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Advent Thanksgiving: Crafty Cool

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My Advent Thanksgiving series is a series of posts about stuff I liked in 2011. Music, books, tv, games, handsome gentlemen – you get the idea.

Last week I posted on the coolest kitchenware of 2011 – today I bring you the very best in knit & crochet fandom. You’re welcome ;-). Click on the images for sources/patterns.

 

Knit your own Death Star. One time you want holes in your knitting, or else how will the rebels get in?

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Look at these Star Wars amigurumi! You can buy the patterns from Etsy here, make all of them and send them to me. Please. I can crochet but I’m too lazy. I think I like the ewok best (my dark side should obviously prefer Darth, but I’m on a kawaii tip at the moment. I think it’s from all the Studio Ghibli films on Film4 at the moment. Bliss).

 

More amigurumi genius – bow down to smapte for making these perfect Star Trek: New Generation figures. She’s also made characters from The Big Lebowski, Dune, Doctor Who, Tron, Firefly, Mad Men and Lost. I think I just fell in love. Gallery of the others here.

 

In the future, we won’t need Zoidberg costumes because the sea-levels will have risen and it’ll be ‘Evolve or Die’. We’ll have our own tentacley crustacea thing going on. Til then, why not knit this Zoidberg balaclava and mittens. They’ll call you futuristic. They’ll be right.

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Pessimists among you may dispute my ‘in the future we’ll all have gills’ theory. Perhaps you think it more likely that a zombie plague will wipe us out before we get to evolve to Zoidberg heights. Knit yourself a zombie brraaiins hat and go to war against the zoidberg-balaclava people. Fight! Fight! Fight!

 

Me, I’m a pacifist, more about the theorising than the fisticuffs, so I won’t get involved in the dispute even though I started it. I’ll be at home, snuggled under my Doctor Who quilt. Night night. Sweet dreams.

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(resists urge to make tatooine pun*)

This year, for the first time, I started to want a tattoo. I probably won’t get one (I’m suspicious that the urge coincides with the approach of a significant birthday; all of my exes had stupid tattoos that they either did regret or should have;  all the people whose tattoos I like have skinny/buff arms and I may be confusing the two; I’m saving all my pounds for a shed at the moment #rocknroll) – but I love my tattoo mood board and will keep adding to it, anyway. Here are my favourite images from it.

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You’re right, what I really want are wings, not tattoos, but I haven’t figured out how to get those yet.

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I will graciously settle for a winged horse, if anyone has one spare.

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*actually I’d love to make a tatooine joke but can’t think of a good enough one. My best efforts were ‘Gotta be in it to Tatooine it’, ‘You are the wind beneath my Tatooine’, ‘Tatooine will I be famous’. Suggestions welcome…

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beginnings

Starting a writing project? Here’s some kit to help you begin. Or to give you a reason to leave the house and go shopping, if procrastination is more your style.

DISCLAIMER - Procrastination can be expensive.

First, ensure you are wearing appropriate clothing. This Great Gatsby t-shirt (1) from Out Of Print clothing will help you to write as beautifully as F. Scott Fitzgerald. Yes, it really is that easy!

Next, make sure you have something to write down all the words with. I love Lamy’s Safari range, they are comfy to hold and smooth to write with and not too expensive. Plus, they keep bringing out new colours, which is great when I need to buy myself A New Thing even though I already have Many Old Things. I have four already, but this turquoise one (2) is bound to end up on my desk. Or in this pencil case (3), from sammade on etsy, should anyone wish to buy me it.

Don’t forget ink – I keep my ink cartridges in nifty typewriter ribbon tins like the one I found at Junky Vagabond’s etsy shope (now sold) (4), because I am a ponce. And because I like buying small tins, and this gives me a tenuous justification for that. If you’d rather spend your time writing, not mooching around antique shops or etsy,  J Herbin cartridges (5) come in tiny tins already. I think they look a bit like bullet tins – do bullets come in tins? There are 30 colours to choose from (ideal when you want to patronise a stationers but can’t afford a new pen).

Here is a picture of a dragon (6), should you prefer to dictate your work. If you are determined to type, despite all these toys, here’s a tip to increase your writing time – instead of wasting hours at the doctor with RSI, please try one of these(7) and one of these(8) and learn some hand stretches. Using a smaller keyboard means you move your arm less to use the mouse, and my joystick mouse means I can pretend I’m shooting aliens while correcting typos.

Finally, don’t forget the alphabet. What if you forgot a crucial letter in the midst of spelling a word? Perhaps this ‘owlphabet’ (9) from Gingiber will help? Illustrator Paul Thurlby has very helpfully llustrated A-to-Z and made them available as greeting cards here. I have his ‘F is for Fierce’ (10) and Stanley Chow’s ‘R is for Rain’ (11) up above my desk, and one day I’ll have a whole alphabet wall like this.

 

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