Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dancer AKA The Single Weirdest Thing I Have Ever Made

There was a point in my life, at age 22, when I was living alone in New York City, working at a job I fiercely hated and trying to process my parents' recent divorce.  One of my coping mechanisms was starting an extensive collection of sweaters with objects on them, everything from parrots to couches to books to bicycles.  (Editor's Note: You know what? That bike sweater was actually cute. It was from Anthropologie. And thanks to the magic of the interweb, you can find a picture of it here.)

In all I had about 15 inanimate object sweaters, which is about 15 more than any one person should own in the confines of a New York City apartment or anywhere, really.

Shortly after I started dating my now husband, the knitwear gods intervened and destroyed every single sweater I owned, "objectified" or not, in an apartment flood.  It was probably for the best, but every once in a while I still just want to throw on a sweater with a thing on it.

Enter this project.  I'm calling it my Elton John Tiny Dancer Sweatshirt.

See that schmutz on my sweatshirt that could easily be mistaken for a leftover bite of my lunch?  It's not.

It's a boy and a girl doing the Lindy Hop.

He also looks like he may be getting ready to lay one on her.  I would ask him, but he doesn't have any ears. Truth be told his head looks a little like a potato, but that's okay because she doesn't seem to mind.

I should also add that, completely unrelated to this, the other day the duckling said to me, "Mommy, do you know what happens when you get married?  You take a girl and dip her down and then kiss her with your eyes closed."  Just like these two lovebirds.

In case you're interested in making one of these tiny treasures for yourself, then 1. I'm sorry, 2. I'm glad we're friends and 3. here's what you need to know:

What You'll Need: 

- a sweatshirt or thicker shirt
- your choice of train set people, available at any train hobby store.  These are HO scale (that's the size) and are made by a company called Woodland Scenics.  This set is called "Swingin' Sensations"
- E-6000 glue, available at any craft store
- For the heart: freezer paper, scissors, a paper heart template, pen, iron, fabric paint and brush

What You'll Do:

1. Start by following this tutorial for creating your heart.

2. Once the paint dries, glue on your tiny people using E-6000 glue (which is both permanent and washable).

Ps- a big thank you to my friend Abby who took the pictures of my finished sweatshirt, about which she said, "I feel like we have so much in common.  And then there's this."


  1. I just spent $26 to get a ferris wheel screen printed onto a cardigan. I'm glad I read your blog so I know I'm not alone with my love of 'things on sweaters'

    1. We are a rare but fierce breed, Michelle. Ps I'm glad you read my blog, too. :) #mutualweirdness


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