In any new issue of Texas Monthly, the first item I turn to is “Object Lesson,” Kristie Ramirez’s regular piece on the trinkets and baubles that notable Texans keep on their personal furniture. What clutter will we find on Jaap van Zweden’s piano? How fussy are the contents of Dean Fearing’s shoe closet? That sort of thing. It’s all about objects – a mini-museum of one, if you will, and it’s quite nosey. I wait by the mailbox for it.
The newest issue features yarn bomber artist Magda Sayeg. I’ve always associated knitting with the elderly, but Magda Sayeg is both prettier and younger than me, and this observation makes me want to knit. In my logic, she must be prettier and younger because she knits. She has created cozy yarn sweaters for busses, hotels, and the Williamsburg bridge.
Google “Magda Sayeg” and you will find her website KNITTA, PLEASE. This is the best name of anything ever (but it isn’t mentioned in Texas Monthly for some reason). I must conclude that Magda Sayeg is also witty and clever in addition to her other virtues. I am obsessed with her.
When I moved into my duplex three years ago, I was excited to see random objects left behind by prior tenants. One was a metallic cover for a sports car, and another was a sewing kit stocked with tiny threads of yarn. When the yarn bombing craze hit East Dallas last year at the Lakewood Library, I thought about that weird little sewing kit going to waste on the high shelf of my hall closet. I think it might be for latchhooks – I don’t really know. My name rhymes with the ultimate crafters website but that’s the closest I will come to being like Magda Sayeg.
Betsy Lewis is a Dallas writer. The items on her writing desk are: dog hair, laptop, December issue of Texas Monthly, coffee mug stolen from last employer, a bunch of handwritten lists and sublists, and dog hair.
also by Betsy Lewis
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- The Quotable Kiki Smith - February 1st, 2013