Why I like My Little Pony

Why would any grown person like a children’s show like My Little Pony? I used to wonder this myself until I gave it a shot and discovered that there is a lot in the show that adults can like without problem.

It’s unfortunate that the creeps – which exist in every fandom may I add – have given the adult fan base such a terrible name. I’m so sorry that these people exist and choose something as innocent as MLP to do their weird shit with, but I hope you understand that it doesn’t represent the fans as a whole. We’re decent folk overall, and like every community, we just have a bunch of rotten apples that get all the spotlight. I’m just a regular woman with regular hobbies doing regular things, and I just happen to like a show aimed at children. So does my boyfriend.

The reason is quite simple. Where the previous MLP cartoons were mostly unmemorable and air headed to fit an outdated stereotype for girls, the new MLP show is more about life and friendship. That is a universal theme that applies to all genders, and is still applicable to everyday adult life.

Chances are, everyone can identify with at least 2 of the main characters, if not all of them. They have very clear personality traits and they are trying to fulfill their dreams while facing everyday challenges with family, friends and strangers that most of us have run into at one point or another or can closely relate to. The show is a slice of life with a bit of magic and sparkles sprinkled on top. Almost every episode centers back on overcoming challenges about friendship and morality. Where it teaches children important life lessons, it reminds us adults that not everything in this world has to be taken on alone.

It reminds me that real friends are there with you when you need them. It reminds me that asking for help is not a shameful thing to do. It reminds me that just because someone did something bad, they’re not a bad person at heart. It reminds me that people who mean well sometimes do something bad without realizing it. It reminds me that love runs so deep it can overcome challenges we deem impossible.

So when someone says the show is ‘for little girls, not for grown adults’, I think they’re wrong. It may have been intended for a specific audience, but the creators of the show have surpassed themselves by creating a cartoon that puts everyone’s life into a wonderful light and reminds adults what they may have forgotten. Is it really such a surprise then that men and women alike can identify with MLP and genuinely love it?

Quest completed – Achievement unlocked!

It has taken me two months to complete this project.

But it is done, and I couldn’t be happier with it!!

It’s one part of my boyfriend’s care package.

Upon inquiring “isn’t it too girly looking?” all he had to say was “no, it’s not girly enough!”

And this is why I love him so!

I’m super pleased. It’s probably a little unconventional because, hey, it’s not really a scarf and it’s not really a blanket, but hovering somewhere in between. That was entirely accidental.

Mission: Failed

My intention was to ship the package out by the 14th. It was my quest! Unfortunately, I ran into a few bumps in the road with my health.

I had a major breakdown a couple of days ago because little things that happened bottled up. I assumed I was overreacting with the things that bugged me. In the end, I just broke down bawling and told him how I felt.

Needless to say that consumed immense amounts of energy. I was too tired to knit much, nevermind tackle the last sprint on this project!

So I’ve concluded that Saturday (and the night following it into Sunday) I’m going to finish up sewing all the apples, stalks and leaves onto the scarf, then wash that and the socks on Sunday morning so it has a day to dry. Then I’ll be packing everything up Sunday evening and shipping it off on Monday!

I have 3 apples sewn on, 1 complete with stalk and leaf. That leaves 5 apples to finish completely, and then I’m done!

The Last Checkpoint

I’m finally there!

The main scarf is done.

All it needs is all the apples sewn onto it (with 3 more on the way, already working on the 4th) and then BAM, done!

I know the apples don’t all look so nice, but I’m planning on fixing the shape a little when they’re sewn onto the main body. I used the same pattern for all 3, but one turned out way nicer than the others and I have no clue why.

The most likely explanation is that I messed up somewhere and that ‘fixed’ the shape. I’ll probably never know though!

1,000 yards down the line

It’s been many weeks since I started this project. My first time trying two combinations of stitches to make a thick, fluffy and flexible scarf mutated into a half blankie, half scarf type of deal.

I did my best to get matching colors but had a bit of a hard time with it. It’s supposed to be an Applejack scarf, in her colors, with her cutie mark on both ends.

I just started binding off the work with the Elisabeth Zimmerman bind off. It’s my favorite in combination with the long tail cast on as they match very closely and it’s not too tight.

Although I’m not done yet, I hope to be able to knit the remaining 3 apples by Monday evening so I can sew them on and then give the whole thing a thorough hand wash before dousing it in my perfume (as per the boyfriend’s not creepy request). Hurray!