Friday, January 29, 2010

RIP J.D. Salinger

With love and squalor.

January 1, 1919 - January 27, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010

anxiety #618 - loose threads

In my day to day work, I constantly encounter new challenges. I have recently been sewing new lemel catchers for jewellery workbenches. There are about 50 to make, and I think I became the in-house seamstress because I remember how to thread a sewing machine, from my year seven home economics class. Although I do have a sewing machine at home, it doesn't work and I keep it mostly for sentimental reasons.
My lemel catchers are slowly coming together, but I realised what's slowing me down: loose threads. Whenever I get to the end of a seam, I have an obsessive compulsive need to tie a double knot. It's as though there's a danger that without a knotted end, the entire thing would unravel, zigzagging back and forth like a knitted sweater in a cartoon.
I'm sure that people who sew on production lines aren't always stopping to tie knots, but I guess their skills, equipment and confidence are far greater than mine. Slowly, slowly, I keep sewing and tying my knots.

Coming soon: Why don't they make see through bobbin cases, so I can prepare myself for when it's about to run out?

This post dedicated to Mrs Rogers, my year 7 home ec teacher.
I can still make great library bags.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

reasons to be cheerful - the bricks of waikiki

Waikiki is full of great buildings, decorated with great bricks.
This is an apartment pool surrounded by feature bricks, palm trees and hibiscus bushes.

The apartment building above, facing onto the Ala Wai canal, is delightful, but nothing beats the Waikiki Skyliner.

amazing architecture - hawai'i

Above is a little apartment building on Kanekapolei St, Waikiki, three floors high, joined by a zigzagging exterior staircase.

And this is Uncle Billy's motel, on Alii Dr in Kailua-Kona, on the Big Island. Fantastic mid-century modern building, but Bobby, our bus driver, warned that if you stay there, you sleep with your mouth shut. Apparently they have a roach problem...