Sunday, April 30, 2006

Up and Down

This past week was rather hard to sit down and blog about. It was all over the map and I was super busy.

There were some things that were really nice. I got my second set of stitch markers from Angela and a cool card that she made. Aren't they cute? They will be fantastic once I start up my mom's lace scarf again. I didn't have any small markers before and these will be useful for my next and hopefully last version of the darn thing.

Homemade card from Angela!
Cute stitch markers!

At work we suprised the kids on Thursday by having a prom. All the staff dressed up for a formal, but with a tacky twist to keep it amusing. It was a complete secret so when the kids came and saw us they were nearly hysterical. For arts and crafts I had them make fake flower coursages and ties. For snack we added a prom punch and we opened up the gym for a dance/play party. It was really cute. Afterwards we went out to the local tavern still all dressed up and had great time knocking a few back.

I wanted to find a poofy sleeved, poofy skirted, foofy dress with a big bow on it somewhere. Deb's from Napolean Dynamite would have been perfect. But the Salvation Army thrift shop was clean out of 80's prom dresses. So I ended up wearing a bridesmaid dress I had from a wedding which was a little too tasteful for the event. So I tried to tone it up a with some plastic ice from the dollar store orange gloves and a ginourmous orange lilly for my hair.

Knitting was nice this week, too. We had a Sip and Stitch at a winery just up the road yesterday. The turnout wasn't high as it was rather last minute -my fault- but it was so relaxing and gorgeous. The winery has a back porch that catches all the afternoon sunshine and it was a warm and lovely day yesterday. We just sat there, sipped and knit. Ah, lazy, lovely Sundays.

And just to up my knitting content a little bit I have a photo of one of my UFO's. It's a bag that I was working on for my gift elf last holiday season, but it just wouldn't turn out right. The body felted beautifully, but the strap was a nightmare. I did major surgery on it several times, but it just wouldn't come together. So I got it out the other day to see if there was something I could do with it. What I ended up doing was cutting out the strap and cutting off the top. I'm still a little clueless about what to do, but I feel like something will come to me soon.

We've got another suprise planned for the kids this week which means I've got to get off bum and get another costume together!

Friday, April 21, 2006

Kung Fu Orphan

Dedicated kung fu student seeks teacher.

For a while now I haven't had a kung fu class to go to. The last straw for me came when my teacher came over to help my partner and I in a drill and after showing how to do it on me proceeded to then turn my arm over and force me to the ground with a joint manipulation. My shoulder got wrenched in the process. This was my shoulder that had been giving me problems for months. So much so that for a month or so not too long ago I did everything with my arm tied to my side at my teachers behest. So he knew what delicate should joints I had and just did what he did because... who knows why? If it was uncounscious, then maybe it was just some unconscious need to dominate me and show who's the man or whatever. If it was conscious, then I guess it was some conscious need to dominate or control me. What ever the case, I don't need to geet hurt to satisfy the ego of my kung fu teacher. He's also a psychopathic liar so....

So I haven't been going to a class, but as you have seen I have been doing a little practice in the park. When I first went out there, I had the feeling that this was the way it's supposed to be. Under the sun toes in the grass, there is a real connection to the earth; more chi in the out of doors. So it's quite satisfying. Now my friend comes, too, and we practice together. Some people give us queer looks but that's okay. :-)

Boxing has been really difficult this lately. The coach at my gym was out of town for a week and there were the golden gloves before that so there hasn't been training for about a week and a half. Coming back this this Tuesday, I have been really sore since then and the workouts have been crazy intense. The trainer says that I have really improved though. Woohoo!

Vintage, Israeli, crocheted shawl from the 60's.

And something came in the mail for me. It's a vintage crocheted shawl that my great friend in Israel sent me (along with other goodies). How timely is this piece? It makes a great comparison to the cover of interweave Crochet, don't you think so?

Friday, April 14, 2006

This week in pictures


I went fishing at Ithaca Falls with children from my program. I did a little line tying, but mostly hunted for fossils.


Spring is finally here and I did some flower watching


Me knitting. It's not in motion 'cause no one was around to take a photo for me. I typically knit in my sweats which is what I am wearing here and slippers or sandals. I always knit contintal for stockinette in the round, although right before this I experimented with left-handed purling.

Progress on the buttonhole bag. It's almost as big as a sweater.


Happy Hour!

This weekend?

A scarf for Mother's Day

Monday, April 10, 2006

Project Spectrum - Orange is for April

Here's a shot of my PS project for April. I've got the top done and joined. I need to pick up the stitches for the body now and knit away. There are a few techinical problems that I may have to deal with, but I think I am just fretting for no reason. It's just that the last bag that I knit on the fly didn't turn out. I'm a little more cautious now.

Yesterday I spent part of the day with my friend M in the park practicing Kung Fu. It was really fun. The sun was out, but it wasn't warm so I kept my hooded sweatshirt on, hood up and tied with sunglasses. No, I don't think I quite looked like the unibomber, but I wanted a badass look. Afterall, it's not easy to spar with M, even slowly because I feel like a munchkin. He has about 5 inches and 100 pounds on me. I mean come on, look at this:

what did that tree ever do to him?

J/K! He's a sweet, sweet person and fellow knitter. Check out his work on the Ithaca Stitch'N Bitch blog.

And in case you're wondering which character on the Muppets you have an affinity for, I offer you this test which I found on Lainie's blog today:

You Are Animal

A complete lunatic, you're operating on 100% animal instincts.
You thrive on uncontrolled energy, and you're downright scary.
But you sure can beat a good drum.
"Kill! Kill!"

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Consolation Prize

Okay, so my ride never showed up for Syracuse. All my plans were shot today and I was mildly pissed off. You know, I really wanted to go. I wanted to support my team, take a look at all the hot boxing guys. Um yeah, I said it. Fighters have the best bodies on earth. Normally that's not my deal, but knowing what goes into it makes me appreciate it a lot more.

So no boxing, no knitting on the ride, no scoping out hot guys. What's a gal to do? She just sobs a couple of times and heads on over to her LYS for her consolation prize.

But she gets her first consolation prize on the way.

Diet ruining yummy cookie that tastes like gramma's. Doh!!

At the yarn shop she ends up with this for her work on project spectrum. Actually, I had a nice time perusing the lace knitting books, squishing yarn and all the normal comforting activities afforded at a LYS. It was a good soothing place to go after disappointment. Plus, while I was wandering around, the perfect felting project came to me. So keep on the look out! Barbara Walker is going to earn her keep and I think I will get this one done lickety split.

Pretty orange galway that felts like a champ. This is going to be a good knit!

And I decided that the last consolation for the day shall be buying yarn for a new project. Tell me folks, I have two patterns that I want to knit. The yarn for each is sitting in my shopping basket at Knit Picks and Elann. Which should I Knit?

Grumperina's Picovili We have project Picovili by Grumperina. I love the way this turned out for April. If I chose this one I will knit it in the cloud color of Shine. Yes it's pretty much the same color as the Grumperina's but I really like it and it will look good on me. I just really love the shaping in this pattern. It's so flattering. Pro = flattering fit Con = miles o'stockinette

High Neck Lace Top from Holiday Vogue 2005
Second is project high neck lace top from Holiday Vogue 2005. I love most of the victoriana patterns in this issue, but this one really stands out to me for it's combination of texture and lovely lace. I could definitely see myself wearing this and I would love to knit it eventhough it does require seeming. The hard part has been finding a yarn that I like, but I decided that Quechua at Elann would do the trick probably in either parchment or charcoal. Pro = Interesting pattern Con = Vogue instruction suck the big one and I will have to seem it

Watcha think? Which project will console me more? ;-)

Skeined up

This week turned into a really busy one. Not a lot of knitting accomplished. Today I am heading up to Syracuse to watch the guys and gals from my gym compete in the Golden Gloves. I have never been to a boxing match before, woohoo!

Monday, April 03, 2006

Vintage Rose and Hydrangea

I started last night with the color your own fingering skein from Knit Picks and some koolaid.

The plan was to make self striping yarn in a less cotton-candy-kiddy-colorway than koolaid dying usually turns out.

Overdying takes care of the unwanted cotton-candy effect and helps to make a very tangled mess. Ahem! (you really don't want to know how long I spent untangling it all)

Here's the skein drip-drying in the shower. As I was winding it, the colors reminded me of a vintage scarf that I love. It's cream with lovely roses on it. I also thought of hydrangeas. So that's what I cam calling it. I had to use a flash for this photo so some of the colors aren't representative. Hopefully it will be dry soon and I can take a nice skeined-up shot.

On the crochet front, I have finished two projects and one is almost complete. Here is a shot of the one I did last weekend. It's a hybrid of a scarf that I have been wanting to make and a twirly whirly scarf that just came off the hook. I made it out of Peaches'n Cream. So the cost was less than $3 and it really only used a pinch of the second skein. It's great for spring.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Transition to April: Project Spectrum - and - Kung fu in the Park

project spectrum So I was poking around on some blogs the other day and clicked a link to Lolly's Project Spectrum page. I had heard about this project but didn't really know what it was about, just that there was some "thing" for red going around the knitblogosphere. In any event, I enjoyed reading some of Lolly's views on art and the rest of the day I noticed all the red around me. Since I am all for activities that increase my awareness of my environment, I decided that I would join in.

gerboa daisy center I wanted to start out with a transition from last month's colors of red and pink into this month's colors of yellow and orange.

Lily petal I wanted to start out by looking back at photos that I aleady had to see how those two colors played a roll in their composition.

daisies I wanted this experience to help make me mindful of yellow and orange in my present environment so that the next set of pictures might be about what I see today.

We have had a pretty glorious week here in Ithaca and it seemed to answer my prayer for a little warm weather. I am finally feeling well eventhough I haven't sounded really well, and I was able to start exercising again. In fact, I was in the park yesterday with my friend doing kung fu. It was awesome to feel the sun on my back and the breeze coming off the lake. We did a little bit of forms and then combat. And then we took some silly pictures.

Miriam wants to be able to bring her leg right up to her head like Stephen Chow in Shaolin Soccer