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I Miss the Days of Gonzo-ish Crochet. Should I Go Back?

I love making things with my hands, and it's something I would normally say I have always done. I can't say that now, though, because over the last couple of years I have stopped making things with my hands altogether. I stopped around the time I quit my last outside job and devoted myself to full-time design and consultation work.

Susan at breakfast in San Jose.

Susan (of Learned Happiness) has brought this issue back to the surface. She and I were introduced at breakfast on our last day in San Jose after the BlogHer '14 conference ended, and we spent a few hours getting to know each other while we wandered through the San Jose Museum of Art, found lunch, and eventually made our way to the airport. At one point I commented on her purse — a quirky, blue, crocheted piece — and she said she'd made it on the plane ride to the conference. I am the slowest crocheter of all time, you'd think I had three fingers and a broken crochet hook, so I was impressed that she could whip up a purse during a single flight, and I told her so.

"So you crochet, too?" she said.

"Yeah, but mostly gonzo-ish stuff like cats with giant buttholes and leggy birds. I haven't done it in years, though."

"I want to see it," she said, and I guess she meant it, because she mentioned it twice more before our flights and she just tweeted at me about it.

So, Susan, for hopefully more than just posterity, here is my history with crochet (each image clicks through to my blog entry about that piece):

Ralphie the dead kitty

Ralphie the dead kitty

Joey not-a-ninja-turtle-

Joey not-a-ninja-turtle-

Polly Esther Fuzzybottom

Polly Esther Fuzzybottom

Edwina

Edwina

Douglas

Douglas

purse

purse

Wozzle the funky chicken

Wozzle the funky chicken

Louella

Louella

Rhonda the Gatherer

Rhonda the Gatherer

Marcello the quasi-mouse

Marcello the quasi-mouse

They were not all works of great art, but I loved making them, seeing their individual characters grow as I went, watching what came out of zero planning and random balls of yarn. It was a great way to let my brain rest and wander, which is something I rarely give myself time to do these days. It was a truly meditative practice.

Is this the little kick in pants I need to get started again? I hope so. I tend to look at any highly unpractical activity as a waste of time and energy, which is the Mennonite workhorse part of my personality, and, frankly, that part needs to shut up a lot more. Maybe if I slide a start date into my calendar and pretend to myself like this is serious-for-real work, I can override the internal taskmaster who screams at me auf Deutsch ARBEIT MACHT STARK!

Hot Stewardess Elbow Envy Is a Real Thing: Getting Over FOMOOB

Hot Stewardess Elbow Envy Is a Real Thing: Getting Over FOMOOB

I was on my last flight home from BlogHer '14 when the stewardess, to whom I will refer as Hot Stewardess*, leaned lightly against me while she poured my diet coke. I noticed the texture of the skin on her arm and how soft her elbow looked, and I swear it was dusted with sun and fresh babies. I imagined that her elbow smelled of pears or freesias or whatever sugary nature sex scent is in right now.

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Susan Goldberg's Mama Non Grata Blog Has Found a New Home

Susan Goldberg's professional and creative writing has matured over the last several years of her online life, and it was time for her website to do more heavy lifting. She hired me to take her original weblog, Mama Non Grata, migrate it to Squarespace from WordPress, and create a new home for it within the more comprehensive SusanLGoldberg.com, where she can both blog and better share her mad professional and creative writing skills:


Susan photographed ceramic sculptures from one of her favourite artists, Sarah Link, and, with Sarah's permission, we used the photos throughout the site, which made this site design a truly collaborative work.

Beyond the website, I also designed her a matching set of business cards:

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So, drop in on SusanLGoldberg.com, check out her Mama Non Grata blog, and christen her new digs with a comment or two!