Friday, May 05, 2006

Happy Friday, Kittens

59 comments:

Darci said...

OMG - I am first to post! This is a great cartoon. The Harlot has a post today all about gender identity and related colors and expectations.

Jon said...

AAAAAAAAYYYYYYYMMMMMMEEEEENNNNNN!!!!

Marj. said...

Impeccable timing as usual. My 10 year old son expressed an interest in learning how to knit so I cast on 20 stitches for him and he learned a little before becoming disinterested again. I found it interesting that he said to me, while we were sitting knitting, "some people think knitting isn't manly" - being a sensitive, intelligent woman I told him that some people are jerks - nuff said!

Will Pillage For Yarn said...

WOOHOO! My little 5 y/o nephew person is very interested in knitting and has been told "that's for girls." by a parental unit. I have been asked not to provide instruction based on said gender bias. I will have to give this cartoon to said parent. :-)

Nice of you to provide a little kerosene for the fire. You rock, as always.

Lucy said...

Love. It. When's it going to be on a t-shirt?!

Netter said...

EEEEK! My Husband and I were arguing about his mid-Victorian ideas about gender just last night!

Stuntmother said...

I like all your cartoons but this one is particularly wonderful -- t-shirt for children? My son would (maybe) wear this. And a nice counterpoint to the Harlot's post.

Lurk, lurk.

All the Way With Knitting said...

Never do this to a menopausal woman..I want to scoop him up and hug him...is that a cute little Franklin ? It's another potential book you know.......Mum please persuade him..books make a big difference to kid's lives.

Michelle said...

Remind me not to drink anything while I'm looking at your blog. Because I just about snarfed on my keyboard. Thanks for the laugh!

David said...

If only.

Heather said...

That? Was brilliant. I have to put that one up in my office.

msubulldog said...

That's just awesome. :)

Windsornot said...

As we would say at my house: WORD UP.

maryse said...

ha! very good. one day while i was riding the train and knitting, an 8-9 year old boy (my guess) was mesmerized by what i was doing. i saw him whisper something to his mother who told me that he wanted to learn how. clearly i couldn't teach him right then and there, but i gave him and his mom some ideas of where he could learn, some books that would be helpful, where he could buy supplies. i thought it was very cool.

Anonymous said...

My two year old son has sat in my lap and helped mama knit as he calls it 'arn. He wants to make hats. Thanks for the smile today.
Brenda (coming out from lurking)

Stephanie said...

Dude. Nicely done.

Ruth said...

Love it!!

Lisa said...

too funny....

Anna-Liza said...

I love this. My four-year-old son recently asked me to teach him to knit. If you put this one on something buyable, I want to know!!!

Annette said...

Glorious.

Valerie said...

hurrah!
I work with "Caitlin"... bah. Keeps asking me, "so how old are you anyway, grandma?" and I keep threatening to teach her boyfriend to knit. haha

rho said...

Love it!!! oh to have that conviction at that age (heck to have it at my age would be good too)

m, the english queen said...

my darling,

after lurking for weeks, i have to say, thank you thank you thank you... after grading english finals for four days, i needed a giggle and something that would put life in focus.

just why don't college sophomores "get" virginia woolf? sigh...

i am going to go sit quietly with my lovely sockie now and knit until i can face the stacks of dreadful essays again... wake me when it is may 12...

kiss on your lovely forehead... adoringly...

m

alliesw said...

I have to stop sneaking a read of this blog at work. I have no professional reason to laugh this hard. THANK YOU!

Heather Layne said...

HAPPY FRIDAY INDEED!

And your comic/cartoon is excellent. Your topics are always great, but I love the way you draw, too.

Ruth said...

Brilliant.

Carol said...

Today my 4 yr old (boy) refused to eat dinner with a fork with a pink handle. He doesn't do pink.

This from a kid who wears his sister's barettes and dress-up shoes.

p.s. No Caitlins today; try "Morgan" or "Emma."

dragon knitter said...

T-SHIRT TSHIRT TSHIRT!

Riin said...

That's tellin' her!

Rabbitch said...

Very nice! I just read Steph's post about clothing and gender identity and all, and was remembering your comment in an email about lesbianism and flannel (as I did the laundry and noted that I really DO wear a lot of flannel) and um, I had a point to make here but I'm tired. And, apparently, a dyke. *g*

gaile said...

yesssssssssssss, I love it! I wonder if she'll ever see it. brilliant.

Liz said...

My four-year-old daughter chose to have a pirate party for her birthday this year. I can relate. Thank God I didn't have to do princesses.

Bonnita said...

Bravo!

knitcase said...

maybe if charlie brown was a knitter instead of a kite flier, he wouldn't have had SO many tangles.....

Sean said...

amen, brothah!

amysue said...

If this ever makes it onto a t shirt,please include a size to fit my 7 year old son-he'd love it!

Erika said...

<3

FiberQat said...

Very eloquently put, young man! A gold star for you!

And Rabbitch, flannel doth not a dyke make. Don't worry; work on your new studio.

Duffy o'the girlie bag

Tallguy said...

Hahahaha--- I was just reading the Yarn Harlot's blog, and she is having some gender issues too. Seems she is knitting for two little babies, M&F, and can't decide if the pattern or the colour is appropriate for the little boy or girl. She has a fever too.

Tallguy said...

Ooops --- I see that others already told you about the Harlot; she has even been here already! Sheesh!

Carrie K said...

The Knitting Bullies are everywhere. Too young to knit. Too old to knit. Too male to knit. Not enough patience to knit. Not enough time. The yarn you're using is too bland. The yarn you're using is too cheap. The yarn you're.......well, you get the idea. What's with that, anyway? What the heck do they care what I do with my free time?

Ann said...

Well, when my son, the wrestler, knit (back before he fell into the doldrums we all experiece) there wasn't anyone brave enough to challenge it!

(His brother was a needlepointer.)

Celtic Knitter said...

Ok, I'm saving this cartoon. It speaks to me on a deep emotional level. Don't worry, I won't violate copyright. I'm just going to look at it from time to time to recontemplate my childhood. :)

snowballinhell said...

I'm showing this to my 10-year-old who is afraid his friends will find out that he knit the scarf he wore all winter.

Rachel H said...

Fabulous. Totally.

Liz said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!

Sarah R said...

Wonderful cartoon. When are we going to see a book of Franklin cartoons? It could take its place proudly next to Stephanie's. The two of you keep me in (oh no, am I really going to say it?) stitches.

I know you couldn't be at the MD Sheep and Wool Show this year, but you were represented! I wore my chorus line of sheep shirt proudly.

Anna-Liza said...

The day after I saw this, I met a woman whose 10-year-old son spins--started a year ago after watching a spinning demo at a llama show, and now has his own spinning wheel. In his bedroom. I gave her the link. (His mom spins not, but she knits).

john said...

Funny.

Knit Picking said...

Bravo! Just love it!
I'll be checking for the t-shirt ;)

Sally said...

What timing, Franklin! I love your cartoon. We just got back from the MD Sheep and Wool Festival (MD to FL, what a drive) last night. On Sunday, at the festival, we sat next to a mom and her little son---almost 6 years old. He had his knitting bag with him! He knits, and Mom told us he also spins on a drop spindle and has tried out her spinning wheel a few times. Hurrah for them both!

Mary Peed said...

My 12 year old nephew has lead the charge in boys learning to knit in his school. He's one of the "cool kids" into football and sports. And he wanted socks for hockey. And I wasn't knitting them fast enough. So he's learned to knit his own socks, and works on them in school on rainy days when they can't go outside. Which has prompted several other 6th & 7th grade boys, who see how popular Dylan is with the girls, to take it up. Smart boy... he dances too.

Claudia said...

Very cool! As many others said before - PLEASE put it on a T-shirt. I just got my first Dolores shirt and love it. Thanks for making me lol at work!!! YOU ROCK!

Anne said...

I love it! I posted it on my office door - I work for the Army and I hope it blows their minds. I'd love to see Dolores as the poster sheep for MD S&W next year. Their designs the past few years have been so lame--they need a sheep with sass!
Regards from the Jersey Shore

bess said...

hi franklin-
i want to ask you about copyrights. you seem to be able to post your tee shirts on cafe press so quickly--how do you manage that? i have a friend who is an artist and she doesn't know if she is allowed to copy her own work for sale without a copyright..could you please give me some insight? i would greatly appreciate it! thanks bess

Barb B. said...

Hey Franklin....I saw a comment from you on Dan Sattler-Reimer's site. Head on over there and look at the shawl V. just knit from yarn he spun....I should spin such lovely yarn in this lifetime.
http://sattler-reimer.com/blog/
Barb B.

Linda said...

I love your cartoons about bad attitude. Gender bias - yuck, I try hard to avoid it, when raising my children.
Then you get criticised for being nauseatingly politically correct. "Mum, you're dearest wish is that one of us will be gay, so that you can be accepting." I loathe teenagers.

Clare said...

I just sooo wish that my boys would be interested in learning to knit. They are both computer and car mad. bugger.
A lovely little dream in a picture.

Thankyou.

Lioness said...

That's what dh's aunts told his mother when they taught him to sew 40 years ago.