I found out about Prince when I was 14. I watched him on American Bandstand with my uncle E-Woo, and played the “For You” & “Prince” albums in his room. Although he doesn’t remember buying them. Maybe Earl or one of the twins brought them over. I wouldn’t know. I just know they were there. I became a serious Prince fan when I was 16 (35 years ago). Devouring his lyrics, trying to find hidden spiritual messages to convince my parents that he wasn’t the antichrist. 🙄 When I was 17, my mom passed and I had no siblings to look up to, so I latched onto his spirit and never let go. Unfortunately I was unable to bear anyone who reminded me that my mom was gone, so I distanced myself. Therefore Prince has been my mentor, my heart, and my soul for what seems like an eternity.
Outside of soul nourishment and spiritual fulfillment, there are few things more rewarding than realizing a goal. On April 26th, I finally finish my first knitted Pullover… with the added strip sleeves. I remember the day I started this project and decided that it would require sleeves (Sleeves Required), then subsequently realized that sleeves were my Kryptonite. Oh the drama that ensued (There’s A Light). Now my mission is finally complete. Continue reading
No matter what goals you seek to accomplish, aspirations you wish to define or battles you aim to conquer, there is one thing that is for certain. When all seems bleak and foreboding, the one truth you can be sure of is that there is always a light. It is not always easy to see, but it is perpetually there. I have finally reached a point where I now stand at the doorway to that light.
I officially have sleeves… and they sparkle.
I know that intro seems a bit over the top for a little black pullover, but this is an important accomplishment for me. I’ve drifted away from so many endeavors that I enjoyed doing, just because they weren’t going in the direction I thought would evoke a sense of place, and an image of success in the eyes of the world. I’m still trying to figure out when I became that person—the person so concerned with what would be right for others, that she forgot all the things that were more importantly right for her. I just want to be the right me. The only thing this would require me to do is simply spread my wings, and let the wind take me.
Happy Halloween! This is me as Death, from The Sandman Comic series… well sort of. Well I was wearing all black, now wasn’t I? Plus I had the little signature curl under my eye. Ok, it’s not that easy to see with my glasses, but it was there. It was actually cute too. Lol!! And yes, I was supposed to be wearing an Ankh instead of a Prince Symbol. But that would be asking too much. Ok, I was visually so far from that character, it’s not funny. But I had her in my heart.
I am blessed to be posing with the official Scary Godmother at the 2013 Comic-Con. I didn’t go this year, but it’s not like I could top this? I got to meet one of my favorite Comic Illustrators; the beautiful, and incomparable, Jill Thompson.
I never realized just how deep an effect the creative arts had on me until my daughter and I took a stroll up to the 9th Floor of Barneys New York, before going out for my birthday dinner.
I enjoyed looking at the clothing on the lower floors, despite knowing that most of the items were a bit out of my price range. Barneys provides the perfect eye candy to feed my art obsession and yarn addiction. Having always gravitated towards the intricate well designed garments and spectacular knitwear on the lower floors, I had never before entertained venturing up to the 9th floor Housewares section.
Housewares was a new experience for me. Displayed were random knickknacks and Home Décor items, catering to the quintessential Barney’s customer; home of the tastemakers of the world.
Dexter Does Plates?
We looked around at the lacquered, hand-painted serving trays and meticulously designed bookends and vases. My daughter was captivated and mesmerized by a set of red paint splattered dishes that reminded her of the blood splatter analyst/serial killer on the TV show “Dexter”, whom she, at one time, referred to as her husband.
I found a great pullover pattern called Grecian Plait from Knitty. The Plait Stitch looks amazing and is not as difficult as I thought it would be. The pattern knitted up too short for my body type though. To me, the best, and most flattering, color and fit-wise, example of this pattern, that I’ve seen online, was done by GypsyKnitter.
Included with the pattern, is a photo that looks slightly sad to me. The yarn is beautiful, but for some reason, the garment doesn’t look alive. It probably looks better in person. The color seems to wash the model out, but the color choice GypsyKnitter used is lovely and perfect for her skin, and the fit is easy and very flattering on her figure. It looks fun and flirty.
Today, October 10, 2014, is I Love Yarn Day. How can you not love yarn, when it can produce such a jaw-dropping masterpiece like this mixed knit poncho from Junya Watanabe for Comme des Gaçons?
Isn’t she beautiful?
I went to visit her at Barneys New York the other day. I floated through the store, drooling over all the immaculate artwork on the racks. I know Barneys is a clothing store, not a museum, but sometimes I see it as an art exhibit that has constantly revolving showcases of all the top-name, and obscure artists’ works for sale–to use the word ‘sale’ loosely.