lol Friday: Woman, Marionette, Squirrel

I saw a tweet this morning and was instantly enamored:

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I would now like a marionette of myself to feed squirrels and bunnies and other small animals, and I also wouldn’t mind having a movable mini-me to knit for. Just imagine how quickly FOs would fly of my needle for mini-Mandy/mini-madgeface! Think of all the small animals I could feed with mini-me safely bundled in hand knits!

I poked around a bit more and found an unoriginal article on Laughing Squid, from another unoriginal article in The New York Daily News – the pair were first featured in Humans of New York, not once, but twice! In a nutshell (ha ha – a pun!): the woman in the photograph is 85 year old Doris Diether, who lost her voice; the marionette maker is a professional puppeteer and street performer, Ricky Syers; and the photographer is Nathalie Kalbach. As I read the stories behind the picture, I went from chuckling to myself and imagining a mini-me, to feeling truly touched, with some of my faith in humanity restored: I hope you have time to read them and that they do the same for you. Happy Friday!

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LOL Friday: Yeti vs. Godzilla

You may wonder how this is fiber or knitting or crochet or yarn related (I mean, I’m trying to keep my posts topical to that, right?) but you’ll understand when you see the Yeti’s first close up. Please enjoy the rest of this ever so slightly political and moral story, though you may be laughing because it’s a little odd, but I have a special place in my heart for such things. Plus it’s Yeti vs. Godzilla; how much more entertainment do you want from the interwebs?

LOL Friday: What Have I Been Doing This Week?

Thanks to our celebration of the Memorial Day holiday here in the US, I slacked on my blogging schedule. To be fair, the family we stayed with in New Zealand was in town, so we spent Monday cleaning and preparing a big meal for them, and then spent Tuesday in DC seeing the sights with them. It’s just been an odd week and I decided to take an impromptu blogging break. But I can’t miss LOL Friday, so here are some alternate explanations of what I’ve been doing this week.




LOL Friday: Weaving in Ends, Magic Yarn Balls

I’m really enjoying knitting my Aranami Shawl, but there are so many loose ends waving around. I’m spit splicing where I can and weaving in at the end of every row, but there are still lots of ends hanging off the back. In that spirit, here are some funnies about weaving in ends.

So you’ve woven in all your ends and you have leftover yarn, probably not enough to make something else but also too much to just throw out – what on earth are you going to do with it, other than add it to all your other leftover yarn? Make a Magic Ball using Russian Join! Organize your yarns by weight and color and start joining & winding!