Friday, August 6, 2010

Dog Days of Summer Revisited! SALE!!!!

The Romans referred to the dog days as diēs caniculārēs and associated the hot weather with the star Sirius. They considered Sirius to be the "Dog Star" because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). Sirius is also the brightest star in the heavens besides the Sun. The term "Dog Days" was used earlier by the Greeks (see, e.g., Aristotle's Physics, 199a2).

The Dog Days originally were the days when Sirius rose just before or at the same time as sunrise (heliacal rising), which is no longer true, owing to precession of the equinoxes. The Romans sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather.

Dog Days were popularly believed to be an evil time "when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid, causing to man burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies" according to Brady’s Clavis Calendarium, 1813.

If you Knit, Crochet or Sew, or know someone who does, cemetarian can help cool down those Dog Days of Summer with patterns for swim and play. From the 1930s through the 1990s. We have Knitting, Crochet and Sewing patterns available.

And just a reminder, to help you beat the Dog Days of Summer approach, we are offering a Doggie Discount. Until Aug 15th use the coupon code Dog Days and receive a 15% discount on your total at checkout.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

That 70's Style

A couple of years ago I found these OOAK crochet bell bottoms at an Estate Sale and I recognized them immediately as something from the 70's. They were quite small and the buyer was quite happy with them. The versatility of wearing them as leggings under a mini skirt or as a swim suit cover up seemed to appeal to a wide variety of people. Young and old and large and small. I received several requests for the pattern for them and sadly I didn't have one and didn't know where to find one.

WELL! The search is over. Just this week I found a pattern. This Riviera Set has a sweet little shrink top to match. Made in cotton yarn of chain loops and flower borders and sized for modern size 8-10 and 12-14 the pattern is available at both our Etsy Store and

If you crochet or know someone who does, this sexy and sassy outfit can be yours.