we still love you mo

Cirilia and I are both avid npr listeners and both of us love the weekend current events/comedy/game show “wait, wait… don’t tell me!”. W…e…l….l ,  the week before last, one of the regular panelists, Mo Rocca, happened to mention (during a story about knitting sweaters for bald chickens) that he hated homemade sweaters because they are “alway itchy”.  Gasp!  🙂

Soon after, a discussion thread appeared on Ravelry, suggesting (among other things, cough) that someone should knit him a beautiful soft sweater.  Several folks even volunteered. I seized the opportunity. I’ve sent lovely soft pure merino heather in color 8615 Boysenberry Jam to the three ravelers who graciously volunteered to whip up the pieces. They’ll be knitting Ben. Several others have volunteered to do the finishing. I’ll have to figure that one out later.

Then, in a strange miracle of the modern age, Peter Sagal (the host of the show) tweeted us @berrocodesign because many knitters had written in and now knows about the sweater!!!!  Which lead to this week’s show which contains an apology from Mo that makes me grin from ear to ear. Link: Go to – Panel Round Two A special message from Mo Rocca.

He promised to model it.  I know, I know, small thrills…. but I love npr and wait wait… don’t tell me!

20 thoughts on “we still love you mo

  1. I was plying my singles this morning while listening to Wait Wait and had to stop to listen when they started talking about Ravelry and itchy sweaters! Ah, now i see what is happening! I can’t wait to hear about the sweater and how this progresses!

  2. Thanks for the link – I missed the show and the whole controversy! Mo’s “prepared statement” was hilarious. Can’t wait to see how this turns out.

  3. I love it. I just listened to Mo Rocca’s apology. Please keep us posted. I also liked the gentlemen who wanted a non itchy car……

  4. I love Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! Mo Rocca’s apology is great! It sounded like the apologies politicians and celebrities and sports figures end up making, only more sincere.

  5. I heard that on NPR over the weekend, and laughed my head off. But how do you know Mo’s measurements? And will the sweater invoke the NPR equivalent of a boyfriend curse?

  6. I heard the original “itchy” comment and thought “Obviously he’s never had a sweater made of truly fabulous fiber!” – what a great follow-up to that.

  7. How cool is that!! (and I love how you can be the yarn fairy and with a flick of your wand send yarn out to knitters with a cause!)

  8. Not only did Mo make a full retraction and apology, he has spent the last week avidly learning how to knit and sew. Check out the Bust Magazine blog to read Debbie Stoller’s tale of teaching Mo to knit. On this Sunday’s edition of CBS Sunday Morning, Mo will display his handiwork and tell about his immersion into the world of knitting and sewing.

  9. I just ran through the recap of March 15th Sunday Morning and didn’t see an article by Mo about knitting. I hope you’ll let us know when it’s coming up if you’re able.

  10. I am also glad they pronounced ravelry correctly, more than once. And I loved the Franklin Habit part, too.

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