Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The pursuit of flight is as much an interest to bears as it is to humans. The ability to take to the skies, leaving behind the old homestead and exploring new worlds must be an urge for all creatures.

Bear in Flight

Some are, obviously, naturally gifted with the power. Most are not. And, it took months of tireless research to find the solution – research that started with interviews, sharing of knowledge and, even, inter-species cooperation (though, not always helpful in terms of finding the ability to leave the ground).

Bear with Chicken

Finally, a breakthrough. One bear figured out the most unlikely solution to the problem – a result of using only materials readily available, will power and a lot of luck. Thus was born the Land-to-Air Navigation Apparatus (or LANA for short). A quick flight around Lake Superior revealed the true power of the device. Life may never be the same for bears.

Fun at the Lake

So, I’ve been contracted to equip those bears who are interested in leaving terra firma. Not surprisingly, many are lining up – ready to explore new places, see new lands and, of course, customize their new LANAs (jet-pack for the layperson).

Bears waiting for Jet Packs

For a limited time, I am excited to announce the Walker Art Center Shop will be facilitating this dispersal of bears into the world-at-large. Look for them in the museum store from mid-November through early February.

Ripple Wrap (and a Happy Valentine’s Day)

Ripple Wrap

Ripple Wrap

The colorful world of crochet continues to expand. You saw some of Virginia’s projects in progress a couple of posts ago. Since then, Virginia’s latest project, a wrap, features 12 colors of Cascade 220. That’s 12 out of a possible 220 colors available. Which, in my mind, makes it seem like she’s still got a long ways to go before all possibilities have been explored.

Ripple Wrap

Of course, the endless possibilities are one of the reasons we create. While a project is planned and executed, the next one begins to take shape. Inspiration can strike from many different angles. I can’t speak for the rest of you, including Virginia, but I believe we owe it to ourselves to make room for our ideas to grow. Maybe they won’t pan out, but you won’t know until you have tried.

Me, I may have gone a bit overboard with the needle felting inspiration this last month. But, without it, I wouldn’t be able to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day in quite as fun of a way as this:

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at ScratchCraft!

Felted Lineup

Yikes! It’s been a little while since my last post. We have been busy making stuff, and I will be sharing some of the goodies that have come to be these last couple of weeks (including some excellent mittens and a few pairs of socks). I thought I’d check in, though, and share with you a little of what I’ve been doing with some of my unspun fiber (oh, spinners out there, do not begrudge me this happy pastime).

Winter 2009 Felted Lineup

This is a small lineup of some of the creatures that have developed from some of the clouds of roving laying about the house. We’ve got some alpaca/mohair/merino blends, some polwarth, and I believe the dark brown bear is california variegated mutant. All fibers that would make excellent yarn (and they will, too, one day), but for now I am using them for other purposes (it’s hard when owls are cuter than yarn, and, honestly, more fun to watch take shape).

In addition, I can’t help but share a photo of the tool involved in the process.

Finishing Touches

It does an excellent job illustrating the fact that this Thursday I’ll be having my 3-month checkup, complete with bone marrow biopsy. I’m also hoping that, with the help of some premeds, I’ll be feeling as fuzzy as Mr. Bear. We’ll be getting results in the next couple of weeks. Keep your fingers (and toes) crossed the results are still quite resoundingly normal.

Three words

Bone Marrow Biopsy

And, since we’re talking about three, this is the third one I’ve had in as many months. My blood counts are still taking their time to recover. After another blood test this morning, I knew I was going to be in for a fun afternoon when the oncologist said, “Unfortunately, we can’t see what’s going on inside of you, and your peripheral blood can only tell us so much…”

I’ll spare you the gory details (although you are welcome to read the description from the link above), but this time around I was given some premedications (both anti-anxiety and anti-pain) which worked quite effectively (and quickly) since they were administered through my hickman. When asked if the Dilaudid was working, the nurse seemed quite amused at my description of it, “Sort of feeling like a warm, fuzzy teddy bear hugging my inner chest. So, yes, I’d say it’s working.”

Pablo the Teddy Bear

So, back to no bathing for a few days. And, back to waiting… one day at a time, one day at a time.