Take two.

Before I get bogged into the crazy that my art practice has been for the last bit, I just wanted to mention to Green Bay area peoples that tomorrow night is Gallery Nite, so if y’all want to come and chat with me in person, meet the girls from Hello Purl or Zoe from Knits by Zoe, or really just see a whole bunch of art, y’all should come to Gallery Nite.

The four of us are going to be at the ARTgarage.

So, yeah, stuff and things.

Really, for those of you playing at home, I haven’t been getting much more done that spinning art-yarn and some writing.

Although, I did teach my first drop spindle class at the ARTgarage last week.  It went really well, like, really well.  The drop spindles I made worked just fine, and I had plenty of material for the students, which go squid!

top-whirl drop spindles, handmade by me


class kits, fiber provided by Interlacements

If anyone’s interested, I’m teaching another drop spindle class on the September 29th and another on November 13th.  Additionally, I’m teaching a 6-books-in-6-hours class on November 10th and 11th.

…really, I need to make more drop spindles. *sigh*  Sanding is so not my favorite thing.

So, ArtStreet was fun and I picked up some fiber to spin from Hello Purl and picked up some commission spinning, which was one of the strangest things I think I’ve ever done, but it’s spun, plied, and ready to be handed of to it’s owner at Gallery Nite.

Of course, I don’t think I took a picture of the art batt I got at ArtStreet before I spun it up.

Hello Purl art batt plied with lattice/stain glass commercial yarn stretched on a knitty-knotty.


Hello Purl art batt plied with fun commercial yarn still on the spindle.
Skeins of plied yarn all from Hello Purl art batts.

Do y’all sense a theme here?  I really do get everything from either Hello Purl or Interlacements.

Customer loyalty and all that.

The skein on the far right is from this art batt.

Hello Purl art batt, pre-spinning.

And, y’all get to see how just messy my office desk is all the time.  Although, now, it’s being protected by four of The Avengers in bobble-head form.

The commission spinning went well (because commission spinning is cool like bowties and fezs but not like stetsons).

commission spinning on spindle


commission spinning skeined and stacked

I also got this obnoxious thing spun.  Really, this stuff just sucked to spin.

domestic wool and teal angelina

I’m not going to subject y’all to the writing today, though y’all might like it.  I do have a bit of talent with words with all that education I have, but yeah, this is what I’ve been doing during my Funk to End All Funks.

I’m not sure it’s better, but I’m freaking out about so many other things that I’m getting art and writing stuff done in self-defense.

Because I freak out like no one y’all have ever met (maybe), and I have productive freak outs.

It’s like productive insomnia.  We should bottle it and sell it to all the people.

And, if y’all want to keep up on my writing and things a bit more real-time, try my Tumblr.  Yeah, it’s kinda fandom(s) heavy, but it’s kinda fun.  I’ve totally come out all of it with new things to read and listen too because fandom is huge and awesomely weird.




Random post of randomness.

I know I’ve been being, like, the most boring, non-art-posting art blogger/artist in the history of forever.

Though, for those of you that follow the Tumblr or the Facebook page, you have to admit that there has been some choice art and some really good Avengers fic.

Just wait for it.  I’ll be sharing Sherlock fanvids with y’all yet.

But, yeah, with the lack of direct, specific art-related posts over here in WordPress Land.

I want to show y’all a better picture of my spinning wheel, but I don’t have any pictures of Vincent yet.  I have, if y’all are into that sort of thing, set up an Instagram (I’m triesquid like I am just about everywhere) because I sucked it up and got an iPad for myself.

I kinda <3 him.  His name is Hermes.

I don’t know why.  Don’t ask me.

…and, yes, I do name pretty much everything.  I’m a weirdo that way.


I did find this really interesting article in The Chronicle of Higher Education this last week (or was it last week?  I don’t remember.  I just know that I have been saving for y’all.  ‘Cause I <3 y’all so much!):  “Poets in the Print Shop.”

It’s quite nice.

On another side note, ’cause I’m full of them today, I’ve been reading Sherman Alexie’s novel The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian.  It’s fantastic.

*flails around for an image so that this won’t be another image-less post*

Did I mention that I just ordered a bunch of stuff from Nut and Bee, who is going out of business and I’m SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD about it.

…does anyone think that using the llama stamp for the “you’ve been to The CRANE Center” stamp would be too–backhanded?  Y’all know what it’s like to be a panic-ridden student (quite a few know what it’s like to deal with panic-ridden students):  is the llama stamp too obviously “drama llama?”

Also, Instagram.  See, I wasn’t lying about the Instagram.

*is totally not a hipster*


*tra lala la la*

Okay, I’m done spazing for now.

Courage and drama llamas.

There is sadness in my little squid heart.

So, I don’t know if y’all know this, but WordPress has an import tool that will import your posts from other blog places (i.e., I thought it’s be nice if my Tumblr-freewheeling-on-the-go blog would export over here.).  This is awesome, but it’s not a continuous importation; you keep having to go back in a do it.  Basically, it’s an import tool that’s only good if you’re unifying multiple blogs, which would be nice if that’s what I wanted to do, but THAT’S NOT WHAT I WANT TO DO!

I like having multiple blogs, that people can follow me in various places and enjoy the different aspects of the Life, Universe, and Everything of a squid, if they so chose.

…I end up following other people various places for that exact reason.



I’m done now, I swear.

So, I’ve been enjoying the “What others think I do/what I think I do” meme, and Hyperallergic had an interview with the artist that came up with the meme.  It’s really interesting.  But, what I really enjoyed was seeing the original meme.

Except for the “What I actually do” being me cleaning my studio for the third time in a week, yeah, this is my life. <–Okay, the submitting art to shows and exhibition ideas forms are part of it too, but I swear I clean more than everything; I swear I’m not a horrible neat-freak either!

So, I also spent a good chunk of the morning making gluten-free pumpkin muffins with homemade butter-cream frosting for the opening at the ARTgarage tomorrow night.

Here they are, in all of their mini-muffin goodness.

They’re not picture-perfect beautiful, but they are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay tastier than the previous batch I had made.  I ended up tweaking the recipe some to make it work better. *is amazed that it worked*

For those of you that don’t know, I have a gluten-intolerance that I’m still learning to negotiate, so gluten-free baking is kinda nutty for me—especially since I wasn’t much of a baker before.  *whistles*

If you haven’t noticed, I’m still ignoring the Bill Gallery video that I promised to rant about.  I’ve had one of those days where the universe keeps dropping things on my head and breaking my toys, so my temper is already more-than-a-bit frayed.  Another time.

Also, I burned the crap out of my hand when I was baking today. *injured tentacle of rage*


Nothing to see here. Move along.

So, I’m kinda lacking a posty-post today.  Been in my studio on and off all day working on a couple of different pieces (and cursing the need to procure more spray paint *shakes tentacle*).  <–Also?  It’s been fraking hot in the studio today since it’s been unseasonably warm in Wisconsin.  *shrugs*  Makes me less likely to be thinky, ya know?


I’m also working on sharing the project sheets I developed with y’all since I know you’ve been waiting with baited breathe.  Talking about pricing, time keeping, and tallying the damage.


Remember to breathe, please.


And, in other news, I’ve started a Tumblr under the handle “tentacle-made” as a way to supplement this more long-winded blog–kind of a taking the blogging on the road so that the nifty things I see and/or do don’t have to be saved up and relegated to a once-a-week kinda thing.


Also?  It’s a bit more wieldy on my Rodney, my phone, and a bit more user-friendly.


So, no pictures.  Nothing interesting.  Just plans for future posting-ness.