“A Spot of Color” Scarf

•September 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I made a big pile of Scarf. This is essentially Mark 2 of the crochet experiment that ended up only being long enough to fit my cat. Which is fitting, considering my favorite lace knit scarf from Macro Sun was recently “claimed” by said feline friend when I was out of the apartment (a handmade gift from Mama was apparently not enough). And every hippie girl needs at least one colorful, light scarf that can be worn year round. (Read more…)

How did 14-count become the default?

•September 29, 2014 • 3 Comments

Particularly for cross stitch cloth sold in larger retail chains? When I went looking for cloth in different colors (blue for my sea monsters), this was the only size I could get at Michael’s. I’m adjusting the template just fine but now I’m very curious about how these precedents are set. Any ideas?

“2,500 tons of awesome.”

•September 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

A friend recently corralled me into their living room with pizza and soda for the express purpose of watching Pacific Rim. “If you like Godzilla, you’ll like this.” He was right.

I’ve broken out the graph paper and, once I’ve wrapped up the new Pink Five necklaces, the kaiju are next!

Captain Picard “Facepalm” Doll

•September 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Thank god for good friends and fun commissions. My friend Lindsay requested a tiny facepalming Captain Picard for the desk at her office and revived this dormant doll maker.

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Have I ever mentioned that doll making is fiddly work?

•September 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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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.

 
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