Sunday, December 03, 2006
First - Felting
Jeff's Slippers -
It may be kind of tough to see in the bag photos, but I discovered that the Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (stripes on the bags and all 3 colors on the slipper) felts GREAT! The terra cotta color (bottom and top of the bags) is Anny Blatt Rustique, which is apparently washable! I want to go ahead and shape and line the bags before I send them to Awl Cowgirl.
And then we have an Original Fair Isle Hat for myself (Tulip, Stream, Avocado and Chocolate Knit Picks Wool of the Andes from the stash)
Another hour or so tonight will wrap it up so I can wear it! (Update as of Monday afternoon - yeah, it doesn't really cover my ears, so I've added the first of the earflaps!)
Last, but not least, I've managed to finish my first sock - Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Multi in River...
That's it for now...
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Sweater : none
Spiral scarf : Still plugging away on ball 2 of 3
Bag number 2 : no progress
I have, however, begun another scarf and am into the 2nd of 3 balls - going rather quickly on 10.5s.
I've also got to get something going for the Dulaan Knit In on Saturday.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Seth Godin's blog is great as well as his book - keeping me motivated
Vive la Femme is keeping my wardrobe in tip top shape
Dulaan is helping children and shrinking my stash
Eco Tecture is keeping me informed of green architecture.
Have a great week!
Monday, October 16, 2006
I made enough progress on my sweater to try it on again. The short row bust shaping is on target. The ribbing is nice and close fitting. The back, above the ribbing, is too big - if my shoulder blades were fat and jutted out of my back, it would great! But, they don't. I can do one of two things 1 - take the sweater in by sewing darts (with the sewing maching, to line up with the knit darts) 2 - calculate how far I need to rip it back (current estimation - back to the end of the 1st ball or beginning of 2nd (I'm up to the 5th ball)) and RIP RIP RIP (how appropriate for Halloween ;) ) Option 1 is relatively easy, but option 2 is more appealing (though much more work).
I embarked on this sweater to learn how to make clothes for my body, particularly in the clever way that can only be achieved with knit (and crochet) - by creating and sculpting the fabric as you go, fitting the sweater to the body.
Anywho, I still need rebound a little from the setback. I can work full time on my friend's purse, so that's exciting.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
I am one ball (of 3) into the spiral scarf in Scarf Style,
Using Rowan Tapestry Rainbow colorway (it's GORGEOUS!)
I have re-knit the part of my sweater I ripped out (really not that much) and am onto the ribbing. My goal is to complete it by the end of October. I am also moving forward on the 2nd of the felted bags (client has approved color scheme :) )
Plans for November : 2 baby blankets, something for Dulaan, and maybe 2 more scarves as gifts.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
I've also begun Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, and I'm enjoying it very much (thanks for the loan, Kel). Since I've developed the skill of reading while knitting, I've been able to work through much more of both than I have in the past. It also helps that I've been trying to keep the idiot box off, with the exception of specific programs (Project Runway, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report, plus a little real news in the am.)
Enough media advertisement for now. One more knitting project below.
Monday, September 18, 2006
I finished reading John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany this weekend - I highly recommend it! I also learned to play Nerts, which is pretty decent as far as card games are concerned.
Friday, September 15, 2006
Communication is in two parts - speaking (not only the words themselves, but also body language, intonation, eye contact) and listening (not only hearing the words, but not simply waiting your turn to speak, reading other cues from the speaker (see above) ). To speak the truth to a party not listening does not mean the truth should not be spoken. Conversely, the speaker may not speak the truth, but their other means of communication will reveal themselves to the successfull listener.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
I also realize I've got a bunch of completed (or nearly so) projects that need photographing and posting, so I'll see what I can do this week.
I should get my butt back to work, but do check out Cleo's blog, as she's been updating her blog more regularly, so gotta show her some love.
Friday, September 08, 2006
Having basically taken the summer off of yoga, I really feel the difference in myself. I'm more irritable and worry about things I have no control over. While I was studying yoga regularly (December to April or May) I had gotten better control over my mind and body. I was less suceptible to depression and found life more satisfying. Since I know yoga works for me, I need to get it back in my life.
A thing of beauty and function : Boffi Cut
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Friday, August 04, 2006
Links and bits about my type are listed below.
And, From http://fuzzy.snakeden.org/intj/
How to deal with an INTJ:
- Be willing to back up your statements with facts - or at least some pretty sound reasoning.
- Don't expect them to respect you or your viewpoints just because you say so. INTJ respect must be earned.
- Be willing to concede when you are wrong. The average INTJ respects the truth over being "right". Withdraw your erroneous comment and admit your mistake and they will see you as a very reasonable person. Stick to erroneous comments and they will think you are an irrational idiot and treat everything you say as being questionable.
- Try not to be repetitive. It annoys them.
- Do not feed them a line of bull.
- Expect debate. INTJs like to tear ideas apart and prove their worthiness. They will even argue a point they don't actually support for the sake of argument.
- Do not mistake the strength of your conviction with the strength of your argument. INTJs do not need to believe in a position to argue it or argue it well. Therefore, it will take more than fervor to sway them.
- Do not be surprised at sarcasm.
- Remember that INTJs believe in workable solutions. They are extremely open-minded to possibilities, but they will quickly discard any idea that is unfeasible. INTJ open-mindedness means that they are willing to have a go at an idea by trying to pull it apart. This horrifies people who expect oohs and ahhs and reverence. The ultimate INTJ insult to an idea is to ignore it, because that means it's not even interesting enough to deconstruct.
This also means that they will not just accept any viewpoint that is presented to them. The bottom line is "Does it work?" - end discussion.
- Do not expect INTJs to actually care about how you view them. They already know that they are arrogant bastards with a morbid sense of humor. Telling them the obvious accomplishes nothing.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
I get to keep all the things that work and work to change all the things I want to improve. I'm interested in so many things, and I'm going to use this blog to document and focus my energies as necessary. I've still got knitting projects in the works, but there is so much more to be explored.
Monday, June 05, 2006
It was a record setting weekend for the Chicago Avon Walk for Breast Cancer , which was this past weekend
We set a record for number of participants – 3,600
And we set a record for most money raised at any one event – 8.2 MILLION DOLLARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
For reference – the Avon Foundation funds 42 clinical trials annually, at the cost of 7 million dollars!
The walk was really wonderful – lots of fantastic people, and I really felt that my efforts were worth while. Along the route there were many people cheering us on – breast cancer survivors, their families, those who had lost loved ones – all out there cheering us on, thanking us walkers for our efforts. It was truly amazing.
I walked 13.1 miles on Saturday and made my way to Warren Park, where the
All in all, it was truly moving experience and I will consider participating in it again!!!