Ancient Egyptian Spinning and Weaving

I had to share this site I discovered that showcases ancient Egyptian fiber stuff... spinning, weaving and clothing production. I am going to spend hours and hours reading through it one of these days, when I have time (soon, I hope). It has some fascinating stuff!!

(Click here to see Egyptian spindles, loom artifacts and needles.)

The whole site is interesting and worth exploring. I also found this page about Egyptian cloth and clothing to be one I want to read more carefully, too.



Felted Fortune Cookies

My dear friend Tracy the TB (Tragically Blogless) sent me this link to Felted Fortune Cookies!!! It is so cool! And from the standpoint of a person who teaches knitting, this would be the perfect little project to teach short rows and short row shaping.. or if you want to learn how to do short rows, this little project is just the ticket! Not only do you use short rows in this project, but you also can use up all those little bits of scrap yarn (as long as it will felt, so that excludes acrylic blends, superwash wool, or anything machine washable.) I love this idea! Felted fortune cookies would also make a great gift any time of year... fill them with little gift certificates for babysitting (so your friends can go to knitting circle), for house cleaning (so the recipient can knit longer), for whatever little thing your heart desires ;) ... Geez, I bet you could even turn them into catnip cat toys..... how cool would that be, to give felted fortune cookies catnip toys to a person who has a Siamese cat, heh heh. That would be cool. Hmmm. Now I want some lo mein .....



Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting

The Museum of Arts & Design in Manhattan is having an exhibit called "Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting", shown July 2007 - September 2008. (Search for "lace" on the museum's webpage -- it won't let me link directly to the exhibit page.) I love the name of that exhibit! I apologize if this is old news and everyone knows about it except me... I took the summer off & missed a lot!!

From the museum-speak blurb about the exhibit:
"A provocative and timely exhibition of international artists using fiber in unexpected and unorthodox ways, this exhibition shines a spotlight on a territory in which distinctions between art, craft, and design are seen to be arbitrary and artificial. It also illuminates a field of creative practice that today is fresh, surprising, and engaging to all audiences.....Featuring 27 artists, Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting will include objects ranging from microknit garments (1/144 scale) up to full-room, site specific installations. "

I would love to go see this exhibit!!! I do loves da lace. :D I would go if only to see this example of a microknit (i.e. so teensy it makes your eyes bleed to imagine knitting them) pair of gloves with Fair Isle cuffs:


Think about knitting that. And then think about knitting *two* of those little suckers... like one wouldn't be enough to make you go blind! My jaw still drops when I look at that picture.

So if you're near Manhattan, or gonna be between now and September 2008, go! See the teeny gloves! Have your picture taken next to them, send it to me and I'll give ya sumpin' nice, you betcha!