ON MY NEEDLES
Nothing current, but I plan to change that very soon, like within the next hour or so. Yep, you heard it first from me, Tulips are finished, but you’ll have to tune in again on Friday to see the finished product. Mark your calendar. 📅😉
SAY IT AIN’T SO
My close to constant companion for the past several years (besides Mr. iknead), my trusty 160 gig iPod Classic fell ill the end of last week. 😱😭💔 It hasn’t been diagnosed as terminal – yet. Both Mr. iknead and I tried about a 1000 times over the next two days to resuscitate it with no success and I finally gave up and took it to You Break I Fix on Sunday afternoon for a diagnosis. I’m not handling it well. Seriously. I wish I was kidding. Here’s why it’s been traumatic: Apple discontinued the 160 gig Classic in 2009; this means that to fit all my data, I’ll need to buy five new iPods. That’s what I said, FIVE new iPods to house the 2000 or so songs and a couple hundred audiobooks. The guy at the repair shop seemed to think it could be fixed, I hope he’s right.
I’m excited about starting My Antonia. I’m really kind of surprised I’ve never read it before. Once again, my library rocks!
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If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it. Andy Rooney
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ON MY NEEDLES
The second Tulip is ready for the heel and so am I. I have raging sock envy, seeing so many amazing sock projects other knitters are working on. This happens on every project, the bright “new” wears off whatever I’m working on and my head is turned by other, “shinier” yarns and patterns. The only thing keeping me from having an untold number of unfinished second socks is my obsession with finishing whatever I start, which can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending upon which side of the obsessive fence you happen to stand on.
Red Bird Knits
Candyskein Yarn Acai Berry
So many books! Here’s what I’m reading:
I’ll Drink to That by Betty Halbreich
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Strange Piece of Paradise by Terri Kentz
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
Genius on the Edge By Gerald Imber
I don’t know if I’ll finish all of these, I’m as easily distracted by new books as I am by new knitting.
Whatever respiratory bug that’s been bugging me is hopefully on its way out, with the cough hanging on. I’m just glad to be feeling better. Babydiva has had the same bug at the same time, glad she’s on the mend too.
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Never mistake motion for action. Ernest Hemingway
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ON MY NEEDLES
Red Bird Knits Tulips, after some cat vs. sock in progress drama, but, it’s coming right along.
The Alienist, by Caleb Carr, a library book that I’m enjoying enough to renew. There hasn’t been much reading going on the last week or so. Hopefully this will change for the better this week. I miss reading, but I do have to sleep sometimes! 📚💤
MORE MIXED MEDIA
I started this yesterday.
So far, acrylic paint, stencils, stamps and hand drawn and colored flower.
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Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. Kahlil Gibran
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ON MY NEEDLES
Just in case you missed it yesterday, here it is again: Christmas knitting is complete and with the new crazy beautiful yarn Ms. Postalcarrier delivered Monday, I’m loaded for bear. I briefly flirted with the idea of starting three new pairs of socks since I was having a hard time choosing which to knit first, but had a moment of clarity, shuffled the yarn, closed my eyes and grabbed. OK, ok, part of this is a fib… the reason I only started one pair is because I only had one circular needle that met the size and length the pattern called for. I know!!!! It’s hard to believe that there isn’t at least one more sock needle stashed in the drawers and assorted project bags in (and it’s always in caps) The Yarn Room. Well, that particularly nasty situation will be remedied by the end of today, I can promise you that. Anyway, here’s what I’m working on now.
Red Bird Knits
Candyskein Yummy Series, Acai Berry
The Night Circus – if you haven’t read it yet and you like a little mystery/suspense/fantasy on your pages, you’ll love it, I bet. It’s a little twisted (like me) and I had a hard time putting it down.
ZERO TO WARP SPEED
Life with a two year old – The Elf and Babydiva
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Man invented language to satisy his deep need to complain. Lily Tomlin
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ON MY NEEDLES
Christmas knitting continues, but slowly. Next year, I’m starting holiday knitting in January! My rule of one knitted gift per year will stand, I’m just trying to minimize the stress of “down to the wire” knitting. We’ll see how it goes. Once again, my WIP is this:
I’m immersed in Ann Hood’s An Italian Wife, which I’m enjoying very much and have The Night Circus at the head of the queue when Wife is finished. After that, who knows???
JUST TWO MORE!
I can hardly believe that the 2014 Documented Life Art Journal has just two more weeks, two more prompts and bang, 2014 shuffles off stage and the brand spanking new 2015 project will take its place. Know what I’m most proud of? I stuck with it, even with only the vaguest idea of what an art journal is, and learned more than I ever thought possible. The most amazing thing I learned? I’m an artist and I love art! This is a huge take away for me, who has always had problems with “staying in the lines” and always “marched to the beat of a different drummer”.
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At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. Lao Tzu
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ON THE NEEDLES (TECHNICALLY)
Since my nitpicky, obsessive side insists that a project isn’t finished until washed, blocked and dried, my WIP this week continues to be Simplex, although I expect that tomorrow it will be transformed into an FO, thanks to the ceiling fan. Please excuse the wonky photo– I had to stand on the Papoose’s little stool to take the picture. The way it was moaning and groaning, the photo session could have gone really bad, really fast and I’m happy that I managed to get a marginally OK photo without breaking a hip. Better photos Friday.
I finished an amazing book today, Labor Day, by Joyce Maynard. I loved this book and became totally immersed in the story. Thumbs up all around.
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It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety. Isaac Asimov
ON THE NEEDLES
My Simplex Shawl continues to grow. According to the pattern, it’s more than halfway finished. More about it here.
Where do I start? I’m rereading Stephen King’s Dark Tower series and am up to Book Three, The Waste Lands. I read The Wind Through the Keyhole in Florida, a book that technically falls between Books Four and Five, but was released in February, 2012. This series continues to be my all time favorite. Crazy love them all.
THE DOCUMENTED LIFE
I got a little behind in my art journal while on vacation and am just finishing up last week’s prompt, which was Polka Dots. After a couple of false starts, I got into the groove, using a circle stencil to draw flowers, then handcoloring them and cutting them out to layer with stenciled dots, spray ink and, probably some stamps. I drew and colored these flowers just for fun today. I don’t have a current plan for these, but I thought they turned out well.
I love drawing and coloring flowers – they’re probably my favorite, but I’ve been sort of down on myself because I’m not good at faces and because lettering also isn’t something I feel I do well, especially when I compare my stuff to projects others post, but I’m adjusting my attitude starting now. New mindset: So what if all I can draw is flowers – I love doing them. So what if every face I draw is weird and more than a little wonky – I’ll never be commissioned to do a portrait. So what if my lettering leaves something to be desired – I can practice and get better at it and if that doesn’t pan out, I’ll use my computer. So what if my journal pages will never be hung in the Museum of Modern Art or the Louvre – they make me happy and creating them feeds my soul, just like they’re supposed to and because of that, I am an artist!
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Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go. T.S. Eliot