not a knit-your-own dog…

May 30, 2011 § 1 Comment

My knitting habit is getting out of hand. I am thinking four projects ahead and planning yarn combinations while I fall asleep at night.

I should probably do something about it.

Meanwhile, here are some fair isle llamas of which I am ridiculously proud (despite their lumpy nature – I’m still learning this two-colours-at-the-same-time lark) :-

The chart I used is here (you may need to register to see it, but if you’re looking at the chart it’s fairly safe to say you also have a small knitting addiction, in which case registering is a great idea because Ravelry is a brilliant resource)

Proper artwork without needles coming soon, I promise.

And if you haven’t already, please check this out. x

something silly for a serious cause…

May 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

This is something a bit different from the usual ramble and pictures-of-things-I’ve-made post. Four years ago my mum’s cousin Suzy died of cancer. She was 43. She left behind her husband and two small children, and a wealth of brilliant memories. But memories, as Edna St. Vincent Millay explains in this poem, are not half so good as lively flesh and blood, and nobody should have to grow up parentless.

In view of this, my parents are raising money for Cancer Research UK. They are going to do it like this:-

Here are my mum’s words, in case the picture isn’t sufficient explaination:-

“Starting on June 6th and finishing a week later, we will do five, five-animal walks, one on each of five mornings, setting out before 6.00 a.m., returning in time to go to work as usual. We have selected a 5.5km route around Watermead Country Park North in Leicestershire

The five animals are two humans (Paul and Kate), two donkeys (Borage and Yorrick), and a dog (Meg). We have done this walk before with the donkeys, but not quite so early and not five times in one week. The donkeys were quite a challenge* when we first acquired them but they will now walk calmly, carry packs, are comfortable when tethered, and are learning about pulling loads.”

*note: the donkeys, especially Borage, were dog-chasing, leg-kicking, biscuit-scoffing bastards. But they have massive personalities, and are an awful lot of fun.

If you would like to make a donation (or just see more pictures of the donkeys), click here to go to the fundraising page.

Thank you all very much. Have a glorious weekend x

um…what?

May 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Reading Meg Rossoff’s blog (which I do from time to time; she is spiteful and warm and opinionated and funny and makes me glad to be alive – her comments on pole dancing related acronyms are especially delightful and you can read them and grin here) I discovered that this exists:-

After something of a bleak and weary Monday, my faith in the glorious ridiculousness of the human spirit has been restored.

illustration friday: soaked

May 22, 2011 § 8 Comments

Water generally is a big theme for me at the moment, so here are some watery things. Up there are a series of origami boats I’ve been making in preparation for the Random Family‘s album launch next weekend. They’re pretty straightforward once you get your head around the last stage, and look lovely. If you feel the need for a fleet of your own, the instructions I used are here.

As well as obsessive paper-folding, I’m also engaged in the early stages of a stop-motion animation project. Here is a picture of one of the sets as it stands at the moment:-

Here is (some of) the creative carnage in my flat today:-

And here is a very basic attempt to make it rain using watercolour and Photoshop:-

Hope you’re all having wonderful Sundays; I’m off to the beach to blow away the cobwebs x

saturday eye candy

May 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have spent my Saturday piddling about with bits of knitting, eating egg on toast, making tentative forays into storyboarding, and looking at beautiful things online. One of these beautiful things is Leanne Rutter’s shiny new website. Leanne and I studied illustration together at uni and her paintings are startling. Quite how she managed such an awe-inspiring mastery of oil paints while I decided that actually it’s okay to draw like a six-year-old with crayons and PVA glue is something of a mystery, but masterful she is and you should go and poke about…

a new t-shirt?

May 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

With a pigeon-ish shouting at a pigeon-esque on it? To support the marvellous Little Unsaid? Of course you want one. They are here.

herzog and the monsters

May 19, 2011 § 2 Comments

I am trying to remind myself how to animate at the moment (stay tuned for lo-tech audiovisual adventures), so I’ve been rummaging through Youtube in search of inspiring things. This is my new favourite:-

Animation by Lesley Barnes; music by Al Paxton of the Metronomes.

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