Wednesday, March 24, 2010


This is a Waldorf gnome I just finished up making. It pretty well represents the extent of my aptitude and attention span for knitting.

I learned how to make these years ago from my mom and a pattern I've since misplaced. Some of it I remember and the rest I improvised. I never add eyes and a mouth but sometimes debate doing them in my head. I'm so used to looking at these gnomes this way, with little blank faces, that they look completely normal to me, but to someone not used to eyeless dolls it might look strange. There's actually a nice theory explaining the simplicity of Waldorf dolls—that a child will use his own creativity to fill in the details (or something along those lines). My mom often adds beard and hair to hers, which is cute.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Yoyo Hair Pins

I made my first few fabric yoyos awhile ago, after watching that one season of Project Runway with the contestant who yoyo'd everything. I can relate, because after making a handful more the other day now I want to yoyo everything, too. So I started with these bobby pins.

To make them, I just snipped two tiny holes through the fabric on the underside of the yoyo (there's a good yoyo tutorial here), then slid it onto a bobby pin, like so:

Super easy. They do lack a "finished" feel—as they are the yoyo is liable to slip off the pin if it's floating around in a purse or pocket, and you kind of have to hold the yoyo in place on the pin when you're putting it in your hair—but if it's just for me I'm okay with them as-is, and once they're secured in your hair the yoyo really stays put. The whole pin would have to come off your head before the yoyo can slide off. And you know how bobby pins often get over-opened and lose thier grip? Well, with this attachment method vs. a more permanant one (i.e., glue) you can easily just switch to a new bobby pin whenever.

But, if something more finished-seeming is desired, like for giving or selling, another option would be to switch out the bobby pin for this hair clip style, which more easily lends itself to glueing:

I didn't actually glue these ones in place, but you get the idea. And I'm pretty confident they'd just glue right on and stay put.

I also think the yoyos would look really cute with a button affixed in the center of them. If you use smaller, more closely spaced stitches, the fabric won't gather up all the way to the middle, and you'll wind up with an opening in the center of the yoyo, allowing the perfect space to fit a button. I think I'll try that next.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


By day...

...and by night.

Note: The lighting element (lamp) has been deemed unsafe. But one of Zoë's favorite fort activites is turning it on and off, so I need to figure out some other light source that she can control, something battery-powered probably.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Here, have some eye candy while standing by...

Well, no progress on the computer issues front yet, but I can’t bear to leave that hideous last post as the first thing you see here for however long it’s going to take to get things up and properly running again. So I’ll leave you with these images instead, sure to please the eye.

These photos are from a free mini calendar I just got, compliments of Nordic Naturals (the fish oil supplement folks). They are all taken in Norway and each by a different photographer (Bård Løken, Asle Svarverud, and Per Eide, respectively). That first one is my favorite I think—grass growing on the rooftops!—although they're all just achingly beautiful. I can't believe there are places that actually look like this.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Please stand by...

...while internet connectivity issues are sorted out.
(Image borrowed from here)
I know, dear audience, that all two of you will be eagerly anticipating my return! (And don't worry, my computer is not really fried as the above photo might suggest, just being dramatic.)