Surfing in Circles: Linked Web Pages for Many Tastes
Ms. Hecht, who lives in North Miami Beach, Fla., joined her site with the Free Knitting Patterns Web Ring (www.geocities.com/Paris/9197/knitring.htm), part of Webring.org. It includes material from the Knit List, an online knitting group.
Someone desperate to find superstitions about knitting (and isn't everyone, at one time or another, during
this brief time on earth?) would be
out of luck in all but one of the major
search engines. Alta Vista picks up
the Fur and Fiber site. But other
search engines turned up uninspiring
results or nothing at all.
Looking for the
arcane in Net nooks
The searches produced many hits on the "Innuendo" album by the rock group Queen. The album includes "knitting" and "superstition" in its lyrics, and the occasional mention of Madame LaFarge, the knitter from Dickens's "Tale of Two Cities."
But at the Web Ring site, there was just one ring devoted to knitting, and the superstitions were easy to find by browsing through the list. So where else could one learn this crucial information: "Stabbing your needles through your yarn balls brings bad luck to anyone who wears something made from that yarn"? Let the wearer beware.
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