December 20, 2008

Secret Mission Revealed

I've been teasing my Twitter-peeps with messages of my "Secret Mission" for over a week now. I think they're starting to get a little annoyed with me.

But it's worth it! I promise! For now I can reveal to you all what my secret mission has been.

Cassie and I got a dog! Yeay!

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I've been missing my dogs ever since I moved out of my parents house. And now that Cassie and I are living in a house rather than in an apartment building and in a some what isolated neighborhood, we decided it was time to get a dog or a security system. We thought the dog was the better option. There's little chance for snuggling a security system. We already have a cat in the house, but he's not exactly good for security. In fact, if someone came in he would do the very scary hide-under-the-couch at them. Way to frighten off bad guys, Fred.

Thus: dog.

She's a lab/pit mix we got at the 11th Hour Rescue in Jersey. They're really fantastic people, you should totally check them out. A woman we work with volunteers there and she found us this perfect little girl.

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After a rather long battle for names (there were a few times we almost came to blows. For girls with the same taste in most things, we definitely have different ideas about appropriate dog names) we decided (perhaps tentatively?) on Dagny. (Atlas Shrugged) She's very shy and comes from a pretty bonded dog family so being without her sisters is making her very upset. I really hope she's going to work out. She's definitely timid with the new environment. Understandable, really, Red Hook, Brooklyn is definitely different than rural Jersey. She seems to be warming to us, though. I think she's just going to take a little longer than most other dogs. We're not sure what happened to this little dog family in the early days of their lives, just that it probably wasn't very fun.

But now she's with some very nice girls who will love her and walk her a lot and take her to the dog park and give her lots of treats. She's totally going to love it here.

This has totally been the best week ever.

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December 16, 2008


I recently had the opportunity to take on the coolest freelance project ever. Seriously, in the realm of coolest projects this kicks all of their asses.

I wrote a pattern for the movie Coraline.

I have been frothing at the mouth wanting to tell you about this, but wasn't able to. I am a HUGE Neil Gaiman fan and a HUGE fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas, so to be asked to have anything to do with a project that brings those two together makes me a little weak in the knees.


This movie, like Nightmare Before Christmas, is stop-motion animation. Some of the characters had tiny handknit sweaters made for them by the insane genius that is Althea Crome. But for part of their viral marketing campaign, they asked me to create a person-sized pattern of Coraline's star sweater. The pattern was sent in some of the crazy mystery boxes that have been going out and now that the website is up it's hidden on there. So you too can make yourself a Coraline sweater.


I wrote the pattern for Children's sizes 6, 8 and 10 and Ladies sizes XS-XL (34-50"). It's a very interesting pattern in that you knit the sweater plain and then you do velvet appliqued stars all over. It's so much fun. [Rav link]

I can't begin to tell you how excited I was to be working on this project. I want to yell it from the top of the mountains. CORALINE! SWEATER! But, yeah, not like I'm a fangirl or anything.

The pattern is hidden on the movie site, but I'll tell you in the comments where to find it if you don't want to search.

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