A discursive look at Napoleonic & ECW wargaming, plus a load of old Hooptedoodle on this & that


Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Hooptedoodle #66 - Tiger Tank Slippers


My deep thanks to Iain Mac, who has brightened my morning - nay, my week - by drawing my attention to this ad on Etsy. The item for sale is a pattern for crocheting a pair of Tiger 1 slippers, no less, and you can see how desirable these are from the illustration.

My faith in the human race is at least partly restored - I think these are wonderful. If you do not wish to be the only kid in your gang who does not have a pair of these by Christmas, you'll find the full advert here - and here's a scan of it.


Excellent - thanks again, Iain.

15 comments:

  1. Excellent - finally I can get Mrs S knitting away at something useful in the evenings!

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    1. Ian - if you post a picture of yours on your blog, I'll do the same (this is a lie)...

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    2. Tony - I really do want a pair of these and have put in a request to Mrs S (who has an online knitting shop). She liked them so much she put up a link on her facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Great-British-Yarns/205975276086369?fref=ts
      I can't wait...

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  2. I made a set of moccassins last year. It is fulfilling in a way and the result comes in handy. But what would an Allied dog think, encountering these on the floor?

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    1. I think a self-respecting dog of any nationality would make very short work of these. Quite right too.

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  3. Now I have seen everything! I did indeed 'laugh out loud' indeed I almost had an accident with my morning coffee ......... but then I began to think "There is probably somebody out there who will actually WANT a pair of those and will probably even WEAR them". But I must admit they are indeed very funny! Thank you Tony for sharing that.

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    1. Come on Lee - we're all mates here - you can admit that you secretly fancy a pair. I think I do, anyway, though I wouldn't tell anyone.

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  4. A British Bulldog could shred these in no time.

    What about Sherman Slippers, or Crocheted Churchills?

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    1. I spent a little time this morning trying to think of a breed of dog which would fit here, but failed - I have little or no knowledge of either WW2 armour or dogs, so am disadvantaged. I wondered if it would have to be a Russian dog to be historically accurate.

      I admit to being sad enough, however, to have thought also that the crocheted guns would probably droop disappointingly in quite a short time.

      It would be amusing to wear them during a visit by in-laws, or some such not-very-relaxed guests, and observe how they avoided noticing the footwear. Shades of Gary Larson's cartoon of the guy who has a fort built from the sofa cushions.

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  5. Apologies for the number of times I used the word 'indeed' in my comment Tony! I have been drawn back here for another look at those slippers, the pattern is very specific 'Tiger 1 Tank' rather than plain old 'tank slippers' which is quite reassuring in an odd way. They are growing on me.... perhaps if several of us got together in a variety of German and Allied tank slippers we could play a sort of rudimentary battle game by shuffling around the lounge to a set of basic rules. There could of course be a minus factor for droopy barrels.

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    1. I confess I had a look at the seller (Argentine) to see what else they had on offer, but nothing at present. I also had a crazy moment when I wondered if there is a future for knitted/crocheted buildings, trees and scenery!

      It also occurred to me that a pair of tanks probably don't have a right and left...

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    2. The game could be an amalgam of Memoir and Twister...

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  6. These are astonishing! Sadly they'd be easily defeated by my dog, who likes to run off with slippers. I bet Herr Wittman never had this trouble.

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    1. I thought there was potentially a nice new spin on "knitting for victory" - i.e. tanks instead of socks - the ladies (gawd bless them) sitting in big rooms, preparing for the big push. That doesn't read quite as I intended, but you get the idea.

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