- KIP's honorable guest mascot for this edition is Thierry Lhermitte's character "Pierre" from the infamous and immensely popular 1982 film "Le Père Noël est une ordure" (Father Christmas is a Louse) about a Christmas Eve gone awry at a crisis hotline office.
This zany Christmas movie is shown every Christmas season in France and despite having seen it myself about 5 times, it still manages to get a good chuckle out of me. Although this time, I spied with my knitter's eye a truly wonderful Christmas knitting moment. Thèrese, who works with Pierre at the crisis hotline gives him a fetching handknit vest with armholes down to his waist -- as the French say "a real serpillère*". (see photo at left) I think we all have our stories of handknits gone wild.
One of the things that I have noticed now that I am a "knitter" is the large number of knitting references in popular culture. I suppose it is akin to when you buy a new car, you suddenly see the car everywhere.
I also had some personal knitting in public experiences this past week.
I am a self-proclaimed serial metro knitter -- my daily metro ride to school takes me 45 minutes from start to finish and offers some unabashed and guiltless time with my two pointy sticks. On the way home from class last Friday a homeless man boarded the train and began his speech about being an SDF* and offered several magazines and calendars in exchange for a few euros or a ticket resto. In France there is an organization for the homeless that provides homeless people with magazines ( Cheap Eats in Paris, History of Paris Street by Street) and calendars with kittens and puppies that allow them to solicit people for money for food or lodging by offering them a small gift in return. This particular gentleman had a great sense of humor and as he passed the set of benches where I was seated, remarked to me "Je l'attends pour le 24" -- "I'll be waiting for it on the 24th". He was referring to the sleeve of my red cowl neck sweater that I was furiously trying to finish before arriving at my stop. At the same time, he got a jolly chuckle out of the people seated around me. Now if only I could organize a holiday knit-along to benefit the homeless...
And yesterday I KIPed my way through a Chai Tea Latte at Starbucks rue des archives while knitting this Chrismukkah gift for someone who shall not be named :
Eowyn by Rowan is my first try with cables! it could not have been easier. Details of the project can be found in the current projects folder.
serpillère (f): dust rag/mop cloth
SDF (sans domicile fixe) : without fixed address, the politically correct word for a homeless person
ticket resto: a restaurant voucher good as cash and valid in most restaurant, usually in denominations of €5-7 that employers give their employees for use at lunchtime