A cable news transcript:
Jeff Greenfield: If you’re joining us from home, this is a very special night in the LYS. After hearing about new yarn and fiber for so long, a group of knitters is finally going to step up and decide: what is their next project?
Wolf Blitzer: It’s a big night, Jeff. Let’s see how knitters are evaluating their first skein.
Dan Rather: It’s an organic wool-cashmere blend, DK weight, in subtly variegated earth tones. That’s all we’ve been able to uncover.
Chris Matthews: I was talking with some of the knitters. While they’ve obviously given this a lot of thought, many seemed ready to back Socks.
Anderson Cooper: Socks have received major endorsements from several knitters, and they clearly have name-recognition among the general public. They’re heavy-hitters in this race.
Jeff Greenfield: The knitters are conferring. I wonder what they’re discussing?
Keith Olbermann: Maybe they want to know the dye lot. Or, does it have knots? They seem to be making swatches of some kind .
Doris Kearns Goodwin: Well, it hardly seems to matter at this time, Keith. Socks have a well-honed message of complex pattern instructions, and a track record for getting lost. These knitters, facing uncertain times, can’t afford to back a dark horse project now.
Larry King: I think I heard one knitter mention “mittens.” What do you think of that?
Jeff Greenfield: Mittens are very popular among this demographic.
George Stephanopoulos: You know, mittens have surprised me a lot recently. Women *and* men seem pretty impressed by the track record of knitted mittens, and their vision for the future. This is one project they don’t want to overlook.
Larry King: Well, here we go. The knitters have made their purchases. And there’s the receipt! We are calling it for Socks!
Wolf Blitzer: Amazing. You know, grassroots organization really carried Socks in this first key project of the night. Everybody knows somebody who wears socks — and that kind of familiarity really figured into the knitters’ decision-making.
George Will: And, you know, as I look across this yarn shop, with its hundreds of skeins, I really think Socks are going to run the table tonight.
Jeff Greenfield: You think every fiber will become a sock?
Anderson Cooper: Socks have the momentum, Jeff. Their brand is strong.
Chris Matthews: Socks have arrived out of nowhere. They “get it.” We’re ready for them. And these knitters are just blown away by their broad appeal across so many key demographic groups. They’re true believers.
Jeff Greenfield: Here’s another skein. The knitters are evaluating it. How do you think this one’s going to turn out?
Ted Koppel: A wise man once said, if you want to know what a knitter is going to knit, you must ask the knitter.
Chris Matthews: I don’t know, I’m ready to just call this one for Socks.
Sean Hannity: Socks are a *juggernaut*. The other projects should just *give up*.
Dan Rather: You know, the other day I was talking with someone knitting Hats… From a certain point of view, Hats and Mittens have a lot in common.
Chris Matthews: The time for Hats has passed. It’s embarrassing that Hats are still on the ballot.
Larry King: The knitters are looking up something… pattern info, it would seem. And now, orders are going in.
Dan Rather: I don’t see any double points or magic loops. We may be looking at a major upset.
Larry King: They’ve ordered 20 skeins, and an afghan pattern book. And they’re moving on!
Tim Russert: Afghan throw! The knitters have spoken.
Jeff Greenfield: Unbelievable. This is a huge setback for Socks.
Wolf Blitzer: But what an amazing comeback for an old standby. Lately, afghans didn’t really seem to have the vision, or the ability to reach knitters on a visceral level anymore. Tonight it seemed almost like an afterthought, especially with that first project.
Dan Rather: Knitted afghans have pulled themselves back from the knitting abyss.
Tim Russert: I have to wonder what the knitters are basing their decision-making on. It’s almost as though there are factors besides momentum that play into their thought process.
George Stephanopoulos: I think knitters were trying to send Socks a message – Socks have got to earn that spot at the top. The knitters aren’t so enamored with it anymore, that’s for sure.
Anderson Cooper: Well, it just goes to show, knitters are a fickle bunch. There’s still a long way to go, and now the yarn store is a battleground for projects. Are expectations too high, do you think?
Dan Rather: This is where the fun starts.
(with thanks and apologies to Nick)