In Stitches

12/23/2008

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Christmas always makes me think of needlepoint.  For the dexterously challenged among us, this is a simple alternative to knitting that can yield equally homey (and chic-who knew?) results.  Some great pieces here… (above: Frank Lloyd Wright Hand-painted Needlepoint Canvas)  Other great pieces below…

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I almost had to peel myself off the floor when I saw the Bergdorf Christmas windows.  I swear they have a hidden porthole to my brain.  How do they do it all over again year after year?


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Yarn It!

12/21/2008

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We’re obviously a society in need of some security.  And when things get as bad as they are out there, the basic comforts of a soft sweater, a hot cup of tea, and a dog on your lap can make all the difference.

I like to contextualize things, so I’m gonna say that’s what the current knit-mania is about – giving us a little Linus blanket when everything feels so scary.  Take the Masquerade knitting collective that is covering half of Stockholm’s infrastructure in “custom” sweaters… or the crochet-covered bus driving around Mexico City created by the awesomely named collective Knitta Please!  Fashion’s pied pipers Commes des Garçons and Colette are even knitting it up.  CDG  just did a line with couldn’t-be-knittier Arne & Carlos.  And, as Matt informed me when he was in Paris doing his show at Colette with ESPO, knitting team Wool & The Gang was installing a knit “winter chalet” complete with looped fireplace and all.  

Well, I have been known to knit a mean muffler.  I may have to bust out my number 9’s.

Sit ‘n Spin

12/17/2008

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I’ve been sick over what to get my eldest kid for Christmas.  I just can’t stomach going into a store and uttering the words “Do you have WWE Smackdown vs. Raw for the PS3?”  It’s bad enough that I’m having to utter the equally cringe-inducing “Let me have two dollars on Mega Millions and a Win For Life scratch off” these days.

And then it hit me, as I read a hilarious Huffington Post piece about about 37% of Americans not being able to locate America on a map of America.  (A small exaggeration on the part of the author…but not really.)  A globe!  A great, old school globe!  It’s really the only gift every kid needs to receive at least once in their life.  And I promise, your $59.99 investments in this plastic ball will pay dividends over the equally-priced gaming cartridge.  No instruction manual needed.  Sit, spin, and use your imagination.  Remember that?

A great selection HERE.

Sit 'n Spin

12/17/2008

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I’ve been sick over what to get my eldest kid for Christmas.  I just can’t stomach going into a store and uttering the words “Do you have WWE Smackdown vs. Raw for the PS3?”  It’s bad enough that I’m having to utter the equally cringe-inducing “Let me have two dollars on Mega Millions and a Win For Life scratch off” these days.

And then it hit me, as I read a hilarious Huffington Post piece about about 37% of Americans not being able to locate America on a map of America.  (A small exaggeration on the part of the author…but not really.)  A globe!  A great, old school globe!  It’s really the only gift every kid needs to receive at least once in their life.  And I promise, your $59.99 investments in this plastic ball will pay dividends over the equally-priced gaming cartridge.  No instruction manual needed.  Sit, spin, and use your imagination.  Remember that?

A great selection HERE.

Meet The Flockers

12/15/2008

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I love love love little flocked animal figurines.  Ever since I was three or four, I’ve secretly wanted to stockpile them.  The best ones were made by Josef Originals and were designed by Muriel Joseph George in California and Japan from 1945 to 1962.  She also made straight ceramic pieces but the furry ones were my favorites.

The company was sold to George Good in 1982 and he continued to make Josef Originals until 1985.  Good sold the brand to a larger conglomerate which put and end to the fuzzy menagerie within a few years.  You can still find the occasional great piece on ebay, usually around the holidays.  Some faves below.

Find Your Marbles

10/24/2008

My eight-year-old son just got a bag of marbles and is uncharacteristically excited about them.  He asked me how to play, and I realized I had no idea.  How could I not know how to play marbles??? I grew up double-dutching on Queens asphalt and sitting on corner mailboxes, for heavens sake. Marbles is a sidewalk game, isn’t it?  I know every hopping, jumping, throwing, and hand-clapping game around.  Maybe marbles were for white kids on Long Island whose parents didn’t mind them “trading” their toys. Losing your stuff to other kids in a game wouldn’t go over too well in my house.

Anyway, I think marbles are awesome and it’s amazing to see my kids get into something so cool and old-school.  I recommend them for any kids you might have or know who think the world starts and ends at Warhawk.  Here are some instructions for those of you with similar backgrounds to mine…

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