Friday, 12 December 2008

Fluff

Still not much knitting that I can show you. The angora Shetland Triangle is nearly done. I got 12 repeats of the chart out of the yarn and am now fretting that I could have got another. Someone on Ravelry only got 10 repeats but she doesn't say what size of needle she used. I'm not tempted to buy more yarn because it is so insanely warm; a little bit of it around the throat will be quite enough. Also, I suspect that a large one would shed so much that it would be like keeping a white long-haired cat around your shoulders. It doesn't shed as much as I expected, but it does shed a bit. I don't think she'll be wearing it with a black or navy blue coat very often.

I was drifting around the Borders site this morning, looking at knitting books for some unfathomable reason, and I came across one of those 'If you liked that...' lists which was all the usual knitting books and then this - Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the US Meat Industry, which startled me. Then I noticed that Upton Sinclair's Jungle was in the list too. I spent my working life organizing information and trying to make it easier for people to find what they were looking for, first in libraries and then on Tinternet, so I'm always intrigued when it goes wildly wrong. It wasn't described as a 'people who bought that, bought this' list: it's Borders' 'spookily accurate book suggestor'. Very mysterious; if anyone has any suggestions about how knitting is related to butchery, I'd be very interested to hear them.

And now, a cat playing the theremin.



I learnt everything I know about the theremin from watching the DVD extras on that most fabulous of movies, Ed Wood. Now there's a man who knows how to wear angora.


5 comments:

Anonymous said...

From knitting to sheep (for fiber) to sheep (for mutton)? Or had you been ordering shocking exposes (pretend there's an acute accent there) of other subjects?
Gretchen
PS: Thanks for reminding me of Ed Wood-- a favorite that I haven't replayed for a long time.

Knitting Linguist said...

Knitting and the jungle, eh? Maybe it's a millworkers kind of thing? Hmmm...

Raveller said...

Hmmm, I imagine Borders' algorithm for "If you liked that..." imay be better described as "People who bought that also bought..." which algorithm is getting messed up for people doing their Xmas shopping online and buying books for other people with varying interests. This theory assumes a certain order to the world...

=Tamar said...

There are vegans who have the odd idea that using wool somehow hurts the sheep. Possibly one of them made the wool-sheep-mutton connection.

I made a small angora-rabbit-fur scarf once. It shed like crazy and never stopped. Possibly angora from goats(?) works better.

Cinders said...

I Like your shawl,
These book sites throw up some very interesting searches! its there deliberately to keep you guessing!!

I woulnt want to listen to that kitty too often. sets the teeth on edge a bit!!