Ok.. I dont know what it is but I am FREAKED!

First of all….. One of the struggles that we have in Australia is to understand American terminology.

In all things, not just crochet.

What Aussies call crisps, the US call chips.

Aust : Lemonade; US : 7UP.

Aust: Scones, US : Biscuits.

Aust: Biscuits, US : Cookies.

Then we have different clothing and shoe sizes which makes eBay shopping sometimes far more amusing than it should be.

For crocheters (and probably knitters too but I can’t speak for them) there is the eternal struggle to understand yarn sizes and weights. Is worsted really equal to our 8ply? How many decimal places do I have to calculate to when switching from metric to imperial and vice versa? And then.. the sheer disappointment of seeing a beautiful beautiful yarn.. thats just not available to Australians…. :(

So when I see something like this .. not only do I not understand what the yarn is…

 aunt lydias yarn but I’m actually kind of glad that I don’t.

The rug is ok for a given value of “ish”, the zebra cushion – maybe – if you’re into that kind of thing… I’m hoping the flowers arent a demonstration of heavy rug yarn but the green snake thing is really tipping the fugometer!

What’s giving me the serious heebeegeebees is – I’m unsure what sort of recreational pharmeceuticals the creator of the Doll thing sitting on the bannister was ingesting at the time that led to the freaky whacked out expression it’s got going on… Give that to a Child this Christmas, and you better be giving the parents some high-piled dosh to cover the therapy that freaked out munchkin is going to need.

This is perhaps why you shouldn’t crochet whilst watching a Bette Midler Marathon?

25 comments

  1. Shellie says:

    ROFL That doll DOES resemble Bette!

    Rug Yarn is just extra thick, extra sturdy yarn that is better for making rugs. Its not soft at all but makes very durable floor coverings.

  2. Crafty Witch says:

    I’m looking at the .$0.35 price tag on that and going, “Are you sure you don’t want any designs from the ’70s?”

    However, I think the green snake thing is supposed to be some kind of caterpillar.

    As for the doll, I’m wondering she’s got up her skirt to give her that kind of expression.

  3. georg says:

    Aunt Lydia’s Rug Yarn is a heavier yarn designed to be cut by the user and used in Rug hooking with latch hook kits.

    Like these: http://www.caron.com/latch.html

    The flowers fortunately are not part of the “let’s make this out of yarn”- or at least I hope so. But the latch hook rugs should be a good reason for the “Fringe” part of the advert. Aunt Lydia also sells crochet thread.

  4. Avivah says:

    I can’t speak for all Americans, but I always thought that a scone was a type of biscuit, but not all biscuits are scones. Especially in Texas, where a biscuit is a biscuit and a scone is considered French (at least in the Texas I was living in – no, I didn’t understand it either, frankly).

    To be fair, I’ve Netflixed a bunch of Australian films and almost always wind up watching them with the Closed Captioning on because it’s hard for me to understand – but I’m starting to understand the accent! :)

  5. ErinLindsey says:

    The green thing looks like an Inchworm. (which is actually the larvae of a moth) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geometridae

    Rug yarn is yarn that would be used to make a rug (here, a rug is something you put on the floor to wipe your feet when you come in from outside) I actually have a small amount of that yarn, bought at a garage sale when I wanted to make a rug.

    Rug yarn is generally kind of stiff feeling, so I can see making flowers with it…it wouldnt wilt too much. I’m not sure I’d make a doll out of it tho…too scratchy.

  6. lauraslefthook says:

    Just so you don’t feel left out, I am American and don’t really know what kind of yarn that is. The thought of rug yarn makes me think of something thick, stiff, and itchy, though.

  7. Carla says:

    I think I can help figure this one out. I work with kids and during arts and crafts class, rug yarn is very economical and easy for the kids to handle. It is not in any way soft to the touch. So the snuggly looking worm on this pattern would really be scratchy.

    I will look at the labels today to see if there are some metric measurements or any other information on the packaging. If it is still a mystery, I can mail you some. We have some wonderful 1970′s colors since all of our yarn is donated. My favorite ugly color is rusty yellow!

  8. Robin says:

    I think I got that book somewhere around the house. I never remember making a damned thing with it, you’ll be happy to know. I vaguely remember the “carnations”, which was fringe attached to coat hangers, I believe….
    ahh, the carefree days of crochet;)

  9. kelebek says:

    Or try being an American crocheter who fell in love with an Aussie, married him and moved to Australia. There is no Jo-Ann Fabrics or Michaels for me to go to. There is a general lack of giant craft stores in my opinion. I wanted to buy some yarn on e-bay and I had to figure out the “ply” issue. I can see two “ply”s on my worsted weight yarn I got. I couldn’t t imagine what 8 ply yarn look like until google came to my rescue.
    I am still thrown off when I am trying to write the date. 17/12/07 looks the 12th day of the 17th month! And the spelling of formerly “i” words with “y” as in “tyre” or “pyjamas” looks strange to me. Well I’ve been here for two months. I will get used to it hopefully!
    I think that doll wants to suck out my soul like a Dementor!

  10. Buny says:

    Heck, I’m a Yank and it freaks me out…
    some people have just WAY TOO MUCH time on their hands….
    or, as you say, the recreational drugs are too strong.

  11. Anonymous says:

    there is a decent terminology comparision between American crochet words and British crochet words in The Crochet Answer Book. i read through it and indeed they were VERY different and confusing if you are involved in both cultures.

  12. Sandy says:

    Don’t laugh at me, but I actually made that caterpillar when I was a teenager and I loved it. I kept it on my bed as ‘decor’. Hey it was the seventies.

    I am not sure you can even buy “Rug Yarn” any more. It is certainly not cuddly soft but it is not as stiff and scratchy as people seem to think — it is still yarn. this could be made of any super bulky yarn.

  13. elsteffo says:

    Hey, I’m an Aussie living in arctic Finland…how do you think I feel about crochet terminology and yarn availability here? :-D

  14. Jessica-Jean says:

    There are differences between “rug” yarns. Some need leather gloves to work them, they’re that rough. Others have all the life of an overcooked noodle. Some are soft enough for wearing as slippers (My first knitted-from-a-pattern object was house slippers; wore them to bits.) In the late 50′s, Aunt Lydia’s rug yarn was 100% cotton. Over time the cotton content has been phased out. Other companies make rug yarn, and some of them are 100% WOOL – of the unwearably scratchy sort. Besides being designed for cutting into short bits for latch-hooking, it can be used for punched rugs. I’ve only read about that kind of rug making.

    As for the “carnations”, they are indeed made from the yarn. I have (or had?) one pattern for them. Ug.

  15. Jennifer says:

    OMG! My grandmother had this book, and when I was 12 I stole it from her because I wanted to make the big green caterpillar! I thought it was soooo cute! I never did end up making it because the idea of that much scratchy acrylic seemed awful. :) Thanks for the blast from the past, even if you hated it.

  16. Sarah says:

    A scone is a scone in the US. I’ve never heard it called a biscuit. A biscuit is something we eat with gravy, or sometimes honey or jam. You get them at KFC with your fried chicken.

    Anyway, your blog is hysterical. I was crying over the pink and yellow striped shorts!

  17. BrewMama says:

    I actually have this book. It dates from the 1970′s. The doll on the cover is actually a pajama bag. There are some equally questionable things inside the book–like toilet tissue covers. (one is a clown). Does tissue really get cold? There are a couple of things in it that are worth making.

    Aunt Lydia’s rug yarn does have its values, however. It makes great crochet rugs, which stand up to repeated washings and are heavy enough to stay in place. I have also used it to teach people to crochet, especially young people and children. The weight and size are great for beginners, and because it works up quickly, it gives a finished project that also gives a feeling of accomplishment.

    Just discovered your site-Love it.

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