Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Super Mario Postcard

I can't draw, but I can knit.

Wasn't sure what to title this post. A lot of things are going on here. A knitted postcard. Super Mario Bros. Art. Texting. Friendship.

My very very good friend Kira teaches high school art in California. We've known each other since high school. She recently found some notes that we had written way back then about how mature we were. haha! Well, it gave her the idea to start corresponding with me through snail mail. Kickin' it old school so to speak. It's been so wonderful receiving letters and writing them. I urge you to do it more.

Kira draws these fantastic pictures on the back of her envelopes. So inspiring. I look forward to getting them just to see what she's drawn next.

She told me in her last letter that a student saw her drawing on one and asked, "Why don't you just text her?" What is that saying? Youth is wasted on the young? Sheesh! Well.... this is why you don't just text me.

I can't draw, but I can knit. So what better to do than to mail a knitted postcard? I saw this technique on an Etsy DIY a year or so ago. Instantly fell in love with the idea but hadn't yet done it. Well, since we're talking old school, I knew I would knit something Mario related. I came across this pattern for a hat and adapted it for the postcard. I knit it intarsia and fair isle. Eeek! Look at all those ends I had to weave in.

I didn't want to ruin the surprise so I waited until she told me she had gotten it before I posted this. She loves it and that makes me incredibly happy. Why don't you just text me??? Because you never know what I might knit for you.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The kind of day I've had.

Beware of bitch.

I had to make this sign and put it up today. This is what happens when you get a sunny, beautiful day in Oregon. They all come out and start knocking on your door.

I live in the first house on the corner of a cul-de-sac. We're constantly getting people at our door wanting to sell something, wanting to share something, wanting anything. We put up the generic No Soliciting sign and it's not doing the job.

I show them the sign and tell them not to solicit here. They insist they're not selling anything. Which is true for a lot of them. But that still doesn't mean they're not soliciting. It got to one point that I kept the dictionary by the door so I could read them the definition. Now I've just made the darn sign hoping it'll keep them away.