In New York…Day Dos.

The greatest Salt bagel, ever. With uber-delicious tofu cream cheese. Who knew there were so many smears?

Jessica devouring her tofu smeared bagel and a giant Iced Coffee; the perfect start to a monumental day trek through the city that started in Gramercy, went on to Chelsea, moved into Soho, and ended with an epic line for the Sketch4Sketch with Alex Pardee and a severely drunk and severely entitled lady folk who screamed “Welcome to New York, bitches” at us in the East Village.

The loverly Jonathan Levine Gallery, where we saw the quite intriguing work of Eric White, Nicola Verlato and Fulvio Di Piazza, as well as the brand new “Smother Your Mother” exhibit from Date Farmers. One of the coolest things we did in NY, actually. Golf claps, Jessy. If you get the chance, head to this gallery; at 529 West 20th Street, betwixt 10th and 11th Avenues.

Some pretty unique bedazzled guiitars in a Soho shop window; Jessica wanted to take one home with her. Probably by stealing. She didn’t.

Excitement, squeals and all that hoo at the brand new location of Purl in Soho. Too bad it was the most crowded place in the entire world (celebrating their opening that week!) but I was absolutely inspired, bought some hanks of super bulky Lorna and some gorgeous lace-weight. The walls of Koigu were remarkable, but there was no room for snaps inside the shop what with the crowds, unfortch, but I met a fabulous gay couple in front of me, who marveled at the above pictured Cascade Magnum cowl made for Jess as we gushed about Purl Bee.

Jessica stickers up the city with Go Team Sweet stickers advertising her blog (and took the opportunity to model her Cons, to boot, too). Kraftworkin’ doesn’t have any stickers. Inspired me to get some.

A much needed glass of water at a drinking hole somewhere in Soho…


…followed up, quickly, by a much needed, much appreciated Chimay…Tripel…

…then, nachos, naturally…

And finally, drawing sketches for Sketch 4 Sketch with Alex Pardee & Dave Correia, something I knew zip about before Jess had me along; the entire concept is really cool. Alex and Dave sat at Zero Friends for a whopping 8 hours straight drawing– a fan brings in a sketch for them, and they each churn out their own interpretation of your sketch, like a swap. While the line was absolutely epic, who got to hang with some really cool people, like Saki Waki of IHeartCoolStuff, who pretty much knows everything about designer toys. Sorry I didn’t wear pants, that would have helped my violent shaking from cold and rain. I’ll remember the pants, next time.

Box o’ modely snaps?

My best friend from college, Jessica “Mim” George, dropped this glorious snap of herself wearing my Marian was my Grandmother cowl in my inbox while I was on vacation for the past week. What a glorious item to await me upon my arrival home! I adore seeing Kraftworkin’ objects with their rightful owners.

The Marian was included in that box I recently sent her and I’m so pleased I included the cowl, which I had deemed a failure, until I saw it on her lovely neckbone! It looks so much better on her than it ever did when I modeled it for photos.

Don’t forget to read her musings at Go Team Sweet!

Box o’…Take Dos.

I love giving friends giant boxes o’ random fun. It’s something that pleaseth me mucheth.

Yesterday, I put the finishing touches and preps on a package that’s to go out today to my good friend, Jessica “Mim” George, who I will be rendezvousing in NYC with just next month.

A key to some of the stuff inside without giving it all away to Jess before she even receives it? A giant stack of mix cds, books, a jelly goldfish water squirting wonder, the To Norway With Love hat, some other knitted goods ranging from true function to absolute kitsch, candy, and various other odds and ends.

Be sure to read Jess’ blog on crafting, fooding, travel, art, all that hoo, at Go Team Sweet!

File Under: Shipment, today.

I spun around in my chair thanks to this sheep…

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The ever amazing Jessica George, who authors the splendid Go Team Sweet! blog, is one of my bestest friends from college.  An avid and ambitious cupcake baker and street artist, Jessica has recently returned to the states after living for several years in New Zealand.

And smuggled in her luggage, for this here me, she carried a brilliant ball of handspun wool–all worked by a granny’s hands on a sheep farm. And the incredible thing about this small ball of wonder is its strong scent of lanolin; it’s as if you were right in the room with granny herself as she worked the wool.

Thanks to her thought, this little ball arrived in the mail last night. And I squealed with delight.

File Under: expect a gifty out of this wool, Mim! It’ll only be for you! Thank you thank you thank you.

Tonight is “Danger”, baby, I feel so dangerous…

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One of my closest friends from college, Jessica “Mim” George–who blogs delicious treats (she’s a cupcake baker extraorindaire, ok?!) over at Go Team Sweet! and did a post about her cupcaking and a post about her hula hooping fascination for Kraftworkin’ a year or so ago–has recently moved back stateside after living in New Zeland for some odd years.

And since she decided, upon returning, to so graciously make a trip back to the city of our colleging days–and where I still reside–I had to come up with some kitschy love to gift her on arrival. Jessica is nothing shy of kistch herself; she likes anything non-human/non-animal which boasts eyes, and once worked in a vinyl toy shop. Clearly, she’s easy to please.

Not only did I make her a KK Bubble Boss, a recycled tshirt scarf,  a piggy i-Pod case, knitted hearts with eyes, a change purse, a raincloud, and a host of other treats like badges, I also deliciously knitted up her one of my favorite patterns of late, the “Daphne and Delilah” by the beyond brilliant knitting designer Rebecca Danger of Danger Craft. You can check out Rebecca’s delicious blog here, or even buy up some of her patterns at Etsy.

Since making these yummy monsters, I have since purchased 5 more delightful Danger Craft patterns–and she gives you great deals on bundle packages!

Jessica, of course, squeeled over the monster I gave her (yellow, at left), and I’ve since begun knitting up more kitschy love for a package to send in the future.

Of course, as always, you can see more snaps at my Flickr set.

File Under: Jessica and I definitely did the monster mash. Here’s hoping she moves to Boston again for good!

A w-hooping good time?

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This post was a request I made to my closest college mate, Jessica “Mim” George, who is a music devotee (blogging sometimes at my other love Pulp and Circumstance, Juiced! and of course here, about cupcakes whatelse?), lover of all things kitsch, street artist, crafter, and of course, hooper. She has recently taken to the old chidlhood love, the hula hoop, for fun and welp, when you think about it, excerise. Currently living way yonder in New Zeland, Ms. George is hoopin’ her way across the countryside and here’s what she has to say about it… hoop it up, will you? (Pictured: Jessica Hoopin’ across the Coromandel)

Rekindling the child within is easier said than done, especially when you’re faced with a nine to fiver and the ever-present pressure that life is short and you might not be living it up to its full potential. Hmm, just me? Nah I didn’t think so. In your mid-twenties, the good ‘ol quarter life crisis is peaking its evil head and it’s easy to feel like you might drown in the amount of choices you have. This is when you need to seek out the simple pleasures in life to keep you grounded, keep you sane. This is where I found hula hooping.

Now go and find your own hooping happiness!

Hips moving back and forth, arms up in the air and wind flowing through my hair, the hoop was the answer. It’s been only about a month and half now that I’ve been hooping, but in this short time I’ve managed to find that feeling of pure ‘no strings attached’ happiness. In addition to the happiness factor, I’ve also been able to share hooping with some of my friends and nearly every time they leave me saying they’re going out to buy a hoop of their own.

The best part is that because of the multiple online resources and thriving community of hoopers around the world, you can learn hooping on your own and find plenty of support on the net. If you’re keen to try your hand…and hips, and chest and neck at hooping, then the first place to start is www.hooping.org. Here you can find some of the information you’ll need to start hooping. If you don’t want to order a hoop online, then make your own! If you are feeling very DIY, which let’s face it you’re on this wicked crafty blog, so I bet this will be your cuppa tea, then check out this tutorial on hoop making. Once you’ve rustled up a hoop, check out the plethora of tutorials online. I can’t recommend SaFire’s hooping tutorials enough. She’s a lovely hooping maven with easy to follow tutorials for beginner’s through to those more advanced in the hooping ways. You can find her tutorials here.

For another adorable photo of my friend and her hoop, gander here.