Bet you’ve never seen a pair of these before!
Of course I’m speaking of a pair of knit hot pants. What else really?! I actually made these this past summer, and I think they’re the second thing I had ever knit! And now, a timeline:
The scene: a bar in Gastown
Friends sit in comfy couches, discussing life, love and all that good stuff. The conversation turns to this hilarious video of a Justin Timberlake-wannabe called Jimi Blue, who is big with the tweens in Germany. He sings of mythical Little Red Hot Pants (lrhp’s), a clothing item he has likely never seen, being pre-pubescent and all. The topic turns to knitting a pair of said lrhp’s, and somehow Wall-E-T is roped into a bet where if I make him a pair, he will wear them and dj at a party. An idle bet for most, but little does Wall-E-T know, when I say I’m going to knit a pair of lrhp’s, I mean it!
The scene: 30 degree Celcius gorgeous summer in Vancouver, various locations
I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the lrhp’s for obvious reasons, so I bought the cheapest acrylic yarn from a craft store. Breathable!
I wanted them to be stretchy and keep their shape, so I knit them in 1 by 1 rib. It took forever! Damn those lrhp’s! I actually had to borrow a pair of my roommate’s underwear to model them off. I made them in a few pieces and sewed the whole thing together. They turned out hilariously well, and fit like a charm! They are also multi-use, since at Christmas-time they can double as Santa’s underpants.
Late July, 2009
The scene: A house party, lrhp’s ominously resting on the dining room table. Will Wall-E-T wear them?
And indeed, he did. He sucked it up and wore those lrhp’s like a real man. Because that’s what real men do, wear little red hot pants. Success!
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They fit like a dream (but stretched out like nobody’s business by the end of the night!)