Diane Gilleland (aka Sister Diane) leads the Church of Craft in Portland, OR. Her three best Jeopardy categories are Spinsterhood, Citizen Media, and Feline Behavior. She produces CraftyPod, a podcast and blog about making stuff. She also writes zines, and cooks, and grows stuff, and makes creative messes. Then she rests.
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Have you heard about Second Life? It's an entire 3D virtual world on the internet. (Addictive as all get-out.) You can create an avatar of yourself to inhabit it, and you can own virtual land and build a virtual house. You can meet people, buy clothes and furniture, join groups, and even fly.
. . . And now you can knit! I was wandering around Second Life the other day, and found this charming little knitting shop, Knit This, created by Ida Keen. (Ida Keen is the avatar name of a real-life person, but in Second Life, you use only your avatar's identity.)
Ida has created a series of virtual knitting needles, balls of yarn, and knitting bags, which she sells from these cute kiosks. They have a kind of motion-program attached to them, so that when your avatar picks them up, your avatar actually begins knitting! Crazy.
If you're a Second Lifer, then you can find Knit This on Amida: 88,140,27. If you're not feel free to email me and I'll help you locate it.
Here's an interesting social networking system for creative types. Lov.li bills itself as a "community art market," and offers photo and video postings for sharing your work, plus the ability to message other users, form groups, and make your own blog. You can also sell your work through the site, or buy other people's handmades. Perhaps most significantly, lov.li seeks to bring makers of "art" and makers of "craft" together in the same online space, and mix it up.
For anyone who hasn't discovered it yet, Leslie Harpold's online advent calendar is one of my favorite things this time of year.
. . . So I got to do a podcast interview with this really cool lady named Tsia about her new book. You should give it a listen.
I'm really loving IKEA Hacker these days. Now that you can get cheap, assemble-it-yourself, light-on-character furniture everywhere, it's great to see people taking this stuff and customizing it. This site is loaded with cool ideas.
This podcast is a bit old, but well worth listening to if you're a fan of the needles. Radio Open Source is an amazing community/radio project from Boston, and a while back they did a show called "A Passion for Knitting." Great conversation with Debbie Stoller, Joe Wilcox, Kevin Lundeen and Elise Goldschlag. Give it a listen while you're . . . you know.