I crocheted quite a bit in college, but since I know nothing about knitting it has always been mysterious to me. Have you ever seen cartoon characters knit? They just wiggle the tips of two knitting needles together, and within a second or two a sweater magically pops out. I don’t have the patience to knit enough to get good at it, but I wanted to learn the basics for the sake of understanding how the process works. I followed along with this tutorial. A sweater didn’t magically pop out of my needles, but there was something hypnotic about knitting once I started getting the feel for it.
Here’s the ugly thing I knitted! It’s supposed to be a dishcloth. It has plenty of nice big gaps in it. Let’s just pretend I put those in on purpose, and they’re for ventilation.
The sheep knitting needles mocked me mercilessly the whole time I used them.
Well, at least my stitches started neatening up a little towards the end there.
One of Oliver’s favorite toys is a knitted bunny, so I tried to convince him that I knitted him a new toy. He was not impressed. Note the withering look.
Here are some of my sketches that led to this year’s new Valentine’s Day cards!
The pie holes card was initially going to have a pie on it, but I decided I didn’t want anybody to get caught up thinking of actual pie and miss the meaning of the card.
As I was drawing the man fur card I realized how weird noses are. Why do they look like that?! Seriously, google image search nose, and you’ll be horrified.
I didn’t get my donkey drawing quite right before my Valentine’s Day deadline, so this card will be coming sometime in the next few months (once I hone my ass drawing skills).
For the nose picker card illustration I had to analyze how one positions one’s hand when one picks one’s nose.
I couldn’t quite decide if I liked this Cupid concept enough to keep finessing the lettering and make it happen. Maybe I’ll save it for next year?
This afternoon I’m putting together a collection of bits and baubles that feel “wit & whistle-y”. I’ve been working on redesigning my wholesale catalog, and the last piece of the puzzle is a selection of styled product photos to throw into the mix. I need something to break up the pages of product thumbnails and to further flesh out my branding. Hopefully I’ll have as much fun taking the photos as I did gathering all this junk!
I kinda want this last shot to be a jigsaw puzzle!
It’s a chilly grey day here, so I want to share some green planty goodness. First, my houseplant collection has a new addition, a Nepenthes (aka monkey cups plant). How crazy looking is this thing? I can never resist the urge to bring weird looking plants like this home.
I’ve had a Meyer lemon tree for years, and it has almost died on many different occasions (from under watering, under fertilizing, over fertilizing, and most recently some tiny bugs that recently destroyed all the leaves). Last winter it got a few blooms, and now almost a year later I have 2 lemons that are nearly ripe! Is this not the most pitiful looking lemon tree you’ve ever seen? It’s hard to believe, but this is what citrus success looks like for me.
Our grocery store had brussels sprouts on the stalk this week. I vaguely knew that they grew in some strange way, but I had never seen it for myself. This stalk is huge—nearly 2 feet long (yes, I measured)! If you don’t like brussels sprouts I’ll bet seeing the alien looking plants they grow on will change your mind—google it. I’m going to roast these babies up tonight and have a green, stinky feast.
P.S. If you get a 2 foot long brussels sprouts stalk and decide to swing it around the room like a baseball bat, it will look something like this.
I’ve added some new Valentine’s Day cards to the shop, and all the oldies but goodies are available too. Love-y cards are absolutely my favorite to make.
Speaking of Valentine’s Cards… I’m bringing my card making supplies to Gather on February 7th, so we can make bunches of cards for our Valentines! I’m planning on bringing enough stuff for everyone to make at least 10 cards. If you’re interested in joining in, you can register here.