Archive for July, 2007

Surprise!!

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

“Did you know that you’re teaching four workshops next week?”

Uhm, no.  I didn’t.  Fortunately, after a rather stressful day I’ve come up with something so simple that it hurts. *Shakes it off* never mind, it’s a theatre thing.  Good luck to me, right?  Nevertheless, I like a little warning.  I get stressed out really easily, although I can’t complain about it that much.  I really only work well when I’m stressed.

I returned to The Planet Ann Arbor last night, worked today, and now I’m exhaustedly repairing a shawl.  I (rather stupidly) forgot a four-row section of transitional lace.  Basically, an eyelet row and three rows of stockinette.  I sliced it open along the center, and I’m about to execute the second graft of the shawl.  Oh well.

The good news is that as soon as I finish this I’m going to start one of my new skirts.

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The skirt won’t actually use the yellow linen or the buttons, just the blue/brown flowery cotton.  The yellow linen will be the main fabric in a matching top and will also use the buttons.  I may include a bit of the flowery cotton in the top, but I won’t really know until I make it.

Now I need to go play on Ravelry some more…

Bird-Watching

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

Yesterday as I made my way down to the beach fiesta, I noticed my father sitting in a chair on the bank. Among the trees, he was not moving a muscle. I started to sneak up on him, but I stopped because I was afraid of scaring the birds away. Of course, that was what he was doing in his sage-green shirt and hat. No one blends in that much unless they’re watching for wildlife.*

I took the safer path (sneaking around beach-wise) only to find that he was not watching for birds, but sleeping unashamedly with a book on his lap. I had to stifle a guffaw before I could go wake him up.

Of course, we’ve been laughing at him ever since.

Unfortunately, I do have to hop along home to Ann Arbor as of tomorrow.

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Grok grok!! Frogs in the pond!!

After lazing about for most of the morning, eating too much lunch, and reading all day on the beach, I do have one thing to show you. Blocked shawls.

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Sarcelle

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Detail

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Wing of the M~th

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Now, as I am firmly convinced that the absolute best way to finish off a good week at the beach is with a sunset walk and the starting of a new book, I’m going to go do that.
*Actually, the other qualification is simply belonging to my family. Most of us plain and simply like neutrals.

It’s a f(r)oggy day.

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

The amphibias type, not the knitting type. =D

While frog eventually ended up like this:

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It proved to be perfect weather for amphibians on the beach today.

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You could hardly see our all-beach fiesta from out front of our cabin.

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The fog let up briefly–just long enough to allow for overwhelming sun and swimming–then set back in. It’s still there. It’s actually pretty fantastic, but then again my whether preferences never quite seem to match up to the norm.

As for the knitting? I have started a new sweater, and I am hoping that I have enough yarn to finish it.

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I think that I have five balls of this color and six of the darker shade, but I can’t be sure. I have one ball of each in the North, and the rest is in Ann Arbor.

I told you they’d be back. If you look in the February archives, you’ll find a whole account of me declaring my love for this pattern. I never did write it out, but I’m hoping to knit a bunch and try to sell them. I say that all the time, but maybe I’ll actually get my act together.

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I’m stealing internet from The Internet Café/Batty Betty’s, so I’d better go–one last thing.

I finally got into Ravelry! I have to say that it was worth every bit of waiting. I knew it would be good, yet even in my explorations of the prototype screenshots I did not realize the full extent of information that they have pulled together. Events, search engines, knit-alongs…just go take a look.

I am off to play with Ravelry some more, then to finish Foreign Babes in Beijing. Happy fourth, everyone.

Happy 25th Anniversary!!

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

As of today, my parents have been married for twenty five years.  You can see for yourselves what Moom has to say on the subject.  We are all well fed and sleepy, as you might imagine.

I’ve been sitting around reading for most of the week, and of course I’ve been knitting.  The Red Sea shawl needs blocking so I can take it in to work, but I did finish it last Friday.  I haven’t touched any socks lately, but I have started a new sweater.  I’m hoping that I have enough yarn, but we’ll have to see.  I only brought one ball of each color with me.  Pictures tomorrow??

I have read:

Candide by Voltaire

Another Day in the Frontal Lobe by Katrina Firlik

The Man Who Ate the 747 by Ben Sherwood

I have started:

Foreign Babes in Beijing by Rachel DeWoskin*

Next on my list are:

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Ursula, Under by Ingid Hill

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

(I think I’m forgetting something here)

Hannibal by Thomas Harris**

I am listening to:

The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty (book on CD)

I am taking suggestions for what to read after!!

* Rachel DeWoskin is the daughter of my high school English teacher.  Every time she mentions her mother, I get a weird little jolt knowing exactly who she is talking about.

** I know, I know.  I finished the others long ago, but it seemed a little off to read it while I was home alone.