger Colleen, at 9:42 PM  

A man who knits = Sex on wheels.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:59 PM  

I must admit that the manliest of men, even James Bond who I am now in love with, if they knit will seem like someone's grandma. But alas, knitting is very rewarding, especially when you get past the scarf stage. I was going to knit you a gift this year. Perhaps I still will. Who doesn't like a gift?

By Blogger Biglug, at 7:09 AM  

Dan, if you get tried of knotting a scarf, maybe you could just bundle up your one foot of knitting and make it into a hand-crafted bulge for your Tommy Lee halloween costume. But then you couldn't tell a soul where the bulge came from, 'cause rockers just don't knit.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:39 AM  

Knitty: The Man Issue

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:40 AM

I'm just sayin'...

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:08 AM  

Check out I found it usefull when I was teaching myself to knit -- lots of free videos.

Wish my man knit!

By Anonymous Brook, at 1:10 PM  

That is just a fascinating sort of way! Not you knitting, the blood scarf *grin*

By Blogger Mac, at 1:12 PM  

Don't feel bad, Dan. My Grandpa knits... that's right Grandpa, and he's one of the most manly men I've ever met. And he didn't learn until after he retired and went blind. (He had to teach himself to knit by feel and to knit backwards to go back and fix any mistakes.)
If he can do it, I'm sure you'll be fine.

By Anonymous Gwenhwyfar, at 7:19 PM  

Feel free to stab yourself in the nipples a few times to get the rest of the breastfeeding experience- those lttle suckers get teeth as early as 4 months. Sorry for the tangent.

By Blogger KTG, at 10:51 PM  

That could be the most disturbing thing I've ever seen.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:43 AM  

Uhhh, I would run around the gym yabbering about your new hobby Daniel.

A man who knits = no sex at all

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:19 PM  

LOL, I meant I "wouldn't"....course u never know who might be into that I guess.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:21 PM  

What the?!?!?! that blood scarf is just... o_0 I would definitely faint if iīd be wearing a scarf of my own blood (canīt see the stuff) - does that feminine part of me make me Sex on wheels, too? i donīt knit, but i faint easily.

By Anonymous Richard, at 10:46 AM

what a coincidence!

By Anonymous Richard, at 3:22 PM  

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