I've always considered knitting to be kind of magical, in that I can create fabric using yarn and needles. Similarly, I've always found origami to have that same kind of appeal.
I was entering all my knitting, spinning, weaving and crochet books into LibraryThing.com, as Marilyn had suggested, and one of the books that was in my craft library was a big, colorful book, called Practical Origami, by Rick Beech.
Just flipping through the book out of boredom, I found a design for a covered box, with a divider in it, and decided to try my hand.
I was quite pleased with the result, especially with how small I was able to make mine.
Don't get me wrong, this is a relatively simple design, and I'm not overly talented at origami, but I found this fun to do. I don't plan on replacing my knitting with origami anytime soon.
I couldn't find an on-line design for the box with divider, but here's one with just the box and the top, if you'd like to try it.
In addition to the two scarves mentioned on my last blog post, I've completed yet another fucking scarf. Here are the three scarves to bore you silly.
This one was a repeat of a previous scarf, using the Louisa Harding yarn. For a mostly nylon blend, I find this a very appealing yarn, and would gladly consider making a garment or a baby blanket or something else with it...oh, not baby blanket...it's got mohair.
This one will probably be one of the first scarves to sell. It's black, it's big and it's warm.
Finally, this one is by far my favorite color scarf so far. I always seem to like colors that I couldn't possibly get away with wearing...why is that?
Marilyn has a great "open mic" topic on her blog right now about asking blog readers for money. I never realized what a difference of opinion folks could have on this. Naively, I just thought most folks felt pretty much like I do.
Along those same lines of being completely deluded, I have to say the QueerJoe contest benefiting Year Up is going extremely poorly, and I'm not exactly sure why.
I know the prizes aren't great, but that's never been a big factor before. I'm not sure if folks don't agree with my choice of charities, or if folks are just tired of supporting blog charities in general.
To maintain my current level of delusional denial, I will just believe that folks haven't gotten to it yet. I include the link for direct contributions again, and the PayPal button for my account just in case folks do want to contribute, but haven't.
Thanks for personal stories of the need to address urban education. While I find them disturbing as hell, it confirms for me the need to have more attention and money focused on this issue.