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Month: November 2009

Blanket Knit By World War II POW Still Intact

Jim Simpson with his rug The former prisoner of war, who spent more than 19 months in Germany’s World War II prison camps, not only survived interrogations and torture but managed to knit arguably Australia’s most valuable war artefact, outside a museum. Jim’s rug is a perfectly preserved 1.83m x 1.9m knitted woollen blanket, featuring the map of Australia and the Coat of Arms. “I knitted it with straightened handles from the camp’s cooking pots; they looked like pieces of number eight wire,” Jim says. “The cook agreed to give them to me if I knitted him a pair...

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A for effort, but F for trying to kill me.

From Lovelyish: How to Knit Your Own Tampons. You can read all the “most nauseating thing” and “just no” comments over at Lovelyish … I’m not grossed out as much as I am concerned and confused. Concerned because unless you’re trying to grow a bacteria farm in your pants for science class, this is not healthy, sanitary or wise. Knit pads, fine – but things you put *inside* your body, I’m thinking, should be sterile and made with medical-grade material. (Even the diva cup is made with medical-grade silicone.) Confused because I don’t understand how this could work technically. Tampons and sea sponges are small when they’re dry (making them easier to insert) and expand as they get moist. I look at that knit tampon and I have no idea how I’d insert it without the use of some serious machinery. And think of the itch. The itch...

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“And while some people think knitting is to remain behind walls, we build walls that are knitted.”

Created for the 2006 London Architecture Biennale. Using a 2-storey high scaffold as a starting point, a group of women knitted the outside walls out of garbage bags, old plastic bags, and rope. They had met weekly to prepare, and continued on the day of the event, as the house unfolded before the crowd’s eyes. As they said: “Some people think that the act of building should be hidden behind screens, we like building site stuff – nets and ropes and scaffolding. We knit with them. And while some people think knitting is to remain behind walls, we build walls that are knitted. The knitting site is about bringing the backstage to the fore. We like the look of the mundane. Knitting triggers memory, some say. The knitting site is a device for remembering. Remembering the cloth fair, remembering ancient practices of making, remembering old ways of living.” Via:...

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Acrylic Art Guards Crocheted by Agata Olek

Says Agata: “I think crochet, the way I create it, is a metaphor for the complexity and interconnectedness of our body and its systems and psychology. The connections are stronger as one fabric as opposed to separate strands, but, if you cut one, the whole thing will fall apart. Relationships are complex and greatly vary situation to situation. They are developmental journeys of growth, and transformation. Time passes, great distances are surpassed and the fabric which individuals are composed of compiles and unravels...

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