Sunday, July 19, 2009

It's Always Time to Knit

Do you have a great pre-fall knitting project in mind? The classic beautiful looks of an Aran sweater could occupy your time. These beautiful sweaters hail from the Aran islands off the West Coast of Ireland. Able to absorb 30% of their weight in water before feeling wet, these practical yet beautiful sweaters tell the stories of the clans they originated with. A finished sweater contains over 100,000 stitches, often being reflective of Celtic art. The gorgeous designs pictured are from Vogue Knitting winter 1989-1990, the winter special issue.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Easier To Look After Than A Fish Tank

Gleaned from an unsalvageable copy of the 1937 Book of Knowledge, this double-sided color lithograph is in pristine condition with bright colors and nary a dent, tear or mark. The page measures 6 1/4 x 9 inches and illustrates 45 different fish including the paganellus, conger, bubalis and shagreen ray (fish I have never heard of, but you may have some knowledge of). I prefer fish pictures rather than arduous task of maintaining a fish tank. You might too. See the original listing for these brilliant fish pictures here.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

When You're Tired of Text Messaging

A very interesting photo illustration from the 1903 volume of the Book of Knowledge with fourteen photographs with descriptions on How to Signal Across a Field. The semaphore system was used to convey messages over long distances. This illustration depicts a woman in turn of the century dress showing the use of flags. The top row shows the signal "ready to start"; the second means "the signs that follow are to be read as letters" and the third means "The signs that follow are to be read as numbers. The fourth means "cancel previous signal." Finally, the other pictures convey the message "tea is ready" each picture representing a letter. Just a little more involved than text messaging.