Thursday, August 21, 2008

"Back on the tracks, the trains are in~"

EDIT: Please note that the correct address for sending in your stuff to the WUA is as follows:

Warm Up America! Foundation
2500 Lowell Rd.
Gastonia, NC 28054

If you poke around on their website, you might find the address mistakenly written for Ranlo, NC. Gastonia is the correct city.

♪Where in the world in your head have you been~♪

All Spies for the Moon lyrics aside, I have been writing, cleaning, and bumbling around with string/yarn; IE, not committing acts of blog. Sorry.

Here are the things I've being doing instead:

I made a little blanket...

...and some silly panels for an afghan...

...and a cup muffler.

I also danced Bon Odori (盆踊り) on stage for the first time, and didn't fall down. :D

Let's back up to those afghan panels. The following is targeted at all the knitters and crocheters (or "hookers," as is the term in vogue) out on the internet, as well as to anyone who would like to learn.

Would you like to help the needy AND get some stitch practice AND ALSO use up the dregs of your yarn stash?

If so, my friend, then the Warm Up America project says hello and good day to you, sir or ma'am; I believe we shall be excellent company for one another.

Make blankets (and other stuff) for people in need.

Knit or crochet 7" by 9" panels. Make as many as you want. Any stitch, any yarn.* Send them all in to the WUA, or find a local site that is collecting them. (Our local library is doing this - I've seen it at the hospital and a bank counter, too.) The folks at the WUA will put the panels together to make full-sized afghans for shelters and support foundations. (Alternately, you could put them together yourself if you find you've made enough.)

Everybody. People who need warm stuff get warm stuff. You get to knit/crochet. Old yarn gets used up = you have room (and an excuse) for new yarn. You don't bury your friends in eight billion more knitted things than they could possibly ever use but are too kind to give away.

I'm gonna chart the pattern for that cup muffler and put it up here. Good practice for working in the round. Until then, 楽しみしてね!

*the WUA asks that you please don't combine wool with non-wools in any single object, and that you kindly label panels made of real wool, because wool felts and shrinks if you throw it in the wash. (Superwash wool is probably okay.)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Best Website Ever, explained

Once upon a time, Ku went GISing around the 'net for some pictures of chickens, as she sometimes does, because she likes chickens.

All of a sudden, this appeared on the screen:

behold, "Ninjia Chicken" -- look closely, as there are manifold levels of incredibleness to be discovered

Naturally, Ku found this absolutely hilarious. She was soon on the homepage of Everyday Chicken, clicking about on all the awesomeness thereupon. For example, there was also:

...Skater Chicken...

...Architect* Chicken...

...and even this powerful reflection on chickenhood, one that speaks to our own existential quandaries.

Ku could not help but wonder, where did this site come from? Who drew the chickens? Why? Email did ensue.

Dear Webmaster,

While looking for reference images for roosters, I did a GIS for "chicken gallery" and came up with your site.

AWESOME. Pure win. Seriously, this is hilarious. How long have you had this site up? Do you still update? (And how old were you when you started it?) I'd love to hear the story behind it... anyway, thanks for this little gem. Definitely worth the (tiny) bandwidth.

Your New Fan,

PS: I'd like to put in a request for a "pierat chicken" to go next to "ninjia chicken," please. XD


Sorry for the delayed email and thanks very much for sending me ideas for new chickens. It really is fun when someone sees my website and takes the time to send me an email requesting more. =) I have had this website up for a while (about four years) and have received two requests (including yours).

When I created the website I think I was ten but my dad did all of the programming stuff, I just provided the drawings!

The first request was for the super chicken, and now the second is for the 'pierat'! I unfortunately haven't updated it very recently partly because I haven't really had a motivation, but now I do because another person wants more chickens.

In fifth grade art class we were asked to draw a farm scene. I asked a friend of mine (Mike) to draw a chicken and it looked very funny - though it didn't look much like a chicken. We had fun later in the year drawing chickens for the holidays.

Anywho thanks again for sending me an email, because I might not have the chicken up soon because I'm on summer break so I put the picture in this email. =P

Hope you enjoy,
Robert L. Pringle (like the chip [but I'm not related =( ])

And that is the story of Everyday Chicken, the Best Website Ever.

~The End~

*I suspect this is in fact Archaeologist Chicken, or perhaps Architect Chicken is curious as to whom could have left bare footprints in the loose soil of his construction site, when health and safety standards clearly state that steel-toed boots must be worn at all times.

I will really, seriously get back on-topic soon. For certainly. Next post, I swear.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Best Website Ever

Currently, I am convinced that it is this.

(Back on-topic with an update soon.)

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Barack Alpaca?

I have yet to make a donkey to compliment the softie elephant. However, I did manage to figure out an easy, four-panel softie alpaca. If you can make a persimmon, you can make this thing, too.

Please note that this representation of an alpaca in saddle and reins is in no way intended to advocate the riding of alpacas. Alpacas are strictly for being cute and making yarn out of.

This pattern can be considered a vague okaeshi* to Jenny B. Harris, author of Allsorts, who originally made an adorable pattern for a Scottie dog available online, for free, to softie fans everywhere.

I am strongly convinced that the internet needs more free softie patterns.

Both Harris’s Scottie and this llama are built on the same dynamic for four-legged creatures. Two side panels with the proper outline, a belly + inside limbs panel to divide the bottom half into four legs, and a top of the head + inside ears panel to give the head some width and make two ears. Almost any four-legged creature can be made into a simple softie using this approach. Give it a try!

...and, if you do, don't forget to share it with the internet. :D

お返し: okaeshi (oh-ka-eh-shee)
1) return of kindness, something done or given in gratitude for a favor
2) revenge, payback
3) change (from cash paid)