Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Iranian Rugs and Blanket Love

How wonderful would one of these Iranian felted rugs feel under your bare feet? They are just beautiful.

There is lots of infomation and pictures at Turkotek Salon, as well as information on how they're made.

Felting is a relatively simple (if messy on this scale) technique, so I'm half tempted to try and make my own...

But I think I'll settle for just admiring them for now

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Why garters are a cycling essential

Cycling and skirts aren't always the best of friends.

I've caught petticoats and long skirts in my rear brakes.
I've occasionally realised a skirts has been obscure my rear light.
I've accidentally flashed my underwear at passers by more then once.

That's less than ideal for everyone involved.
But I have found a solution!

That's right, a garter!

I wear it just above my knee and pin the fabric of my skirts to it with a safety pin.

Since I've been using it I've not revealed my crotch to any unfortunate strangers in the street.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Alice Obsession

I'm pretty obsessed with Alice in Wonderland and Alice through the Looking Glass.

My house is littered with Alice related tat... but my habit must be fed.
These are the latest additions to my collection:

The Disney version. I have a copy from my childhood, but it's on VHS, and so doomed never to be watched again.

Unsuk Chin's opera.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972) with Peter Sellers (I hope for a little bit of Dr Strangelove vibe)

Alice in Wonderland: A Dance Fantasy. The ballet version. 

Also, Alice in Wonderland (1983) - I believe its an American version, and the Alice in it is meant to be exceptionally sullen... I really enjoy how different the characters turn out in different versions.

And an Alice through the Looking Glass Graphic Novel.

The next few weeks are looking pretty Alice-y to me.