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  • Jo–Sorry, it’s $95 per dodgy wrist thing, so $190 a pair. Coming soon, to a triple feature of ‘What Not to Wear’, ‘What Not to Knit’ (Lis’s brainchild), and ‘What Not To Buy Even If You’ve Got Cash To Burn And Time On Your Hands’!! I recall some pretty, Scandinavian ‘wrist-warmers’ in one of the knitting mags last season. They were very romantic and had that Viking Babe vibe goin’ on. I admired them but, not having a date with Leif Ericsson, or even a trip to Ikea, on my schedule, moved on to my own wacky projects. I do think they would look nice with ‘Reveal’, though, don’t you?

  • Oh.My.God.
    That’s $190 of hideous.I wouldn’t even make them for my worst enemy and waste the $2 the yarn cost.
    They would,absolutely,complete the Reveal ensemble.
    Are we daring Polly to knit these as well ?

  • Polly would be physically unable to knit something so extravagantly ugly, even while holding her nose, and even for her worst enemy, assuming she had any. Plus, these things were knit on number 11s at a minimum. Whaddya think Reveal would cost at ABC?? We could be rich, fabulously filthy rich!!!!

  • Ah, Paragon Sports! When I lived in NYC, I was two blocks away from the “Makes You Feel Guilty For Not Being Outdoorsy” Emporium.
    I used to like to go in there to convince myself that I absolutely needed a $375 North Face Gortex Ski Parka to sit on my sofa and watch “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

  • Yoiks! Those writsy things of death are downright fugly. As soon as I saw the price tag, the laughter would be unstoppable. Hammy, on the other hand, is cute. But, you know, in a tough way. 😉

  • Kay–OK, you win. For the first time you have blogswiped me. I am struck dumb at the wrist thingies. I mean, I can imagine knitting for every part of the body (even Emma’s willie warmers . . .), but I hadn’t worked my way to the wrist. I’d always thought that you covered that part either with a) a sweater or b) a glove.
    These things look like the flurf I take out of my lint screen.
    I like Jo asking if they’re $95 apiece or a pair, AS IF THAT WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
    I think we need to have the first annual Mason-Dixon Knitting Wristlet Design Competition. I’ll work on the rules, which should be pretty complicated.
    In the Dept. of Rodent Affairs, Hammy is not at ALL what I thought he would look like. I thought of something more spherical, less pointy. I didn’t know he’d be kind of long-looking. He does share with Squeaker the same omnipurpose expression of terror/boredom. I love that about rodents.
    Finally, tell me that you got a decent lighting set-up at Paragon. We need to see this.
    x0x0 Ann

  • Ann’s Brother-in-law (aka Unc/Dave/Heysmartypants)–I too used to go to Paragon in lieu of actually doing anything outdoors. I’m surprised they even let me in the place. “Uh, lady, you’ll have to step outside.”

  • PS–Re the $95 price, you’re forgetting the level of craft involved. You think it’s easy to get yarn to twist into those gnarled little warbly bits? Huh?

  • Oh my god, I think those wrist warmers are the first sign that Armageddon is coming. And only $95 each?! I have spent many an hour wandering around AB&C and in sheer awe of the kitsch that they seem to think people want (need would be so overstating what they have….) but have yet to see anything as *Close* to taking the proverbial cake as those.
    Should that be our next Rowan Exchange, ‘things that are darn ugly that you can make with leftovers’, something along those lines?
    And the rodents are freaking me out. Ewww!

  • $95 each?????
    Lis & Kay – your next mission is to find someone who bought these things & take photos of them wearing them – then take them to the nearest store stocking rowan/noro/any quality yarn and try to show them some sense!
    Alternatively, show them Reveal and tell them that they could commission you to knit it for a mere $500 or so… with wibbly weird felting add-ons to be charged as extra depending on degree of complexity
    Go on – you could make a killing and keep yourselves in yarn for years!
    Jo
    xxx
    P.S. love the rodents – I used to have a pet rat – would love to have another one, but I fear Rosie the cat would just treat the poor rodent as either a toy or dessert.

  • I cannot believe how many nerves I touched–from the wristlets to the rodent–hell, I even got the lurking brother-in-law to come out of the woodwork and post a Proustian reverie. (Yes, I’ve noticed a lot of hi-tech Alpine gear in the subways, but yesterday, as the hurricane fringes blew gusts of trash, I saw a large non-Japanese woman marching down Park Avenue in full Geisha costume, so it all sort of blends in). Will definitely view ABC and Paragon in a whole different light now: fun blog fodder, right around the corner, anytime I need it. Yes, I did get a headlamp. Haven’t used it yet. Love yas!!

  • dear kay and ann —
    all of these picture and talk of rodents has inspired me….look for my
    newest design, “rodents maze,” in my soon to be announced line of pattern books, “knit with kaffee or NOT.” as a tribute to both of you, there will be a version in handknit dk cotton (for kay) and donegal tweed (for ann)
    carry on!!

  • dear kay and ann —
    all of these pictures and talk of rodents has inspired me….look for my
    newest design, “rodents maze,” in my soon to be announced line of pattern books, “knit with kaffee or NOT.” as a tribute to both of you, there will be a version in handknit dk cotton (for kay) and donegal tweed (for ann)
    carry on!!

  • dear kay and ann —
    all of these pictures and talk of rodents has inspired me….look for my
    newest design, “rodents maze,” in my soon to be announced line of pattern books, “knit with kaffee or NOT.” as a tribute to both of you, there will be a version in handknit dk cotton (for kay) and donegal tweed (for ann)
    carry on!!

  • coming to your blog is like hanging out in the finished basement of your most fun friend. there is always something fun going on (and weird). best of all, this blog is like a truth serium, where people reveal the most interesting (and weird) things about themselves…louis knitting topless on the beach, yvonne and her headlite, and jo’s fondness for rats. i think you should describe your blog as a place to “knit, blog, and tell.”

  • Dear Mr/Ms/Rev Anonymous–
    We love havin’ ya in the basement. Considering your ultraprivate identity, I’d say we’re pretty much totally looking forward to hearing at least one true confession from you. I’m saving mine for sweeps week.
    x0 Ann

  • Dear Mr. Fassett,
    I’m a little shaky as I write, for I cannot believe that Your Kaffeness has graced us with your epresence.
    We humbly request that you cast “Rodent’s Maze” in two colourways: a neutral to match my needlepoint chair covers, and a bright to go with Kay’s wacky color sense.
    Kay and I shall frame your comment, right along with the letter I received from Dr. Betty Ruth Speir of Point Clear, Alabama–our first nonvirtual, literal piece of fan mail.
    We are not worthy. Thank you, thank you again, and yes, thank you yet again.
    Ann