Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wearing of the Green

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Should recent posts have raised any doubts about my girliness quotient, I hope these socks will put those doubts firmly to rest.

just-spring-petite-purlsI'm thrilled to have this pattern published in Petite Purls, an online magazine that features real clothes for real children, and has quickly become one of my favorites. The spring issue has a bunch of excellent patterns (and a couple of highly edible babies).
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I will also have a pattern in the summer issue of Petite Purls. That one won't be a bit girly. Well, no backhoes, or anything really cool like that. Lace, in fact. Yet not girly. In three months, the conundrum will be resolved....

Special thanks go out to the models for my initial photo shoot, Adrienne and Bella, for making some darn cute pictures.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Just-spring

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In Just-
spring       when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman

whistles       far       and wee

and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it's
spring

when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer
old balloonman whistles
far       and       wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and

it's
spring
and
       the

              goat-footed

balloonMan whistles
far
and
wee


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photos: Brandy Fortune

Often when I come up with one design, I am inspired to imagine a whole related series.  e. e. cummings' "in Just-" was easy to interpret.  I could probably design an apt cloche for:

since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;

wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are a better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don't cry
--the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids' flutter which says

we are for each other: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life's not a paragraph

And death i think is no parenthesis


But the really interesting challenge would be to create something in response to "here is little Effie's head" (..."whose brains are made of gingerbread").


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When a Young Woman's Fancy Turns to Thoughts of Backpacking

En-Pointe-toe-cushion I know backpacking season is still a good three months away, but it's never too early to start gearing up.

No one looks at you funny if you say you can’t hike as far as you used to because of knee problems, but it’s embarrassing to say you need to stop because your toes hurt. I’ve tried different boots and different lacings, but haven’t figured out how to keep my big toe from jamming against the front of the boot when hiking down hill. I tried silicone toe cushions made for dancers, which are effective, but unpleasant to wear and nasty to remove.

Finally, I thought to try knitted toe cushions, and my toes haven’t looked back. I don’t know if these would be cushy enough for dancers, but for the hiker needing a little extra protection, they are a great boon. I imagine they could also be helpful (suitably modified) on any toe that is particularly prone to blisters.

Oh, and did I mention they're ultralight? About 2 grams or so. Light enough to carry a clean one for each day.

The pattern for En Pointe is available as a free Ravelry download (no membership required).

Saturday, March 13, 2010

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