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even puppets get suicidal and need space.

i was gifted hand-crocheted neil gaiman and amanda palmer puppet likenesses in perth by a gal named krystel rose hewett (@zendarenn on twitter).

the detail, from neil’s black removable jacket to my kimono and obi, is quite stunning.

notable: full pubic hair and boobs on the amanda palmer, yet neil’s black clothes are absolutely irremovable.
so many levels.

neil is in london. i haven’t seen him for over a month.
so today in sydney, i decided to make use of the crocheted puppets and blog a picturebook commemorating our relationship.



THIS IS NEIL AND AMANDA:
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AMANDA IS MORE OR LESS NAKED AND NEIL’S CLOTHES DON’T COME OFF BUT NEIL’S FINE WITH THAT.


AMANDA LOVES COFFEE AND NEIL LOVES TEA.
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IT’S OK. THEY LIVE WITH THEIR DIFFERENCES.


I WISH I COULD PLAY MUSIC FOR YOU BUT I CANNOT THIS INSTRUMENT IS TOO LARGE.
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IT’S OKAY, AMANDA. NOT EVERYTHING WORKS OUT THE WAY YOU THOUGHT IT WOULD.

 

HOW ABOUT I READ YOU A BOOK.
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REALLY? YOU’RE GREAT.

THERE MUST BE MORE TO LIFE THAN THIS NEIL.


I’M READY TO GO TO BED NEIL ARE YOU READY? I’M READY. 

YOU SAID YOU WERE JUST GOING TO WRITE FOR LIKE AN HOUR.


I’LL JUST CHECK MY TWITTER FEED ONE MORE TIME AND WAIT FOR YOU TO BE DONE.


ANYTIME YOU’RE READY. NEIL? ARE YOU ACTUALLY AWAKE? OR ARE YOU SNORING AGAINST YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN?


ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

 

SOMETIMES IT’S FUN TO TAKE A BATH.
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NEIL YOU’D ENJOY THIS BATH SO MUCH MORE WITHOUT YOUR CLOTHES ON.
SOMETIMES WHEN NEIL IS SAD AND TIRED, HE LIES IN AMANDA’S LAP.
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SOMETIMES WHEN AMANDA IS SAD AND TIRED, NEIL RUBS HER NECK.
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NO AMANDA DON’T DO IT! YOU HAVE SO MUCH TO LIVE FOR.
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SOMETIMES AMANDA JUST WANTS TO HUG HER PILLOWS AND IGNORE THE WORLD AND NEIL TAKES IT AS A PERSONAL REJECTION. HE IS SO JEALOUS OF THE PILLOWS EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE INANIMATE.
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BUT THEN OTHER TIMES THERE IS LOTS OF SEX, AND EVERYBODY’S HAPPY.
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HEY WE HAD PUPPET SEX!!!!!!!!!!
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SEE? I CAN LOVE YOU AND ALSO THE PILLOWS.

 

LET’S SPOON. GOODNIGHT. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH.
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I LOVE YOU TOO.

GOODNIGHT.

GOODNIGHT.

HEY.

WHAT?

BEING PUPPETS IS THE NAZ.

YEAH.

YEAH.


love,
afp

p.s. killed brisbane. killed sydney. about to go kill melbourne (sold out, but tickets are appearing every so often on twitter) and adelaide (not sold out, get tickets). tired as fuck.

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  • chloe

    Wow, check out how flexible her legs are, if that’s what yoga does for you I’m gonna get on that! She’d look hotter with some armpit hair though, mind.

    • Krystel Rose

      I wanted to add the armpit and leg hair but ran out of time and have quite worked out a way to add them that would take me days. :)

      • Félix Marqués

        You did such a great job.

        • Krystel Rose

          Thank you.

          • lentower

            One of Amanda’s best artistic collaborations!

            Thank You.

      • Laura Jones

        Thanks for making dolls with pubic hair and little details that make them special,thoughtful, and recognizable. Good job. The world needs you real bad.

  • http://danceinblue.com/ Monica

    This is quite possibly the most adorable thing I’ve seen in a while. Also, those puppets are stellar!

    • Krystel Rose

      Thank you.

  • Lea

    Awwwww. So cute. Puppyt love!

  • Sheryl

    This is pretty much amazing. I love seeing you and Neil interact via Twitter and your blogs. I’m pretty sure he is like me and you are like my boyfriend. Except that I would be the one ignoring the world and hugging pillows at times.

  • lentower

    BEST BLOG EVAH ! ! !

  • stellifera

    thank you for brightening the day with this cute reflection in pictures. it would make a lovely little booklet.

  • Kompanier

    No, no. It is may be an Amanda puppet, but it is clearly a Neil ACTION FIGURE :-!

  • http://sewscene.blogspot.co.uk/ Beth

    That is such epic knitting that it looks like crochet to me! I need to up my skills of both seeing and crafting considerably, it seems!

    • Danielle

      Nothing wrong with your eyes, it is actually crochet :D

      • http://sewscene.blogspot.co.uk/ Beth

        Phew (says the girl who’s worn glasses since she was a tiny tot: gotta love bilateral squints) – am actually glad to know that! Had more than a moment’s panic that my own crochet and knitting were having identity crises with each disguising itself as the other!

        The creator of these deserves mega applause!

        • Krystel Rose

          Thank you Beth.

  • @msfwebdude

    I really love the book photo, so much tenderness and affection :)

  • Athene Numphe

    Awww! That’s so sweet.

  • Marjorie73

    So cute. (I love that you comment that Neil would like the bath better without clothes, but not the sex…)

  • Marcie Lily

    That is so cute!
    And, excellent view of many facets of a relationship, thanks for sharing this.

  • IWasNeverHere

    This is so cute! :) It makes me happy, especially the bit with the ukulele.

  • Jude Lynch

    This is glorious. Especially the fully clothed puppet sex. And yes, Brisbane was definitely killed.

    I love you so much, even if I am now being begged for piano and ukulele lessons on top of the violin.

  • Rachel

    I still want a Sesame Street style music video of Massachusetts Avenue with Amanda & GTO muppets.

    • Derek_anny

      more Avenue Q than Sesame.

  • Raina

    I am in love with how happy the creator will feel when she sees this.

    • Krystel Rose

      I am so incredibly happy that I don’t think I’ll get through my day without both crying and giggling almost constantly.

  • Ryan_Anas

    Heee, PILLOWFIGHT!

  • heidivz

    This is so cute. It makes me happy.

  • lentower

    I didn’t think this could get any better.

    But it did!

  • Brent Stenson

    Very sweet and romantic.

  • michelle

    Although my relationship just ended and along with it My world. This was insanely funny and brightened my evening. It made me smile.

  • TomWasTaken

    I loved the original post, the new pics just make it even better!

  • tailcoat

    The pillow love picture made me sad for myown un-hugged lover in his world of pillow jealousy. But then I was amused we are not alone.

  • Tom Steiger

    So if we make a Sxip Shirey puppet should the hair come off and be it’s own entity?

  • Piper

    This is so awesome and the puppets are great! Amanda you made a fantastic picturebook and Krystel, the puppets are so super cool!

  • martina

    Don’t have enough of the words to say how cool this is….thanks so much for sharing it. And whoever made those puppets – you rock!! Look what you inspired! :D

    • Krystel Rose

      Thank you, I’m so glad they could be used in such an amazing way.

  • Sad

    I had a shitty day and this cheered me :) thank you.

  • snarkinator

    Your blog always makes a shitty day seem significantly less shitty. Thanks again for giving so so so much to us, your adoring fans. AFP LUV!

  • Dave Haaz-Baroque

    Those are great! Super adorable!

    Not to hijack the comment thread with my own stuff, but I made an Amanda puppet a while back and gave it to a girl working on your tour bus to pass on to you during the ‘Theater is Evil’ tour (I wanted to give it to you in person, but it was the San Francisco show when you were Not Feeling Your Best). I don’t know if you ever got it, I’d hate to think it disappeared without you ever receiving it: I even made a wee little ukulele! A wee ukulele!

  • xero ankh

    *whispers softly* you were suicidal?
    …*extremely tight long hug*

  • Jennifer Sciullo

    warm fuzzies to amanda, neil, & krystel. this had me laughing out loud! am inspired to craft some warm fuzzies now…

  • McDougal

    This is more than a little weird…

    Backstory: I started keeping up more with Amanda Palmer very recently, following her blog and stuff. You’ve really inspired a great deal of thought and action in me (I’ve recently been checking myself to make sure I’m using ‘to make’ and ‘to let’ appropriately) as an artist.

    Weirdness: I haven’t seen my boyfriend in just over a month and I recently started writing him a picture book. I don’t have dolls to take photos with, I’m getting a friend to illustrate it for me instead, but…

    What a co-inky-dink!

  • Naomi

    That actually moved me. So cute!

  • 50ftqueenie

    If you were suicidal, please know that you are loved and valued.

  • Piper Shepherd

    This is really amazing, Amanda. It could be a short film. <3

  • Ruan Peat

    so sweet and so much love (and lovin ;-) )

  • Samaire Provost

    What a lovely blog! Amanda, I can’t wait til you come tour California again! <3

  • Laura Campbell

    KRYSTEL! Freaking amazing… oh how I love you fangirl! And this is the first time I’ve read Amanda’s blog… very clearly I have been missing out on a major part of life’s richness. For way too long. Thank goodness I’ve discovered the error of my ways! Thanks for sharing this post Amanda xx

    • Krystel Rose

      Laura, you rock hard. Amanda is really amazing.

  • Memmer

    This is a nice and accurate description of my evenings. (Except that I’m not a puppet and my ukulele is a little too small sometimes.)
    Well, I’ll check my facebook updates ONE more time and ask my boyfriend if he is ready for bed. And maybe I’ll read him a goodnight story about two puppets who are much like us :-)
    I hope you get to see Neil again soon!

  • miserichik

    Wow that is just too cute. I love the puppets! :) Krystal, I bow to your creativity! :)

  • Eri

    this is fantastic! and interesting – again. My R and I have been entertaining each other with hand made puppets for years – – – usually out of found & altered objects – I usually take the photos and provide captions – although R is the more gifted and elegant speaker of the two of us – I cuss alot and do strange things. Wonderful fun;love page.

  • Tobyfex Dendragon

    I love this. I read it twice. On separate occasions.

  • Jade Addis

    Awww, that is too cute! The Neil puppet especially is adorable.
    Thanks for sharing x

  • Sarah

    Sometimes you just need puppet sex.

    :-)

    Wonderful post! Made me laugh and filled my chest up with love. A few pictures, some captions, and two inspired puppets make a slideshow, condensing the complex microcosm of relationship into tangible, linear art.

    This might be the most intimate post on your blog.

  • Samantha Beneke

    That is just so damn cute, hope you two get to be together again for real soon!

  • Shabnam Salek

    this is so cute i think i might explode

  • Marzipans11

    This post made me smile and chuckle so much. :D

  • Laura Jones

    This is the sweetest puppet love story. I love your outlet for missing your hunny. <3

  • Krystel Rose

    The dolls started an art chain that is still going. My amazing sister-in-law had this tote bag made for me as a gift. I love the snowball effect.