Wednesday, March 30, 2016

the knit is back

so.. i don't really watch much tv. (no superiority here - oh, you'll see) we don't have cable, though we do have netflix and a stack of series on dvd and recommendations from friends, etc. i just really have trouble sitting down and just watching something without thinking "oh god i should be washing the dishes or finishing this or that project". but this winter, i did get into... celebrity big brother.

look. if you're going to get into reality tv, there's no point unless it's trashy and over-the-top. no pretense of a higher purpose here. yes, vh1 celebreality was my shit at the time. i have been lamenting new york's absence from the airwaves for some time now. so when i found out she would be on this season...

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#hbic


i'll refrain from discussion of the show for the disinterested (but if you want to chat...!) and i was actually glad when it was done.. damn, this thing's on every day? with after-shows? but i realized that this sitting down for an hour on the regular did reintroduce something that's been missing in my life - knitting time! when i am doing my typical flitting about hands-on with everything thing, i wind up never really being able to make any headway on my knitting projects. so! i was finally able to finish my honeymoon shawl i started in october.

drachenschwanz shawl


apologies for the glare-y iphone photo. i really liked this pattern, and might actually knit it again in a different gauge. i also came thisclose to finishing up my handspun rainbow socks that have been lingering for a while. somehow my stitch count got out of whack on the cuffs, and they were kinda annoying to get on and off.. so i bit the bullet and frogged the top part of both to fix. hopefully they don't sit in wip status for too long.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

toys of the 80s

hello hello, 2016! getting into cleaning, sorting, downsizing, and decluttering mode. i have such an 80s toy horde that i don't really need to keep. there's only so much space in one house, so why not keep just the favorites? there's only so many collections one person can have, you know?

i think the first real collection i started was strawberry shortcake. i always loved the book illustrations (see "the winter that would not end" here.. i need to get that one back from my mom's house!). at some point i started re-collecting the dolls of my youth. (cafe ole was always a fave...)

lem 'n ada


i spent a lot of time on ebay back in the day when i had some actual disposable income, seeking out cheap incorrectly-named lots of vintage dolls. i had a thing for my little pony too, but luckily still had a lot of my originals and it also seemed easier to come across ponies in secondhand shops and such. along the way, i would come across all sorts of sesame street, barbie, jem, herself the elf, etc related things. i <3 savers, have i mentioned?

at some point, i've come to appreciate the act of decluttering. a little. it hasn't come easily to me. i'll get there, little by little.

cabbage patch kids figurines


but, (like pulling teeth) i've been picking out some things that i'm cool with letting go of. this my little pony princess is up in my shop currently. take a peek!



more to come in time. and if there's any particular 80s toy line that you're interested in, let me know. there's a good chance i have something tucked away...

Sunday, January 24, 2016

2015 in tweets

some of my favorite moments of 2015, on twitter and the world in general. my favorite favorites, i guess.


2016 will be good.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

seasons change

another summer gone, for real. it was a pretty good one.

summer wildflowers

as usual, we got to see tons of good live music. getting to newport for the folk festival without car trouble was a bonus.

music of summer 2015
(l to r: the low anthem at one providence, james taylor at the newport folk festival, string builder at burnside park, deerhoof at foo fest)

this has definitely been a year of changes and transitions. to finally have a name for something that's been wrong for years and years.. is pretty damn good, to say the least. also, we had four weddings this year among our family and friends, three in september alone.. including ours!

you you you you you
credit for framed song lyric idea to leethal!

it all went by pretty quickly.. i did some crafty-type wedding stuff, but not as much as i would have liked (but there's never too much stuff to make, right?). here's to more good changes ahead, okay? for one thing, this blog layout is sorely in need of an overhaul. thanks for dealing with the current weirdness.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

photo-a-day, week 2

a belated (partial) week 2 of leethal's photo-a-day project.


#oval

#floor

#stack

#throwback

Saturday, April 25, 2015

granny squares of the 70s

recently my dad came across one of my grandmother's old crochet magazines and gave it to me. vintage knit/crochet magazines are always a favorite (70s ones especially!), so here - woman's day granny squares: the photo essay.

woman's day granny squares


already drawn in by the 70s color schemes.

crochet mosaic skirt

straight-up afghan as clothing. i don't know.

granny square vest


there is something appealing about this one though, in a hippie-ish sort of way i guess.

granny square blanket
nice folk album cover art styling.

i always love the strange kid photos.. think about the fact that this was the best shot of the session.

awkward baby blanket
crochet childrens poncho
this kid's face says it all.

crochet wall hanging


i do rather like this wall hanging. except, you know, as a blanket..

crochet blanket 1970s


gravity-defying. i have no idea what's happening here.

crochet vests


"am i gonna get beat up for wearing this?"
"..."

more photos on my tumblr, if you're up for it.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

photo-a-day

and we're back.

i haven't been feeling much in the way of creativity this winter. likely because these past few months can be summed up pretty well by this image:

meanwhile in new england

(though actually the place in japan where this photo was taken is pretty interesting.)

anyway, i'm doing lee meredith's photo-a-day thing for april on instagram. i figured one photo per day would be simple enough, but i've lately i'm out of the house for about 12 hours on work days, so.. not so much. oy. but i will plug along. (: week one:

#leethalpad sky
day 1: #sky

leethalpad face
day 2: #face

leethalpad twist
day 3: #twist

leethalpad sweet
day 5: #sweet


some have been challenging (in a good way!).. who would have thought i would have trouble finding something for "clash"? in the past i think i would have just stopped doing it altogether if i missed one day (because if it's not going to be just right, why keep going?), but i seem to have gotten past that a bit. i'll try and catch up a bit, but here at least we have a beginning!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

new treasury: 1990s

since i'm in vintage mode lately, i put together a monochromatic 90s treasury on etsy. i forgot these were fun, dude.

1990s vintage


maybe next something spring-y? it would be nice to see some color around here, but it seems like it'll never stop snowing...