Ravelry is an online knitting community where you can find all sorts of patterns (some for free!), a lot of tips and tricks about both knitting and crocheting, and many fellow knitters. It is where Charlotte and I met.
There is plenty of room for discussion with either members of the groups you are in or with others on one of the six main boards that are about general knitting topics. Just this other day a knitting colleague started a topic because she ran out of yarn and asked if someone could help her find a bit more of it. She needed it to finish her Bagpuss.
As a Dutch girl English is not my main or first language (how do you say that?), but I am familiar with most of the English phrases regarding knitting. This, however, sounded like a very weird object to me. Whenever I doubt what a word or an expression might mean, I use Google and click on ‘images’ to see if it is what I thought it would be. Like ‘bare stalks’ and that turned out okay, it was meaning what I wanted to express in a short story that I had written about the birds in the garden. ‘Thick bush’ meant quite something else. I was glad I checked it before putting the story online. So perhaps you can imagine I doubted to look the Bagpuss up on Google, because who knows what might have popped up?!
In the end Bagpuss turned out to be a lovely kitty. Thankfully there is nothing kinky about knitting a fun creature like that. Another knitter on Ravelry was kind enough (yes, there are only nice people there. Honestly!) to show me Bagpuss on Youtube. And one thing led to another. I went from the one pink cat to the next: the Pink Panther. That cool cat is one of my childhood heroes.
Just then something struck me as odd, I never realized this when I was a kid. The panther doesn’t wear any clothes, nothing. Nope, that is not odd, Bagpuss also has nothing on her but her stripes.
But tell me: why does the Pink Panther change into a swimming trunks after arriving at the beach?
This article was published before on the blog of my knitting friend Charlotte.
Click here for the movie ‘The Hamish Part One’ with Bagpuss;
Click here for the movie ‘Come on in! The water’s pink’ with the Pink Panther;
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