Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Knit something dangerous

Scarf I made for my friend Jay for Christmas. He's a pirate, in case you didn't guess.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Just letting anyone who might want to know, pictures from the shows I've done here are now on the Playhouse website! Start here: The shows I've done so far are Virginia Woolf, Lies and Legends, Frog and Toad (that's the good one) and Plaid Tidings.

Also, the full 2nd review of Frog and Toad is here:

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Frog and Toad review, take two!

So a few weeks ago I got this review for "A Year With Frog and Toad" from John W. Sparks with the Memphis paper The Commercial Appeal (in which my costumes were referred to as "smart and witty"). Well, a new copy of another local paper, The Memphis Flyer, came out today, and we got another glowing review, this time from Chris Davis. The entire article isn't yet available online, so here are some snippets:

"'Three things you cannot dispute,' we're told in the song 'Get a Load of Toad.' 'Bamboo comes from a bamboo shoot, rutabaga comes from a rutabaga root, and Toad looks funny in a bathing suit.' And he does." (I'm just proud of this one because it took me a while to decide what I liked best for the funny bathing suit. It makes me happy every time I hear the kids cracking up during the matinees when he comes out of the water.)

"Overwhelmed by his newfound success as a mailman, Snail (Cochran) strips down to a gold-lame-accented mail carrier's uniform while singing 'I'm coming out -- of my shell.' Although the gay illusions soared over the kiddies' heads, the joke was out of place. That's not to say it was anything short of fun or fabulous." (Notable because 1. the song isn't actually a gay reference, I think it's just the person playing it; 2. this is the most controversial bit of the play, which of course means it's the *only* controversial bit; and 3. I made that outfit!)

"Oddly enough, it's [director Scott] Ferguson's eye for kitsch that makes the completely sincere A Year With Frog and Toad such a winner. Who else might have imagined birds flying south for the winter as mid-20th-century flight attendants or transformed a pair of moles into fur-wearing Russian spies." (Hm, I can think of someone else who could've imagined that. Hm... maybe... me?! I love you, Scott. But I will fight anyone for full credit for the moles being spies.)

And finally, the most important line of all, though it's only half a line because the second half is about sets.

"Laura E. Jordan's costumes are exemplary."

Heck yes. I win! However, in addition, the new copy of The Animal World also just came out, and (long story) there's a picture I took in it! It's Selina's (Costume Shop Manager) new dog, Rilo. I took the picture the first day she got the dog. Here's the photo in context, but if you want to read the article (it's about separation anxiety experienced by pets when their owners leave the house and how to help prevent it) you can download the issue in PDF format at

Friday, November 23, 2007

Project monogamy?

I feel like I used to be so loyal to my projects. If I started something, I finished it. If I stepped away from it... well, I usually ended up frogging it when I found it again, because I knew I'd either never remember where I left off or, since I make up most of my patterns as I go, I'd never remember what I'd wanted it to look like.

While going through all of the crafty bits I have here in Memphis with me, I've found not one, not two, but no less than *five* separate yarny projects that are in some state of incomplete. Two are just because they're recent and I haven't felt yet like I know where I want to go next with them. Two are because I missed a deadline I had hoped to hit, and now am waiting for a reason to continue them. The fifth was because I got the job working on the cruise ships, and left it at home. Who needs a casual sweater in the Caribbean, especially when it adds to your already-astronomical baggage weight?

I've picked up the fifth project again, though I'm fairly certain I'll have to frog it in the end anyway, because I don't think it will fit me or just about anyone else I know and would give a sweater to. Oh well, at least it's practice.

What makes matters worse is that on Wednesday, I bought lace and sock yarns and size 3 DPNs with the idea that I would start knitting socks and soon make myself a really pretty lace shawl (which, of course, I would probably sell instead, since that's what happens to most of the stuff I try to make for myself).

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

My room

After intensely cleaning my room on Monday, I decided to take a couple of pictures, since you might be interested in seeing the state in which I live.

What I like to lovingly refer to as my "sleeping nook". It seems like a nicer name than "the only place my bed will fit". If you can't tell... I like pirates.

Keepsake shelf. Among other things, it holds:

- Harry Potter books
- Two pirate coloring books
- Christmas ornament from the hotel in Ft. Lauderdale last
November... you know, the one that just hopped into my bag all on its lonesome.
- Pirate legoman from Jason
- Jack Sparrow keychain from Sam
- Various alpaca yarns
- The first yarn I spun
- Gryffindor tie
- And further down, of course, we have Bertram Jude Flamingo.

Aaand knickknacks! I don't normally have a lot. But after finding all of these things while out and about in thrift shops since being here, I enjoy my little whatnots.
Okay, that isn't really much of my room at all. It's rather a large room. But it's kind of hard to get pictures that represent it and don't make it look ghetto. Not that it isn't ghetto. Because it is. But that's what happens when you're an intern in company housing.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


Cleaning my room and adding things to my new Ravelry account, but found that not nearly everything I own is able to be catalogued in their handy-dandy boxes. So here's a list of what else I have:

Tip protectors - 4
Stitch markers:
5 L
10 S
Cabone rings - 29
Stitch holders:
1 5"
1 3"
Cable needles
3 U-bend
1 Dipped
Stitch counters - 1
Tatting shuttle - 1 (metal)
Boye bloom loom - 1

Spool knitter - 1
Knifty Knitter looms:
Small (5 1/2")
Medium (7")
Large (9")
X-Large (11 1/2")
Embroidery hoops:
5 1/2" plastic
6" wooden
10 1/2" wooden
12 1/2" wooden
American Indian bead loom

Tatting (by Tatsy)
A Cool Girl's Guide to Knitting

I'll update this more later... of course, I have wayyy more stuff than this. Pack rat, what can I say. I am my mother's daughter when it comes to hoarding supplies. You never know when you're going to want it.