Last fall I took up knitting in a very enthusiastic way, after 24 years of my mother waiting patiently for me to join her. Kate Davies’s “Owl Sweater” finally seduced me, and I quickly discovered that knitting—-with its steady click-click-click of the needles, soft richly-dyed fibers, and heavy presence in my lap——is an excellent way to end the day after the stress of freelancing.
I don’t buy store-bought clothes any more, for a number of reasons. I’d rather take the money I’d spend on lots of cheaply made, sweatshop produced, ill-fitting clothes and put it into learning the skills to make something long lasting and exactly to my taste, using only natural fibers. The above was knitted with 100% baby alpaca wool, which approaches cashmere in softness but is infinitely more affordable, and is often stronger than sheep’s wool. It is also much more insulating than store-bought sweaters that are made with synthetic yarn blends. The beads are a lovely mottled pink and made from coral (sustainably harvested).
Buy Kate Davies’ Owls pattern here.
What’s on my needles now.
Adventure Time all grown up! Thanks to these awesome cosplayers for commissioning me :D
Want your own? 8 x 10 prints are available in my shop :)
Wish I could have gotten a better scan before giving this card to my darling mother. Oh well; Happy Mother’s Day!
Rushing to finish this Mother’s day card.
Definitely most successful drawing of the evening.
Currently working through all the commissions I got at Awesomecon. Had a lot of fun doing this one of Aki from “Misao” (clearly a game I need to play now).
In the New Yorker today, Sofia Coppola’s 2010 film “Somwhere”.
I know Tumblr loves Elle Fanning. It’s ok.
Bibi really savaged my hand in this mornings medication. :( I dont think much of her liver meds made it into her mouth.
Shipping out prints like mad! Thx everyone for your patience!
Some illustrations I did for Chicago Reader’s “Food Issue”!
Dances with pierogi
Dough (and some batters, too)
A diet based on sacrifice
A Chicago rapper on the peace of pizza
Thanks also to Kyle Webster for sharing his amazing photoshop brushes, which I had a lot of fun using to make these pieces :)