Dateline: Canberra, Australia.There's always a scandal when people discover a politician has been pulling the wool over their eyes. But this time, the scandal involves a politician holding wool somewhere where people's eyes could see it, if they decided to look.
The politician is Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. In one of the shocking photographs, she's clutching several balls of multi-coloured yarn. And in another, even more shocking photograph, she's actually knitting.
The pictures have polarized those who are paid to be polarized by things like this. A columnist for the Herald Sun chastised Ms. Gillard for, quote, "giving encouragement to young female politicians by plying a hobby now synonymous with mad old aunts," unquote. And a columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald asked the headline question, "Does a good feminist knit?" And then gave the answer to that question -- basically, yeah, sure, it's fine.
Meanwhile, in the political realm, one Australian senator opined that the knitting photos show "the lack of connection the Prime Minister has with the people." But another senator defended Ms. Gillard, saying, "I've just recently learnt to crochet and I kind of agree with the Prime Minister, it's quite a relaxing thing to do."
And Liberal politician Christopher Pyne scoffed, and I quote, "We know the prime minister is good at spinning a yarn, now we have a picture to prove it." Unquote.
We also now have a remark to prove that Mr. Pyne is bad at puns. And various remarks to prove that people read a lot into a simple hobby. I mean, sometimes a knitting needle is just a knitting needle.
The photos may end up working against Prime Minister Gillard -- or they could get her key support from knitters. In which case you'd have to say these are purlings of wisdom.
See, that's how you make a knitting pun.