January 5, 2006
My dear, can you hear my posh British accent coming at you through the computer screen? Rally, old thing, I’d be obliged if you’d get your skates on and go over to the Victoria & Albert Museum’s website where you will see, among the precious artifacts painstakingly catalogued therein, my little ole knitting.
You think I’m pulling your leg don’t you. Well go on–check it out. Here, we have the oldest knitted item in the V & A’s collection, an Egyptian sandal sock. (The Ancient Egyptians loved the Birkenstocks–who knew?) Here, we have Elsa Schiaparelli’s famous trompe l’oeil Bow Jumper from 1927, a wink to the stylemaker’s involvement with the Surrealist movement. And here, wondering what trompe l’oeil means, anyway, is the humble and homely Taro Blankie knitted by the humble and homely me. See? I wasn’t fibbing.
Everybody can do it! Knitters themselves can write the history of what knitters were knitting in the early 21st Century. Simply go here to upload images of non-garment items. It’s like PictureTrail or Flickr, except for the part about how IT’S THE VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM.
Gail Durbin, who works at the V & A (surprise! she’s a knitter!), kindly clued us in about this new feature of the V & A website, and said that the V & A welcomes contributions from knitters everywhere. No garments, but if you’ve knitted a blanket or a bag, a bowl or perhaps a jellyfish, this is the place for you.
People, why are you still here? Shoo! Skedaddle! Git on over to the V & A and upload a non-garment for Posterity. Last one in is a rotten pair of sandal socks!