free pattern! Pussy Hat for Blythe

Smash the patriarchy!

Pussy Hat for Blythe

Blythe can show her feminism loud and proud with this super cute hat that makes a statement. The March in Washington showed the power of this movement and it doesn’t have to stop there! Keep it going with Blythe! Also fun for cat lovers and cosplay!

Grab this pussy hat pattern for free on Ravelry, LoveKnitting, and Craftsy.

Blythe three dress giveaway!

Happy new year! I’ve been attempting to spend more time doing things other than the internet, hence the lack of posts. I’m not giving up on blogging – far from it! – but am trying to focus on mostly on making things and taking political action. I’m still planning to make time for blogging but I am also in winter hibernation mode, so posts will probably be more sporadic at least for a bit.

So, back to making things! I made these three dresses for Blythe and would love to give them away to other Blythe folks. Head over to YouTube and comment there to be entered to win. I’ll pick a winner on Friday January 13th so hurry on over!

Review: Doodletopia Fairies

Doodletopia Fairies
Doodletopia Fairies: Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Magical and Beautiful Fairies by Christopher Hart

This latest entry in the Doodletopia series brings what fans will expect: an outline-based guide to drawing figures, in this case fairies, in a cute and anime-inspired style. This style fits well with fairies as it includes lots of large heads, big eyes, pointy ears, and svelte bodies (apparently fairies are all very similar in stature – no real differences in height or weight to be found). Some of the costumes are a little revealing on a level equal to Disney princesses (think Tinkerbell). A number of fairy poses are outlined for action drawings, and a few pages at the end are dedicated to fairy dwellings.

full disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Blogging for Books

new video: making a dress for Ash

I finally finished all the holiday knitting I had on my list and decided to make another Katie Cardigan for my Blythes. I love this pattern (if I do say so myself) and it is a really nice piece for pairing with a dress, so I decided to make a new dress to go with it.

review: Red-Blooded American Male

 Red-Blooded American Male

Red-Blooded American Male photographs by Robert Trachtenberg

This book contains dozens of very skillfully-taken photographs of mostly celebrities, all of whom are men (there are a few women in a few of the photos with these male celebrities, but not all of them are even named). There’s no denying the care that has been taken to set up each photograph including the setting, wardrobe, pose, timing, and all the other things that go into taking a good portrait. Many have been set up to elicit surprise or laughter in the viewer (Jimmy Kimmel wearing a Daenerys Targaryen costume, Bill Maher in a friendly hug with a spot-on George W. Bush impersonator, etc) and some are just very editorial fashion shots. Some capture the thing that the person is most known for and some seek to show an aspect of their personality. I can’t fault the skill with which this aesthetically appealing coffee table book was put together, but I just can’t get very excited about a book that has the sole purpose of celebrating a bunch of hyper-privileged mostly white dudes. I get the feeling that it’s supposed to be tongue-in-cheek, but that isn’t successful for me.

Full disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Blogging for Books