Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I'm in an empty room

Tomorrow is the big day in which we move away forever. All my art supplies are now packed, and you probably won't hear from me again for a while, but here's one last little picture till then.

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And the last bear till then...

This, my friends, is Dadol. I've had him for as long as I can remember, and he is the very best bear I have for comfort. When I get to Minnesota, I will sit with him in my Grandpa's old chair, and everything will be alright.

Monday, May 12, 2014

I have 'spinster' written on my bones

I started thinking about this the other day when a lady I know said she got married when she was my age. The idea was absolutely crazy to me! When I was little and feeling lovelorn, I would think, 'well, when I get to my late teens I'll have a boyfriend. That's when you get one.' But obviously it didn't work out that way. I have never once been kissed, never once been on a date, never had any boy show any romantic interest in me of any kind. (Ok there was once when I was like 7 and he was 9, and I hated him and he never even made any attempt to get me to like him, and about two years later he informed me that he was 'SO OVER' me, and now he's gay.)

It's so weird to me that most people have at least one thing they could call a romance in their lives. I hear a lot of Baby Boomer age women talk about how when they were in highschool guys were all the time fighting over them, and all I can think is 'how does that even HAPPEN??' The notion of being attractive to boys totally baffles me.
By now I have absolutely no desire to ever have a romance, but it wasn't always like that! Let's take a look at my attempts at flirtation throughout my life.

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Well that may explain a few things.

At least my bears will always love me!

This is Jeeves. I got him in a freebies box at a garage sale. he has magnets in his paws so as to hang from metal fixtures.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Easter triumph

Bit late coming, but here finally I have my collection of knit Easter things!

A basket, three eggs, two bunnies, and a daffodil was all I had time for this year. I like making the eggs 'cause the colors can basically go however!

The bunnies are not how I would've made them if I'd designed them myself, but one of my friends at my knitting group brought in the pattern and I thought I'd try it.

(I think the white one looks more like an albino bat. O.o)

I rarely ever use patterns, because, as much as I love knitting, I can't understand a lick of the jargon used in knitting patterns. This one gets around that, though, and it's very simple. I'll share it with you here:

And that's really all there is to it! Just garter a square, stitch a triangle as shown, pull tight, stuff, and sew up the back! The big triangle becomes the head, and the two smaller ones on either side the ears. It's really quite easy. (Don't forget to add a pompom for the tail.)

Easter is a time for fancy eggs and fancy bunnies, and here's my fanciest bear.

Andrangus Stewart was a Christmas present from Mary the same year she gave me Olaf. She found him at a thrift store, but he is really a genuine Merrythought bear. For those of you who don't know, Merrythought bears are handmade in England out of a factory in Shropshire, and they generally sell in the $90 - $400 range. Am I a lucky fellow? Yes indeed.
I do hope everyone knows why his last name is Stewart without me having to tell them.