Chicken and Jeans

My April vacation has flown by. It’s been a good week, with beautiful weather and a happy, pain-free back. (An MRI showed that I have two bulging lumbar disks. Yuck. Let’s just not talk about it.) On Tuesday, I knit these babies during a train ride to NYC.

We went to see Bodies – The Exhibition at South Street Seaport. It was an amazing thing to see. Although some of the exhibits gave me goosebumps and made me put my hand over my mouth as I slowly tiptoed closer to get a better look, I’m so glad I went. It was so interesting to see all of the bones, muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and organs that make up the human body and even though I know I shouldn’t say this, I’m going to. . . . . . Human muscles look like chicken. Sorry, but they do. I think chicken has been ruined for me. I’ve never been a big meat eater, ever since that day in high school when I came home to a pork chop dinner after dissecting a pig in biology. Still, I’ve always eaten seafood, fish, and chicken. I went out for dinner on Wednesday and ordered a pasta, broccoli and chicken dish. The chicken ended up getting pushed around on the plate as I ate the pasta and the broccoli. After seeing what I saw on Tuesday, I think my list of protein sources has gotten shorter again.

I’ve made some good progress on my smock-a-ruche scarf this week, but I’ve been sidetracked by a new project. May I present the fancy pants:

I had an idea the other night that it might be fun to doodle on a pair of jeans with a Sharpie. I pulled an outgrown pair of my boy’s jeans out of a pile in the garage and started to play. Fun! I liked just writing on the jeans, rather than drawing. (I’m so not an artist.) I thought about poetry, but unless I were to fill up the fabric with some of my silly and not-so-appropriate limericks, I didn’t know what I’d write. Then I thought of song lyrics. I started to write the lyrics to different Beatles songs, just to see what it would look like. My boy thought it looked so cool. So today, I went out and bought him a new pair of jeans and spent a few hours writing the lyrics to a bunch of Beatles songs, like A Day in the Life, Because, Across the Universe, Here Comes the Sun, All You Need is Love, Nowhere Man, Hey Jude, and The Fool on the Hill. I’ve only finished the back side of the left pant leg. Lots more to go.

The boy wants me to finish them this weekend so he can wear them on Monday. “I don’t care if people think they’re weird. I think they’re awesome.”

I guess this makes up for all of the things he hasn’t let me knit for him.

6 Responses to “Chicken and Jeans”

  1. WifeMomKnitter Says:


    You are such a trendsetter!

    That is a really cool idea! I’m so glad your boy is so into it!

  2. Sunflowerfairy Says:

    That is so creative!!

    Great idea.

    I don’t know how you could go to that exhibit. I always feel a little queasy just watching the commericals for it.

  3. jennsquared Says:

    Boston Science Museum had a similar exhibit, but that was the one David and I skipped. I like meat too much ๐Ÿ˜‰

    The jean idea is very very cool! You should get M to model it after you finish!

  4. BeccaH Says:

    Love those jeans! You have nice handwriting ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m jealous that you got to see the Bodies exhibit – I tried to see it at So.Street Seaport a few years back and the line was around the block! Missed it up in Harrtford too! Someday!

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Wow!! The jeans are so cool !! I want to see your boy model them.Dad was impressed.

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