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9/11 World Trade Center plush toys, urban knitting and general crafty delights


Now, I don't have anything against knitters. Some of my best friends knit. In fact, one of my best friends, the fabulous Tchatchke, knitted me this fetching beanie to keep my thoughts warm in winter. But the sad fact is I have needle envy. I can't knit, sew or crochet - I wish I could, but I don't have the patience and my fingers won't obey me. And I can't imagine the thought and care that must go into crafting a piece of work.

So what to make of these homemade 9/11 plush toys by Johnny and Jenny Ryan? (More after the jump)

These pieces, which aren't for sale, have divided commenters over at Boing Boing - there are the amused ("These rock!"), the offended ("Too soon!") and the considered ("Something about a huge tragedy makes everyone whip out their opinions. I think whimsy is a great response").

Jenny and Johnny created them as a "heartfelt piece of work", and although the Ryans come across as articulate and well-intended in the Boing Boing comments, personally I'm not at all sure what to make of it all. But I feel slightly uncomfortable, at least.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

Less controversial but equally as stunning are these pieces of urban knitting ("the world's most inoffensive graffiti"). Entire trees, bannisters, street signs and lampposts kitted out in colourful knitwear - now these are some serious knitters!

If you're a wannabe knitter or a crafty enthusiast you could do worse than check out Dollymix's sister blog, Crafty Crafty.

But if, like me, you love knitted goods but consider it too much bother, why not head over to Folksy and secure yourself some effortless handcrafted goodness for Christmas?

Well, it's the end of my first day here on Dollymix. I hope you've enjoyed it. I'll see you bright and early tomorrow, or, er, maybe just early. For now I'll leave you with Tchatchke's crafty set on Flickr, including her frankly awesome Mighty Boosh-inspired nutmeg crocheted trumpet sock:

Images courtesy of Tchatchke, BinaryApe and Johnny Ryan's photostreams.

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Posted by on December 15, 2008


I think they're quite cute actually, and that it shouldn't be seen as disrespectful, rather a light hearted take on a terrible time. It's better than not talking about it right?

Posted by: Zara | December 16, 2008 1:18 PM

Yeah, my mind's not made up. They are quite cute and at least there isn't a speech bubble saying "OH NOES!!!1" or anything, but... well, I suppose they were created because of an emotional response, and they provoke their own. I'm just not sure what mine is yet ;)

Posted by: Robyn Wilder | December 16, 2008 8:31 PM

Crafts can be categorize into different activities not only knitting. It is good to find something that interests you and that you can do during your free time. Others like to draw, while others like to knit. There are also others who prefer to recycle or recycle items such as paper and plastic. In this way, we get to be practical and creative.

Posted by: shredding Houston | March 3, 2011 6:42 AM

they are very cute

Posted by: Brendan | September 12, 2011 9:53 PM

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