Posted in Knitting
November 12, 2008

A long story with a funny ending

One of my boyfriend’s high school friends who we recently got back in touch with had a baby a month or two ago. He sent over a photo of new baby ogling a giant pint of Guinness in the way only someone that Irish can. So I was telling him how Lou (the other owner of the company that owns Yarn Forward) went to a knitting show in Dublin and — I’m paraphrasing our IM chats here — saw so many children in hideous acrylic handknit sweaters that she wanted to call child protective services on them. Tamas’ friend, knowing I would fully appreciate it, emailed over a better photo of the handknit sweater his family sent from Limerick for his wee daughter. I told him he’s lucky to have gotten wool, given the handknit acrylic nightmares Lou saw when she was in Ireland. And he replies with this, the funniest thing I read all week:

“Children in acrylic have mommies who don’t love them.”

So now I have been inspired to knit something hilarious for his daughter. Just wait. I’ve got the yarn, it’s all getting the top bit correct now.

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  • Kelli

    Hilarious. That made me snort. I shared the story with my non-fibernista sister…she didn’t get it. How am I related to these people? ~ksp

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  • Jennifer

    Hi Shannon-
    I just got your book alt fiber, which I love. I want to knit the fern tee for my sister, but wonder if you have a picture of the front? She’s very particular!

    Anyway, keep up the good work. Glad I found your site.


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  • Kristen

    Brilliant! ?Absolutely brilliant. Now I have the answer for all those moms to be who wonder why I bother to knit them wool and/or cotton blankies, booties etc, instead of easy wash acrylic. I usually just tell them that it feels awful to knit with, so it must feel awful to wear. Plus, who knows what it’s really made of…but I like your friend’s comment so much better. I’m using it from now on.

    P.S. When are you coming east? I wanna show you something 🙂

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