In case it hasn’t been perfectly clear in the last two years of blog posts, I am a big nerd. My husband is also a big nerd. A big exciting night with friends usually includes home-brew beer and a rousing game of Settlers of Catan. I’ve read through the Harry Potter books so many times that I can practically recite them. And, even though it’s nearly 30 years old, you’ll still find us curled up on the couch watching Star Trek: TNG whenever it comes on.
So, when my husband asked me to be sure that his new sweater is long enough that he doesn’t have to preform the “Picard Maneuver,” I knew exactly what he meant.
What? You’re not a weirdo nerd, too? You don’t know what the Picard Maneuver is? Let me explain. Captain Picard, Starfleet officer and coolest bald man in the known universe, always keeps his ship and his uniform neat and tidy. So, whenever he sat down, stood up, or otherwise mussed up his uniform, he would always tug down his uniform top to make it lay nicely. For example:
Thus, the “Picard Maneuver.”
My husband has a couple sweaters he has to use the Picard Maneuver on. You can understand why he is worried about the length of his new sweater.
I’ve decided not to measure the sweater. I know, crazy. Instead, I’m going to keep knitting and trying it on him until it is the absolute perfect length. I’m hanging it up for a couple days to let the yarn sag naturally, especially since it’s cotton, which tends to droop more than wool.
This weekend, I plan on knitting the rest of the waistband, based on how long it ends up looking on my husband. Hopefully, all this elaborate hanging up, trying on, and re-trying on will make the Picard Maneuver unnecessary.
Do you have any clothes you have to do the Picard Maneuver on? How do you prevent it?