WHEN Ryan Gosling says that the thing he would most like to do on a day off is a spot of knitting, it is hard not to think 'but it's not really, is it?'
Or else you may wonder what kind of monster wakes up with Eva Mendes lying next to him on the bed and starts thinking about spending the next 10 hours looping needles through bunny holes in the way those rhymes intended with the end result that you get, in Gosling's words, "an oddly shaped, off-putting scarf".
You might think that if, of course, that is what Gosling would really like to do with a hard-earned day-off from trying to look silent, deep and mysterious on screen, with a look that lies somewhere in between 'I am really listening to you right now' and 'I have no idea what is going on at the moment'.
But it is unlikely – it's just something he probably said to make him sound silent, deep and mysterious off screen while perfecting his look of bewildered intensity.
In fairness to Hollywood A-lister-sorts, they have pretty much run through every oddball pastime there is so it was probably inevitable that they'd wind up with knitting, especially after the patchwork quilt craze failed to catch on.
And with his current status of the movie industry's go-to-guy, whatever Gosling says carries weight, so stand by for a procession of stars professing to their love of the yarn.
You can expect Madonna to jump on the bandwagon fairly soon, pictured coming out of LA's most glamorous wool shop with knitting needles stuck in her hair and thimbles on her fingers.
At that moment you will know the knitting craze has jumped the shark. Enjoy it while you can.