Throwback FO: I Knit the Band

Written by Sarah on March 8th, 2013 Posted in DIY, FO, gift, knits, music, photos

Good morning, lovelies! Today we are kicking it old school and you get a special treat: we’re going to talk about me in high school. I’ve wanted to write about this for a while but it’s always felt overly sentimental (and there are some photos of me wearing large amounts of eyeliner that I was afraid to share) but it’s time! Happy Friday!

Throughout my high school career, I saw OK Go live somewhere between six and ten times. Always accompanied by my best lady Ashley! Our love affair with their music began just before the treadmills and paisley happened. We were those giggly fangirls who’s parents dropped them off in front of some bar in Hoboken, standing at the very front through all of the opening acts to secure a good spot for dancing. You probably hated us but you were those girls at some point, too. Admit it.

OK Go has always been really awesome and creative. They would do intricately choreographed dances at the end of their shows. Their music videos have become more and more experimental and wild over the years and they’ve always encouraged the same unbridled creativity from their fans. Last summer they “hosted” a summer camp where they asked fans to submit whatever projects they were working on, all mediums and subjects. Before that, though, back when I was going to their shows on school nights, they used to request fun gifts from fans.

They’d put out a message a few hours before the show like Bring us a hoola hoop! or Tonight we want socks! or something crazy and after the show, people would present their offerings to the guys. I never got into that but I was always jealous of my friends from Livejournal (Livejournal! This post is getting embarrassing!) who got to spend a little extra time chatting with the guys.

So I decided that I would bring them a gift that they’d love that was totally me. Something that could show them that they were really my favorite band of all time. So I knit them scarves.

okgo scarves

Yup! That’s me at age sixteen sweating like a sinner in church, partially from two hours of dancing but also, probably, from nervousness!

I charted their logo myself. (Creating colorwork charts was kind of a hobby for me then.) They were placed awkwardly at one end of each scarf. I made them all from Lamb’s Pride worsted yarn mainly because I had some stashed at the time. It’s definitely not what I’d choose for a scarf now since it’s so itchy but what can I say? The colors were lovely and it was within my slim budget and I didn’t really know anything about wool versus alpaca versus unicorns. I had a lot of fun mixing crazy colors to match their whole paisley thing. (Damian wore bright red pants.) And I really loved crazy colors back then, too.

I approached them nervously after one of their shows and pulled out each of the scarves I’d made. I must’ve seemed crazy but they were so sweet. Andy put his on even though he was totally sweaty from the show. Dan even introduced me to his fiancee who thanked me since he really needed a scarf. Damian reminded me that it was bad luck to knit for your boyfriend (a rule I’ve broken about a million times since but I’m glad he was looking out for me). It was pretty exhilarating.

Best of all, someone on livejournal (livejournal, again) spotted a photo of Tim rocking his pink and black scarf in a Boston paper and sent me the article where he gave a shout out the fan who knit it for him. It was awesome to know that they were actually wearing  them.


Regardless of the knitwear, I still love OK Go. Since that show, I haven’t talked to them. We used to be able to hang around and get a hug or a photo after they performed but they’re not playing those little venues anymore. Ashley and I go to their shows every time they’re in New York. We’re always dancing and singing and flailing around in the front row like we’re fifteen and we don’t care if you’re judging us. I forget everything about being a grown up and trying to act cool and I just let excitement take over. I can’t wait to hear what they’re working on now and I love seeing their fresh ideas. I’ll never not be a fan.

Thanks for being awesome, boys!

Have you ever knit for someone you admire? Do you like reminiscing about old FOs? Is OKGo not the most fun ever?

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Comments (9)

  • Emma
    March 8, 2013 at 10:26 am |

    Haha this is brilliant! I’ve been known to get a bit fanatical too – when I love a band, I REALLY love them. And it’s so cool to feel like you have a connection to them through your crafting. Colin Meloy’s other half once complimented me on one of my knits (her own pattern!) – not quite as exciting as your story but still very cool.

    • March 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm |

      That’s awesome!

  • March 8, 2013 at 11:46 am |

    OMG they actually wore them that is sooo cool!!! OK Go is the bomb.com in every way (especially Damian I mean what a babe).

    • March 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm |

      I will not disagree with that. The first time I met him (when I was 14) was a completely embarrassing experience. I was just so excited!

  • March 8, 2013 at 1:17 pm |

    How cool that they really did wear them. And what an eagle eyed person to see that newspaper article.

  • March 9, 2013 at 12:09 am |

    This is the cutest post ever!! I love seeing pictures of 16-year-old you, and I totally remember having that kind of band-dedication. I feel like the music you love when you’re that age never leaves you, right?

  • March 9, 2013 at 10:34 am |

    Honey, I’m still on Livejournal. Let’s just get that out of the way.

    I love your scarves! Those are so cute! I’ve never knit for anyone I admire (I mean, aside from my parents…?)

    and now I really wish I lived in NYC so I could go out dancing to bands with you and Ashley. I tried dancing here last weekend—the DJ started out playing 90s hip hop—Kris Kross, House of Pain, Salt n Pepa FOR REALSIES—and by the time I was just done with the whole scene, he’d moved on to dubstep. And not good dubstep. Ugh.

  • March 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm |

    No way! That’s awesome! I used to go to shows, but all the bands I’ve met were really….not very nice. And I would have been WAY too shy to knit them anything. I love how creative OK GO are and I had no idea they were so fan-friendly and engaging. I might have to go listen again…


  • Aunt Sherry
    March 9, 2013 at 8:12 pm |

    Hey, I sentyou that article first (in black and white), Ha! You are brave to post this. And cute too. Oh, not to leave Ashley out of that!!!

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