Monday, April 18, 2011

Keep Calm...

In the tumult that was working full time, going to school at night, and planning a wedding, I stumbled upon the "Keep Calm and Carry On" mantra. 

It was originally meant to be used on British WWII motivational posters, but was abandoned before being distributed.  Now you can find it gracing mugs, journals, postcards, posters, desktop wallpaper, etc. 
I typed up my own poster and hung it on my classroom door, and would glance at it whenever my students tried my patience and I needed to be reminded to take a breath. 
Passing teachers remarked on it, and requested one of their own, so I printed them up and distributed them.
It became a bit of a joke in our school, and I kept discovering funny knitting-related spoofs of the poster, like:
"Keep Calm and Cast On" originated on laylock.org, where you can download it for free in a multitude of colors. 

I first discovered Keep Calm and Carry Yarn at Knitty City, a yarn store Pete and I visited after going to the Museum of Natural History in NYC.  They sell brightly colored hand-dyed and screenprinted project bags with the slogan made by JennieGee.  You can also buy them at her etsy store.

When I come across something like that, I usually talk myself out of buying it because I know I could make it myself.  This was the first time I decided to give credit where credit is due and purchase an idea, rather than an object.  The craftsmanship is impecable, and I'm glad I chose to support the artist who came up with this clever twist.  It makes me smile every time I break out my knitting.

4 comments:

Mat. Emily said...

I love you, Katie Rose!

Rebekah said...

I have actually been wondering the source of those posters/mugs/everything. I almost got my mother-in law a mug with it(possibly more of an anglophile than myself, which is saying a lot) but I didn't know the background of of the slogan, so I left it on the shelf. I feel enlightened now (and I should have gotten it). Also, it is super awesome to know your blog now!

Cassc said...

I love those posters, I've had a small one in my office since I first read a newspaper article about it a few years ago and I always get comments about it. I've also been noticing a lot of "spoofs" online some are very creative. Amazing how something created for the WWII era is still such a perfect mantra for our times...

Michaela said...

Thanks for the history - I didn't know the WWII origins. Sometimes I wish we still had government issued slogans like these... Is it weird that I'm liking propaganda more as I get older??