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December 22, 2018 9:40 AM   Subscribe

 
So Buzzfeed's news reporting has come on by leaps and bounds and it's great, but I still think the Try Guys are the best thing about Buzzfeed.
posted by elsietheeel at 10:11 AM on December 22, 2018


They actually left Buzzfeed to go out on their own this year. I like the Try Guys a lot. They're just *nice*.
posted by Stewriffic at 10:26 AM on December 22, 2018 [6 favorites]


Of course Eugene took his knitting to a drag show.

And then got someone else to do it for him.
posted by elsietheeel at 10:26 AM on December 22, 2018 [8 favorites]


I love the Try Guys. The “Try Guys Shave Their Dads” episode of the Father’s Day series is really incredible. I do feel like they’re being a little more...on brand after having spun off on their own, like they’re playing themselves as characters instead of being themselves. But it’s still good.
posted by Autumnheart at 11:40 AM on December 22, 2018


I like them but after a while you wonder how many videos of four dudes trying out (or trying on) stereotypically feminine things the world really needs...

They found their niche and it works for them, I guess.
posted by subdee at 11:40 AM on December 22, 2018 [2 favorites]


I had never heard of these guys but I am a knitter and found this to be pretty delightful!
posted by leesh at 12:02 PM on December 22, 2018 [5 favorites]


videos of four dudes trying out (or trying on) stereotypically feminine things

This is not a very good description of their videos, IMO.
posted by Lexica at 12:40 PM on December 22, 2018 [11 favorites]


What leesh said. That was adorable. I was delighted and shall share it with my knitting mailing list come January.
posted by jenfullmoon at 3:17 PM on December 22, 2018 [2 favorites]


So a news comedy program in my country has a series of sketches where they have a millennial host annoyingly present themselves needing an expert to teach them how to do basic life skills, and I'm kind of getting that vibe from this.
posted by Merus at 4:25 PM on December 22, 2018 [1 favorite]


Poofball!
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 6:07 PM on December 22, 2018 [1 favorite]


The dog with a ball of yarn was the best part. With the drag queens in the background being a close second.
posted by greenhornet at 6:19 PM on December 22, 2018


Me: I bet Ned can knit
Ned: I used to cross stitch
Me: well played, Ned
posted by padraigin at 10:20 PM on December 22, 2018 [1 favorite]


I took a one day knitting class earlier this year. I learned casting on, casting off, garter stitch, stocking stitch, increasing, decreasing, how to make a rib, and how to join in a new ball of yarn. It was basic stuff, but I enjoyed it and I’d encourage anyone to try it. I can see why knitting circles are popular. I am bad at knitting because I cannot handle being unable to fix a mistake. You can’t edit the stuff you’ve knitted in a way that makes it like the error never occurred. Your options are accept the flaw and try to patch it up later, or unravel and start again. I’m an unraveler. Knitting has taught me I’m the kind of person who is more comfortable throwing away two hours of work rather than producing something with imperfections. That isn’t necessarily a comfortable realization to arrive at about oneself but now that I’m aware of it I can at least work on it.
posted by um at 3:59 AM on December 23, 2018 [6 favorites]


There was totally a way to fix that mug cozy so that it was a) removable and b) could be extended. The rules didn't allow the guys to visit the yarn shop again for help? The shop owners I've run into have always been willing to help (or find someone there at the store who can).

The mention of the pussy hat even reminded me of one such thing I saw - I was browsing for a while at a little shop in Saugerties in early 2016, and a woman came in to the little cafe they also had. I heard her talk briefly with the owner about how she was working on one of the hats, but was a very new knitter; if she had any questions as she worked, could she flag someone from the staff down? The owner said sure, gave her an initial tip, and left her to work.

About five minutes later, another person came in - she was a regular, greeted by name by the owner. She had also come to work on something in the cafe, and sat down near the newbie. The owner saw this, then introduced the two of them - "[so-and-so] here is a little knew, and is working on one of the pussy hats. [So-and-so], my friend here may also be able to help."

And the regular was absolutely eager to help, and the newbie asked a question right away - and the regular gave advice and showed her a couple things. Then they both got to their own work. And when I wandered past them five minutes later they were still talking, shooting the breeze about "so what do you do" and stuff like that, mixed in with the occasional "oh crap, can you show me that technique one more time".

Knitters are helpful to other knitters.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:00 AM on December 23, 2018 [4 favorites]


You can’t edit the stuff you’ve knitted in a way that makes it like the error never occurred.

It depends on the error in question. Quite a few mistakes are easily fixed by dropping down stitches and laddering them back up. Even lace and cables can be fixed that way. Gauge issues can sometimes be helped by blocking but not always.
posted by fancyoats at 4:26 AM on December 23, 2018 [5 favorites]


Delightful! Shared with my knitterly friends.
posted by like_neon at 6:56 AM on December 23, 2018 [1 favorite]


This is not a very good description of their videos, IMO.

Why not? Look at the things they try, especially recently. It's not all girly stuff but it's mostly girly stuff.
posted by subdee at 7:27 AM on December 23, 2018


The most recent videos, in reverse chronological order (where they’re actually trying things, not involving SOs or opinion pieces):

The Try Guys Try

Knitting
Baking a pie
Naughty Christmas costumes *
Get bones cracked
React to college kids
Try not to laugh
Wear women’s pants *
Try celebrity makeup looks while drunk *
Try texting while driving
Try sleep-deprived driving
Try driving while high
Try driving while drunk
Try the world’s grossest alcohols
Try cringey Halloween couples costumes

I put asterisks next to the ones that could be seen as girly. That’s definitely not “mostly” girly stuff. Unless you think knitting, pie and drinking are only for women.
posted by Autumnheart at 7:36 AM on December 23, 2018 [5 favorites]


How many women are in the Try Guys?
posted by MarionnetteFilleDeChaussette at 7:39 AM on December 23, 2018


I am bad at knitting because I cannot handle being unable to fix a mistake. You can’t edit the stuff you’ve knitted in a way that makes it like the error never occurred.

Common Knitting Mistakes and how to fix them. That crochet hook thing solves freaking EVERYTHING for me. That is a LIFESAVER. In my experience you can fix that one if you've dropped as many as six rows--after that you might want to unravel a bit back to six rows, because somehow it all becomes very tight and noticeable when you do it say, 9 rows down. (Seriously, that's the most irritating thing about stockinette, you just don't SEE it when something goes wrong when you work on the purl side.)

How many women are in the Try Guys?


While Googling for the Try Guys, I saw references to the "Try Wives." (Note: DO NOT GOOGLE FOR "the Try Wives.") I can't watch it right now so I can't speak to the content, but maybe that is a new thing they are doing?
posted by jenfullmoon at 11:05 AM on December 23, 2018 [1 favorite]


Honestly I really like it when the Try Guys try "girly" stuff, because their goal is inevitably to show how "girly" stuff is harder and more complex than is stereotyped in popular culture and shouldn't be dismissed by men. It's a little push against the heteropatriarchy.
posted by schroedinger at 11:56 AM on December 23, 2018 [9 favorites]


Must be Ytube's algorthythm pushing the try guys' more girly stuff videos, then... Maybei watch too many or these videos, myself.
posted by subdee at 1:25 PM on December 23, 2018


Honestly I really like it when the Try Guys try "girly" stuff, because their goal is inevitably to show how "girly" stuff is harder and more complex than is stereotyped in popular culture and shouldn't be dismissed by men. It's a little push against the heteropatriarchy.

Well, that's nice, I guess, but after decades of comedy and commentary that makes knitting into one of the most absurdly and unnecessarily gendered things in American culture, I couldn't last more than 5 minutes without noping out in a "fuck not this shit again" rage.
posted by GenderNullPointerException at 8:33 AM on December 24, 2018 [1 favorite]


Eh, I was fine with it because they definitely learned to appreciate the work of it. One of them said this was an actual try thing that he would like to keep up with afterwards. And their gifts cracked me up, I gotta say. Could be worse. Far less offensive than the last time I went to a stand up comedy show and got dissed for (a) knitting*, (b) showing up to their very sparsely attended show being held at 6 p.m.**, (c) being told that because of those two things, I was so old I still wrote checks and went to bed at 8 p.m. Guys, do you want people to return to your show later? I don't think so, apparently.

* note: this is a venue I go to where I know enough people usually, but these were two strangers from SF. And yes, I am aware that anything you say or do at a standup show is something to make fun of.
** hey, you agreed to the show being held at 6 because they were doing something bigger later. Also I got out of a workshop around 5ish, so what the heck.
posted by jenfullmoon at 8:10 PM on December 24, 2018 [3 favorites]


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