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Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 10:20 am
Mizutani Cable Knit Corporation

Me: Wow, is that what you've been knitting all this time?

Hisae: Yes, it's a woolen cable cover.



Me: It's good, I like the colours! And I always like that combination of folksy and tech styles. Like when Bless did their N°26 Cable Jewellery thing, "to transform undesired appendixes into desirable objects". And does it stop the rabbit biting your power cable?

Hisae: Yes, it does.

Me: We need a lot more of those! For the rabbit's sake and ours. Hey, you should sell them online! Why not?



Hisae: Yes, I was thinking of doing that. I spoke to Naoko and she said I should charge €90 for each one.

Me: Wow, €90!

Hisae: It sounds a lot, I know, but each one takes a week for me to knit.



Me: I think €50 sounds reasonable. The euro's pretty strong just now. That's about $75, you know. How about €50 including postage? I could announce it on Click Opera and people could pay via my Paypal account! Do you want to try?

Hisae: Okay!



Me: Okay, I'll do it tomorrow. People can order them by sending me a mail and telling me how long the cable to be covered is. Let's shoot some pictures!

Hisae: I already shot some, I'll mail them to you. What shall we call the operation? I want a good name.

Me: Hmm... Psychedelic Python? Rainbow Power? Mizutani Cable Knit Corporation?

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imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 10:28 am (UTC)

Okay, Chuck, Mizutani Textile Industries appoints you head of marketing. You start at an annual salary of 39 euros.


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dzima
dzima
ralf dziminski
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 09:59 am (UTC)

OK, now next time please don't criticise Marxy for giving props to Kiiiiiii in American magazine articles...

da yo ne.


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arpad
arpad
Impervious horrors of a leeward shore
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 10:01 am (UTC)

More dust gathered on the table - o, no.

But it gave me my morning laugh :)


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kojapan
sibby d.
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 10:56 am (UTC)

Oh my god, that is adorable.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
Sorry to rain on your parade

As a government health and safety advisor i'm afraid i am going to have to stop this Mizutani Cable Knit Corporation before it even gets off the ground. A little bit of me wants it to work, however the fire hazard is there for us all to see. The only other solution i can think of would be to cover the cable in that stuff young girls put on their nails to stop them biting them. That would surely stop the rabbit from nibbling.

wewillbecome.com


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry to rain on your parade

Ah, nice blog, I've added it to my menu called "Best"!


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eclectiktronik
eclectiktronik
eclectiktronik
Thu, Jan. 31st, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry to rain on your parade

Provided the cables are in good condition (i.e. no nicks or damage to the rubber insulation, which is dangerous to begin with anyway) there should be no great fire risk with this cover, especially since I presume it will mostly be covering low voltage, low current DC cables like the one connecting the laptop to the transformer, or signal cables (like modem leads or whatever).

The only *possible* risk I can see for those with animals is that, were the animal to nibble at the whole kaboodle, the extent of the damage to the actual cable might not be appreciable till it is too late. But that would only really be a fire risk if the mains part were chewed.

However, anything like a 'laptop tea cosy' which someone else on here mentioned in passing, is asking for trouble, given the heat those things chuck out and the need for ventilation. Amen. ;-)



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(Anonymous)
Thu, Jan. 31st, 2008 11:49 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry to rain on your parade

Please.
My comment was in jest.

wewillbecome.com


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 11:36 am (UTC)

Or how about selling a Mizutani Cable Knit Corporation Official Pattern? Please share!


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restartsmyheart
restartsmyheart
inadvertently mean to the blind
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 12:35 pm (UTC)

As a knitter, I think $75 is a good price for these, its a great idea. I want to buy the pattern too.


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stretchling
stretchling
Stretchling
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)

Ugh. my stomach hurts from adorable. This post belongs on CuteOverload!


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brokenjunior
brokenjunior
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
Pricing the priceless

These colours are really nice - giving the cable a strange junglesnakelike feeling.
Reminds me also of the knitted digestive system:



Talking about pricing and patterns as digital data, I think we touch interesting issues here: although I am/"feel" too poor to pay 50 euros for this, I think the initial 90 euros or even more would be appropriate (hisae worked a week, or at least some days on it right?) Thinking of the object in terms of an art piece and not as a commercial product with practical functionality (frightening off rabbits, flammable) it seems somehow unpayable to me, whereas the knitting pattern - as a technique - then in turn could also be free...


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pay_option07
pay_option07
Thu, Jan. 31st, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
Re: Pricing the priceless

Try next for getting a cover for Mr. Johnson! In Python of course.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)

Anyone worried about fire can use it as a necklace, or just don't leave the house with it plugged in (you have been warned). The idea of a making the instructions for sale is excellent for impoverished click opera readers. If she knits it in the opposite direction, vertical rather than horizontal, it may be faster for her to make.


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peachweeks
peachweeks
Peach
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)

I was just wondering if Hisae used the magic loop method to knit her cable covers? If it could be made small enough, it would cut the knitting time in half. Great apologies if I'm teaching her to suck eggs.

There's a video on it here. http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/advanced-techniques.
It's in the small diameter circle knitting section. Pink is continental knitting style and blue is English knitting style.


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alaplantine
alaplantine
alaplantine
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)

ha ha, that's very nice, and funny.
I also like the folksy colours.
But here I would need at least 50 kilometers.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)

you looking so worn out man you should put young trendy wife hisae to video your face is so long yesterday so weaey and ill are you vlogging a dead horse


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)

you looking so worn out man you should put young trendy wife hisae to video your face is so long yesterday so weary and ill... you dying? are you vlogging a dead horse


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
Momasu!

Queer-knitting Industries? Colour worm rings? Hmmm...totemo hen that spineless aparatus.

Hey, I´m in Berlin for the Transmediale and I´m wondering if there are any nice cafés that have wireless internet where I can read your blog and sip orangensaft. Any tips? I live in Mitte and walk slow.

Chu
/Swedische exil chico


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cheapsurrealist
cheapsurrealist
Dave Nold
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)

You could expand into laptop covers.
A laptop cozy.


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mikeswimm
mikeswimm
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
Welcome to Capitalism!

I knew you would come around.


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cap_scaleman
cap_scaleman
cap_scaleman
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)

Hooi! Knitting power!


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count_vronsky
count_vronsky
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)

Hisae actually exists?!? I thought she was just a literary device, a fiction.

But yes... I'll take 10 of those please!

anything for mymomus.


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lord_whimsy
lord_whimsy
whimsy
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)

My friend Michelle McCoskey makes zoomorphic custom scarves:



Have you ever seen the crocheted coral reef?


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pay_option07
pay_option07
Thu, Jan. 31st, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
zoomorphic custom

Yur Lrdshp, you should have Michelle McCoskey knit a matching set of hatbands to match that scarf.


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notapunk
notapunk
Maria
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)

you should learn how to knit so you can produce two pieces a week.


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fishwithissues
fishwithissues
jordan fish
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)

whoah beautiful! sell them for as much as you can though! or maybe we need a biometric sliding scale so the price of the cable is exactly what you can pay (unless you've been extravagantly splurging on usb extenders!)


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birdflew
birdflew
Jillogical
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)

Unfortunately, I'm sure my bunny would be much gnaw right through that. I've had to put grates up around my desk to prevent my bunny from getting in back. But that does look nice!


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birdflew
birdflew
Jillogical
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)

would be much gnaw? wow.


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tranceperentsky
tranceperentsky
カントデア-クン♪
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)

It's looks like cool!
I have to remake some things in crochet.. but crochet and knit are different.
I think 50€ is a good price, maybe +10-15€ is better for the rentability and the work (i know it, a bit). I know people who sell some very cute scarves for more of 100-200€

About the crocheted coral reef, i seen a same decoration in my school with the topic of Forest with dark green, brown, etc. It was very... beautiful.. i never seen any other thing like it who was as better as it. Soon, i have a formation for making it!

Oh, i never commented to you before momus.
I add you because, i seen different topic about Shibuya-kei. I don't know a lot about it, but i like band like P5, Cornelius and now the new generation (?) like Capsule, PTSB, Coltemonikha, etc.
I saw that you know very well this topic.., also i think you are interesting? Ne?^^
And i know that your the productor of Kahimi Karie! I like her.


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thomascott
thomascott
Thomas Scott
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
Purl or URL

These are at once avant and retro, could you and Whimsy find aesthetic detente from either end of a woolen tube?
I think you are under-pricing Hisae's clicking at $75-00; why not contact Steve Jobs, offer to organify Apple by 45% using homespun, fire-retardant Leporidae-friendly yarns at oooh...$75-00 per linear tubular inch instead?
Introducing the iconduit!


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count_vronsky
count_vronsky
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Purl or URL

They might also work as extra long Chinese finger traps. Well, er.. Japanese finger traps.


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obelia
obelia
Oliver Jellyfish Twist
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)

AWESOME!
Its like a baby rainbow snake eating your cords.
Unfortunately, I'm not allowed to purchase things until I get a job. and learn how to play my accordion. Self imposed rule. Very effective.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
pathetic

that's just what you both are


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count_vronsky
count_vronsky
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
Re: pathetic

What the hell tosser? Did momu slap your granny or something.

She probably deserved it.

I don't knoiw about texas, never been, but in virginia, we were taught some manners. And to respect our elders. Shame on you. You mean little bean!

(love is the only engine of survival)


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brokenjunior
brokenjunior
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
Re: pathetic rage



oh 1978! i was born back then...


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brokenjunior
brokenjunior
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)

(just to clarify: didn't intended commenting on our countess - I was just a bit slow with my *very* first video posting here...)


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count_vronsky
count_vronsky
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
Re: pathetic rage



love is the answer

And when you feel afraid, love one another
When youve lost your way, love one another
When youre all alone, love one another...


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)

Such a cute idea. Love the colours against the white, and the hi-tech/no-tech blend- and I wish my knitting was that neat and perfect. Nice work, Hisae, hope you sell some!


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turkishb
turkishb
L'dent-de-lion
Thu, Jan. 31st, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)

these are lovely!

but did it really transpire that she knit something for a week and it didnt come up for you to ask what she was knitting? a quiet household over there!


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inuitmonster
inuitmonster
inuitmonster
Thu, Jan. 31st, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)

would you offer refunds to people whose cables were gnawed by rabbits after they installed the covers?


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Feb. 1st, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)

Oh, I love it! I wish I could afford one...

Instead, I am going to teach myself how to knit so I can knit a 25-footer for my vacuum's cord. My cat has a sort of chewing issue, I think he's got brain damage.


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Feb. 1st, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)

i want proof that you will actually give that nice girl her hard-earned money before i place an order through YOUR paypal.

sorry bub, don't trust ya.


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