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A Girl, Monsters, and Psychology: Work by Lenny Carter

One of my really good friends, Lenny, is doing a degree in Digital Media and in her interpretation of the assignments, she intelligently combines ‘analogue’ media with the digital. She combines arts and crafts and wool and resin into fully formed beings (human or otherwise) that express strong emotions and strong insights into the human condition.


The combination of a huge personality into a small puppet and ameoba-like shapes give her works their own style. The puppets invite the viewer to make up a story about them or, indeed, already tell their own and are waiting for someone to solidify it.

Tribbles - half & half crochet for Ravelry

The stories can be implied, or in the case of Clara, very well-formed and psychological. Lenny uses the art of stop-motion to tell Clara’s story. Clara is a bit of a loner, teased by everyone around her and wrought with insecurities. Because of this, she makes her own world from which to escape.


Despite the obvious fantastical element, Lenny’s monsters and characters invite us to think about our own monsters and invite us to think about the sometimes very surreal world in which we all, humans, monsters and puppets, inhabit.

All images and photography done by Lenny Carter.



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Knitted Hot Air Balloon

This is what nerves from a visa application created.


1 CO 16 stitches
2-5 Work in stockinette 4 rows.
6 working in stockinette decrease 4 stitches
7 purl (12 stiches)
8 same as (6)
9 purl (8 stitches)
10 working in stockinette increase 4 stiches
11-13 work in stockinette (12 stiches)
14 same as (10)
15-17 work in stockinette(16)
18 same as (10)
19- 20 work in stockinette (20 stiches)
21 same as (10)
22- 27 work in stockinette (24 stiches)
28 same as 6
29 purl (20 stitches)
30 working in stockinette decrease 2 stitches
31 purl (18)
32 same as 30
33 purl (16)
34 same as 30
35 same as 30 (12)
36 same as 30
37 same as 30 (8)
38 working in stockinette increase 2 stitches
39 same as 38 (12)
40 same as 38
41 purl (14)
42 same as 38
43 purl (16)
44 same as 38
45 purl (18)
46 same as 38
47 purl (20)
48 working in stockinette increase 4 stiches
49- 53 work in stockinette (24)
54 working in stockinette decrease 4 stitches
55- 57 work in stockinette (20)
58 same as 54
59- 61 work in stockinette (16)
62 same as 54
63-65 work in stockinette (12)
66 same as 54
67 purl (8 stitches)
68 same as 48
69 purl (10)
70 same as 48
71 purl (12)
72 same as 48
73-77 work in stockinette (16)
cast off

with wrong side facing fold in half and sew edges making sure to tuck in the “corners” at the top (middle of entire piece)

you can fix the shape if necessary when you sew it up.

To finish: Take a piece of scrap yarn and tie it on the balloon as it if were string on a real balloon.

If there are any problems with this pattern feel free to contact me.

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