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Thursday, May 04, 2006

the goats of Acryl

The label in the sweater said 100% Acrylic - Made in Hong Kong. Given the fact that wonderful sweaters are made from wool, cashmere, mohair and alpaca - and these come from animals - I couldn't help but wonder what kind of animal acrylic came from.

After much research (several minutes) throughout my animal library facilities, copious amounts of deductive reasoning and a few SWAGs, I have narrowed it down a bit, but as yet have not come up with a single mention of this animal anywhere. But the manufacturing location of the sweater leads me to believe that it is from somewhere in the Far East.

The total lack of information tells me this animal is a closely guarded secret, but probably is a very hardy sheep or goat from a high mountain range. The name of the material tells me it must be a small country guarded by inaccessible, altitudinous terrain whose name almost has to be Acryl, because everything from there is Acrylic.

Evidently the acryl animal is a very prolific hair grower because this type material is seen throughout cloth-dom and more specifically, sweater-dom. The people of Acryl have to be a very caring, careful people, for if they sheared too much from the animal, it would freeze in the terrible temperature extremes that I assume their home country must have and the whole Acrylic economy would collapse.

The material has a feel of springy plasticity causing me to farther conclude that the Acryl animal must be a goat and omnivorous to the point of consuming not only grass and other plant material but also the plastic waste of this tiny country, showing us recycling's finest by-product.

The search for and the saga of this animal will continue until all the facts are out. If any of you know anything about this creature or its country of origin, please let me know. ec


Blogger country-gospel-singer said...

Let me know when you find the answer. LOL Blessings, Janie Marie

5/04/2006 10:05:00 PM  
Blogger Bonita said...

This story has the scent of 'Bigfoot'. We need to look for paw prints in the sand. Indeed.

5/04/2006 10:25:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

CGS - Will keep you posted on search results.

bonita - Don't know for sure but I don't think there is any sand in Acryl. ec

5/04/2006 11:49:00 PM  
Blogger Granny said...

Their footpads are velcro, enabling them to cling to the rocky surface of their domain.

5/05/2006 12:21:00 AM  
Blogger Granny said...

In case you don't get back over to granny soon, here is the link to the red hat society. They're all over the place. Thought it sounded familiar when I read the poem.

5/05/2006 03:22:00 AM  
Blogger JunieRose said...


Now- you got me running off on this search....
Sure hope it's not a Wild Goose Chase!



5/05/2006 08:13:00 AM  
Blogger Jayleigh said...

Tooo funny. My dad always wondered how many Nauga's they had to kill to get a Naugahide couch. I probably butchered the spelling of that. lol

5/05/2006 10:27:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

granny - The velcro sounds reasonable - would certainly keep them on their perch. I had seen several groups of the red hats and it seems like I did read about them in the past.

junierose - No - it would have to be a wild goat chase. :)

jayleigh - I remember hearing about the naugas and even making silly comments about them too - I know you would find that hard to believe. :) ec

5/05/2006 03:20:00 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

LOL!! I thought you were serious for a moment there.

Perhaps they're from Accra in Ghana?!

5/05/2006 03:30:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

sue - I do get serious, but only if I have to - silly is more comfortable. ec

5/05/2006 07:30:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

May I suggest that the animal you seek may be the dinosaur? I come up with that since Acrylic is a plastic and a primary ingredient is plastics is petroleum, which I understand comes from the decomposed corpses of dinosaurs. (Remember: I’m a theologian not a chemists and my factual information may not be accurate).

5/05/2006 07:47:00 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Hmmm, makes me wonder if the "Acrylic" is extinct!! Or, perhaps a hybrid of some exotic creature.
Mr E, loved your post on Barcelona...just fabulous :)

5/07/2006 02:53:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

SSN - Hmmm, a Jurassic sheep - that is something to think about - no wonder they are keeping this a secret.

michelle - To be sure there are some kind of critters out there somewhere producing this Acrylic yarn - else where would all the sweaters come from? Thanks about the Barcelona thing - a lot of long ago memories. ec

5/07/2006 08:07:00 AM  

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