Sunday, November 30, 2008

More bears

I meant to talk about this piece when I wrote about little Orange-ee the bean bear, but I was so busy I forgot!

It's fun and exciting! I got a fabulous print of voila!

The fabulous Masked Bear! There was some initial heartache, but Bear came in the mail and is making me very very happy. I heartily recommend the fabulous stylings of the Zukzuk artiste Helen. So very good!

I have loved bears for quite a long time. In fact, my primo best friend as a child was aptly named 'Beary'. And he is still with me. To this day. Sometimes he even sleeps in the bed, though mostly he sits with the other animals on a shelf lately.

He doesn't mind.

Bears are sweet, but in person maybe a bit scary. We went to the Bronx zoo and saw a for real brown bear last wednesday. They're large and sort of scary. And we saw a polar bear. It was eating some animal that had fallen into its area. I think it was a possum. Not very pleasant.

But! There's always the 'Bears Upstairs'. I loved that story as a child. Bears! Living in a hotel! How crazy is that? I just looked them up. I guess it's out of print. It's by Dorothy Haas. I forgot that they're from the planet Bruin. I sort of want to read it again. I remember loving it as a kid. It's available used online. Here's a link to a photo of the cover that I remember as a child. So great.





Tuesday, November 25, 2008

32 flavors hat

I did it! I took photos of both the sister and the fabulous hat at once! This is her wearing the hat at Kenisco Dam. Yay for nifty dams in Westchester County! They're pretty.

Here's another photo. For those of you who want closeup goodness. She is a very good little model. You can tell it was really really cold. Just standing still was difficult in the cold.

The colors on my monitor look a little muted. This is one heckuva colorful hat! I really do think the other skein may be a good arm warmer or leg warmer combo with this hat.

So yes. Go to Rivulette's shop and buy more yarn from her! She does have one skein of this left last I checked. It will make a hat a bit bigger than this size! I have a bit left over from that first skein still.

So we have a sister in the house. She seems happy to be running around NYC while me and the mate are off at work. She has discovered St. Marks place. And last night I took her to Williamsburg near where I work so she could experience the bizarre hipster restaurant which is 'Sea'. Thai wackiness. It feels like you're in a posh club/warehouse with cool lights and techno music playing. And the food is really really good.

Today she promises me she will go see Chinatown. I hope she likes it. 

Off to work!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Bear bears

This is Orangee the bean bear. He's very cute. Visit him at my etsy shop if you love him as much as I do!

I am feeling much better. Orange versus Blue. There's a lot of change happening in my life right now, and I'm excited for it. It's scary, but exciting.

I am changing jobs, and very happy to be doing something new. More on that soon. Right now my work involves me helping to make sure the people who are replacing me are up to speed and ready to go for next year.

In other news, right now me and the monkey man are cleaning the house and doing dishes and restocking our pantry because my little sister is visiting. She arrives tonight!

I am finally at a point in my life when I was A: living right near NYC, and B: could afford to bring my California bound sister to visit (I bought the ticket, roundtrip sadly). And of course, C: she's the right age (teenager) for visiting on her own!

All good things. And who as a teenager didn't want to visit NYC to visit with their slightly older nifty sister?

So I'm excited to host her here with us two for a week. We'll do fun thanksgiving adventures and maybe I will get to show her backstage at a show or two I've worked on (have to ask first though). And we'll visit the relatives up in Connecticut that are only two hours away but we never visit. :(

More other news:

I knit a hat from the yarn I bought at Rivulettes Etsy Shop but I haven't had time to post a picture. Soon it will be forthcoming. Turns out that 32 flavors is a really bizarre yarn to make a hat with. But really really nifty. I'm thinking about making some mini leg warmers or arm warmers with the other skein.

Ooops. Time to do dishes. More postings soon.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Blue blah


Feeling a bit blue today.

Been having anxiety dreams lately. For the last week or so I guess.

I picked up 'The Rhinoceros' by Ionesco yesterday at the library. I'm excited to finally read it, but in the middle of a mad knitting project so I'm not sure when I will get to it. I feel like it's probably on my wavelength right about now.

I'm pretty lucky that way. I have a tendency to find the books I need right when I need them. I guess on the train tomorrow morning I'll have to listen to the call of the text and jump in.

I've strangely also had an incredibly overactive imagination lately. Just full of ideas for new creatures and things to make. Not enough time, ever, to make them all. Not even to sketch out all the plans. 

One day.

I was walking down a strange subway tunnel this evening, on my commute home, and there was a sweet little group of kids and young teenage things singing/humming. It was almost a religious sound, but it wasn't really christian or any other sort of religion. It was kind of like a hummed/partially sung scale of sounds. It was really lovely. I wanted to stay and listen but stopping in a fluorescent lit tunnel of cranky NYC commuters wasn't up my alley at that moment. But it was a nice moment.

For all that this city can get to me, there are always little bits of almost every day like that. Something pleasant and sweet, that you would only find in a big city.

Missing something key in my life right now. I think it might be other creatives. They're here, on the internet, in the blog and etsy world. But I think I need to join a craft group or something and actually, physically, meet with some more creatives. 

Need the physicality of people.


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Fall Leaves

In love with the fall leaves this time of year. Amazingly, they're still here. Often times lately it feels like we get a harsh frost that takes all our leaves away, and then there still isn't snow for ages and ages.

But this fall, we are blessed with leaves.

I am slightly obsessed with the idea of making a blanket covered with fabric leaves, but have yet to actually start that project. I know it's at least a year long endeavor, and it's hard to start projects like that without feeling a bit of worry that you'll never get around to finishing them. Though I have yet to have a project I can work on whenever I want, and that would make a good one.

I really love living in the northeast of Northern America. The seasons, the weather, it is all quite agreeable to me. I even like the cold icky winters. Though they do get tiresome after awhile. 

I'm excited to make butternut squash soup, or pumpkin cupcakes soon. Something fall and exciting and orange.

I knitted my first hat and finished it yesterday. It's a lovely pumpkin orange, made from Baby Alpaca Wool. I'm on a mission to only use recycled or hand crafted items in my work, but sometimes a bit of fancy wool is hard to pass up.

I have been craving Daniel Pinkwater (correction, ed note, I realize I meant Bruce Degen!!!! Pinkwater is the writer from Wuggie Norple. Must have been on my brain.) books lately. I might have to go on a shopping spree and pickup some Magic School Bus books or something. His art is so cheerful and exciting. Makes me want to be five again and play on the playground.

I aspire to Ms.Frizzledom. Though maybe not as magical. She may be a super teacher, but sometimes the hijinks's she gets her students into are a little scary!

Leaves, fall. 

The Japanese Maple outside our house turned bright red and then abruptly dropped almost all its leaves. It has a magic red carpet lying under it. I love dead leaves lying on the ground. Why does everyone obsess about raking them? I think they look lovely just where they are.


Friday, November 14, 2008


Too many times have I walked past hat stores and wanted to buy one of each type.

I want to be the peddler from 'Caps for Sale'. Of course in my mind he has a million types of hats, and in the pictures online he seems to simply be selling one style of cap.

The childrens mind does what they want to with information I suppose.

I imagine myself with one hat of each type and color, strolling down the street with this wild and fantastical leaning tower of Pisa rolling to and fro in the wind.

How wonderful!

Maybe even bicycling down a street with the caps, all balancing perfectly despite overwhelming odds of gravity and wind and whatnot.


I love hats.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Fool Moon Thursday

It feels good to move to a medium as easy to use as this one. A diary open for the world to read.

It's a tad scary, a tad exhibitionist, and a lot of fun.

I really like reading about what other people are thinking about in their daily lives. I get frustrated with 'social networking' sites, and I've completely abadoned AIM (AOL Instant Messenger), but I still like the community feeling of sharing your feelings and ideas openly and instantaneously with the world.

Right now it's rainy and crummy in NYC. Everyone around me has a grumpy or awkward feeling to them. I might blame the full moon for that one. But usually I like full moons.

Hmm... I almost typed fool moon. Maybe that's the truth of the matter. It's a fool moon.

Today is a Thursday. A great name for a day. I've always like the word Thursday. It's the only day of the week that actually sounds good. I could name a child Thursday. There was once a man who was Thursday, so why not a child?

I can't ignore the feeling that I too have gotten sucked into this fool moon. Why else be blogging? Even though I enjoy a freedom when I blog, I always feel guilty and self deprecatory when I do. As though my 'true luddite self' is rolling in her imagined grave.

I figure that given the amount of letters HPL (Howard Phillips Lovecraft) wrote, it's likely that if given half a chance he would've had a blog. And I'm figuring an odd website too, for good measure. Though likely on his website would just be pictures of his perfect and dying old coast of New England. His rambles through Massachusetts and pictures of Robert E Howard and Clark Ashton Smith.

Ah, a real blog by HPL. How awesome to read those archives. Though they're basically available. I've thought of reading through the volumes and volumes that have been collected as his letters, but I don't have the money or the stomach for it yet. Maybe one day if I'm bed ridden and bored. I'll read all his letters and every single Batman comic ever written. That's another one of my life goals. :D

Wish I was home with a cat and a cup of hot chocolate. But that's an option that feels far away in my future. Far far away. Though I would love to be able to just snuggle into an afghan and close my eyes and listen to music right now.

It will pass. It's just this fool moon.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

An Actual Post this time


Time to make an actual post!

I have liberated myself from Yahoo 360 and moved on to the 'Blogger'. It sounds like an ominous name. Maybe a villain from an 80's console game?

Blogger attacks you. Do you:

A: Block, turn to page 60
B: Attack, turn to page 34
C: Run away and hide, turn to page 45

Oh. I guess that's more like a 'Choose your own adventure' reference. Either way I suppose.

So I have graduated from the horror of the 360. Too many degrees available if you ask me.

Yesterday I saw a skunk eating catfood on a neighbors porch. It was large and ominous, like the Blogger. 

Beware Blogger!

Clearly I'm tired. I will post something more cohesive soon.


New Blog!

Link to the old blog archives.