Magnifying glass



Althea Crome Merback of Indiana is into extreme knitting. This means that she knits on a 1:12 scale. However, in the above picture, she used a 1:144 scale. That means that in each inch, there are 80 stitches. In her own words: "I love to knit and man, do I love a challenge." See more minuscule masterpieces on her blog.

The room above is only about 8 by 18 by 14 inches. Donated by Mrs. James Ward Thorne to the Chicago Art Museum, its scale is one inch to a foot. Visit the Chicago Art Museum's picture gallery of other amazing miniature rooms here.

25 comments:

Christine said...

wow--this is amazing. you've got the coolest blog here. I am fascinated by all these things--the knitting, the toilet cafe, the skinny dipping, etc. ..

Sergeant "P" said...

Ack! OMG! It really looks like a REAL room!

I would have NEVER guessed that it was a miniature.

Hey...and thanks for the comment on my blog. You're the very first person to EVER comment!! I'm so very (disgustingly) excited about it (aaaand what does that say about me and MY life?)!

:o)

odd facts said...

Thank you. I really appreciate that. It sometimes is hard to gauge what is interesting to other people, and not just me.

odd facts said...

Sergeant P: Glad to have helped. I know the thrill. I still obsessively watch my stat counter.
And I got to see the miniature rooms. Other than the armor, they were the coolest things in the whole museum.

bubandpie said...

That little room is so appealing. I just want to become a Borrower and move in.

odd facts said...

And you could wear one of the sweaters!

Debbie said...

I love your blog! This will definitely be one that I return to regularly.
Thank you, too, for commenting on my blog. As I am relatively new, it holds a certain fascination for me and the excitement of seeing a comment had me giddy as a school girl. Ha!
I am off to check out the random websites. I feel like insulting some in Shakesperean today. ;)

D.

odd facts said...

Thank you, Debbie. Comments still make me giddy too, but watching my stat counter is my problem. One of my first posts was on Rudolph, and now the majority of my traffic is from people looking for a picture of Rudolph on Google image search. It drives me crazy!

40 Forever said...

I love the layout of your blog. Those sweaters are the cutest.

odd facts said...

40 forever: Thank you. To be honest, I really didn't change to much from the template that Blogger gave me. My only concern is that the ads are annoying. I've been experimenting with them.
And about the sweaters, they make me go all gooey every time I see them.

The UnMighty said...

Love the Odd Facts.
This particular one is also a great idea for low income midget housing.

odd facts said...

I was eating while reading that, and I almost choked. I suppose if they liked 1800s decor...

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Thanks for calling by my blog generated over here in Yorkshire, England. What I want to know is who is snall enough to wear that knitwear or live in those tiny rooms? I thought the USA was becoming an obese society - not a land of Lilliputians!

Yorkshire Pudding said...

"Snall"? I mean small!

odd facts said...

Ouch! Well maybe this is our way to compensate for obesity. Although, I wouldn't mind being a Lilliputian if I got to live in rooms like those. As long as I am not a Yahoo, I am happy.

R.E.H. said...

I wonder... if I try real hard, could I get into one of those sweaters... they look really comfy.

And that room is freaking amazing. Impressive work there.

And, thank you for visiting my blog.

Click here to see IT said...

Are you part of the revolution?

odd facts said...

r.e.h: If you were in a Disney movie you could. On second thoughts, living in a Disney movie would be dreadful. Banish the thought!

odd facts said...

click here to see it: Not exactly, but I really liked that clip. It is a good example of why I try to get my news from a variety of sources. It is amazing how much conscious or even unconscious bias can change things.

Tracey said...

That picture of the sweaters is AMAZING. I can't imagine needles small enough to knit so itty bitty....

odd facts said...

I can't imagine PATIENCE to knit so itty bitty!

kasper794 said...

I don't have enough patience for that, But I absolutly love your blog.

Linda said...

Hi, 1st time here from Living to Tell the Story. I can't believe I'm from Indiana and haven't heard of this artist. Great blog.

Lawyer Mama said...

Look at those tiny sweaters! And that room. Wow.

odd facts said...

Welcome, Linda from Indiana. I suppose that Althea didn't go into extreme knitting for the fame.
Lawyer Mama: Exactly. Wow.