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Topic: Grasp for breath: the thunderbolt [mature connotations for the unholy viewer]  (Read 15917 times)
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« on: September 05, 2008 03:54:37 AM »

I confess: I made this cozy for the challenge, but then decided against entering it. Until I saw that someone claimed to have made the naughtiest cozy.
Oh, really? Is that so?
Of course now I have to enter.

I wanted to do this ever since I learned the stitch I used. The stitch is called Muesen stitch, has a complicated notation (something like Mid2 UOO/UUOO), and makes a very tight fabric with a ripple on the back.
It is nalbinding, and if you don't know how it works, look at this:

It's kind of sewed, but you can just pretend it's crocheted, it's okay. Smiley

The cozy is made from handspun wool, and I dyed it after finishing it, using the cold walnut shell that is rotting away marinating on my terrace. It took nearly a day to get the color transition like this, and it will take forever to get dry, but I like very much how it turned out.
Ta-dah, the thunderbolt:


A thunderbolt is an early medieval talisman, exclusivlely worn by woman. It's actually the same as a Thor's hammer, Donar being the German equivalent to Scandinavian Thor. I have seen thunderbolts, small and decent, on reenactment outfits for 6th century Germany, and I liked them a lot even if I have not really understood what they are worn for. So I made one for my Alemannic outfit. That's why I shaped it cone-like, not life-like, and that's why I used nalbinding instead of crochet (nalbinding is older). Thunderbolts are anyway not shaped after body parts, but after fossile remains of belemnite shells. So actually it is a very decent cozy, more holy than naughty. Just a shell. Only a bit bigger.

Anyway, I will probably not wear the thunderbolt in public. But I will take it with me everywhere, because it's my survival kit. I have asthma and of course sometimes only my spray will help me. But I try not to make myself so very dependent from it. I have found a number of ways to deal with smaller attacks, and one is inhaling certain essential oils, like the lemon and grapefruit oils in the pictures.
The thunderbolt can carry two bottles of essential oils:



The only problem is, the least recommendable things during an asthma attack are laughing and getting excited. (I know what I am talking about, I nearly killed myself watching Galay Quest Smiley ) Exposing this bolt in public, dropping it twice while trying to get the bottles out and maybe using it as an inhaler at last (because the essential oils will last long in wool) and then having to explain everyone that no, they can't borrow it - that might ruin any relaxing effect the oils will have. Smiley Well, that's just a theory. It needs testing. Smiley Maybe I should stitch "Don't panic" in runes on the thunderbolt Smiley
Or "It's just fucking asthma" Smiley

Here's a picture for size reference:
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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2008 04:49:18 AM »

I really don't know what a thunderbolt is, I tried researching it but got nowhere, but your cozy is really nicely done and I love the graduated coloring Smiley I love how useful it is and the reactions you are getting Smiley And me and my daughter still quote galaxy quest sometimes! Never give up! Never surrender! And that sounds like how you are handling your asthma! Kudos!!!
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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2008 05:55:49 AM »

I really like the stitch.  I don't know if I've seen that before and it looks really beautiful and perfectly suited for this cone shape. 

I like it.  Good work!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2008 06:06:07 AM »

I don't see how that's naughtier than the dildo cozy...?
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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2008 07:28:25 AM »

I'll add another picture to show the size of the cozy. Of course, using it to store fragrance is not a naughty purpose. But can you look at it and think, oh, it's just a cone? I can't. Smiley

@kaleesi: thunderbolt is what wikipedia gave as closest reference to the German word "Donnerkeil", although it does not link it to either fossiles nor talismans. Maybe the fossiles and the talismans have a different name in English, and I simply don't know it, but thunderbolt is a very accurate translation, apart from that. Try a picure search on "Donnerkeil". I found it hard to research on the subject as well. I wanted to post reference pictures of the original jewellery, and found none. I have some in a book, but I don't know about copyright issues.
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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2008 10:35:52 AM »

Could these be the Donnerkeil you are talking about?
http://www.ruegen-web.de/Ruegen-von-A-bis-Z/Donnerkeil.htm

I don't know really German, but I roughly understood they're called like that because these squid fossils were believed to be created by thunder. And considering that Scandinavians like many other peoples had thunder gods, they probably used them as talismans for such a god.

Oh, and I almost forgot. I'm fascinated by that technique you used. I'll be looking into it. I also really like the graduated dying.
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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2008 11:10:41 AM »

If it were much wider, it could be a cornucopia! It's very nicely stitched! Wink
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2008 11:25:00 AM »

@shaints: Yes, that is a good explanation. I didn't want to overload my posting with all that, mainly because I would have explained in in ten times your length Smiley Thanks for the link.             
The thunder god Donar/Thor was worshipped in all Germanic tribes, not only the Scandinavians, but, as I said, I am not familiar with the details, especially with why woman seemed to have worn the thunder amulets exclusively.
If you are interested in nalbinding, you can have a look at the two nalbinding postings in craftster, they come with some information.
http://home.arcor.de/bedankbar/ is a good site for first steps.
With some experience in crocheting or knitting, nalbinding is easy to learn. It's very transportable, and very addictive. Smiley
It's very fascinating because it is so very, very old.
Just look at this:
http://www.museum-albersdorf.de/bast/netzgeflechte.htm
It's from the Stone Age!

@I Sew Cute: Thanks! I am very fascinated by moufflon horns, and I love to sculpt objects in 3D with nalbinding. That would be a challenge I'd like! It's on my list!
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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2008 03:03:06 PM »

Nice - a fellow nalbinder Smiley

I have a question, in what forum do you normally post needle binding?
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« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2008 04:02:07 PM »

Oh wow, I love the natural dye gradation! And what a lovely cover for a utilitarian -but essential- object!
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« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2008 04:06:09 PM »

@pseudo_pix:
I have posted my purses in the "purses, bag and wallets", and I have some nalbound amigurumi that might go into the toy section. I was thinking about posting in the crochet section, but I don't feel comfortable with that. For anything that is neither clothes nor bags nor toys, I might end up in the "miscellanious topics".
I still don't know where hats or socks should go - clothing maybe, but they'd be quite lonely there.
It could be quite some time before we have the hundreds of entries that'll get us a separate nalbinding category Smiley Maybe a category for historic crafting would be big enough. Let's make that craft inspired by historic techniques. That'd be my favourite category!
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« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2008 04:31:40 PM »

Yeah I had all the same thoughts. But also I pondered needle work as you do work with a needle.

Hehehe..that would be a wonderful category - please say when it happens Grin
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« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2008 05:47:32 PM »

Fascinating. I've never seen nailbinding before. I like the idea of a board for historic techniques.  Cool
Your project could be called  a "rib textured woolly condom" or sheath.  Shocked  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2008 06:15:26 PM »

i also have asthma and ur right if you start laughing you could end up killing urself lol. btw i started laughing when i figured out what you  were using it for.
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« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2008 06:17:24 PM »

I don't see how that's naughtier than the dildo cozy...?

she might not be using it for something as naughty as the dildo but it does look naughtier then the dildo cozy. it looks like a ribbed condom. IMO
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« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2008 09:07:15 PM »

@shaints: Yes, that is a good explanation. I didn't want to overload my posting with all that, mainly because I would have explained in in ten times your length Smiley Thanks for the link.

Well, I wouldn't have minded because I guess I'm a bit of a nerd and need to satisfy my (very thirsty) curiosity. Cheesy So it was kind of inevitable for me to ask (and google it, of course).

Thank you for showing us uncommon things and for the link on nalbinding! And I am indeed quite decent at both crochet and knitting, and that's probably the reason why I found it so interesting.
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« Reply #16 on: September 06, 2008 01:34:25 PM »

I second the thanks for telling us about uncommon things. I also think that graduated color in your cosy works really well.
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« Reply #17 on: September 06, 2008 05:53:24 PM »

BWAH HA HA!!!!!!
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« Reply #18 on: September 08, 2008 07:40:57 AM »

I don't see how that's naughtier than the dildo cozy...?

she might not be using it for something as naughty as the dildo but it does look naughtier then the dildo cozy. it looks like a ribbed condom. IMO
that's exactly what I thought of when I saw the photo of it in her hand. Thanks for the nifty historical craft lesson.....this is really neat-o!
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« Reply #19 on: September 08, 2008 05:53:25 PM »

Oh, thank you for the links!! I've wanted to learn naalbinding for over a decade, and never could find a decent instructional site!!!

I did manage to learn sprang weaving, very fun!!!

I like the dye job, the color change is subtle but pretty!  Would this be a handy cozy for Easter?  LOL!
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« Reply #20 on: September 10, 2008 01:09:43 PM »

I need to add some doubt about my interpretation of the amulets. After talking to a friend and doing some research I did not find any real fossiles worn as amulets, only bone-made. So maybe the amulet represents only Donar's weapon, not what he does with it (throwing thunderstorms that create the thunderbolt fossiles). The amulet would then really be an analogy to Thor's hammer. Only with Donar, it seams to be a club, not a hammer. That's what makes it so confusing in German.
Donar's club = Donarkeule
Thunderbolts = Donnerkeile
To me, that's a bit too similar to be just a coincidence.
Oh, and this is the original jewellery (sorry, turned wrong when uploading)


I think my thunderbolt will then be modelled after the fossile, not the club jewellery.
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« Reply #21 on: September 13, 2008 11:26:09 PM »

Fascinating. I've never seen nailbinding before. I like the idea of a board for historic techniques.  Cool

Heeh, cute, it's not called nailbinding, it's called nalbinding. Nal means needle in German i.e. needle binding. If interested there is a fairly large English needle binding group, I think it's called "Nalbinding". For the interested it is also called nlebinding, that is in Scandinavia (where I'm from). There is in general a TON of names for that.

I need to add some doubt about my interpretation of the amulets. After talking to a friend and doing some research I did not find any real fossiles worn as amulets, only bone-made. So maybe the amulet represents only Donar's weapon, not what he does with it (throwing thunderstorms that create the thunderbolt fossiles). The amulet would then really be an analogy to Thor's hammer. Only with Donar, it seams to be a club, not a hammer. That's what makes it so confusing in German.
Donar's club = Donarkeule
Thunderbolts = Donnerkeile
To me, that's a bit too similar to be just a coincidence.
I think my thunderbolt will then be modelled after the fossile, not the club jewellery.

It's really funny. I collected those fossils when I was a kid. I must have several kilos of them somewhere XP We always went on holiday along the coats line (Denmark is basically made of coast line), and everywhere you can find them. I can tell that some of the ones I found is big enough for using as amulets like the ones you've got a picture of there. And as for shape you thunderbolt looks exactly like my ton of fossils Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: September 18, 2008 08:28:40 AM »

I don't see how that's naughtier than the dildo cozy...?

she might not be using it for something as naughty as the dildo but it does look naughtier then the dildo cozy. it looks like a ribbed condom. IMO

also keep in mind us americans are raunchier than most other countries. many of which are much more modest in what we view daily.
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« Reply #24 on: September 26, 2008 08:41:25 PM »

I found this site, very good tutorial, I will have to read it many times.

http://home.arcor.de/nadelbinden/index-eng.htm
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« Reply #25 on: October 25, 2008 12:26:13 AM »

Ah yes, Bernhard's site is really wonderful! If you have problems with it you can always ask here or himself. He's very helpful - and active on the interweb^^
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