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The science of fibre! - Tactical Ninja

Nov. 18th, 2010

10:03 am - The science of fibre!

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Last night I finished spinning and plied the wool for Crafty Weaving Project (art bit) Mark 1. I also bought googly eyes, because googly eyes are what every knitting bag needs, right?

This morning, I went searching for communities of other folks who are into spinning/knitting/weaving. LJ is usually my first port of call but it's a bit sparse here (although I did find crafty_witches which may interest someone I know - sadly it seems to be mostly jewellery there). There's a handspinners community but a large percentage of the communities only exist for people to sell their already-spun wool, which isn't really what I'm after. Clearly my net-fu is having an off day. But! I know several of you who read this are also crafty fibre types, so I'm looking for recommendations - where can I go and hang out with other people who do this stuff and learn/get inspired/vent my frustrations without boring the pants off my friends?

I did, however, find Internet Weirdness.





From here.

No, I have no idea either. But it makes me wonder about rule 34, in that "Who thought of this to bring it into existence?" kind of way.

And I also found this:



Doesn't look like anything fancy? What if you knew it was made of silk extracted by hand from the arses of golden orb spiders in Madagascar? Apparently their silk is stronger than steel. The article says how it was done, and makes me feel much better about the ambitiousness of my projects. Mostly because they don't involve THOUSANDS OF GIANT SPIDERS!

And for rivet the name for fear of holes is trypophobia - the fear of holes, clusters or bumps, asymmetrically arranged, usually ones found in nature. I have this mildly.

There's a video on YouTube (WARNING: contains surinam toad birthing) where you can test yourself to see if you have it. I watched the whole thing but it creeped me out something chronic and I'm hell itchy now. I'm actually ok with the toads because they're fascinating. But lotusboob, paint-bubble holes in concrete, and this:



make me feel vaguely uneasy. Honeycombs and holes in apples aren't a problem. I think the raised lip around some holes is a factor. Oh, and Ampullae of Lorenzini on sharks? Ew.

It's irrational. I know. But ew anyway.


I just spent $160 on textbooks. My excuse is that one of them (the most expensive one) is a dictionary. I haven't bought a dictionary since my first attempt at university back in 1988. That was a Cambridge one and (sorry Happy) even back then it was kind of crap. Now I have an Oxford one, specifically New Zealand English. And for those who are interested, yes it contains Maori words - that's why it was recommended by the Maori Studies Department. It allows me to know which Maori words are considered part of New Zealand English and which aren't, and thus know which to italicise in my essays. And if that's not vindication, I don't know what is. *is idly wondering if hoha is in there*

lalala

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From:pythia
Date:November 17th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
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Ewww ewewewewewewewewwwww.
I don't get itchy, but it makes me grit my teeth and bite my tongue and clench my fists and EWWWWWWW.
I'm okay with some things - like the aero bar, and the pancakes, but holy hell that FROG. *twitch*
I've always known I'm a bit funny about things like that, but i never knew there was a 'name' for it, haha.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 17th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, me neither, then one day I was all WHY AM I SO SCARED OF LOTUSBOOB? So I googled 'fear of holes' and lo!
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From:pythia
Date:November 17th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
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FUCKING LOTUSBOOB OH GOD
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From:pleiadeslion
Date:November 18th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
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Trypophobia, yeah... there were some things in that video that completely grossed me out and I've blogged about before. I think my fear is a bit more specific than holes, it's hard-edged holes with organic things coming out of them, like barnacles, for example. I think it's a latent birth fear. I'm really itchy now.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:November 18th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
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While spiders are cool, I think you should do your weaving with carbon nanotubes... although it may take you the rest of your life to create a rug visible to the naked eye. ;-)
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From:tatjna
Date:November 18th, 2010 10:05 am (UTC)
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I was thinking of starting small. Would you like some nano-undies? I hear they have superpowers.
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