I am so nine yards of uncool.

I know some cool people. I'm related to some of them. Unfortunately I just never seem to get the idea.

I cottoned onto knitting early. That's now very cool, not so much when I was 13. 

There was always an unfinished scarf or two hanging about in my uncool room. (Too many medieval genealogies, not enough Cure posters.)

I also, as my sisters love to remind me, spent a whole winter one year wearing a nose-warmer I knitted myself. A square of knit, with a band behind my head. I thought it was genius.

In my defence, I had the Sunday morning milking shift and it was damn cold out there. 

I apparently made them for the whole family. 

No there is no photographic evidence. 

Onto my next less than cool knitting project…

Hello, handwarmer. 

I love these. No pattern. Knitted in a rectangle, stocking stitch, and sewn up with a hole left for the thumb. Utterly basic. No funky organic fabulous yarn, no circular needle, no cool double pointed needles and no, they're not even the same length, I am THAT good.



And there's more. I could kid myself these were un-useful socks repurposed, but they didn't even have a hole. I randomly chopped the toes off and hemmed them and made more wrist warmers. Because I liked the colour. And because when it's cold and you have kinda achy hands, nothing beats a bit of a wrist warmer that used to be a nice purple sock to warm things up. 




All photos and unpublishable commentary about my marvellous hand-wear today care of Adman. 

I'm not saying you're not cool, you know, but the people I like most usually have a good solid streak of uncool. Sometimes it's hard to find under all that cool, but I know it's there. 

Uncool is best shared. Truely daggy demands witness. Please share.

Don't leave me hanging out there with my nose-warmer, I beg you.


17 Comments on “uncool

June 16, 2011 at 1:04 am

i knit
not very well but i love it!

i’m working on a blanket now

June 16, 2011 at 5:01 am

Fabulous post! I love it! and I too am (and have always been) uncool. I was doing cross stitch and embroidery while my friends were partying in our teen years. Cross stitch trumps knitting, surely… it’s still uncool!

June 16, 2011 at 9:23 am

I tried my best to be cool but it is exhausting. I do housework to classical music and sat at our holiday van knitting a huge scarf (I only do straight things) while the cool campers rode pushbikes with stubbie holders. I gave up cross stitch because my husband called it ‘grumpstitch’ because I would disappear in it for hours and not communicate with the world. Don’t have to concentrate so much on a scarf. To add to my uncoolness I knitted one so it was as big as Tom Baker’s when he was Dr Who!

June 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I also knit and I too have some recently knitted hand warmers – although, my husband calls them wrist warmers and doesn’t see the point of them. But, you know what my latest, totally geeky and uncool craze is – geocaching! I feel like I should be wearing sandles and socks when I do it but I love that it gets me out and about and it takes me places I didn’t necessarily know were there. Ok, I’ll admit it, it is also the thrill of the chase. Treasure hunting for adults! There are some fine caches down in your neck of the woods – I found some of them at the end of last year. You can do it with an iphone – just saying. How uncool is that!

June 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Katie, I think geocaching is incredibly cool! Yeah, we do it too ๐Ÿ™‚

And Fi, the purple hand/wrist warmers are really good (they just look like you’ve got a funky purple tshirt underneath).

P.S. You have cool hair! Catherine Zeta Jones (in her Chicago phase) eat your heart out!

June 17, 2011 at 4:15 am

I don’t know that uncool for me is so much about the things I do, as just an inescapable way of being. An attitude. A complete lack of ‘getting’ what is cool, and why. When I think about it too much, I’m that girl in high school all over again- listening to Billy Joel, dressing shy, worrying about whether I’ll get onto student council…

Wish I could knit. Or actually crochet, and actually find the time for it. Now the Billy Joel is on an iPod, I dress tired Mummy, and I worry about my 89-year-old neighbours.

June 17, 2011 at 7:26 am

I have been wanting to have a go at geocahing. Don’t know much about it but have added to my list of uncool things to do ๐Ÿ™‚

June 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Hah! Love this post! And I like the handwarmers … no, really, I do. I, too, have always been hopelessly uncool — this is repeatedly proved to friends and family when I know worthless but to me fascinating trivia, like the minutiae of the Sherlock Holmes and Peter Wimsey stories. Someone is always saying, “However do you know about THAT?” and I lamely reply, “Oh, I read it somewhere …” And I did, too. If it’s got print, I read it.

I can’t believe your nosewarmer idea didn’t take off. That’s always the portion of one that freezes solid in the cold!


June 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Ha ha ha ha! Love this — and those purple sock, hand-warmer things are awesome!

June 18, 2011 at 6:35 pm

You canโ€™t be serious about the nose warmer?! Thanks for the giggle.

Youโ€™re so uncool that youโ€™re cool.

I was trying to think of something Iโ€™ve worn โ€“ and then looked down at my feet. Iโ€™m currently wearing old pilled black socks with some lovely white furry strappy slippers. Totally uncool ๐Ÿ˜‰

June 19, 2011 at 11:11 pm

These hand warmers are awesome, I’ve been fumbling wearing gloves trying to hang washing on the line…These are perfect…..I think I’ll have to learn a new stitch….

June 20, 2011 at 6:40 am

You seem very cool to me! But that may be because the word “cool” as the Germans use it doesn’t actually mean the same thing as in English? Or didn’t mean the same when it came into the German language or first came to be used by my friends and me in the 80s? Anyway… love your wristwarmers and other lovely knitting and the entire blog, actually. Andrea in Oberursel

June 20, 2011 at 9:35 am

Yeah, me too. Even sounds uncool. Perfect.

June 20, 2011 at 9:37 am

After reading this I used the expression ‘dressing tired mummy’ (in reference to self). It’s so expressive.

June 20, 2011 at 9:38 am

Oberusel… that’s interesting!! And right next door to Bad Homburg, right?? Hi Andrea, do we have my beloved Naomi in common?

June 22, 2011 at 4:55 am

Yes we do. But not much longer, I’m afraid :-((
Came to find your blog through her. For a while (when I didn’t have a lovely w-lan-accessing notebook given for last b’day by lovely husband so I can now go online anywhere and anytime) I would most days only access the internet from my desk, i.e. at night when the kids were down and the first thing I’d go to would be your blog to see what you’d been up to. And would be disappointed if there was no new post (but no pressure, hey?). It’s a bit strange because of course I don’t know you at all but through the aforementioned connection it feels a bit like I do, after all. The day you posted your failed lamingtons we had a playgroup at N’s house and she had made them (turned out great, by the way), first time I ever had them or indeed heard of them. So at least I knew what you were talking about, and how they should have looked/tasted. Printed out her recipe too, and plan to try making them, but I’ve been warned… difficult! – Well, for now, I’ll just say, thank you and please keep blogging! Andrea

June 22, 2011 at 8:17 pm

oh wow, i am going to make some right now, as i am flying to sydney tomorrow for 10 days of cold cold cold weather and i don’t have any gloves. or warm clothes really. SBS movie on later – check. cup of tea started – check. yarn – silly question, there’s plenty ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for the inspiration.


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