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Friday, August 31, 2007

One of the things that jumped on the bus with me back to Chicago from the Michigan Fiber Fest a couple of weekends ago was not a giant Magic Eraser (good one, Paula!) nor a delicious cake form (yum, Frank) or a humungous Altoid (ha, Jill) but a new Foam Hat Mold.

I’d seen this set several times before (from the Mielke Farm folk) but all of a sudden, after one small phone call from explorer Nancy Q. in Bldg. A to me on the Sheep Midway, it just seemed right. [Notice that it is large enough to make a man's wide brimmed hat.]

I’d like to call this music video I shot about the new toy “Ode to Felting.”

It is just a small narcissistic knitting equivalent of one of those bum-shakin’ videos that are so so prevelent on ya Tube, but here instead of a booty call, you get some wet felt in the face ;p

Hmm.

And yet, even though it exhibits and celebrates all the characteristics of Tube: grainy video shot with a micro-camera, slightly annoying soundtrack, (not as annoying as that Popeye’s ad, people) and that wonderful Utube shabby playback quailty from their funk Flash compressor, you can see this is no tender grasping moment, but a real hands-on push-me-pull-me time of wool on a frame. Almost like working bread dough…

I love felting…


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