Etsy Treasury

Still being a bit of a noob to Etsy I wasn't aware of the Treasury until recently, or more to the point until somebody chose an item of mine for their Treasury.

In a nut shell, it's a user chosen gallery of 12 items, usually themed, that the user deems to be awesome. They're pretty difficult to create as Etsy limits the amount of Treasuries that are active at any one time.

I give thanks to the lovely ArtistrybyRamona for not only choosing my item, but for telling me that she had (which is quite rare apparently). Check out her shop, the question mark necklace is fab and definitely on my want list!

Biddies Hit the Tiles!

Remember my ramblings about Julia Roberts being too old to star in a movie about knitting, as it doesn't capture the true face of what is really happening on the knit scene? Well, I completely contradicted myself and did a huge injustice to youthful knitters across the world this weekend.

I went out dressed as an old lady and knitted in bars. Meet Virginia (and her husband Roy).

Soft Toy Wrongness

So I called Rule 34 on soft toys a couple of blogs ago and searched the interwebs myself to no avail. Tonight, I was shown the next best thing (thank you Nicki).

This will be 30 seconds of your life well spent.

Inspirational Ideas

Some people out there have pretty marvellous brains and, in short, I am in awe of them. Two things I have recently stumbled across in the land of knitting have left me thinking, 'shit, I wish I'd thought of that'.

First off we have The Knit Kit.

It's a fabulous little oval-shaped doo-dah (actual technical term) that has a crochet hook, stitch counter and thread cutter around the outside and scissors, stitch markers and point protectors inside. What's more is it slips handily into your bag and is safe to carry on planes. It's awesome. Sadly the only thing it doesn't have (which would probably make it less safe for air travel) is a darning needle. I'm sure there are plenty of knitting and crocheting terrorists out there that would love nothing more than to hold up a plane with an unusually large needle. In the eye, I say, in the eye.

The second thing I discovered today is not a doo-dah but a marketing idea so brilliant that I would probably sell my Nan in order to go back in time and steal it for my own. Though time travel is apparently impossible (pffft, tell that to Doc Brown) the idea of selling my Nan is even more impossible - she's The Evil Genius™ and would certainly see it coming a mile off. I digress. The site I am talking about is Net Granny.

Net Granny allows you to have a pair of socks custom knit for you and you choose the biddy to make them! It's all kinds of aces and I wish it was my frigging idea. This is my personal biddy choice; she clearly has excellent fashion choice and looks like she has done her fair share of partying. Yeah, she earned her perma-gurn.

On a final note, to those of you (ok, so that one of you) who have been checking my blog a little too often, I have your IP address, I know who you are and I think it's weird.

Sayonara stalkers!

Weird 70's Toys

I get donated crafty type things on a regular basis and quite a while ago I was given a book called Creative Soft Toy Making (first published 1974). I've looked at it but never in much depth until this weekend when it's fabulousness hit me in the face. It contains your regular and slightly dull cuddly bear and rabbit designs however the author also created soft toy patterns for 'The Scholars' - Socrates, Aristotle (and pupils), Copernicus, Hippocrates and Plato. She has even included mini bios about each.

I'm swooning! All my philosophical and creative buttons being pushed at once?! Why oh why cannot I not magic the book into a male to shackle and keep forever?

On a slightly related note, do you think soft toy porn actually exists?

Rule 34. Go!

Knitting in Your Face (or cinema)

I've heard a little rumour about that the novel The Friday Night Knitting Club is being made into a movie starring Julia Roberts. I like Julia Roberts but moreso Julia Roberts 20 years ago. I think it's awesome that knitting is becoming so popular in mainstream culture and though I've never read the book, I feel that a younger, cooler model might have been a more appropriate casting (yeah I'm ageist). Maybe Miley Cyrus?