This knitter, her pretty little girl, and their helpful little dog are from Bethmale in the Ariège department in the mountainous Midi-Pyrénées region in southwest France, not far from the border with Spain.
The hand-tinted postcard dates to around 1905. (Click images for bigness.)
I draw your attention to the knitter's rather extraordinary shoes. The inhabitants of Bethmale have long been known for their footwear, and there is a thousand-year-old rather gruesome legend behind them. In French here and translated (roughly) here.
And what could be better than a view of sheep in the Pyrenees to take your mind off the gruesomeness?
From the Fall 2007 menswear line of John Galliano. For more from this show, go here. I had a terrible time deciding which ensemble I liked best, but the wooly horns finally won out. And the mittens. I'm not sure what might be in the appendages, though. Trophies? Snacks?
I am, however, having a difficult time imagining where a man might wear such haute couture. Anyone have any ideas?
If this keeps up, I'll have to start a new blog category for high fashion knitting, LOLKnits.
A year ago this week I blogged about the 9,000 Latvia NATO mittens here. I was made dizzy by all these mittens then, and I still am. For the last year I have been using the images from the mitten archive as my screen saver, and they delight me just as much now as they did a year ago.
So, to re-affirm my love of Latvia and its mittens, I give you Latvian mitten stamps.
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Each stamp is a small work of art. The stamps were issued between 2002 and 2005, and each bears both mittens and costumes from a different region of the nation. Can you imagine a country that values its handcraft traditions so highly that it puts them out for all the world to see in such a way?
And, yes, yes, before you say anything, I do know that the US has issued knitting stamps. And I give them to you here.
Oy. Well, ok. It is knitting of a sort. I'll give you that.
Does anyone else mind that the images appear to have been knitted upside down? Or is that just me?
Can you imagine a country that values
its handcraft traditions so poorly that it puts them out for all the
world to see in such a way?
This tender scene was painted in 1885 by English painterJohn William Waterhouse (1849 - 1917). The work is also sometimes known as "The Gossips" or "Washing Day."
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Waterhouse loved women, and this love is clear in all his works; he rarely painted anything other than women.
Although I have not been able to find any information about this painting online, it is utterly different from anything else he painted that I have found, and I believe it must be his wife and daughter in their London back garden. While most of his other works have a distinctly dreamy, romantic, and mythical content, this one feels real to me.