This is a stretch, I know. But I’m going to ask you to watch a trailer for a brand-new XBox video game.
I keep watching it, because it’s just so beautiful. The hero is a piece of yarn.
The thing is, it’s likely to make you laugh or cry or both, and it may give you hope for humanity that a bunch of people in northern Sweden would take the time to create a video game that has, at its core, one subject: love.
Here is Martin Sahlin, the creative director of this new video game, Unravel:
The extraordinary beauty of Unravel gives me hope that maybe someday, those people at Electronic Arts will make another game like this, and another one.
No fools, these shrewd people cooked up what has to be one of the most oddly compelling how-to videos I’ve seen:
Ten seconds in, I’m rooting around in the craft drawer of yore for pipe cleaners. If they’re having a YarnyAlong, I am IN.
I went with a nice Rowan Handknit Cotton for Yarny’s body.
The eyes are Euroflax. Of course. You want a crisp eyeball. Or eye area. Or whatever it is that Yarny has up there.
Yarny looks a little like a voodoo doll. But a voodoo doll of love—an action figure whose superpower is to keep from unraveling.
Thanks to Susan Mitz for sharing Unravel with me.
I’d like to remind everyone living in a hole to come out come out, it’s Girl Scout Cookie season. A while back, Girl Scout Thin Mints were voted the Official Cookie of Mason-Dixon Knitting. If you’d like to see what a bare-knuckles brawl looks like when it comes to deciding on an official cookie, here’s the the story of how Thin Mints won the day. You think this was easy? It was not—the controversies were many. And here’s how the question was first asked: “What is the Official Cookie of Mason-Dixon Knitting?”
Dept. of Blanket Manufacturing
We have word that Megan is hard at work, knitting her way to new bedcovers with the Fancy Tiger Crafts/Elemental Affects Heirloom Romney yarn that she recently won.
Megan writes, “That’s Deuce keeping an eye on things and hoping I’ll throw his ball in between rows.”