Secrets Revealed!

This photograph, which I’m sure many of you recognize, was released in July by Sepah News, the website of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. The photograph did what it was supposed to do——terrify the world about the possibility of Iran launching a nuclear weapon. It turned out, however, that the Iranian propaganda machine is much better at Holocaust denial than at using Photoshop:

This picture, courtesy of a July 10th blog post on the website of The New York Times, shows the sections of the photograph that were copied and pasted in order to increase the number of launched missiles by one. Why?  Because, as everyone knows, four missiles are much scarier than three.

The reason I’m (re)showing these pictures is to demonstrate that, much to my surprise, my Photoshop skills are better than the Iranian media’s.  Here is one of the pictures that I submitted to knitty along with the pattern for Retrofit:

Here’s the same picture, from before I rearranged a whole bunch of pixels:

There are two conclusions you could draw from this:

  1. I’m a full participant in a massive cover-up of an alien conspiracy to take over all of earth’s hand-knitted items.
  2. The good folks at knitty had already published a sock pattern with a similar motif, and so only wanted the sweater.

Not that these conclusions are mutually-exclusive, of course. The more important thing is, do you want to join the conspiracy I mean, do you like that space invader?  If so, hop on over to Ravelry, where I’m selling the chart for what is probably the same amount that the the Iranians paid their Photoshop experts. And don’t worry if you’ve already cast on; I used duplicate stitch for the space invader, and you can too.


  • aija says:

    I love your motif!! I wish they’d hinted at its existence in the knitty copy, love it. (Obviously!) 🙂

  • Carrie says:

    Wow! The space invader totally makes the sweater. I mean it was nice before.. but now that’s going in my queue 🙂

  • Corvus says:

    I’ve got to agree: knitty should have kept the space invader. You’d think having patterns that could, for the very nerdy, be made to match would be a good thing. It’d be fun to replace the chart with, say, Pac-Man or a retro Mario.

  • Lee Ann says:

    You just ramped up that sweater to Deep Want Status.

    Amy’s in trouble now, dude… 🙂

  • Trish says:

    Congrats on the knitty publication. This sweater is awesome!

  • Amanda says:

    I can’t help but want to reverse the colors and put in a Green Lantern logo.

  • Rachael says:

    OMG – I love the Space Invaders motif. I’m thinking that might be Lala’s xmas gift, if I ever get off my ass. Looking forward to our reading!

  • Christy K says:

    I can’t believe Knitty didn’t include that. Dumb. Good thing I remember good stuff from you in the past and chose to link to your site and see what else you’re up to!

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