BrianGJ2 — thanks for a very well thought-out explanation of this one!
Nobody knits with the needles upside down like that — even beasts!
My new health insurance made me wait 20 minutes to get an answer, and then claimed they had no record of the call!
Wish the artist would look at some real knitters. We don’t hold our needles upside-down the way they’re portrayed in this strip!
Funny you should choose Smythe as one of your identifiers — the painting is actually called “The Goldsmith Ladies in a Peugeot.” The painter was well-known for his portraits of high society people of his era.
I’ve been knitting for over 60 years, and no knitter I’ve ever known holds the needles upside down like that while knitting!
This alludes to a poem by Stevie Smith — here’s a link to the Wikipedia article about it:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_Waving_but_Drowning
We lived in Eugene, Oregon (where Jan Eliot lives) and saw the strip for a few years before it was syndicated in 1995. Here’s what her page in Wikipedia says:
She created a previous strip known as Patience and Sarah, which enjoyed a run of five years in 10 publications.
Her next comic strip was called Sister City. This weekly strip appeared in the Eugene, Oregon, The Register-Guard for five years before the name was changed to Stone Soup in November 1995, when it became nationally syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate/Universal Uclick.
Mike Thompson — do one on the telephone answer, “Listen carefully, as our menu options have changed!” I have heard that SO often from SO many companies.
Saying “ATM Machine” translates to “Automatic Teller Machine Machine.”