Well shoot, shoot, crud or what have you. Girlfriend scored a single Pokemon card from the local Burger King (in a kid's meal) and now she wants to know how to play the game. Game? Game? I have no idea about that one. I can show you Candy Land or maybe Dominoes or perhaps Monopoly, which I can't stand, for your information, but Pokemon? I thought the kids simply traded them willy nilly and there were no rules except for maybe you had a duplicate or maybe one that was significantly more sparkly than the other one or maybe you just didn't like the leggings on Ms. Pikachualicious or something like that, so you organized a trade then went to school.
We just called up a neighbor kid and asked him to come over and explain the game to us. He trotted in bearing a huge binder full over plastic covered Pokemon cards, and after about 10 minutes we realized he didn't know what the heck was going on, either. We are all in the Pokemon Dark.
Actually, I'm sort of kidding. But it seems to me this Pokemon card game has a lot in common with a bevy of other needle arts. I was just sitting in my every-eight-week's Temari class and I tell you what. Those stitchers, the ones in the group who do a lot needlepoint certainly know a thing or two about stuff I have no idea about. Like, did you know that they have tools to lay down threads? Huh? They have tools to lay down threads! Needle threaders, I understand. But Thread Lay-ers (or whatever they call them)? Who'd have thunk? They also have these little plastic boxes with little sponges in them. I have no idea what they use those for.
They also have special packets, little sandwich bags for their DMC threads. I mean, they could have probably purchased snack packets with no problem, but these, they have spaces on the fronts for info like color lot, color number and type of thread. Oy. And get this: the would-be snack packets get threaded through these big metal loops so they stay together in a neat little pile. The gals who come to class have little baggies with all their threads perfectly twirled into little swirls. I can only hope I can ever come close to that kind of "mise en place." But, to tell you the truth, if I manage to arrive with the appropriate colors in the first place, I am totally on the mark and there's nothing stopping me.
I have a copy of the book, Custom Knits! Here is a pic of the front and the back. I am speechless. I just hope that there are a few knitters out there who will appreciate a little knitted bikini cover - slash - teeny tiny dress. . . .(available end of August!)