Sunday, October 30, 2011

Free Vintage Pot holder patterns

I love TIPNUT. Here is a great set of vintage potholders on the site. 

Here are some sample pictures:


Friday, October 28, 2011

Great online resource for historic materials

Have you been to this site? 

It is called:

On-Line Digital Archive of Documents on Weaving and Related Topics

There resources related to knitting, crochet, lace making, etc.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Penquins in need

Did you see this on Good Morning America?

Blue penguins in New Zealand have been soaked with oil after a container ship ran aground near the east coast of the country's North Island earlier this month. New Zealand’s Environment Minister Nick Smith has described the oil spill as the nation’s most significant maritime environmental disaster.

On Oct. 5, a cargo ship ran aground in New Zealand, pouring 350 tons of oil into the ocean. The accident has been regarded as the country’s worst environmental disaster in decades.
More than 1,000 sea birds have already died as a result of the spill, including birds from the country’s native blue penguin population.

Oil can be extremely harmful to penguins, whose feathers are very different from other birds. They have very dense and tiny feathers of different lengths that stick onto them like Velcro, creating a waterproof pseudo-wetsuit.

“Basically, when you get even a drop of oil on these birds, it opens up a channel so water can penetrate,” Kevin McGowan of the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology told “It’s like a hole in their wetsuit.”

Skeinz has been asked to help with the penguin relief by knitting small Penguin PJ’s to help protect the birds & prevent them from preening their feather & ingesting the toxic oil.  If you can help out by knitting a penguin jumper – see the link for instructions in the next paragraph.

Here is the link to Skeins web site for info and instructions to make a sweater for one of these penguins who need help.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Worldwide Free shipping on Hand Knit Dog Sweaters

Know a doggie who has everything? How about a hand knit sweater? I am offering worldwide free shipping on any of the doggie sweaters offered in my ETSY store

If you are the crafty type, knit one yourself from one of my original patterns.

Thanks and have a great weekend.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Online Resource-Antique and Vintage Tatting materials

Have you checked out the Hathi Trust Digital Library? They have some good resources and if they are in the public domain, you can view them online or download a PDF version. 

Here is just a sample:

The Elite Instruction Book 1916

The Rundall book of edgings, medallions, insertions and tatting 1915



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