Monday, December 29, 2008

busy busy


Okay, I did not get to the Gym on Sunday, but I went today. Sunday I worked on cleaning out the basement and I think I got a pretty good work out (my aching shoulders are telling me that I did for sure). I have the back of the car filled with bags to take to the Goodwill. (Steve thinks I am weird for calling it "the" Goodwill, does anyone else do that?) I have almost completed a baby sweater I started yesterday, after many false starts at following a pattern that has a newborn baby weighing in at 30 lbs,I instead created my own pattern.  I ended up with something much simpler than I had planned. I'll post pics when it is completed. The picture above is my dresser top. I want to use up my vintage buttons on fingerless gloves, but I fear the ones with buttons don't sell that well...I am  constantly questioning my ideas, does anyone else do that? The photo on my dresser is of me and gage when I was pregnant with Aster. I bid on a photo shoot  from the local  PBS fundraising auction and I won. My prize was to go to a very creepy guy's house to get this picture made. Aster is up in the corner there - that picture is from when she was about three years old. I miss them at that age. They are such lovely young adults now, but I miss them being little.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

I will spin


So far this winter break has been both relaxing and productive. I have made two dresses for Mod Molly (see below) and I have four pairs of gloves to sew up and post to my Etsy shop. I have gone to the gym and run 3 miles on the treadmill three days in a row now and I hope to keep it up all week! But what I really want to do is spin. Not at the gym but in front of the fire. I got my spinning wheel over two years ago and I am pretty sure I only used it once last winter. I had a need for yellow (which I have again) so I started on this gorgeous merino roving. I really want to finish it all and knit something with it. I also want to clean out the basement (my studio) and do some wonderful cooking and baking.
This is the dress I knit for Mod Molly. Aster tied a satin Christmas ribbon around the waist. I think it looks pretty good. I still need to knit the matching hair band I promised.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Mod Molly

Mod Molly got a couple of wigs for Christmas. She also got a beautiful japanese style dress from Melacacia's shop on Etsy. I am going to try to copy the pattern and make more dresses for Molly. I'll post soon on how the sewing goes. You know how I love to sew!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Internet Art

This new website (I found via Treasuring) looks like a great oportunity for us artists to reach more people out there on the internet. Seems a little like a Paper and Stitch Shop with more "art" as well as cards, ceramics, fashoin and more. Free until June for artists - check it out here.

Kitschy Stitiches


I just recieved the book of kitschy stitches for a gift. There is of course a website that allows one's curiosity of ugly kniting and crocheted patterns to be satiated. Stitchy McYarnpants is the nom de plume of Debbie Brisson, who also hosts the “confessions of a husband-neglecting, cat-shooing, yarn-hoarding knitaholic” blog and Museum of Kitschy Stitches.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

Winter


Winter just isn't my season.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Appropriating Posts


Appropriating... I totally stole this post from Tree Hugger. You can read more at their original post. It feels like the perfect place to celebrate the Winter Soltice to me.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice occurs on December 21, 2008 at 7:04 AM EST and while the beginning of winter marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year, I like to think of it marking the beginning of the days getting longer. We are on the upswing of the darkness and I will be driving to work in daylight soon.

I did it!

I did make the Orangettes (Candied Orange Rinds) last night. They are not only very pretty candies, they are delish too. They have this unusual spicy/anise flavor even though you add nothing to the orange rind but sugar. They are a "grown up" candy for certain. Although they are very time consuming to make it is a very simple recipe. I began around 5:00 pm and completely finished them around 9:00. The peeling of the orange rind is the most time consuming part. I was able to complete many other chores while the rind was boiling away at different stages. I reccomend trying the recipe. I'll post pictures tonight hopefully.
Later... Here are the pictures I promised.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A Handmade Holiday

It is not too late to cook up so treats to give to hosts and hosteses, friends and family... I just found these Orangettes that I really want to try to make- I may just do it tonight! Sixoneseven is generous enough to share the seemingly simple recipe for candied orange rind. My mother used to make pickled watermelon rind. I never liked it. Spiced almonds is one of my favorite gifts too. If you have more time you could also make your own jam or mustard. Maybe I'll post my mustard recipe soon, posting the recipe may budge me to make some this year.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Painting



Backseat Drawing


We bought this great game on Saturday at Barnes and Noble. It consists of a set of cards with items/objects and two write on wipe off boards. The drawer attempts to draw a picture of the thing on the card by following the partner's pathetic instructions. The first drawer to guess what is being drawn wins. So, the artists don’t know what they are drawing—they can only follow the instructions given by the other team member. It is like backwards pictionary. Imagine trying to explain to someone how to draw a toothbrush. We never stopped laughing. If you are still searching for great gifts, this game would make a great present for anyone.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Lonley Doll

This is a picture (a self portrait actually) of photographer and writer Dare Wright, author of The Lonely Doll books. These stories are about a doll named Edith and two stuffed bears, Mr. Bear and little bear and the illustrations are black and white still shots. (sort of Cindy Shermanesque). If you are not familiar with these classics, you must look into them. I have many original copies and always loved them. My favorite is A Gift from the Lonley Doll, in which Edith Knits Mr. Bear a very, very long scarf for Christmas, and....well you will just have to read the book to find out what happens. There are so many images from these books burned into my memory. In one story, Edith breaks Mr. Bear's mantel clock and she and little bear run away from "home." The picture of them thinking about crossing the ominous Brooklyn Bridge is one of my favorites, and later in that story they are seen sleeping by a trash can on a dirty city sidewalk. And then there is one story in which Edith gets a kitten, I love that one too. Wright used a real kitten in the photos which resulted in an even more interesting juxtaposition of real life and play. Wright's parents were divorced when she was three years old and she was separated from her older brother and her father. Even though many of the stories in The Lonley Doll books surround her dark fears of punishment and abandonment, they are still very charming (or maybe that is why they are so charming).

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Storybook love

Found this song today, original by Willie DeVille, now re-made by Mark Knopfler. It is on my playlist if you want to hear it, I just love it....
I have this feeling it was in the Princess Bride, I'll have to look it up.
Later... Yes, it was in the Princess Bride. I guess I am feeling more nostalgic than I realized.
Even later...( I have actually listened to this song over and over again today. I feel like when I was thirteen years old and I could press the rewind button on the tape player).

Come my love I'll tell you a tale,
Of a boy and girl
And their love story.
And how he loved her oh so much,
and all the charms she did possess

Now this did happen once upon a time,
When things were not so complex.
And how he worshiped the ground she walked,
And when he looked in her eyes he became obsessed.

My love is like a storybook story,
But its as real as the feelings I feel.
My love is like a storybook story,
But its as real as the feelings I feel.

His love was stronger than the power so dark,
A prince could have within his keeping.
His spells to weave and steal her heart,
Within her heart but only sleeping.

My love is like a storybook story,
But its as real as the feelings I feel.
My love is like a storybook story,
But its as real as the feelings I feel.

And he said:
"Don't you know i love you oh, so much,
and lay my heart at the foot of your dress."
And she said:
"Don't you know that storybook loves,
Always have a happy ending."

Then he swooped her up just like in the books
And on his stalion the rode away.

My love is like a storybook story,
But its as real as the feelings I feel.
My love is like a storybook story,
But its as real as the feelings I feel.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Blythe and Knitting

One of my daughter's big Christmas presents this year is this gorgeous Blythe Doll, Mod Molly. She is a japanese doll we had to order from Taiwan. The unique thing about Blythe Dolls is that their eyes change color with the pull of their pull cord. Molly has green, blue, pink and/or orange eyes (and green eye shadow) My daughter got to have her a little early, as it is impossible to surprise kids with gifts at her age. I am looking forward to making clothes for her over break - sewing dresses and knitting hats and scarves and sweaters for her. There are lots of Etsy sellers who do this - and I am planning to corner the market. I had a pile of gloves out to photograph and post, and my daughter got to them first and made the wonderful images. I think the pics would make nice cards. Am I being silly? Or will other people enjoy these images too? It is probably just a case of nostalgia for me as the pictures remind me of the Lonely Doll a little bit.




Sunday, December 7, 2008

images


I took these photos this summer on a bright day. I miss those bright days. It took me this long but I finally posted them and a handful of other new items. To see more check out my shop!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Reading again

So now that I am not completely obsessed with knitting every single spare moment I have ...

I actually began reading a book! An old English Professor :) gave me a book of short stories by David Foster Wallace called "Girl with Curious Hair" and so far so very very good. I asked for bizzare and he gave me bizarre! I need a book to be totally different than real life. I need a book that makes me laugh and cringe and wonder a lot, and this book does all that and more. Thanks, Steve! Here is an excerpt of a story that surrounds the making of the televison show Jeopardy! in the mid 80's.

“See that window?” he says. “That’s where the rules go. Out the window.” Feels at his nose. “Does your conscientious entertainer retain – and here I say think about all the implications of ‘retention,’ here.”– looking at Janet – “I mean does he cling blindly to rules for their own sake when the very goal and purpose and idea of those rules walks right in off the street and into the hearts of every Triscuit consumer in the free world?”

Sick of Knitting


I have been collecting socks to make sock animals andI think I am finally had enough of knitting now so I feel I can start on them. Found the cutie above at Dingelberry's shop on Etsy.

And the two below at Three Red Tree's. I don't think I will attempt using the fuzzy socks, but isn't he adorable!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Trinity Stitch


Karen at infiknit uses the trinity stitch for her beautiful hand knit neck warmers and fingerless gloves. I was so smitten with her work at the Second Stories} Indie Market that I attempted a little piece of it at lunch. I messed up terribly at first and then go the hand of it. The little baubles come out so lovely, but I cannot take my eyes off my knitting as I work. Too much thinking , not enough knitting for me. Perhaps I will use it more someday. Karen also has a wonderful blog you should check out.
If any knitters out there are interested, the Trinity Stitch is worked on a multiple of 4 sts. and 4 rows
Row 1 (K1, P1, K1) in one st. then P3 tog. -repeat to end
Row 2 Purl
Row 3 P3tog then (K1, P1, K1) in one st. - repeat to end
Row 4 Purl

My Table


Frenshly Blended was so nice to post photos of the Second Storie} Indie Market. If you couldn't be there, you can see see what you missed (on her flickr page.) I am so thrilled she took this lovely shot of my table. I am never organized enough to do that.

Foundling


At the Second Storie} show my daughter also got a lovely necklace from Foundling. She loved the one pictured below but chose one that has japanese text in it. My mom bought me the poppy bobby pins and they are just perfrect for when my hair is driving me crazy falling in my eyes. And instead of looking dorky I look quite cute.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

at Second Storie}

At the Second Storie} Indie Market, my daughter got a couple of lip balms from the Fuzzy Bunny. She really likes the Orange Vanilla. And I got some gorgeous hand spun cotton/merino yarn. Check out their Etsy shop for wonderful hand made soaps, lip balms, and more. The yarn is at their other Etsy Shop.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Trading Up

At the end of the day on Sunday, Amber traded with me and I really do feel very lucky. I think she was too exhausted to realize I was getting the best of the deal. I love the earrings I got which are like these in the pic, but I think mine are rose hips (or little blueberries). Her work can be seen and purchased here. Thank you Amber! Rochester is so lucky to have her around for a couple of years so look for her at local shows too!