Those of us of a certain age - Children in the 50's and 60's :-? - will remember our mums and grans continually knitting. It was a constant activity. They did it while watching telly, reading magazines, riding on the bus or sitting under those big hairdryer thingy-ma-bobs. Despite futile protest we would be decked out in the most awful ill-fitting creations to be laughed at by all our mates. Our only comfort was they were often similarly attired. They were horrible and itchy and went bobbly and became snagged after the first wearing. The worst bit though was putting them on and getting them off - your head would never fit through the neck hole - thats why all the kids of that time had big red sticking out ears. Mums should have known that it hurts when you try to force something the size of a melon through a hole the size of small orange I just came across these awful examples - Im sure my mum made me that first one - I certainly had a few home-made balaclavas and those mittens that hung on elastic threaded through your duffel coat. I reckon it would go down well with todays chavs - just needs the addition of a baseball cap (hand knitted of course).