That Was a Heck of a Job

It’s Giants football time in my household. Here’s the announcer:

He’s just gonna run by everybody, awww, just past his fingertips…

I wind up there too, on the couch, knitting in hand, just a small piece, counting stitches, the little bumps in the patch of wool, a midnight blue strip of sky I’m building loop by loop into a recognizable thing.

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This is one active, moving group of good football players!

I like a couple of things about football, and one is the goggle-eyed tone of the announcers.

What a big time stand by the Ravens! That was huge and inspirational…

The other: the towels the players wear tucked into the front of their pants — a codpiece, dish rag, hanky that I’m sure is somehow crucial to the play, but always seems to inject an unexpected female sensibility into the macho sport.

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It’s been an evolutional process… they provided him with a lot of great weapons…

How about knitting as contact sport — no, beyond the needles, though they of course would come in handy in a dark alley.

Knitting writ large.

I saw an art installation some years ago on Governor’s Island in New York Harbor, that employed dozens of people to knit swaths of a gigantic American flag.

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I remember that even the clothes of the participants were handworked. And it all seemed so zany. I didn’t knit then.

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The artist who orchestrated this giant adventure out of yarn (and statement — it was an anti-war effort) was Liz Collins, who has since gone on to other interesting large-scale projects, such as the one titled Mend, where people were invited to bring in their frayed clothing to be repaired by Collins’ minions.

Mend

Boy, that’s a big statement — straight off the fingertips! Incomplete.

First things first. Textile codpieces all around, hand crafted by the nation’s home knitters for each and every footballer. I suddenly see a use for the midnight yarn in my lap. Aren’t the Giants blue?

That’s a good physical finish and a nice cut.

Why, thanks.

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