Archive for August, 2008

No sleeveless blouse is safe now….

August 29, 2008

Crocheted cap sleeve, originally uploaded by pennylrichardsca.

I figured out how to add crochet sleeves to a blouse this week, see above. If school doesn’t start back soon, every single item of clothing in this house is going to be crocheted upon. Yes, everything. Even shoes are fair game, it seems….

I saw the school bus yesterday, testing its route. We’re getting close. My wrists may yet survive the summer (but bowling last night didn’t help).

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Video: Promise and the Monster, “Sheets”

August 28, 2008

I have about 4000 songs on my iPod (not counting podcasts). They’re loosely organized into all kinds of playlists, but sometimes I just let all 4000 shuffle and run. I like the juxtapositions and the surprise. When I do that for long enough, I generally find a song or two that I don’t remember hearing before–something I probably picked up for free someplace like music.download.com, in a batch of “hmm, let’s see what this sounds like” tracks, and then never quite paid attention to it again. This was one of those lost songs, until yesterday. Now it’s haunting me, and I keep replaying it. The singer (Billie Lindahl) is Swedish, but the lyrics are in English. (Visual description: black-and-white, closeups of singer’s head interspersed with images of her walking downstairs, outside, and near an old building–there’s an effect that makes all the light tones smear in vertical bars. Partway through, the singer is dripped upon by something dark, like paint; she spreads the paint around her face like a mask.)

1st Place, Family Division!

August 24, 2008

“Frida Underwater” Chalk Art , originally uploaded by pennylrichardsca.

Nell and I were part of a Chalk Art Festival at Redondo Pier today–and we won 1st Place in the Family Division! About $100 in gift cards from restaurants, and a whale-watching trip for two (to be used in the winter). Our 6×6 square was titled “Frida Underwater,” and I have to say it was a big crowd favorite. I think we must be in a hundred families’ vacation photos after today. We heard oohs and aahs in various languages; it was especially nice to hear parents take the opportunity to tell their kids about Frida Kahlo being a famous artist from Mexico.

But now I’m a little sunburnt, and my left pinkie is on strike. Still, very fun day. We’ll definitely do it again next year.

UPDATE:  Here we are in the Beach Reporter; here I am in the Daily Breeze, also here.

Happy 100th birthday to Hannah Frank!

August 23, 2008

Meet Glasgow artist Hannah Frank.  She’s turning 100 today.    The party, conference, and exhibition are next month at the University of Glasgow.   But you can buy prints and cards and books at her online shop any time.

Freeform crochet scarf

August 20, 2008

Freeform crochet scarf, originally uploaded by pennylrichardsca.

Yes, it’s meant to look like that… yup, I made it like that on purpose.  It’s my first stab at freeform crochet, a fun use for random bits and pieces of leftover yarn. It’s like crochet sculpture…or crochet collage…

It’s 5K time again….

August 19, 2008

Four out of the last six or seven falls, we’ve walked in the Shane’s Inspiration 5K for accessible playgrounds, at Griffith Park. It’s a fun Sunday morning, they put on a great day of music and booths and helpers and goodie bags and the works. We’re at it again. If you want to support the cause, this is our donations page, or I’m going to try and insert the widget version in my sidebar (haven’t quite figured out how to do that, yet).

If you’re local, better yet, join us!   The team name is “South Bay Strollers,” when the firstgiving site asks you.

Doppelganger alert, #6 and #7

August 18, 2008

This isn’t me either.  But this Penny Richards, senior programme officer of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and co-editor of AIDS Sutra:  Untold Stories from India seems to be the same Penny Richards who used to be minister at the Australian Embassy in Japan.  But I don’t think she’s the same Penny Richards who was/is Singapore bureau editor for the BBC, and head of BBC Asia bureau.   Must be two different women.  Some formidable doppelgangers working in Asia!

More art in the park today

August 16, 2008

If you’re local to me, stop by Anderson Park between 10-2 (or afterwards, I guess, for the chalk art aftermath)–I’ll be doing some chalk art and face painting for Lincoln’s Kindergarten Picnic, where new K families get to join the PTA and meet each other while visiting with some of the activities chairs (I’m representing Hands on Art). The kids are so cute, and the parents are fun to talk with. And it means the first day of school really is just around the corner….well, two and a half weeks around the corner, but who’s counting the days…. hours…. minutes….

Grey Sweater, after

August 8, 2008

Grey Sweater, after, originally uploaded by pennylrichardsca.

I had a thrifted grey sweater that I liked in a lot of ways–scoop neck, nice weight and texture. But it didn’t fit, not even close. So….. I cut it open up the center, and cut open both sleeves from shoulder to cuff, then filled crochet in the gaps–different stitches, thrifted yarns, didn’t really have a plan going in, just kept adding until I liked the look and fit, then closed them all. I’m really, really happy with the outcome–it fits comfortably and it’s completely personal and unique–yeah!  Now I have to dig in the basket of refashioning candidates for more crochet projects….bwahahaha…

Gelato in memoriam

August 7, 2008

Gelato in memoriam, originally uploaded by pennylrichardsca.

Went out for ice cream (well, gelato) with the kids, to mark the passing of my grandmother today. She was a big ice cream fan, to the end, and it seemed like the right way to spend the afternoon. Rest in peace, Weesie.