Before you go reading much further,
Jul 22, 2009
Before you go reading much further,
Jul 20, 2009
Do I take the above assorted novelty yarn samples and weave myself a super cape? Or, are they simply destined for the yarn jar labelled, "Strings too short to save".
Jul 19, 2009
This weekend I thought I might try out one of 'em thar Days of Beauty for my own dang self. Like so many things I do it would have been better left to the imagination.
Ever look in the mirror and say, "Girl, you need somebody else to take over the command station," or "Wow! There really isn't anybody at the helm at all is there?" That's become my mantra. I give you my new bangs. (For emphasis of perspective I've super-imposed graph lines.)
No, I did not cut them myself. You will note that the right quadrant is decidedly shorter than the left when viewing the picture straight on. If we were playing Battle Ship I would be speaking of quadrant F-3. I did leave a tip for the stylist because it is partially my fault. I'm the one who said I wanted a change and I'm the one who said I wanted a low-maintenance hairdo. The stylist (who, incidentally has beautiful hair) suggested "we" go short. She said this in response to my inquiry as to what would be the best hair cut for "somebody like me". I thought she meant a short style would make my face look more feminine or younger, you know, something flattering. I told her to, "go for it". (Ah yes, "Go For It". In retrospect that's more of a phrase men might bellow when breaking huddle at a football game as opposed to something a lady sings when enjoying her special, special Day of Beauty.)I'm also the fool who said, "Do my bangs look a bit uneven?" This question triggered a flurry of additional activity in quadrants B through F-4. I am a quick learner though. When she said, "How's that?" I replied, "Perfect". (All around it was a day for misusing words.)
Which brings us full circle. This is, after all a web log of textile adventures. I've finished dying the 15 lbs of soft, white wool. The dye lab is now dismantled for the season and I have a lovely supply of fibers to utilize in the months ahead:
The above picture shows my efforts of the past few weeks. I'd like to close this long post with a special comment about my craft. I work primarily in wool. No animals are ever harmed as a result of my need for wool. I use fleeces from healthy, well-cared-for sheep. Having just been fleeced myself I know that this is not a painful experience (physically).
Jul 4, 2009
I was supposed to have made this announcement on June 21st, the first day of Summer. But, it was also Father's Day and the whole thing got procrastinated. I could say I planned to procrastinate when I entitled the contest, "The Great Procrastinator's Finger Puppet Contest" but that would be a bold-faced lie for if I had planned to procrastinate I'm quite sure I would have put that off as well and we would have had to wait until the first day of Autumn for our winners to be announced.
In all fairness to me I would like to mention here that Summer itself has procrastinated its appearance. I was at the Duluth Harbor watching a tall ship come in yesterday (putting off writing this) and I was very glad to be wearing a long-sleeved turtle neck.
It was a sultry 56 deg. F. as I steadied my camera and took this photo.
If you look closely everyone on board is knitting. (NOT, but back in the heyday of the Tall Ship there was a heck of a lot of textile play going on I assure you! It is widely believed that knitting began with men. They were sailors making their nets. )
Oops, a digression, imagine that.
How the two winners were chosen: There is a random winner and a 2nd winner that I just pick. I decided to discover the random winner first as that would automatically reduce the number of entries from which I had to try and choose the 2nd winner. HERE I WILL BE BRUTALLY BLUNT. There are several entries that I'm crazy about and, as I suspected might be the case, the random winner was actually one of my favorite entries.
Congratulations GRUMPY CRUMPET. Your entry happened to be #10 of 16 total entries. The random number generator at random.org selected you and good thing too because as much as I was crazy for your entry I might have chosen to take a pass on attempting to make the mandatory bagueatte of wool that your finger puppet carries at all times. As I am now forced to attempt this feat I might cheat and make the baguette of apoxie. Either way I'm sure it will be quite delicious!
NOW, down to the hard part, subjectively choosing one other finger puppet to make from the remaining entries. Here are some of my favorites:
- Sarah's Wendy-O, the celtic witch. I love making witches and I've never made a celtic one;
- Beads and Yarn's Mamarazzi, or what I like to call the point and shoot fingerpuppet. Can I ever relate to what you described!
- JuneMoonToon's Everspring Fairy who perches on your finger reciting poetry. That's great! What's also great is your blog of written work and lovely pictures!
- Annita EVERYBODY take a moment to click on this link and see the fantastic knitted characters!! Annita your short rows and shaping all done with stockinette stitch are super-delightful. I love the way you sculpt with knitting!
- Jo James' Abrahand Lincoln. Fantastic idea! Imagine how daunting it would be to make a finger puppet after one of my most favorite presidents for one of my most favorite folk and doll artists! I'm a long-time fan of all things Cart Before the Horse! P.S. I had to come back and add this MUST SEE TO BELIEVE link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVL_UPAn8eU (After watching it you'll know why I'm daunted to even imagine making a finger puppet for this artist!) The art dolls steal the show and well, the music has been stuck in my head ever since I saw it. (Not complaining. I wanna dream in stereo too.)
- Lisa Lectura I love your big-eyed art dolls. Everybody take a peek.
- Angelique I'm crazy for SugarCain humor. The Yoda-eared fingerpuppet with Bette Midler's personality would be larger than life. Let me add that your doll-making adventures introduced me to Paverpol and I dipped some knitting into that stuff and, well it's still drying all these many months later but, hard as a rock it will be!! By the way, I think your paper doll work is terrific.
- Gnomegarden HA! A finger puppet with a small electrode in the tip? That's just BATTS. And speaking of batts your blends are sparkly fun for hand spinners. (Note to those that do not spin yarn: Batts are blends of wool and other spinning fibers that create all kinds of colorful fun. Gnomegarden is a pro a making fiber candy for the textile artist.)
So, you can see it wasn't easy to select from all these antics! I really got myself in a pickle this time but, I did choose a winner: Congratulations go out to......(drums are rolling, commercial breaks are taken, when we return I extend this blog another hour by recaping what I just wrote, then the drums roll some more...)
SARA'S ORGANIZED CHAOS That's right Sara! You will see Suzy the Floozy come to life in finger puppet form under the condition that you promise not to use her for evil. The legal documentation to this effect should be finalized and ready for your signature shortly and the building of this puppet will commense from there.
So, when will these puppets be completed? I don't blame you for wondering that! Certainly you can understand why I might decline to answer. I plan to begin right away! I shall begin with Grumpy Crumpet's french creation and the picture will be posted here. Now, I'm off to google baguette (which I'm not even sure I've been spelling correctly). Wish me luck! And, thanks to everybody who played along!