Monday, February 4, 2008

The Hanks Question of the Week

Are you familiar with Knitting Scouts? This week we'd like to talk about the three "MacGuyver" badges. What's the craziest thing you've done that would get you one of these? For instance, I once explained to a friend how to pick up a dropped stitch using two pencils and a rubber band (hey, we were at work... and that was before I worked in a yarn shop)-- that got me a level one badge. And then there was the time we were having a martini party and used a long Size 0 DPN to spear the olives with -- scoring me a level two badge! How about you...?

The “MacGyver” Badge (Level One) - The recipient must demonstrate clever use of a non-knitting tool in a knitting-related scenario. For instance, recipient has used paper clips as stitch markers, or successfully whittled and then utilized bamboo skewers as dpns.

The “MacGyver” Badge (Level Two) - The recipient must demonstrate clever use of a knitting tool in a non-knitting-related scenario. For instance, recipient has used a strand of Regia Bamboo to slice cheese, or repaired a small appliance with a metal knitting needle.

The “MacGyver” Badge (Level Three) - The recipient must demonstrate clever use of a knitting tool in a non-knitting-related scenario working towards the Greater Good. For instance, recipient used a Clover yarn cutter, a 30” Addi Turbo circular needle, and a copy of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitting Without Tears to foster world peace.

(badge text copyright Brenda Dayne and Cast-on, with her thanks to Zabet Stewart and the Science Scouts at Science Creative Quarterly)


Betharoopie said...

I've used rubber bands as point protectors and some really pretty cotton to tie up my recyclables when the twine supply dwindled. But never world peace...sign

Betharoopie said...

Drat. Make that "sigh"

Lorena said...

Oh, hahah, I just remembered another time when I used a size 1 DPN to clean some cat hair out of my keyboard.

Martini olives. Cat hair. I'm surprised any of you want to wear my socks.

Mualpha said...

I like to use my little double points to ummmm, well, I hate to admit this, but clean my fingernails??? I also use them to poke holes in things, like stubborn plastic wrap, if they are handy.

For the other badge, I have used headless nails (like from the lumberyard) for a cable needle (also a tootpick and, in one instance, a paper clip). I used them just to hold the stitches aside and then slid them back onto my needle. It doesn't seem particularly creative when I know some people don't even use a cable needle. I, on the other hand, buy them so I can lose them in the netherworld of all lost objects (My dog found one of my wooden circular needles in the fish pond over the weekend....did I lose it there or did he put it there??? I think it was the little elves of naughtiness)