Monthly Archives: December 2008

Let’s ring in ’09 in style!

Ok, to be perfectly honest, I don’t give a rat’s ass about New Year’s. It’s another date. Got plenty of those.

And yet you must admit that being under Hamas fire is a helluva way to celebrate. All in all, we’re doing quite well. The house is well stocked, the weather is too cold to go out anyway, and the bomb shelter has wifi. It’s just plain surreal.

Monday, at about 2am, my neighbor was called off for emergency reserve duty somewhere near the Gaza strip. About 8 hours later, his wife was hospitalized for labor induction about a month early, due to low levels of amniotic fluid. Last night at 9pm, as she was pushing their third child into the world, with him by her side, though still in fatigues and fully armed, their older two kids got to spend five minutes in the bomb shelter facing ours, with their grandpa as babysitter. Totally surreal.

Enough kvetching about our situation here, though. There are people in the world who have it much worse. There are people 30 minutes away from me who have it much worse.

February 1st will mark a year for the brilliant conception of LSG – Lazy, Stupid, and Godless, a ravelry group that has become so much more for so many people. For the occasion, I want to do something fun, and all you yarncrafters out there are welcome to join me.

I hereby present the first-ever WTF?!-along. I’ve been wanting to do a sort of homage to the late and great You Knit What?? for some time now, and in conjunction with LSG festivities, it seems perfect.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to complete some sort of yarncrafted project over the month of January. This project must be of the kind that makes people go “WTF?!”, and must be fugly as hell. On February first (well, actually the 48 hours it takes that date to sweep the entire planet Earth), we are going to test the human race’s capacity for conceptual art gone muppet-puke, and auction off the fruits of our ridiculous labor on ebay or the like. I’m all for artists actually living off their art, so you can keep some for yourself, but if you make any money on it, at least 50% of the proceeds should be pledged to the charity of your choice. What you actually do will have to rely on the honor system, but I have faith in us crafty folk to do good where we can.

I will be unveiling badges for the participants as the month progresses. If you become so attached to your fruit of fug to let it go, keep it for yourself, but still please do make a humble donation. Let’s try to make our own little scratch in the world, ok?

To join, just comment your pledge here. Progress reports can be emailed to me: yberry AT netvision DOT co DOT il (if you are not a spambot you will know what to do with that address, right?), and will be posted here for the world to see.

I’m going to start by pledging my donation to חיבוק ראשון (“First Hug”) – an Israeli organization whose volunteers spend their time touching, hugging, and caressing abandoned infants in neonatal wards across the country.

* Please note that if you are planning to make something that might have copyright issues, please do obtain permission from copyright holders and make sure that you are completely clear on what can be done with revenues in advance.

And I will raise a glass of nog to life, friendship, and all things fibery, with the hope that ’09 only improves on ’08.



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Discover an Etsy shop – Arc En Ciel Creations

My explorations on Etsy led me to this lovely shop, which specializes in nuno felted scarves, for all seasons.

The gorgeous felted creations in this shop make me kind of wish I was past the point in life at which anything that is not decidedly machine washable get ruled out for lack of functionality. The colors make me want to hug someone.

You may or may not have noticed that I have a thing for rich, deeply saturated colors. A lovely palette like the one above can very well make me somewhat teary-eyed. Colors excite me. Ridiculously so. I’m talking the ability to spend a good hour or so just examining a box of Crayola crayons. It’s like the intensity of my emotions somehow finds an outlet in color, and I honestly feel better for it afterwards. Cheaper than therapy?

Now, I know that the holiday shopping rush has passed. Thank heavens we always have birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, etc. And not to pressure anyone, but I will be turning 30 in May, and maybe by then will have the occasional opportunity to get away with not having anything smeared on my clothes for an entire evening. Not that I’m trying to push anyone to spend money in these trying times.

But, gosh, aren’t they pretty?


Filed under Exploring Etsy

And in case you were wondering


Originally uploaded by garbubba


I, too, have been aspinnerated. Resistance is futile. Even though I initially took the Yarn Harlot’s cue and declared that Tuesdays are for spinning, I’ve been doing upwards of one ounce a day on non-Tuesdays. And yes, I know that makes me sound like a drug fiend.
What can I say?
It’s the truth.


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It’s been more than two weeks

since we got back from our trip to Boston, and I am still unable to put the experience into words.

All I can really say is that it just gave me the energy I had been lacking. Life is still busy, the kids are still very much themselves for better (and how) and for worse, but I have a little bit more patience, a little bit more coping ability. A little bit more of the vision necessary to see the bright points in my days, for they are many.

Take this, for example. Neta was named, on good authority, Best Giggler Ever. Trust me. It’s true.

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I’m in Boston. With Tal. Without the kids. So weird. But amazing.

I’m going to Webs tomorrow. Having a romantic dinner alone with my husband tonight, after which we will proceed to sleep the whole night alone. Will the madness ever end?!

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