Friday, October 23, 2009
So we know about the Sweater Curse, right? Whereby if you knit a sweater for your boyfriend the relationship will end. I think that's because... let's see... maybe it's that he won't appreciate the hard work and that will chap you and start the fight that ends it all? Or maybe it's because he will wear it and look so hot in it and some itch-bay will steal him away? Gosh I can't remember. All I know is, I'm never knitting my BF a sweater. Of course, that also has to do with the facts that a) he never, ever wears a sweater even when it's twenty degrees out and b) he keeps me busy knitting other things for him.
You see, Warren likes to challenge me and my knitting skills. So, on his request, I have knitted him a pair of handcuffs, a hat that looks like a roasted chicken, and another hat that includes a 3-D menorah at the top. That last one was me learning a little Fair Isle on the fly. While very pleased with my results, I banned him from making requests, since he was hinting at wanting me to knit him some chaps and a Jesus costume. Thing is, it's really hard for me to not take a challenge like that, so I try to nip it in the bud. That said, he recently sent me a picture of a gnome hat and also asked me to knit a "stack of rocks." That is, knit a bunch of rocks and then put them together like a sculpture. I will likely wind up doing both-- I think I'll make felted "rocks," and, as for the hat it's a pretty simple one so no problem. But after that NO MORE knitting challenges from Warren.
Now if you are more generous of spirit and needles, and also if you like the idea of more traditional knits-for-men, and if you do not fear the Sweater Curse, then we have just the thing for you. Plenty of knits-for-men pattern books (see pics above and below). And, don't forget, we have the Ultimate Man Knitter-- Brooklyn Tweed-- coming to town in just TWO WEEKS! Yay. I can hardly wait.
Happy Man Knitting,