As far back as the 1960s in Britain, when anti-nuclear protesters - mainly women - set up a peace camp at Greenham Common, they turned an air force fence into a work of art with their knitting and material crafts. In fact, knitting’s association with political dissent goes back hundreds of years - to the grim days of the the French revolution. Women known as les tricoteuses (knitting women) famously sat by the guillotine in Paris during the “reign of terror” - and were later immortalised by Charles Dickens in the sinister character of Madame Defarge in A Tale of Two Cities. They would watch the executions calmly - knitting the symbolic red “liberty cap” between deaths, according to some stories. Those bonnets rouges are a symbol still worn by the figure of Marianne, the embodiment of France. The United States adopted that patriotic-yet-productive spirit during its own revolution, when women knitted clothing for soldiers during the war of independence - a wartime tradition that continued into the twentieth century.
“Pussyhat’ knitters join long tradition of crafty activism’, BBC
Hi! My name is Amanda, but I go by Mandy. I’m in my last week of high school, and I’m going to start college in August or so. I’m going to be majoring in psychology (probably). I’ve always wanted to have a pen pal so I can pick up different languages and cultures. I’ve taken Spanish for four years and I’m not quite fluent, but I will be certified as biliterate soon. My hobbies include knitting, gardening, reading, writing, art, music, and all-around geekiness. And memes. Lots of memes. As far as my personality goes, I’m an INTJ, if that helps. Typically I’m pretty quiet, but I consider myself to be pretty nice. I’m known as the “mom friend” in my social circle. I’m pretty mature for my age and my friends usually ask me for advice about stuff. I’m open-minded and very supportive of my friends. LGBT+, liberal, all that.
Preferences: I would prefer a pen pal closer to my age, but I wouldn’t be opposed to someone older. But not too much! I have no preference for gender. I’d love to learn Italian. I’m also interested in French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Japanese. I have a slight preference for people that speak those languages and/or live in Europe, but really I’m just happy to talk to anyone who’ll listen! I’d like to start getting in contact through Tumblr and we’ll work our way up to Skype. Eventually I’d like to be able to send care packages in the mail with stuff I make!
Working on a group presentation for my class on Colonialism before the group meets tomorrow to finish it. I moved my computer to the side to get more light because the weather is all cloudy today.
Also, look at these purple lil beauties! I am knitting as much as I can when watching films or youtube videos. I really want to finish this blanket before winter, but it’s not easy with Inktober, and the NaNo Prep, and the workload of a Masters…
“Les Tricoteuses Jacobines, ou de Robespierre” (1793-94)” (Jean-Baptiste Lesueur, Musée Carnavalet, Paris)
Tricoteuses - female professional knitters in Paris - were early supporters of the French Revolution. They were often present at the public executions, where they were very vocal at each beheading, and in between seen knitting. What’s less known is that some of them got paid for their presence at the executions, as a way to build up crowds and create a spectacle ( X ) ( X )
【26th October】summary of today: rewrote my french notes from chapter one (again!) because i bought a new notebook & wrote down a few patterns for my future knit projects. am i the only one who’s never satisfied with how my notes look like?
Attack of the Clones | Behind the Seams | Padmé’s Wedding Dress (P-20)
George Lucas wanted Padmé’s wedding dress to be a simple but beautiful gown in an amazing fabric and it took Trisha Biggar quite a long time to fulfil his vision. She decided to give it a pre-Raphaelite feel and thought of lace as the main material but couldn’t find the right fabric until finally her buyer in Australia stumbled onto a century-old Italian lace bedspread from the Edwardian era in a thrift store. However, the cream-colored bed cover wasn’t big enough for the Lucas-authorized design, so the costume designer devised an option with shorter sleeves to fit the amount of material and master embroiders in Sydney made over 300 yards of French-knit braid to blend the vintage elements together with the modern handiwork.
The gown and head piece are studded with hundreds of vintage pearls and the veil itself is made from Maltese lace and includes Edwardian wax flowers and tiny beaded pearls.
Each pearl was actually hand sewn because the night before the wedding scene was to be filmed, Biggar decided the gown needed a little something “extra”. So she pulled an all-nighter and pearled Padmé’s wedding dress herself.
Later she noted that P-20 “was a gown with very simple lines, with an antique feel to it, but at the same time it was quite intricate, probably one of the most complicated dresses, and you couldn’t quite put your finger on what it was made of.”
*slams fist down on table* tell me what you know about vikings
>Vikings NEVER wore the horns on their helmets; Romans made it up to make them seem scarier.
>Vikings had a very important free-dudes only meeting called a Thing. No weapons were allowed at the Thing; topics were discussed at the Thing and everyone had the right to have their say (except thralls and women, there were some exceptions).
>Vikings had slaves, called Thralls.
Vikings could name them whatever the hell they wanted, so you might have ended up with a nasty nickname.
>Dying in Battle was the BEST THING for Vikings. If you fought and died well, Valkyries would come get your bloodstained ass to go to Valhalla; where you’d get to feast and fight with the dudely gods.
>The Morrigan was a goddess who often appeared to a warrior who was about to die in battle. You might see her as a crow with a bloody rope around her neck, or as a beautiful woman who was washing your bloodstained clothing in a river.
>Vikings thought maths was magic; also women. Magic was a female craft, and they were taught maths and herblore from a young age.
>Viking men wore makeup. Specifically eyeliner, to emphasise their eyes.
That’s right fuckbois. Big bad raiders… wore eyeliner.
And sewed. And Knitted. And did all the little handicrafts necessary for them to survive.
Not to mention women knew how to fight… they could defend their own land.
>Vikings had a precursor to chess called Hnefatafl.
>If a Viking Lord died, one of his household’s female thralls could volunteer to accompany him. She would be laid beside him and stabbed through the heart by an elderly woman dressed all in black (can’t remember if she’s an Angel of Mercy or an Angel of Death). Some tales said she would go to a different type of valhalla, for women, for her bravery.
Alternately, Viking OFTEN sacrificed slaves during funeral rites; a bit like some pharaohs did. So they could continue serving him in Valhalla.
>Several instances of widows being sacrificed at their husband’s funeral have been found. Grave goods were common - dependent on their status and craft in life.
>Funerary ships were either cremated or buried; the most amazing buried funeral ship they ever found was one they assumed was for a high-born or ranking woman. So, you know, some ladies got a hell of a send-off too.
>Viking ladies were gifted a kitten on their wedding day, to be a mouser.
>Vikings lived in long houses; and often consisted of one long room. Animals could be brought inside for warmth. They were actually quite fuctional with a hole in the roof to let out cookingfire smoke.
>If you bothered a viking lady, there were repercussions. Like, if you didn’t take no for an answer, you were in the wrong and her family (os she herself) would enforce that. If you put hands on her, and she did not want it, you could lose your damn hands.
Striking a woman was the most horrendous thing… women were mystical creatures of magic and very important. And it showed you were a savage with no control.
Violence was for the battlefield, never amongst your own people.
>There is new evidence to suggest that Vikings even made it to Asia, with some goods and even skeletons of persons of asian descent being located in ancient viking settlements.
>Women wore clothes called Kirtles. You had the underkirtle (usually plain) and an overkirtle (dyed).
>Vikings believe that the world and gods came into being from the armpit sweat of a giant.
>Odin GAVE his eye for the power of Knowledge/Wisdom. He has two ravens to watch the worlds (usually Midgard, we keep fucking up) for him.
>My favourite story about Thor was the one where the Giants stole Mjolnir.
So like, rather than just go get it… Thor dressed up as a chick; nice dress and everything. Didn’t shave the breard though, but the Giants were like ‘whatevs, her beard is lovely and luscious’.
He convinces like the chief giant king dude to marry him, and there they are at the wedding banquet, right?
Why the ruse? You’re probs asking right now… well, here’s the reason:
In many variations of the tale, the couple has to be blessed by a hammer (in other tales, it gets placed on the bride’s knees to symbolise their commitment to a truce between Asgard and the Giants through their union)…
So right about the end of the wedding, at the banquet part, Mjolnir gets brought out… and my fav version of the tale has Thor vaulting the table in his dress, taking it back, and kicking all kinds of ass.
>Loki fucked a horse.
Like… literally, went full on Ancient Brony, my friend.
LOKI WAS THE FIRST BRONY.
Then he got pregnant and birthed an eight-legged horse (Slepnir) that Odin his grandady, now rides evrywhere. Bc that’s not something the Asgardian Child Safety needs to look into or whatever…
Not to mention his other kids (giant ass snake, massive wolf, his daughter Hel).
>Hel. Not hot. The worst thing for vikings was COLD, so Hel is a cold, dark, bleak, nothing place ruled over by Loki’s Daughter. Who was born ‘hideous’ and cast away by dbag Odin himself.
>In several texts, Loki tied his testicles to a goat as entertainment at a banquet feast. The Asgardians thought it hilarious.
>The dwarves got pissed off from Loki stealing or conning their best weapons out of them, so they punished him by sewing his false mouth shut.
>Vikings put dragons on the prow as a scare-tactic.
> Sewing was forbidden (for men) during raiding months (it was an indoor winter activity); exceptions being - sewing the sails, fixing torn clothing whilst a-viking, and making/mending nets.
>Vikings had purple carrots.
>Vikings had their own versions of french knitting.
>Vikings had a whole bunch of very clever, but really fiddly things to make clothes and embroidered embellishments (like, tablet weaving). Vikings had a real thing about looking good to show their status.
>Vikings often raided churches, bc in medieval times they got first dibs on a lot of shiny money things… and vikings liked shiny money things.
>Vikings found both Iceland and Greenland.
>Goddess Freya rides on a chariot pulled by cats.
>Her twin brother Frey is perpetually hella nekkid.
>Frey taught Loki magic; because he was more inclined.
It is one of the reasons he always made others uneasy; magic is for women, and women only… that he used it to shapeshift and cause mischief was… odd, to viking sensibilities.
>Vikings were actually very clean. They believed in remaining clean, where possible. Sure, bathing in a tub everyday wasn’t a thing; but they made sure to wash faces, hands, feet, important bits.
>They ate a lot of fish; sheep and other stock had other uses, but would also be eaten. Vikings had a lot of stew. It was simpler, ad vegetables were more aailable. They also made bread and other general items.
>Vikings DID have drinking horns. And they required special pegs to hold them.
Drank a LOT of mead, held a lot of feasts, etc. Feasting was an art, everyone liked out-storying the others; it was a really big thing, having the best epic.
>Beowulf has a fucktonne of verses, but they used to memorise it all and repeat it from end to end.
>THE SHOW VIKINGS IS ABOUT AS HISTORICALLY ACCURATE AS THE LAST PISS I TOOK… PLEASE STOP BOTHERING REENACTORS!!!
My friends, it is hollywood concocted nonsense. The next one of you self-righteous fuckbois that try to argue that something a reenactor is doing (based on what they have learned/researched/practiced/demonstrated knowledge of to be asked to join the reenactment event), because the shitty half-assed not-even-vaguely-historically-accurate tv show depicts the actors doing something different… I will fly in from the sky on a goddamn pegasus and stab you with my sword. STOP DOING THaT.
>Ragnarok is the viking armageddon. Frost and Fire giants will battle, Thor will die fighting Jormungdr (his nephew the slytherin, btw), Odin’s fucked, Loki is in trouble… basically chaos.
>There are nine realms in Viking mythology, all connected to one another by Yggdrasil, the tree of life. Midgard and Asgard are only two of the realms held aloft by it’s branches.
>Vikings loved a bit of flair. Jewellery was a must. All forms.