How to: Turn wolf hair into yarn
[Now something like this seems perfectly normal to me, but I won't lie...if I had heard about this before I learned how to knit, it would have freaked me out.]
On a somewhat related note, here's a mybluehouse.com redux - an entry I wrote in June of last year at my old weblog
"In my quest for knitting books, I stumbled across Knitting with Dog Hair
. I thought it was a catchy title for a novel. Alas, no. It is a how-to book, albeit one written humorously, for practical individuals who dare not throw out the excess hair shed by their dogs. There's even a name for handspun dog hair: "Chiengora
is French for "dog". Oh, how fancy!)
I love to knit, but I won't even consider knitting anything using my bichon frise's excess fluff because my dog, despite her lovely white frou-frou appearance
and abundance of perfume she receives at her grooming appointments, stinks. She rolls around in freshly-fertilized grass. She romps with other dogs. She lies in dirt. She eats strange, smelly things she finds outside. In short, she's a dog and reeks like one even when she's clean. And when she's wet, noseplugs are a requirement. Therefore, wearing a garment made from my dog's hair would basically turn me into a stinkbomb.
If, however, you find no "ick" factor in wearing a garment knitted from Fido's coat, you can learn how to handspin dog hair
yourself. And I don't think you have to be an Einstein to figure out that a dog breed along the lines of a Collie or Saint Bernard is probably going to give you the most for your needles. But if you're eager to make a vest out of your beloved Chihuahua's hair, good luck to you." [Tee hee!]
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The Electric Swinging Pussycat Lounge has a small gallery of fashion images
scanned from sewing and other magazines of the 1960s. (Psst...check out the sweaters from Sears 1961 catalog
and the "urchin look" knit dresses from Sears 1966 catalog
In case you missed it in my comments, here's a popup window code generator
28.04.03. « | +
Psst...look who wore his new sweater
at the playground today. [I'm such a proud mommy.]
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Antimony & Lace: D.I.Y. gothic fashion
shows you how to easily make things such as bat wings, parasols, cloaks and a net shirt using a pair of fishnet tights. Clever!
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Site usability note: I'm currently overhauling a lot of PHP scripts and other miscellaneous coding behind the scenes here, so things may look funky or different for a while. No need to let me know or comment about it; chances are I already know and am working on it. Everything will get back to normal in a bit. Thanks!
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I've just discovered a very neat blog called "little stitches
" maintained by a woman in Japan. Among other things, she knits lace and teeny tiny sweaters (like this wee Aran sweater
) for dolls, with incredible attention to detail. Obviously, she uses needles that look thinner than toothpicks and sewing thread in lieu of yarn. [Wow! And yes, I am very humbled; never again will I moan about size 0 needles.]
23.04.03. « | +
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Images from the Antonio Ratti Textile Center
, a collection of tapestries, embroideries, laces, samplers, quilts, and other textiles dating back to 3000 B.C.
I know some of us would rather be knitting than learning computer geeky stuff, but if we're going to be blabbing about our knitting on a webpage it might be useful to learn a bit of the basics. (Besides, knowing this stuff makes for an interesting conversation piece.) Here's just a sprinkling from my looooong list of bookmarked web resources:
2) Photoshop tutorials
and PSP tutorials
. (PSP and Photoshop are the graphics programs I use.)
3) Color codes
for getting browser safe colors. (Gee, that light blue sure looks pretty on your page at home. Then...hello! You discover it looks gray on your monitor at work.)
4) Dreamweaver tutorials
. (Before I started using Dreamweaver
, I used to code ALL my pages entirely by hand. Clearly, I was a glutton for punishment.)
5) Basic web building tutorials
: HTML, stylesheets, etc.
(Perl, CGI, PHP, CSS, SSI, etc.).
7) FTP tutorials
from WS_FTP (the software I use to transfer files because I'm on a PC).
8) MT Plugin Directory
for adding extras to Movable Type
, the application I use to update my site.
Happy surfing :-)
11.04.03. « | +
From the Alexander Time Machine
: A Romanov Scrapbook
, containing a collection of photos of the last imperial family of Russia. And here's a photo of Anastasia knitting
an impressively-sized garment, as Aleksandra "insisted all of her children learn handicrafts and keep their hands busy. All the children, including Aleksey, learned how to knit and made practical things for themselves and others."
Well, well, well. Looks like At My Knits End
has gone off and gotten itself hosted at prettyposies.com, and is now being updated using Movable Type. AND there's a new site design, to boot! I haven't an idea as to how all that happened. No, no. Not me. [Whistles nonchalantly.]
(Talk about a deja vu entry!)
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