My name is Adiya, and I am obsessed.

Sorry about that. I just had to make sure you all know that I am an absolute wacko who would really like to be good at something. Recently, I became obsessed with Tudor, Elizabethan, (and pretty much anything else before 1900) costuming. Even more recently, I decided I wanted to start from scratch - not just go out and but fabric from the fabric store, but go buy (insert an animal or vegetable that produces fiber), raise it, shear/cut/uproot it, spin its wool, dye it, weave it, and (gasp!) cut it up into pieces for a truly handmade article of clothing.

That isn't going to happen anytime soon.

I decided that since I have a decidedly brown thumb and am not going to be allowed to own a sheep (it's probably against town ordinances, as well as definitely against household ones), I think I will look elsewhere for fiber sources. Luckily, my dad's good friend owns a farm crawling with sheep, and she has graciously given me a monstrously large ball of processed wool, as well as a little bit less of unprocessed (invloving washing and/or carding to be nice-looking) wool. I think she has more sheep than she admits..:).

     About the Author
The Author, as variously mentioned, lives in central New Jersey (no, not North Jersey or South Jersey, but Central New Jersey). She has two cats who enjoy "helping" her sew, spin, use the computer, and generally live her life. She is a fairly solitary person, who occasionally refers to herself in third person form. Yes, these are my little helpers - they eat with me, they work with me, they craft with me, they sew with me. Afterwards, they can get so tired, they just fall asleep. No, I don't have that many cats, just two. The first picture is of my dear Fluffy, and the rest are of Paws (it's not that I like Paws better, it's just that he's not so camera-shy). A sad, sad story. By the way, these odd sitting and lying-down positions are 100% natural and cat-induced. I do not participate in feline torture.

This website doesn't particularly like Microsoft Internet Explorer, though it does work on it, though the links change color in a rather delayed fashion. In fact, Netscape 4 isn't its best friend either (the therefore symbols and lozenges won't display properly, and various other things go berserk such as crossing out various pieces of text between links). It, however, was created using Netscape 6, and is perfectly happy on it. You can download Netscape 6 here. This site also uses CSS and JavaScript, so make sure you have those enabled. One of the scripts seems to require that you have Microsoft Internet Explorer; that script can be found here. I know I'm not being consistant, but I can't help it (well, I can, but I'm just too lazy and don't have quite enough web-knowledge...). If you don't want to be switching browsers all the time, just use IE. If you want to have the site look its best, use Netscape 6 and switch over to IE when necessary. Do me a favor, don't Netscape 4 if you can help it - the site is really hard to read that way. However, this page is supposed to work fine with:
Windows: IE 4.0+, Netscape 4.5+, Opera 5.11+
Macintosh: IE 4.0+, Netscape 4.0+, Opera 5
Linux: Netscape 4.7+, Mozilla, Konqueror, Opera 5
Unix: IE 4.01+, Mozilla, Netscape 4.6+, Opera 5
(Data from the Webmonkey).

However, if it doesn't work, I can't help you. I don't have any way to test anything but Windows 95/98/ME Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape. If you've tried it on something I haven't mentioned and it works, please tell me. If you've tried it on something I have mentioned and it doesn't work, please tell me, also.

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Last update: 29 May 2003

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