Stuff and nonsense

I didn’t write yesterday due to leaving it until the evening and then we watched Collateral after which I was way to stressed to write a blog entry. I was too busy sitting around saying “Ahhh! My head – it aches! Oh my back has seized up – why couldn’t that movie have ended a lot earlier to prevent this kind full-body melt-down?”. I didn’t like the movie. I don’t like Tom Cruise and I don’t like feeling more stressed than I already have to be for two hours in the name of entertainment. I was the odd-one-out with everyone else in the room saying “What a brilliant movie!” as the credits rolled. Anyway, after watching that movie I had to have a cup of camomile tea and go to bed with a hot-water bottle on my neck. There was just not time for blogging.
Yesterday I received my Japanese Doll making book (below left) and although it is full of fabulous dolls to make, it really is more complicated than the usual Japanese Craft books that come through ebay and I am not sure if I am going to be able to work out which pattern pieces go with which project.

I also received an unexpected gift from Jenny who sent me a copy of The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright. I have been curious about this book for so long – and I don’t have your email address so thank you Jenny! Also I stumbled upon a copy of Classic Knits for Boy Dolls yesterday and after having regretted not picking it up the first time I saw it last year, I grabbed it. also look forward to some time getting a hold of Classic Knits for Girl Dolls.

**update – I just had to include a link to one of the photos from my new Classic Knits for Scary-ass Boy Dolls**

All of these books have complimented quite the stash of doll clothes books I borrowed last week from the local library – which is all in preparation for Alice for this month’s Month of Softies and some other little well dressed critters down the track. The photo below is of a couple of things I found at Winterwood last Thursday (catalogue not currently available). The fleece is really meant for felting but I thought it might make some interesting doll hair. The pieces of felt are 100% wool felt and hand dyed. Lovely stuff and came in the most beautiful colours but is not terribly cheap. I still have grand plans to do my own felt dying when we move house and perhaps even sell on some pieces through Loobylu if anyone is interested.

I am off to see Closer with Dr M tonight and hope it won’t be a movie which made me wish I brought along my hot-water bottle and thermos of camomile tea.

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11 Responses

  1. The colours of the felt are beautiful!
    I just tried felting for the first time last weekend, it’s so beautiful but such hard work! Here’s the site of the woman who taught me my course:

  2. I watched Collateral last night too. DH forced me to watch it and all the way through i was pleading for it to hurry up and end. It was long and boring, and Tom Cruise looked awfull in it. Dh has also seen Closer and said it was fantastic, although i’m assuming that comment has something to do with the fact Natalie Portman stars in it!I love your blog by the way.

  3. I saw Closer last night, and found it very stressful. Despite some great scenes and fine acting, I felt it was too obviously a stage-play rendered on film. I’ll be interested to read how you felt about it.

  4. I first heard of The Lonely Doll from a great radio show here in Chicago, USA – This American Life.
    All the segments in this doll themed show are fantastic:

  5. says:

    LAst night, I lay awake contemplating making a softie; joining in on the fun. I am a great bit intimidated and was wondering if anyone could recommend a good starter book for making a softie? I have a little one due to show up in six weeks and a 4 year old so I would love to make them something special.Thanks for all the awesome entries, Looby. I’ve really been enjoying your more frequent updating. Miss one? No worries.

  6. Looking forward to your review of Closer as I suspect we have similar taste in films. My aunt said it was almost too vulgar and mean to watch, which makes me all the more intrigued.

  7. says:

    I just finished reading a biography of Dare Wright, the author of “The Lonely Doll”. (I imagine they touched on this book in the “This American Life” episode.)
    I remember the book from when I was a kid, and remembered that it was odd. There is a scene where the doll gets spanked by a big teddy bear…definitely not PC by today’s standards.

    Dare Wright had Mother Issues in a big way, and had a very sad and lonely life. After reading about her, “The Lonely Doll” seems like a very dark story indeed.

  8. For neck pain, you need a rice bag, and best of all you can make one yourself! I swear by these things. Pick some cute fabric and find instructions here: here:

    Love that Japanese doll book by the way! It looks amazing.

  9. You should also get some mohair locks for doll hair.

  10. Somebody at Primal Screen (where I work) brought in that strangely intoxicating “The Lonely Doll” about a month ago. He knew all about the author, which made the book even creepier. It’s a strange book. I’m not sure I want to work with that guy anymore.
    Just kidding. He’s a good guy. It is a creepy book, though.

  11. says:

    _The Lonely Doll_ was one of my favorite books as a child. (And I’m determined not to learn ANYTHING else about Dare Wright’s life, based on these other comments! Eek!)