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A Love Letter

Well….

It’s been quite awhile since I came back to this blog. I have hung up my knitting needles and followed other pursuits in Los Angeles – namely, lots and lots of overtime hours making things pop out of movie screens using a computer… and magic. If you have Transformers 3, look in the credits (allllllllllll the way at the end) under Legend 3D for Jennifer Dolan, Lead stereo artist :) Or not, whatev. It’s the little things we take pride in that make us… something something… I don’t know, insert something witty for me.

I will admit that I was pretty discouraged by the angry comments left on this blog’s FREE pattern pages and haven’t wanted to come back. But after returning to a list of your little love letters in the comment pages here… well, I feel better :)

However, I do get a lot of e-mails asking for help with the patterns. I just want to respectfully let you know that I won’t be follow up and help on questions about the patterns. For one thing, I haven’t knit these patterns in 4 years. I don’t even remember how I got the math on some of these things – I’m confessing, I’m a fly-by-my-seat knitter and I like to knit for myself. If I run into a problem, I improvise – who’s going to know, eh? If the pattern doesn’t work, make it work and hope for the best :) Fearless knitting!! Or find a helper on ravelry, because there are lots of lovely people who actually have more experience with these patterns than I, I’m quite proud to say. Who knew my dumb little blog and basic patterns would generate so much interest over the years :)

Responding to the most comments I get about the Comfy Raglan sweater: I chose this yarn because it was cheap and I was in Alaska and broke. No joke. I was bored and looking for something to occupy my time. I found that it knits up kinda weird, but whatev, and bonus!: it hides the stitches that are nearly impossible to get even. Ha… I only knitted one sweater… for myself. Big confession: The other sizes are math based only, so I hope they work for you. If not, see above (fearless knitting!!)

Most of these basic patterns I only knit one or two of for myself or brave family members. This ain’t no fancy magazine with test knitters. Just the resting place a humble girl with cheap yarn and who had a LOT of spare time, but little patience.

Remember, gentle readers, knitting as a hobby is a luxury. If you can get so angry or upset from knitting, maybe you should take some inner reflection time and find out what’s the real issue in your life. Take charge! You are strong, independent, and crafty people! A select few have the patience and talent for what you do, so take pride, and remember to be kind to your fellow knitters.

Lastly, I want all my spelling peeps to know that I’ve heard your cries! I flew around the globe and took every spelling course known to womankind to make sure I spell every single last word in life correctly! Not really. But still, after numerous HELPFUL others have calmly corrected me of this brazen mistake, I’m leaving the “yolk” misprint untouched on the blog pages for all of the universe to see – mostly because I’m too lazy to get in there and edit it – but more so, just because it irritates you so. If it makes you feel superior and better about yourself, well, my work here is done.

It’s spelled “yoke” and don’t you forget it.

Sarcasm aside, thanks for reading my blog. Really. It was a little outlet to me for long time, and I hope you enjoy it.

Love you all. Peace!
-Jenny

I used to know all the words to this. My favorite parts are the Care Bear Stare, Scruff McGruff taking a bite out of crime, every single Power Ranger, and the Delorian time machine cameo :)

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I’m growing rather obsessed with this pattern… It seems to be following me everywhere calling out my name…

Look what I found at Wit & Whistle. She made it herself!

Awesome wall, I wonder if I could get away with this in an apartment… This blog is super sweet. There’s a DIY tutorial. Found at Design Sponge.

Or I could just put up wallpaper :) This blog is so cool! So many fantastic prints for those of you that love wallpaper, or just love to be inspired by it (like me). The Wallpaper Collective

 

Also, I found this from You Are My FaveHerringbone wood floors.

 

I think you should only get to pick one for a home – choose wisely!

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That’s right. I’m a week late. I know it opened last week, but I forgot to blog about it.

::Bad blogger!::

Anyway… I worked on this movie! Remember that cool project I was working on awhile back but couldn’t tell you about? This was it!!!

Legend3D (the company for which I work) did the 3D for about 20 minutes of the film – no, not the whole thing. That’s pretty standard.

Whenever you see the car (Black Beauty) smashing through the office building through tons of glass and paper (UGH, that was a b#$Ch to do), getting chopped in half in an elevator, big explosions on a construction site, Kato jumping from car to car during a chase scene, or Cameron Diaz at her first interview at the newspaper — that was all us. Then my personal favorite part: James Franco at the beginning of the movie — The close up shots of him from the front… THAT WAS ME, BABY!

Alas, we do not have our names in the credits, but we DO finally have some kind of credit – our company name and the big-wigs of the company. We never had that before :P I can’t wait for screen credit. It’ll happen. Watching our work on the big screen is a huge accomplishment in itself. Love love love.

Go see Green Hornet! It’s a fun movie :)

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Soapstone Carving

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A sculpted candle holder.

My brother made this for me for Christmas. MADE IT. I was so impressed.

He carved it out of soapstone, which is a very soft stone that scratches away easily. If you have the eye or inclination to carve something yourself, soapstone is a fantastic starting place.

I want to try it!! I’ll put my 3D skills to the test. It’s been so long since I worked in real world 3D rather than digital. It’s so different I feel like I use different parts of my brain for each.

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(The candle is vanilla from Bed Bath and Beyond, if you were wondering. It’s quite yummy.)

Other art I found made out of soapstone, if you’re interested:

Soapstone Sculpture

Black Pearl Soap Stone — This site is awesome. It has all sorts of links to carving tutorials.

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Jenny Bought a Car

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The car in its natural habitat

My old car died. Boo.

So I went shopping…. and bought a 2009 Pontiac Vibe!

It was a beautiful day and the car wanted to drive me up into the mountains, so I had to go. :)

It is a sweet ride. 5 Speed manual… fun. And it has a sunroof.

It’s soooooo smooth. I love it THIIIIIISSSSSSS much.

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Hee hee.

 

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So happy. Don’t ever want to stop driving now :)

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I’m going to be the uber-picky person and say that parts are a little off key….

BUT this guy did all four parts himself! I’m amazed. This is seriously cool.

Borrowed from the You Tube description:

Arranged for four violins and performed by Joe Edmonds.

Used GarageBand after recording to tinker with volume, add some pizzicato, and double the bottom part in a lower octave.

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