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Museum Quality

Dear Ann,
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!
Love, Kay

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27 Comments

27 Comments

  1. Very cool!! Hmm, what do I have that’s non-garment. Hmm…

  2. Very nice. Should I call you Posh when I see you? Or is it more a Queen kind of thing? I’m going to go practice my curtsey now….

  3. How cool. I feel that doesn’t do it justice and was going to add in some sort of expletive between the ‘how’ and the ‘cool’ for effect in a sort of Anglo-Saxon London-esq way, but you’re all too nice for that. I am way impressed. I have something in the washing machine RIGHT NOW that I will upload when it’s dry. But it’s not a jellyfish. Perhaps I should put that on my list next…. x x

  4. I like how they describe your blog: “two friends with an enthusiasm for felting.” Makes you sound a bit loony, doesn’t it?

  5. Joining with the felting enthusiasm, I’ve sent along a picture of my wee laddie in his felted crown I can’t wait for hubby to come home and tell him I’m in the V&A Museuem!!

  6. LOL Martha–‘enthusiasm for felting’ doesn’t fully cover it, does it? Wait, I think I just felted something? No, never mind.
    Belinda–if you want some assistance with inserting ‘intensifiers’ between or in the middle of words, you need to go over to January One, or perhaps Now Norma Knits.
    tee hee! xox Kay

  7. hmmmm, those sandal socks – looks like they were knit for quite another body part, a little further up on a man’s bod

  8. How nifty is that!

  9. What’s up with the split Egyptian sock? It looks freaky, like “King Tut walk with forked foot” freaky. I need diagrams, people.

  10. Now that is seriously cool.

  11. Thank you! Wow!

  12. Cool! Hmm, my favourite non-garment is my buttonhole bag, another Mason-Dixon tie-in. You’ll be taking over the world….

  13. Oh, darn, I see someone else has put up their b-hole bag first!

  14. Dear Mary deB: Um, “we” don’t call it the b-hole bag. Especially not when we’re in the hallowed halls of the V & A. (For my next one, I’ll think of a better name!!!!!!!) xoxo Kay

  15. I have seen them in real life .. those socks and some more. They are amazing. Think of it, they are 2000 years old, but look like something from last century, so well preserved! My friend is a curator at V&A and she once invited me in to see them.
    Happy new year.
    IDA

  16. OMG!!!

  17. Did anyone catch the bit on the Egyptian sock paragraph about single needle knitting? I’m interested and want V&A to have a link to the article about it. With knitting, one never stops learning, do they?

  18. Top-hole Old Bean ! Glad we posh Brits could enable the showing off of my second favourite baby blanket ever ! :0) ( It was first favourite but I am now so deeply in love with the Virtual Yarns Cats ‘n Mice blanket that I’m even contemplating a non-baby sized version …… I’m so fickle.)
    Heather x

  19. Oh my gosh! I’m going to put up a link to this on my blog. Oh, and congratulations!

  20. Those exhibits look amazing. Looks like I have to get over my plain knits and move onto something different!

  21. Ya’ll, the links don’t work for me.

  22. Christina–I just checked myself and cain’t get in neither. “Too many connections”–it’s a mad rush to get ourselves up there. I just love this idea, the democracy of it all and even more, the coolness of the things people are choosing to show.
    Top hole, old bean! Heather, yer killin me.
    xoxoxo

  23. Oh, all right all ready! Twist my arm! FORCE me to exhibit my knitting on a more-visited site than my blog! FINE! I will!
    (The Taro blankie rocks, BTW)

  24. That “single-needle knitting” sounds like it could be a variant of nalbinding (sp?).

  25. Hah! Interesting (and somehow appropriate) that an ipod cozy is among the examples of 21st century knitting.
    Dear Kay, you are a font of information.

  26. I love the jellyfish…..also, how about those 40s patterns, including the balaclava with earflaps so the soldiers can use the radio!!! Thanks Kay.

  27. wicked !!! i just mailed them a pic of the felted kitty pi bed i made for “Alvin”. thanks for the site