Thursday, August 31, 2006

Damn, I moved to the wrong city

While blog hopping I saw this at other Carine's blog (which by the way you should read 'cause she's uber talented & great fun). What are the chances of two Carines living in New England traveling within the same blog circles!

I'm London didn'tcha know? DH is over there on a business trip right now, I should call him and tell him not to bother coming back. I'll just pack up the cats, my fiber & books and meet him there. I'll have to get a job in Paris. It's going to be hard, the commute and all. London/Paris Paris/London every day. The things I do for my career!
You Belong in London

A little old fashioned, and a little modern.
A little traditional, and a little bit punk rock.
A unique woman like you needs a city that offers everything.
No wonder you and London will get along so well.

Great news on the travel front. I'm going to Japan & Malayasia soon, gratis. I'll be a staying a week in each. I've been hitting all the japanese crafts blog circuits hard lately. I've been a fan of japanese crafts for a few years now, but this past summer saw a resurgence in my enthusiasm. Mostly due some of the materials we had to make. The Gobbi Mobile shown here in the center uses 5 gradations of colored embroidery thread, one color per ball. It's typically used as a mobile for a 2-3 month old childand may have been inspired by it's cousin the Temari. I found a good resource link and a few pics here.


I was also further inspired by some of the patterns that kept cropping up in the sew-i-knit-along. I'm drawn to the clean, less fussy photographs in japanese craft books as well as their easier to follow diagrams. Maitreya's Crafting Japanese is a cool resource and of course Hilary's Wee Wonderful is always inspiring (she has free patterns too, if you want to get your japanese crafting feet wet). I'm looking forward to the trip and have been practicing my japanese and even dusted off the japanese flashcards I made while taking a japanese langauge course when I lived in Hawai'i (okay, how many times can I use the word japanese in one section, I think the phrase too many comes to mind. Let's try it again). I'm looking forward to the trip and have been practicing the language and even dusted off the flashcards I made while taking japanese when I lived in Hawai'i (better). Very, very excited. This is what I have planned for Malaysia. Not sure what I have planned for Japan yet. I have to double check, but I think it will be too late for Mt. Fuji hikes and it's not cherry blossom season but I believe I will be able to see the changing leaves and of course I want to see the temples, bridges and castles. Hopefully I'll be able to take pics. Oh yeah, my ban on yarn and fabric will be lifted slightly for this momentous trip (I've never been to an asian country before!). Mmmmm, japanese silk.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Some crafting from this summer

This past summer in Denver as part of our Montessori infancy class studies, my fellow students and I were required to make some of our materials. The weaning set was one of my favorite homework assignments (crafting as homework is a beautiful thing). The set consists of a case, bib, napkin and tablecloth/placemat to be used in conjunction with a weaning table when you are introducing the wee ones to solid foods. What I enjoyed most about these material making sessions was that it encouraged people who never thought of themselves as capable of designing/sewing/making objects. Seeing everyone's work at the end and knowing all the hardwork we put into each of our projects was incredibly satisfying. I used a chain stitch for the embroidery outline of the utensils, plate and cup. A male student in our class used a whip stitch for his outline, which went so well with the dark blue and white material he used.








































We also had to make mobiles. This is a fish mobile from a former student a few years back. This one is not mine, but ohhhh, I really want to make it.

Lightening strikes

I don't know why I was under the impression that trying to take a picture of lightening would be easy. This pic was taken in Michigan, can't recall which lake. I stood on the beach for nearly a half hour alternating between waiting and then snapping away either a split second too early....or a nanosecond too late. In other shots the lightening didn't appear where I thought it would and it ended up just out of my camera's range. I got a lot of pictures of the dark though :-) and then ahhh, this one.

Monday, August 28, 2006

More Road Trip Pics

In the Black Hills of South Dakota, a memorial to Crazy Horse is being created










The mist rising into the hills from the Mighty Mississippi River









Mount Rushmore













Close-up of Roosevelt's glasses (which I think are so cool)

















Much more fun than the regular rectangular bales of hay, I wonder how much they weigh?

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Pics

Ruana















Hair












Tired, bed...goodnight :-)

Monday, August 21, 2006

Shhh....I'm back, but don't tell anyone

I'm laying low for now, trying to get my bearings. Let's see on the non-knitting news front (and there's almost nooooooo knitting news). My studies and the entire trip were good and to think, only two more summers like this and I'll have my masters! Whoo-hoo! The last summer will be in Maryland though, not Colorado so I'll be near an ocean.

Hmmmmm, this is one of those situations where there is so much to tell, so many small details and nuances that you get all flummoxed and just sum it all up in a sentence or two because all your thoughts are struggling to get out of your mouth simultaneously. If over the course of the next few years, I bring up seemingly random thoughts like "Oh, you have to go to Sushi Den if you are ever in Denver, they seriously have the best sushi I've ever eaten!", please note that it's in response to the question asked a few years back..."so, how were your studies and what did you do for fun while you were in Denver?" And seriously, Sushi Den does indeed have the best sushi I've ever had, DH was teasing me that it's Colorado, hundreds of miles away from an ocean, was I sure it wasn't "elk roll" they were trying to pass off? This family owns two sushi restaurants one here and the other in Japan, they fly their fish in every other day and it is YUMMMMY! Lucky we got there early, I went with a few of my favorite classmates, it got so crowded that by the time we were leaving we had to fight through the line of people trying to get in.


Let's see what else is new. Well I'm stuck in the over the knee sock pattern (but that's not really new). I managed to get no knitting done in Colorado, what was I thinking?! Has anyone out there in blog land successfully completed it? There is only one errata that I know of. I'm stuck at the first round for shaping (so the first decrease). If I follow the instructions as I understand them, the yo's end up on the sides of the socks which makes no sense what so ever. I started the Ruana from Oat Couture, on Friday. I'm using Noro Kureyon #126. Although I've had it forever, this is the first time I'm using Noro. I've hesitated because I wasn't sure if I liked that particular way of self patterning that Noro has. It might be that I've just seen it everywhere for too long and it's like a song you liked...at first...before they played it on every radio station 50x's a day. The ruana pattern is a one-sizer, but has directions for three different yarn weights, I'm going according to worsted weight(ish). I think the kureyon is slightly smaller than worsted, but I wanted to use what I have and I'll be using about 10 skeins. I'll post pics soon. I can't wait to catch up on everyone's blog.

Oh! My avatar went and got her hair cut and dyed platinum blonde so of course what's a girl to do? I couldn't make a liar out of my avatar! I'll post pics of that too. Cute, sassy and carefree. Ahhh, life without a comb. The longest sections are a little less than an inch, sweeeeet! If I had waited until it grew out another inch I could have donated my locks, but my hair was driving me insane. If I had to wait another inch I would have pulled it myself in frustration and that would not have been pretty, they'd probably end up calling me "Patches". Next time maybe I'll be more patient with it.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Country Road....




Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Secret Life of Bees