Can you believe someone recently said, “I hate handknit sweaters, they are always itchy.” Well, this is just what happened on the NPR radio show, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. Host Mo Rocco blurted that pitiful statement out and the knitting gorillas, and national news media (see video below) descended.
Seems trite in lieu of the world’s ailments, right? Definitely, but…we knitters don’t stand by and take this kind of nonsense lightly. Knitting is a privilege. Knitters are rightfully offended when someone judges our handknit creations and deems them to be uncomfortable.
Wait, wait, don’t tell me he hasn’t heard that knitting’s not for grandmas anymore, and real men do knit? Did he know that so many folks knit for charity because it is cool? How about all those soft eco-friendly yarns just waiting to be cuddled? Obviously, someone has yet to inform him that there are yarn bombers lurking in the darkness waiting patiently for this kind of prejudice to erupt. These yarn graffiti artists hit the Vancouver Olympics and the NPR studios could be next!
In response to Rocco’s pitiful statement, Ravelry alerted the knitting forces and they descended upon him to debunk his declaration. He decided to take up the craft to find out just what the allure of knitting was. This story ultimately ends happily, with Rocca being the latest knitting convert. He invites Ravelers to attend a taping of “Wait, Wait” in Chicago. Watch how he learns to knit on this video. At the end Rocco says if all unintended slights could turn out so well he’s going to insult BMW next.
Watch this fun video from CBS News and maybe you’ll become a knitting enthusiast too: