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Dear Ann,
You know that science has proven that laughing is good for you, right? This morning, thanks to Twitter and Norma, I have been laughing so hard at Damn You, Auto Correct that Olive is trying to call 911 on me. The auto corrects themselves are very funny, but what has me hysterical to the point of airway obstruction are the reactions– shocked, bemused, offhand– by the recipients of these odd messages. (My fave so far is a stunned “WHAT THE @#$*, MOM”–after poor auto corrected Mom has said something unbecoming to a matronly personage.) And why does Auto Correct have such a dirty mind?
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In other news, still loving the Noro Silk Garden/garter stitch combo up here; I’m on the back 40 of my new blanket, which–as you can see from all those circulars– WILL REQUIRE NO SEWING UP.
Also loving the online Xmas shopping, in this weather. So easy to shop for 13 year old girl. So hard to shop for 12 year old boy.
Hey, knitters! Surely we can improve on the suggestions for Roger Ebert’s photo in need of a caption today. The best the non-knitters can come up with are a few lame riffs about Snuggies gone wrong. Surely there is a rich mine of knitterly humor in just the bind-off jokes alone! My submission: “So that’s what Sabrina Geschwandtner looks like!”
Love,
Kay

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46 Comments

46 Comments

  1. Can’t wait to see the finished product. Is there anyway to clone Olive? I’m in need of a new snuggly, lap sized, well-behaved around knitting, low shedding DOG!

  2. Olive is so darn cute I could just snuggle her photo! Oh, and nice blanket!

  3. I couldn’t stop laughing at Damn You Autocorrect so I sent it to all kids. I used to text somewhat like that before I got an Iphone because I was so bad. My son once asked if I was mad at him because I couldn’t get out of ALL CAPS.

  4. Damn You Autocorrect is the best thing since schmear on a bagel!
    My go to for hard to buy for 1 to 100 year olds: magazine subscriptions. If you’re over 100 you’re over the magazine I figure.

  5. Love the Olive photo and cannot wait to see the blanket! Finally doing Jared Floods scarf actually in silk garden and finally understand why everyone loves it so much.

  6. Wow. That is some photo. It is like a giant pink cabled sausage casing.

  7. oh, i’m crying!!! i have to share this with everyone i know. how funny. thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  8. Having now clicked on all your links and guffawed away, I am back to the presents-for-boys subject. Argh! I just bought some very exciting pjs and underwear, but now I’m stumped. I might finish some socks I’ve been knitting for him since the summer: not fun, not a surprise, not a computer game!
    Duct tape is always good, I suppose…

  9. Oh, Olive! You make me say, “Awwwwww!” : )

  10. Also, just came back from “Damn You, Autocorrect!” Oh. My. God. I literally laughed until I cried. Such fun! THANK YOU! (I meant to do all caps, BTW.)

  11. My caption: Worst case of First Sock Syndrome EVER!

  12. My submission for Roger Ebert’s photo: “Once again, Rowan proves that no design is too silly nor too unflattering to be featured in their knitting magazine.”

  13. I can’t think of a clever caption for Roger Ebert’s photo… I can’t explain why but it kinda grosses me out.
    The other picture however, SO SO cute! Love that little Olive!

  14. Caption: A bit of refreshment before she starts on the socks….

  15. Auto correct is the funniest thing since Catalog Living. Check out that blog for a chuckle a day.

  16. I can’t think of a good caption, but I laughed at “Flashdance: the Director’s Cut”!

  17. Thanks for the super cute photo of Olive. What a pin-up girl.

  18. Crikey! That autocorrect is laugh-until-it’s-just- a-wheezy-sound funny!

  19. so funny I laughed so hard for the first time today–thanks

  20. I haven’t laughed that hard in ages. Thank you!

  21. I’m particularly captivated by the “w–k on the beach”. I wonder if that’s a real autocorrect….
    Olive , as usual you steal the scene.

  22. Are there any movies that a 12 year old boy would like? How about that one about Lou Gherig, “Pride of the Yankees” with Gary Cooper?
    As an aside, I think Lou lived in New Rochelle, and that the house is still standing (don’t know if people occupy it, or if it’s a kind of museum).
    The latest Olive pic is great (just want to cuddle with her!). The knitting is intriguing. Can’t wait to see it whenever it is completed.
    LoveDiane

  23. Or maybe some general baseball movies, as “Pride” has a sad ending. A few years back, Yogi Berra came out with a book of “Yogi-isms”. The description of it sounded pretty funny. I don’t know the name of it (and would like to if anyone knows it), but it could maybe fit part of the bill.
    LoveDiane

  24. My submission for the caption: Damn! I guess I read that pattern wrong!

  25. regarding the 12 year old boy, i have a 13 year old nephew that is impossible to buy for. if said boy has any guitar interest – we found a thing like a craft punch that makes guitar picks out of anything. so awesome. if you care you can probably track it down, or drop me a note and i’ll give you the info. so. great.

  26. Olive is a cutie pie. Pink sweater thing is wierd. Could you repost “Puff Daddy” Instructions? I have a Sad – Linky no worky.
    Happy Holidays!

  27. olive is a dear

  28. The auto correct site is hilarious. Yup, Irish chlamydia rings are special all right…

  29. Admission time: I am actually knitting that very sweater from the caption photo (or I will be once I’m through with the Festives). One of the guys at work a) feels the cold and b) discovered that very photo just before his birthday last year – in a rush I made him a mini version on a Barbie doll, but it doesn’t look much like the real thing, as you can see here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/deejayemm/fullbodysweater-miniature-version.Anyways, I promised him The Real Thing for his birthday in early February, so I’d better get started soon – I’m just not too sure mauve is his colour, though. Intrepid Googlers can find a second version in yellow (those pix were originally part of an ad campaign for a German fabric conditioner)
    @rebecca – Could you please please pretty please post details of the guitar pick craft puncher? I have a 15 year-old guitar playing son sheds picks where’er he goes, so a mchine that magics replacements would be absolutely fab. If you’re interested in the music he makes, you can grab an earful at http://www.myspace.com/theboxhh
    Wishing everyone a serene peaceful fourth advent weekend!

  30. Olive! And a question about the Noro blanket – is it Silk Garden or Kureyon?
    Als,any tips on how you take care of it – I haven’t owned anything that large that is handknit and (I’m guessing) not machine washable?

  31. OMG the Auto Correct site just sucked 30 minutes of my life. I had tears streaming down my face.

  32. OMG – I’m not sure whether to hate you for advertising damnyouautocorrect, or thank you … I have laughed so hard and shared it with my family, but also have spent so much time there … time I really don’t have. I need to be knitting so I don’t end up handing over a partially done gift with the needles and remaining yarn still attached…
    Well, maybe one more page first … ;)

  33. Kay, I’m so relieved I’m not the only middle-aged woman finding that web site so hilarious. It literally makes me laugh out loud. Which then makes me worry that I have the mind of an eighth-grade boy… But I have since decided that the thing that makes it really funny is that the hilarious mistakes are automatically generated by a machine clueless about the implications of what it’s doing. Maybe that sounds sufficiently intellectual? Hm… or not.

  34. Kay, that site is HILARIOUS!!

  35. Olive. Olive. Olive.

  36. My coworker thought I was having a complete meltdown with the tears running down my face.
    No meltdown, just Damn you AutoCorrect. It’s a mascara wrecker.

  37. debby – the guitar pick thing is:
    http://www.pickpunch.com/
    It’s pretty hefty in person. The website cracks me up too.:)

  38. @ rebecca – thank you!

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  40. I adore Noro Silk Garden…the cowl I made from it practically lives on my neck at this time of year. Doesn’t matter if it matches anything…it keeps that part WARM!

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