Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wholesale!



At long last, I feel like I'm doing something! Yesterday I received TWO requests for wholesale orders, and the first - for cat toys - is settled. So now I'm breaking out the crochet hooks, cotton, and catnip, determined to get this order done within a week.

I've also got some pictures of my first bridal items - a floral headband and two combs. I'm going to custom-make them to the buyer's specifications, so the cream-colored rayon ones you see in the pictures are samples. (Sorry they're so dim - it was overcast today.) Because of the aforementioned (and exciting) wholesale orders, it'll probably be next week before I get these new items up.

Monday, October 26, 2009

A4A Socks * Chaussettes Pour A4A


Here are my socks for the Afghans for Afghans campaign! Just put them in the mail today.

*Voici mes chaussettes pour Afghans for Afghans! Je les ai envoye' par la poste aujourd'hui.

Friday, October 23, 2009

My First Online Custom Order!


It might not count, since a friend (as in bridesmaid-to-be) placed the order, but still! I sold her this potholder in the picture, plus another I made specifically for her order. Five sales! Yay!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Alert to Knitters and Crocheters: Afghans for Afghans needs your help!

I already posted this on the Etsy forums, and I want to here as well:

I wanted to spread the word - the wonderful knitting/crocheting charity, Afghans for Afghans, is currently running a high-priority campaign for kids' wool clothing and blankets to send to needy children in Afghanistan in time for the winter. The due date for these items is Oct. 29; it's really soon, but even if you could whip up a hat or a pair of mittens to send them by then, I'm sure it'll be appreciated. There is also a campaign for baby blankets going on at the moment. So let's all try to help these kids in any way we can!
To find out how you can help, visit www.afghansforafghans.org.

Let's spread the word!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

About the Cat


My lovely cat has been extremely affectionate lately. She's never been a "lap cat," but lately she's been coming to sit on me quite frequently. I have no idea of the cause - maybe the weather getting cooler? - but I'm flattered.

Monday, October 19, 2009

New Items * Nouveaux Objets






Last week we were plagued with more rain and flash flooding, which set me back shop-wise because there wasn't enough sunlight to photograph my new items. Luckily, I emerged from the weekend to find a nice sunny Monday, so I took a bunch of pictures and am setting about uploading them to Etsy.

My new obsession has been with crocheting Irish roses; I've been making dozens of them to incorporate into pins, barrettes, and other items. I'm hoping to start making bridal accessories, too, using roses made from silky cream-colored rayon. Pictures to come.

***La semaine derniere, nous avons eu beaucoup de pluie et je ne pouvais pas faire des photos sur mes nouveaux objets sans la lumiere de soleil. Heureusement, il a fait du soleil aujourd'hui, et j'ai fait pas mal de photos pour mettre dans ma magasin.

Les "Irish roses" sont ma nouvelle obsession; j'ai fait beaucoup de ses fleurs crochetes pour faire des barrettes et autres accessoires. Je voudrais bien faire des accessoires en rayon blanc pour le mariage. Je vais mettre des photos ici quand je les ai.

Friday, October 9, 2009

One take on Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse"

Tonight I was rewatching last week's Dollhouse episode, "Instincts," on Fox.com, and I came across a profound realization. You see, thanks to my dear fiance, I am a devoted Joss Whedon fan (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and now Dollhouse - I love them all!), and Joss's shows are so well-constructed that you basically HAVE to watch them at least twice to really get what he's saying. And tonight's rewatching did not leave me disappointed.

I was watching the scene where Echo and Paul Ballard are at the deserted park, after Echo realizes that the baby she's been programmed to love as her own isn't truly hers. She tells him how she still feels everything, even in her "wiped" state - the love for her baby and the pain of losing him. She tells him how "they" make everything so real; she was not pretending to feel love or suffering, she truly felt them. When Ballard tries to reassure her that once she's wiped again she won't remember any of the pain, she responds that feeling pain is better than feeling nothing.

At some point while watching that exchange, something clicked with me: the situation the actives are in isn't unlike the situation that, according to Buddhist thought, we are all in. When an active is programmed with a certain personality and life history, he or she believes fully that that is his or her true identity. At the end of each engagement, the active's brain is wiped clean and all traces of that particular life and identity are removed. They remain in an in-between, bardo-like state until they are programmed with a completely new history and personality.

Like these actives, with each life we're "programmed" with a certain identity, which is constructed by the world around us, our life experiences, and our own ideas about who we should be. We go through our lives fully believing that the identity we know is our true, real identity. We love, we hurt - we experience genuine feelings. At the end of our life, we're - theoretically - wiped clean and ready to begin a new life, with a new identity that we fully believe is ours.

But, like the actives, we never really lose the identities we've been programmed with; we just forget about them. They get buried somewhere beneath the layers of each new life. The tabula rasa idea doesn't really work because, as Caroline (soon to be Echo) says, if you try to clean an actual slate, you can still see what was on it before.

The show "Dollhouse" is centered on Echo's awakening to her true identity. As Echo becomes aware of the different people she has been, she is at a loss to tell which one is truly her. Ballard, in this respect, serves as her spiritual guide: he encourages her on her path of self-discovery and reminds her of her true identity as Caroline. He is concerned with helping her break down the barriers of illusions that obscure her true self.

Like Echo, we've had many identities placed upon us, all of which we fully believed were true, though none of them were. And though all of these identities are a part of us, our own true identity is something quite different. And like Echo, our task is to awaken to our true self.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Afghans for Afghans Blanket *Couverture pour Afghans for Afghans



Here's the baby blanket I made for Afghans for Afghans, following Elizabeth Zimmermann's pattern for a garter stitch baby blanket made by knitting four right angles. I worked it in stripes to highlight the design. The weird color variations were due to the fact that I kept running out of a certain color of yarn, so I had to keep changing colors! I think the overall effect is okay, though, and it's very warm and comfy. I put it in the mail on Friday, so it should be getting to the collection center soon.

I think I'm going to have to take it easy with the French, since I've realized that I haven't been blogging as often or as extensively now I've committed myself to a bilingual blog. I do want to keep it up some, but I can't let it start feeling like homework - so it'll have to be a sometimes thing.

Resting up from the weekend's work (and from the effects of the flu shot I got today). Going to have tea with my favorite kindergartner and her mom tomorrow - so it looks to be a good week. :)

Thursday, October 1, 2009