Have I ever mentioned that doll making is fiddly work?

•September 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment


Well, it is. Particularly when your end project is only 7″ high and hand sewn with button-hinge joints. All of those small details have to be plotted out well and completed with a steady hand — creating a stencil, tracing, cutting, trimming, sewing, stuffing, making up. You can’t rush the work. You can’t do it, unthinking, on a bus or an express train like you can with knitting or crochet. The pieces are small and easily misplaced.

It’s stressful and I was put off from doing it for a long time.

Fortunately, a commission came down the pike and anxiety forced me to take the project one step at a time, spreading each phase out over several days. It transformed it into a meditative experience with a positive end reward.

Stay tuned!

“My tears won’t fall too fast…”

•September 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Because, sometimes, in a time of personal crisis, the only thing that helps is getting out a hammer and using it constructively.

Some anodized aluminum tags will have a base that was colored during the process of making the sheets the tags are cut from. Others are processed as silver or gold colored aluminum and then have a thin plastic coating added. The aquamarine blue blank tag I picked up from Beadology in Iowa City was one of the latter and, once I was finished stamping the caption, the plastic coating did not last. Fortunately, the silver surface underneath it was shiny and gorgeous!

The caption comes from a song made famous by Brenda Lee. I played this many times when I was DJing at three o’ clock in the morning. Brenda, Connie Francis and Barbara Lee work very well on late night shows. Particularly on a playlist with Hank Williams, Wilco and Nick Cave.

Rumors of my defenestration have been somewhat exacerbated…

•September 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I haven’t thrown myself out a window. But, the last few weeks (and indeed, the last few months) it was a near thing.

In my exile, I’ve been working, seeing my therapist and crocheting. My first scarf (126 stitches, Size J hook, nine rows single crochet, one row double) ended up being too short for me, but was just about long enough for Zoe.

Favorite Videos: “Reach Out (I’ll Be There),” The Four Tops

•September 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Two minutes after I completed my last post, this song came on the PA at the coffee shop.

My life is… strange. 

Favorite Videos: “Life Line,” Harry Nilsson

•September 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Lockdown mode is a bastard (even with dolls to make and things to crochet). Asking for help is worse.


•August 26, 2014 • 1 Comment

Travel fatigue set in in a bad way this past weekend. I ended up leaving work to hop a bus to St. Louis — remembered my yarn, but forgot my crochet hook on the desk in my cubicle! Remembering a story someone had told me at GenCon, I was able to improvise a small one with a re-purposed paper clip.

My chain stitch was so neat using this method. I might just keep it.

Still learning the finer points of how to crochet…

•August 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Learning how to craft something new is always easier with a good friend by your side! As it is, my first effort at a “crochet project” was a miniature scarf for the otter puppet I bought at GenCon (his name is Perryworth and he would like you to respect his sartorial magnificence). (Read more…)


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,358 other followers

%d bloggers like this: