Saturday, November 29, 2014

Colors of the Rainbow

A plastic bag full of leftover yarn in the colors of the rainbow was left in the park. Bikers and hikers passed by, but no one found it worthy enough to pick it up. The bag was ripped on the side. Balls of yarn rolled in all directions matted with leaves forming an entangled messy heap. Some of the colors I didn't like, but I scooped up the whole thing anyway. It took me a while to separate the bits. I had no plans for the yarn, but later when I showed it to my mom, she came up with an idea. She wanted to make a shawl. She would work on it for months carrying small amounts of yarn in various colors in her pocket anywhere she went. And whenever time permitted, she would knit a small square. She made several dozens of separate squares. Once she was finished with them, she sewed them together. The shawl has been in use ever since and it faded just a little. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Graveyard Zombie

It's a bit late for wishing a Happy Halloween, but it's never too late to introduce my favorite  costume of the season: Mark Ballas' zombie from DWTS. Zombies can look quite boring. I've seen the usual soiled clothes badly in need of repair theme a thousand times. Although it's evening wear, Mark's outfit is simple; dreadfully gray checkered pants paired with an equally horrifying gray jacket; white polka dots on a black shirt and a distressed fishnet vest in dirty white that comes with holes the size a small shark can comfortably get through. His hair and makeup isn't that unusual, either. It's a well known fact that zombies are pale. It's either that they spend day and night in graves in front of a computer till they get goggle-eyed or they only get to work the graveyard shift. Mark looks pale as moonlight just like any decent zombie should, but in a delightful way as if he had taken a zombie tan that went partially wrong around his eyes and mouth. His hair, stiff as a broom, is masterfully coiffed. And he IS goggle-eyed. What pulls this outfit together and makes it unique and its wearer dignified is the way Mark brings the character to life as he dances. Take a look.