Savannah and Jimi joined us
Was Shrek the world’s wooliest sheep? Sad news from New Zealand this summer as Shrek died. He achieved celebrity status in 2004 when he was finally sheared after eluding clippers for 7 years by hiding in caves during shearing seasons.His fleece weighed nearly 30 kilos! He spent the next 7 years touring , earning up to $NZ 16,000 per appearance (no idea how much that is), inspired 3 books and developed a facebook page. Shrek’s owner called him ” an elder statesman. He taught us a lot.” hmmm… In any case, he is just spectacular.
When I was young, we had a sheep called Henry the Lamb ( yes, that was his full name). Henry grew huge over the years, was shorn by Ladybird Johnson during her beautify America kick and inspired a children’s book. When Henry died (in my mother’s arms), he seemed as big as Shrek but it was all muscle (ok, maybe fat too) not wool covering. Henry did not like the male humanoid species. Whenever my father drove home, he would zoom around the circular driveway 3-4 times with Henry in hot pursuit and then quickly emerge and race into the house. Henry also tormented my younger brother- he particularly liked to hide behind bushes ( or at least he thought he was hiding) and then charge at any opportunity. And who said sheep are dumb ? Still makes me laugh….
“Making clothes together in our studio makes us feel complete. We probably sound like a group of grannies in a knitting circle but it’s the truth and it gives us some control over our visual identity. When you are a big band and everyone is taking shots at you, the more things you can do together the better.”
- Chris Martin, on the members of Coldplay‘s hobby of knitting together
Alex is now taking knitting seriously after seeing this quote of the day in her fav blog Perez Hilton . Maybe when Julia Roberts addiction is publicized via the Friday Night Knitting Club movie will people realize that kniting is seriously chic…….( ps, do not read some of the comments on the perez blog unless you want to get seriously pissed off)
Last week was a great KIP one! This sock saw Eric Clapton last weekend ( well it really only saw John Mayer and Sheryl Crow as I was too busy acting age inappropriately during Eric’s performance!) A hat watched the German semi-finals in Berlin ( albeit in front a big screen at a restaurant). Did hand-warmers on the plane trip to and fro Berlin ( and amazingly with the same guy in the window seat both times… no one ever sits in the middle if they can help it when you knit!) warning- do not attempt grafting during park concerts!