Pick up sticks

Pick up sticks
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In case you are wondering what the new hip party game is, it’s pick up sticks. It was intense competition between architecture nerds, linguist nerds and a 7 year-old named Dex. This was one of my favorite games as a kid, though I had completely forgotten about it. My skills have also completely deteriorated, darn adulthood…


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I made this for G. as a present. However, the winter in France is not nearly as frigid as it is here and I’m wondering if I shouldn’t use my remaining grey alpaca wool to knit one of these strange things for myself. It’s a scarf/hood combination with optional mittens. LJ found the pattern on the web and it was, admittedly, funky. However, I was delighted with the soft wool I chose and often found myself sitting on the subway, impatient to get home so I could curl up and knit.

Staten Island Ferry Terminal

Staten Island Ferry Terminal
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G. came for a visit from Paris for over two weeks. This time together took us to Maine and all over the city. On New Years Eve we joined a bunch of other friends for a “sunset cruise” on the Staten Island Ferry. What a great way to reflect on the year that’s just passed, seeing S.I. fade into the distance as you nibble snacks in the cold wind and watch the Brooklyn shore pass. It felt like a real cruise and one friend reflected “I just wish the distance between Manhattan and Staten Island was longer.”

Crafting Antlers

Crafting Antlers
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Last week I had my neighbors over for some impromtu crafting. It was really fun to spread out all our art supplies on the floor, remind each other how to knit, distract LJ from her studies, eat amazing homemade vegan gingerbread cookies and feel like actually our community here in Brooklyn is cozily small. The other cool thing is that C. comes from the town next over from mine, so it was fun to catch up about Maine and share memories from growing up there.

Nice pants

Nice pants
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IP, a PDX and US expat now living in Halifax, NS, came down for the weekend for an art book fair and had the luck of catching the swap as well. She’s shown here modeling a very special hat and showing off some pants which were sadly the wrong size and season for many. IP also me a copy of her latest book project, called DIY in HFX (do-it-yourself in Halifax). I have started reading it and it is really inspiring to read about the ways in which this community interprets the ideas and ethics of DIY. It has a different feel from IP’s last book in this series “DIY in PDX” focusing on Portland, OR. That one seemed more indie rock and craft focused while this one feels like there’s more focus on the environment and economy. I think it’s interesting because of course it reflects the different cultures of the cities that it focuses on. I also felt more positive about the idea of DIY and realized that feeling inspired doesn’t mean I’m young or naive and what’s cool about feeling grumpy and hopeless anyways? I want to be open to and embrace inspiration to do, make and create more regularly and not feel like it’s comprimising my critical outlook.