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Is this a thing? Really? 
21st-Oct-2009 02:27 pm
Hearth
First there was the chicken poncho.

Now I see there is the hen sweater.

...is this a thing now, you guys? Is chicken knitting the hip new trend? Because feste_sylvain and tamidon have a whole bunch of chickens, and I need to know if I am expected to provide for them in my holiday knitting.

I mean, I'm making a cat sweater for Jack, but that's just because I'm mean and want to see him try to writhe his way out of it.
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21st-Oct-2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Nah, knitters just like making hilarious things for animals. I'll link you to some more blog posts about chicken knitting later. It's just goofy fun, though.
21st-Oct-2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
I may just make a poncho for the chicken who looks like Audrey Hepburn. If I am feeling bored and silly.
21st-Oct-2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
You totally should. But be warned that chickens are generally not terribly grateful recipients of knitted goods.
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21st-Oct-2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
Looooooool
21st-Oct-2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Oh oh oh did you remember hearing about how Mo Rocca joked that it might be torture on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me to have animals wear itchy things and people on Ravelry told him they would make him a sweater to prove him wrong?
21st-Oct-2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Oh honey, I heard ALL about that. The designer that oversaw the making of his sweater is one of my faves.
21st-Oct-2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
I figured as such. :) When it happened, I totally thought of you.
21st-Oct-2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah. :) There was a HUGE controversy over: 1) Should it just be ignored because he was clearly just making a joke OR was he seriously insulting handcrafters and perpetuating negative stereotypes. 2) NO KNITTING FOR MO EVER BECAUSE CLEARLY HE DOES NOT DESERVE IT NOR WILL HE APPRECIATE IT vs Let's prove him wrong and kill him with kindness! and so on.
21st-Oct-2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
Either way, I sent the second link to a friend who owns chickens and he wondered if you could get Kevlar vests made for hens to a) protect them from hawks and b) protect them from horny roosters.
21st-Oct-2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
*curious* So what was the end result?
21st-Oct-2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
Well, the outcry was large enough that next time Mo was on, he apologized to the knitters. Then when his sweater was finished, a group went and presented it to him and he had to admit that it was a very nice, non-scratchy sweater.
21st-Oct-2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
*chuckle* A fitting solution all 'round.
21st-Oct-2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
I would not knit a scratchy thing. Even for a chicken. If the yarn is not yummy to the touch, I'm not going to spend hours playing with it! :)
21st-Oct-2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
*nod* My mom knits, and has knitted me a lovely red sweater . . . out of atrocious acrylic yarn. I want to get her some *nice* wool or sommat.
21st-Oct-2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
Nuthin' wrong with acrylic.
22nd-Oct-2009 02:25 am (UTC)
. . . except for the part where it itches like hell. At least, the stuff my mom keeps using does.
22nd-Oct-2009 04:30 am (UTC)
Oh, I've had some gorgeous acrylics. Not so much these days, but that's because I try to use a lot of cotton, here in FL, for obvious reasons. But seriously, I've seen some scrumptious skeins that I had to inspect to see what they were made of, they were so smooth and silky. And they turned out to be acrylic, at least in part.

Wool? Now that's itchy! I have to be really careful of it, unless it's mixed with a lot of other stuff.
22nd-Oct-2009 05:07 am (UTC)
Ah, see, the wool I'm used to coming in contact with (I don't knit or crochet, though, so my experience is limited) is usually in the angora/mohair/cashmere vein.
23rd-Oct-2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
I can't knit with acrylic. It *squeaks* in my fingers. *shudder*
21st-Oct-2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
That was my take.
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21st-Oct-2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
It's less flipping insane at, say, age 10. Consider my baby sister's chicken wedding.
21st-Oct-2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
Could you knit with bacon? Because I'd wrap some chicken up in that. I don't know how cute they'd be, tho...
21st-Oct-2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
I am weaving a bacon corset and wearing it for Adam's birthday. Briefly.

Yes, there will be pictures.
21st-Oct-2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
That is utterly mad.
In a good way.
21st-Oct-2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
I love my husband very much. :)
21st-Oct-2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
I bow to your surpreme wifeness. There's nobody I love that much. (Now curiousity prompts me to ask if you're making the bra cups out of Canadian bacon!)
21st-Oct-2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
Canadian bacon != bacon. Adam would proclaim it heresy!
21st-Oct-2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
While normally I aspire to heretical undergarments, I guess this time it would be okay to eschew the Canadian bacon *grin*
21st-Oct-2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
Certain kinds of heresy are more heretical than others. Adam takes his bacon very seriously.
23rd-Oct-2009 10:53 am (UTC)
Nor is it Canadian. Canadians who eat bacon eat normal bacon; until SCTV reruns in the 80s I had never heard the term "Canadian Bacon". I still don't know what it is.
21st-Oct-2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
Totally with you.
21st-Oct-2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
I've read some crazy knitting things... someone who is knitting a coral reef, for example. Or this area where mad random knitters would go by and decorate trees with their knitting, like creating a collective tree-cozy. Those needles must inspire insane creativity.
21st-Oct-2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
Knitters are terribly silly. :)
21st-Oct-2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
There's a rescue chicken organization that asks for sweaters for their hens....

http://littlehenrescue.co.uk/jumpers.aspx

They save birds from corporate hen houses. Many of the birds have completely plucked out their feathers due to stress. I would guess that it keeps them warm, plus keeps them from plucking out any more feathers.

However, knitting a poncho for a perfectly ordinary chick seems a bit...much.
21st-Oct-2009 07:02 pm (UTC) - JACK
Jack eyes shadesong as she approaches with a freshly knitted sweater.

: Shadesong: Oh Jack you'll look so cute in it...

Jack: Yeah just try it lady, I know where you sleep.
21st-Oct-2009 10:04 pm (UTC) - Re: JACK
Jack would maybe try to run away, run headfirst into a wall and knock himself out and awake to find himself decorated. I've seen it happen.
21st-Oct-2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
I made a bee cape for a chihuahua... and an apple hat. *looking sideways* It wasn't my idea!!
21st-Oct-2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
Hens look so pretty all dressed up! (One of the funniest things on earth for about thirty seconds: watching a hen try to back out of a dress. After thirty seconds it's time to take pity on her.) Though we never knitted or crocheted for them, come to think of it...
21st-Oct-2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
not to be annoying. but there is actually a reason, and not just crazy chicken owner nonsense

as stated in the original links...when you have roosters they sometimes get attached to a hen and pluck her raw on her back while getting it on...this can lead to sores that can kill the bird, not to mention looking awful

We do not need sweaters as we do not have roosters, aggressive or otherwise
21st-Oct-2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, I was thinking crazy knitter nonsense. Knitters can be pretty wacky.

(Poor hens!)
21st-Oct-2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
Frank the Melted Rubber Chicken requires a cozy.
21st-Oct-2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
when I first saw this before looking at the pictures I thought you were refering to the ceramic/concrete fowl that people set out and change their dress for the weather/season! It didn't occur to me that people would do it to live animals LOL. Thanks for the laugh!
22nd-Oct-2009 02:25 am (UTC)
Good lord, I hope this isn't a euphemism for something.
23rd-Oct-2009 12:22 am (UTC)
If critters wanted to wear clothes, they would not have evolved fur and/or feathers.

Still- hee!
23rd-Oct-2009 10:58 am (UTC)
From my local newspaper:

Yarnbombing
23rd-Oct-2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
Yep, heard of that. :)
1st-Nov-2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
omg the chick-cozy is adorable.
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