I won’t be appearing on the front cover of a ladies magazine knitting however, because I have been told not to knit by my Doctor.* Plus I’m
shy and retiring not well known enough to sell magazines knitting or otherwise. But I don’t see the huge issue with our PM, Julia Gillard, being photographed knitting a kangaroo for the new Royal Baby. We know she likes knitting, she does it to relax. Many Australians, men and women, knit for fun and relaxation. I don’t have a problem with our PM being in favour of an Australian Republic, as I am, while enjoying knitting for an impending new baby.
I like babies and I am excited about seeing baby photos. I like cuddling babies too, but since Kim and Kanye are in the US and likely to be surrounded by security I can’t see me having a cuddle of baby North (if that is her real name) anytime soon. Nor the royal baby. Nor any other baby (sob) anytime soon. Unless purely by chance I am somewhere where there is a parent with their hands full needing someone to hold the baby for a few minutes. I love those times.
So I enjoy cuddling babies. Many people do. I suspect the PM might as well. She is in with a much better chance than me of having a hold of the new Royal Baby plus she likes knitting so why shouldn’t she knit a kangaroo toy for him or her? I’m sure Australia also do something symbolic like gift a koala to London Zoo or something as well.
So appearing on Women’s Weekly knitting a kangaroo in terms of the PM’s image? Not a bad thing in IMHO. I mean how many of the readers of Women’s Weekly do you think might be currently clicking away on a baby shawl, booties, caps, cardies, those cute little pants with piccies on the bum and any other knitted baby item you can think of? It is isn’t close to 90% of them I would be very surprised. I think that potentially William and Kate and the Royal Baby could be buried under an avalanche of knitted goods for the baby. They are probably still going through the ones from when Princess Di gave birth to William.
Seriously, if the PM can’t pursue a hobby she enjoys making a toy for a baby what on earth have we come to? Are people that desperate to find something to whinge about the PM? Get over it. It is a knitted toy for a baby, on the cover of a magazine aimed at women who, gasp, knit for fun.