The late Mr. Chubbs (a CHINESE DOG) certainly enjoyed the taste of his own nose! He looks so happy in this December 2003 photo. If you would like to make a stamp out of this picture for your holiday cards, that would be very peculiar. But don’t let the fact that I think you’re a lunatic ruin your postal joy! Custom postage is available from Zazzle, Stamps.com, PictureIt Postage and other websites.
From Chinese dogs to Made-in-China sweaters … I had been very happy with my purchase of a “cashmere tee” from J. Crew. I wore it about eight hours total on three separate occasions and hadn’t had it cleaned yet. What?! Don’t judge. Too much dry-cleaning is no good. Besides, I don’t sweat; I’m a lady, for God’s sake! Anyway, I was about to go out to dinner and was standing in front of the mirror making sure my wig was on straight and whatnot when I asked myself, “Self, has this sweater PILLED already?!” I could not believe my eyes! I whipped off the sweater to make a closer inspection and while doing so discovered two big holes nowhere near the seam, but right in the fabric itself.
J. Crew has replied to my distressed email with the reassurance that they will give me a refund, but first I had to read through a long condescending explanation of cashmere. In case any of you don’t have 30 years of cashmere-wearing experience, like I do, I will share this helpful information: “After wearing a new cashmere garment for the first few times, customers may find small balls of fiber forming on the surface. These small balls or ‘pills’ are caused by some of the loose fibers tangling together as areas of the garment are rubbed during wear. This ‘pilling’ is not indicative of inferior quality – it is an inevitable consequence of the careful processing of this very fine fiber. Pills can easily be removed by hand or by using a cashmere comb.”
I think J. Crew better go examine its manufacturing operations in China. As I’ve said before, China is the Wild West of manufacturing and anything could be going on there. I should point out that the tag says the sweater was made in China of Italian wool. Please! This material was plucked from a couple of goats who eat poison toothpaste and lead toys and live in back of the factory.