Yokoo handknits

January 14, 2009

The Minnie in Hazelnut by Yokoo

The Minnie in Hazelnut by Yokoo

The Pembroke Cowl in Sweet Pea by Yokoo

The Pembroke Cowl in Sweet Pea by Yokoo

This morning I found myself down the Internet rabbit hole, where one click leads to another, leads to another, leads to another, and leads to another. After many clicks I stumbled upon the Etsy storefront for Yokoo.

I can’t pinpoint why I like these photographs so much. The scarves and hats are not to my style. The woman’s personal style is not to my taste, although I do admire the amount of dedication it must take to pull off looking like Woody Allen and Diane Keaton at the same time. Nevertheless, there is something very compelling about her photographs. Apparently they are self-portraits. I’m very impressed with the composition, the lighting, the colors, and the small details that make the photographs work so well. That stack of yarn balls in one picture just kills me.

Also, I have recently determined that Annie Hall just might be my favorite movie. One more point – I’ve taken to wearing my own Very Large Scarf That Could Almost Pass For A Muffler as the temperature in Chapel Hill has become quite cold lately. So maybe I’m just digging on the bulky scarfness and Woody Allen-ness of her photographs.

Yokoo has an Etsy store and a Flickr page. Judging from these photographs, she’s also got a masterful scowl, a talent I always appreciate.

SIGH. And now I realize those are CROCHETED not knitted.

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Tallulah turns 8 today

January 13, 2009

Today is Tallulah’s 8th birthday. She is my eldest daughter, and so this of course means that I have been a mother for eight years. That is a mind-boggling concept, so I shall not dwell on that right now.

Some things, based on my own observations, about Tallulah, age 8:

Tallulah is in 2nd grade.
Tallulah enjoys reading, especially the Clarice Bean, Harry Potter, and Spiderwick Chronicles series.
Tallulah prefers to wear blue jeans, a long-sleeved t-shirt, and a hooded sweatshirt. She does not like skirts or dresses.
Tallulah enjoys writing letters to her friends, her grandmother, and her auntie.
Tallulah’s favorite bands or musical artists right now appear to be: Daft Punk, LCD Soundsystem, M.I.A., and Franz Ferdinand.
Tallulah knows all the words to the Estelle song “American Boy.”
Tallulah also knows the words to “Talulah Gosh” by Talulah Gosh.
Tallulah’s favorite foods include noodles, dumplings, and tangerines.
Tallulah is the “mayor” of her class at school and helps to settle disputes among her classmates.
Tallulah has incredible posture.
Tallulah is clever, quick, and kind, but she also knows exactly which mean words to say to hurt her sister when her sister is bothering her.

These are my feet, walking to work

These are my feet, walking to work

Music For Commuting, Part 2
(download via sendspace)

1. the Clientele “Share the Night”
2. Love Is All “Wishing Well”
3. Sexy Kids “Sisters Are Forever”
4. Crystals Stilts “Crystal Stilts”
5. Comet Gain “Last Night”
6. Boyracer “Fuck Clapton, Fuck Hendrix…”

Right here is another music mix for commuting. I’ve been listening to it for the past few weeks, the very few times I had to commute. This one is about 2 minutes longer than the last one, so I have to pause in the elevator lobby in the library to finish the last song up. It can be downloaded from sendspace. About the songs:

1. I am SO MUCH IN LOVE with how funky the Clientele have been getting lately. I am very fond of their older, quieter, hazy-day-in-October songs, but they can’t always stay in one place, musicwise, and I’m quite pleased with the new direction their songs are taking. “Share the Night” is from the EP released last year That Night, A Forest Grew.

2. “Wishing Well” is the first single off of Love Is All’s recent album. I’ve listened to the new album a few times, and I have to say I don’t like how subdued the saxophone bits are compared to their previous releases. The brash, loud saxophone really added something special to their songs, I thought. That said, this is my favorite song on the new album.

3. & 4. These songs by Sexy Kids and Crystal Stilts are from new releases on Slumberland Records. I’m very pleased with that label’s recent output. The Sexy Kids 7″ and the Crystal Stilts LP were on constant rotation at my house this past December.

5. I’ve been in a Comet Gain sort of mood recently. “Last Night” is from the album Casino Classics, and every time I hear it I am reminded of a mixtape sent to me some time ago, though I can’t remember which tape, nor who sent it to me. Maybe it was a mix CD. (It was probably Roman who sent it, I imagine.)

6. The last song closes out the Boyracer album Absence Makes the Heart Grow Harder. If you can handle the minute of noise at the beginning of the song, you will soon find your head bopping along joyfully and savagely.