So clearly my first, naive attempt at setting a sock critter free in the world has flopped. He was either lost, kidnapped, or he ran off with one of the stray socks at the laundromat one block over. Rather than get upset about the immediate letdown (*ok, I got a little upset, but I’m over it) it gave me a chance to rethink the project. Clearly, leaving critters for random strangers to take is a real gamble. So why not start with friends?
So I chose five of my quirkiest, funniest, artsy-est friends, and I will be sending them each a sock critter, complete with backpack and letter. These five friends will name their little charges, send me stories and pictures, and then pass them along to their friends….who will pass them along to their friends, and so on. THIS should get some momentum going!
Today I carefully packaged two critters into two little boxes, and sent one to my friend Lacy in Chicago and one to my friend Louise in Dorset, England.
Lacy was my college roommate. She is one of the funniest, smartest and most beautiful people I know. She is a professional theater-everything: she acts, she does voice-overs, she directs, she does commercials, she climbs into holes in the centers of round tables covered in giant renaissance dresses and walks around serving dessert plates off of her skirts. The woman’s done more weird and wonderful stuff than I can even wrap my mind around. And get this: she also makes puppets for her shows. What are the chances that two college roommates would both grow up to make puppets?! Take that, Al Gore and Tommy Lee Jones! (<—-Just googled “famous college roommates”). Please take a moment to check out Lacy’s current project, The Story Story, an original, wordless play that brings together visual artists and musicians. Her creativity knows no bounds.
Lacy will be receiving the handsome, solid-blue critter with three buttons down his front and a look of perpetual confusion. The only thing I know about him is that he reaaaally, really loves dogs. I did not inform him that Lacy has a cat.
Louise is the genius behind Odd Sox. Yes, that’s right: she also makes critters out of socks. We found each other on Facebook about a week ago and have fallen bum-over-noggin for each other (*she’s British; I’m trying to work in some of her native tongue here). The most amazing thing to me is that we both use socks and stuffing to make wonky little sock guys, and yet our outcomes could not be more different. Proving, I suppose, that socks are possibly the most versatile art medium out there. You should become a fan of Odd Sox on Facebook. She does giveaways! And she’s hysterical!
Louise will be receiving the spotted, lint-covered critter whose only claim to fame (thus far) is that he knows how to say “I LOVE YOU!” in 27 different languages. His backpack straps are even made out of ribbon that says I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU all over it. He seems a bit wild, which is why I decided to send him to someone with sock-critter-wrangling experience. Louise, I wish you luck. I hope he doesn’t I-LOVE-YOU to death. I also hope you can properly pass him along without him coming back to boil bunnies in your kitchen.
Within the next few days, I will be sending out three more critters to three more friends (look for a new blog post!). Please stay tuned for updates. And thank you all, truly, for following this!