Weekend Site Seeing

Our friend, Harriet, in Norway has designed patterns of Shiba dogs used on hand-knitted hats, scarves, socks, and mittens. Sales of finished items support a Shiba club that offers information, dog training, etc.

Harriet’s website is in Norwegian, but we can have it translated to English. Have you ever had a website translated? There are a number of sites that will do it. I usually go here and paste the page URL into the box. If we do that with Harriet’s site we get this.

Funk & Weber Designs dogsled cross stitch pattern, The Trail HomeShibas are not sled dogs, but they are in the spitz family to which huskies also belong.

Because it’s a computer-generated translation, it’s not the best. But we can understand enough to get the gist, and we get some laughs to boot.

I have a friend who is a Japanese/English translator. (Shiba’s originally hail from Japan, by the way.) She works hard to not just translate words, but also tone, nuance, and implied feelings and ideas. There’s more to translating than finding synonyms, and computer-generated translations bring home that point.

Anywho. Harriet’s designs are great and the hand-made knitwear is beautiful. Check it out!

Categories: Crafting

6 replies »

  1. Harriet, these designs are wonderful! And the knitwear looks so warm.
    The Shibas are beautiful, too!

  2. Thank you, Jen, for writing about and sharing a link to my knitting pattern Shiba-Knitting.

    The computer-generated-translation of the specific web site was absolutely funny to read. The general idea of the content was conserved, as far as I can tell, but there were a lot of laughs to be had about the choices of words 😉 And the meaning changed in some of the sentences, as well… I think my middle name is to be translated to “The Forest”, and not “Wood”?

    @Becca:The knitwear is really necessary in this area. I even go to summer party with my mittens 🙂

    By the way, I hope some more people from the Club will join the Knitting Group, I am the singular member right now. I have some embroidery I would like to give priority 😉
    Regards from Harriet

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