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A while back I animated a Victorian bat lady flitting about the night. I’d completely forgotten I did a test run and looped it as an animated gif. Enjoy! Or not; it’s out there on the internet for you to do as you please.

bat woman

And the final animation:

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I cannot sing the glory of the New York Public Library’s research archives high enough. On a previous excursion, I took out 5 catalogs from the typesetting era, giant books detailing all typefaces available for purchase along with decorative flourishes and a variety of creepy and disturbing images. Page after page of glorious fonts! Behold!

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Hey, I actually animated something this week. Ch-ch-check it out.


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Here’s a garment so vintage I had to look up what it was before posting; a pelise was a mantle worn over an outfit for additional warmth and decor. Though usually floor-length, this appears to be a shorter pelise, which came into fashion for a bit in certain parts of Europe. Its modern descendants include the overcoat and the dressing gown. Also whatever you call that thing you wear at night over your nightgown; I can’t recall the name at the moment.

Rather oddly it suggests this pattern would be great for a baby on the left side, but a quick assessment of the measurements indicate it’s a 32″ bust- a little on the small side for the fully-dressed modern woman, but certainly too big for most toddlers. If you’d like to create this in a larger size it would be easiest to up the gauge from the wee 7.5 sts per inch to something more reasonable like 6.5.

Click on through for the rest of the pattern!

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I dug these patterns with considerable difficulty from the belly of the New York Public Library. I’m quite sure they sat untouched for years on their shelves, and would have quietly crumbled to fragments and dust with no one the wiser had I not intervened. As it was, in handling and photocopying them I’m pretty sure I fast-forwarded that destruction by 10 years.

Perhaps someone who has greater familiarity with general library organization can clue me in to why they bind certain books together; each volume I sought was trapped amidst seemingly random texts. One was between a German book on what appeared to be house care and a Swedish knot-tying pamphlet, another was sandwiched with several Good Housekeeping excerpts from the 60′s and practically disintegrated hand-typed minutes from some meeting of the Italian Electrician’s Guild.

On a slightly random tangent- what lies beneath the New York Public Library? If their ridiculously hi-tech screening room, with its clear glass floors and design straight out of ‘Diabolik’, is any indication, at least 5 floors of medieval stonemasonry housing a bulk of books (the majority of their collection is stored ‘off-site’-ie in a warehouse in Newark). Some delightful Goldbergian mechanism conveys them from their shelves to the survace via a series of conveyer belts and pulleys, to arrive in the hands of the bored teenagers populating the main desk. Or perhaps a race of Morlock-creatures drags them from their proper place and puts them on the conveyor belts, to be borne up to worlds they will never see.

In any case, enjoy.

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