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8 Examples of Witty Knitting

If you can imagine it, you... well, maybe not you, but someone can knit it! Thanks to the internet, we can enjoy the creations of knitters who take a common craft and elevate it to an art form.

1. Culinary knitting
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Ms. Darcy's cupcakes look tasty, but they are hand-knitted. They come in all flavors, and in decorated versions for holidays.

2. Cinematic knitting
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Flickr user cakeyvoice knits figures from horror movies. These zombies are from Dawn of the Dead. Also check out her knitted musicians, such as Slash and Kraftwerk. Hey! Kaftwerk is a craft work!

More unusual knitting subject, after the jump.

3. Topological knitting
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Knitting can be a science as well as an art. Or it can represent science, as in these Klein Bottle Hats! Each is hand-knitted, and is nicely accessorized with a Mobius Scarf.

4. Anatomical knitting
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Matie Trewe knitted a complete digestive system. Why?

The tube is one of the most basic structures of multicellular life and of knitting. It seemed like a great way to combine my two fascinations.

She also has instructions for making your own.

5. Special effects knitting
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Ysolda Teague created a pattern for a Skull Illusion Scarf. Seen from most angles, it appears to be an ordinary striped scarf. But look at it a different way and you'll see the skull! Instructions included.

6. Paleological knitting
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Beth Skwarecki knitted prehistoric nautiloid toys and posted instructions, too!

7. Automotive knitting
435_knit-ferrari.jpgLauren Porter knitted an entire Ferrari for her graduate art show! It took ten months and 12 miles of yarn to complete. She enlisted the knitting services of 20 friends and family members to help her finish the project.

8. Landscape knitting
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Jane Bolsover put together a team of 300 volunteer knitters to create a full-size knitted English garden! The birds, the animals, and even the insects are all knitted. See more pictures at The Knitted Garden website.

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A Visual History of Captain America’s Shields
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Captain America has gone through plenty of wardrobe changes since his comic book debut in 1941, but it’s his iconic shield that has had the most makeovers. Over the past eight decades, fans have seen the shield change its shape, color, and even the material from which it’s crafted. For the folks at Pop Chart Lab, the shield’s storied history provided the perfect subject matter for their latest poster.

On this piece, the company teamed with Marvel to give a rundown of 50 of Cap’s shields—from the instantly recognizable to the downright obscure. Here we see his classic Golden Age shield, with its slightly different color scheme, and the different variations from Jack Kirby’s time-traveling Bicentennial Battles book. Then there are entries like the vibranium shield he received from Black Panther in Captain America #342 and an adamantium one made by Tony Stark.

Those different shields just scratch the surface of the deep cuts Pop Chart Lab provides. There are also shields from Captain Americas across Marvel’s numerous alternate universes, like the ones used by the Ultimate Universe Steve Rogers and the android Cap from Earth-725.

Each shield is illustrated to match its comic book counterpart and comes with a description specifying the series it debuted in and which Earth it exists on (the Marvel Universe has thousands of different versions of Earth, after all).

The posters will begin shipping on May 23, and you can pre-order yours now starting at $29 on the Pop Chart Lab website. You can check out a full look at the poster below.

Pop Chart Lab's Captain America shield poster
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5 Fast Facts About Tamara de Lempicka
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Sometimes artists become more known among the general public for their colorful personal lives than for their artwork, no matter how great their contributions to the art world. Such is the case with Polish/American artist Tamara de Lempicka, who was born on this day in 1898. While Google is honoring what would have been her 120th birthday with a Google Doodle,  here are some highlights from her storied life.

1. SHE BEGAN HER "CAREER" AT THE AGE OF 12.

Tamara de Lempicka, who was born Maria Górska, discovered her artistic passion and skill at the age of 12. Lempicka had sat for a famous painter, but hated the resulting portrait, and believed she could do a better job. Thus she created her first painting ever, a portrait of her younger sister Adrienne, with which she was extremely pleased.

2. SHE MET HER HUSBAND WHEN SHE WAS 14 YEARS OLD.

Though she was only 14 years old when she met Taduesz Lempicki, the teenaged Lempicka became determined to marry him. Just a few years later, when she was 17 years old, she married the "modestly well-off lawyer" with a dowry provided by her "millionaire banker uncle." (She hadn't lived with her parents since they divorced when she was a child.)

3. SHE'S MORE FAMOUS FOR HER SEX LIFE THAN HER ART.

 Gallery technicians at Sotheby's auction house lift a painting by Tamara de Lempicka entitled 'Portrait de la Duchesse de la Salle' from 1925, next to another painting by the artist, 'Portrait de Marjorie Ferry' from 1932
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Although she is considered the most famous Art Deco painter, Lempicka was more famous for her libido than for her art. She was bisexual, and carried on scandalous affairs with both men and women (often her patrons and models). Yet the exact details are somewhat unclear since, according to one source, she "shuffled the facts of her biography as much as she meddled with her birth date"—and she meddled with her birth date quite a bit, even going so far as to reportedly try to pass her daughter off as her sister on occasion.

4. SHE LIVED A LIFE OF LUXURY.

Lempicka lived a life of luxury from childhood. Not only was she born into a wealthy family, her second husband was Baron Kuffner, a wealthy Hungarian baron who had been her patron and lover. Although she initially lost money in 1929 when her bank collapsed, she survived the Great Depression relatively unaffected, painting the portraits of King Alfonso XIII of Spain and Queen Elizabeth of Greece during that time. She had been charging as much as 50,000 French francs per portrait by 1927, which was equivalent to about $2000 then, but would be about 10 times as much today.

5. HER ASHES WERE SCATTERED OVER A VOLCANO.

In 1980, Lempicka passed away in Mexico. Per her request, Lempicka's ashes were scattered over the crater of the volcanic Mount Popocatepetl by her daughter, Kizette.

An earlier version of this post appeared in 2008.

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