Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Monday night was knitting at Clarendon. I met up with Anne (blogless) and we had dinner and shared this dessert called the Chocolate Coma:
It was REALLY good.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Yes, it is just a circle clump that's just getting bigger.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
And scenes of the DC skyline
This last picture is a picture up King St. To my left is the Starbucks on King St. that's down by the water. I decided to take some Yarn Harlot type pictures but instead of the traveling sock, it would be my bike. This is another one of my favorite things - empty city streets early in the morning before everyone really gets up.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
Mystery Stole 3I've finished the second clue. Yippee! I'll post a picture...tomorrow?
TdF Knit Along, and general TdF thoughtsGotta love looking at those nice cyclist legs! My Pinwheel Jacket circumference is now more than 24 inches which means I have moved to the 24 inch circs and regular sized needles! Yippee, again! And this first ball is lasting quite a while! I've got about 21 stitches between each marker (8 marker total) and when I get to about 40 stitches between each marker, I can compare it to see if it spans my back so I can seperate out the sleeves. While doing all this, I am watching and enjoying the TdF. There is no clear winner this year but it's still entertaining. I took the bike out yesterday and decided that the bike is going to stay in the car cuz I may be taking a lot of the obsessiveness out while on the bike. I don't think that means that I'll be watching any less of the TdF. Whee!!!
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Then, I started on a new necklace. This one is all for me. Earlier this week, it looked like this:
Now, it looks like this:
I still need to weave in a few ends. I wore this out yesterday without the fringe to get a feel for it and it definitely needed fringe. But as I started putting the fringe on, I wasn't sure how I felt about it. I think it's okay now.
Then there was July 4th. I live here by the nation's capital and work over in Rosslyn, VA in Arlington. My parking spot at work is about 1.5 miles from the Memorial Bridge. The Memorial Bridge is the bridge between the Lincoln Memorial and Arlington Cemetery. So I went to a cookout, and then drove into work with some friends and went down by the river to catch the DC fireworks. The square structure is the Lincoln and the tall thing is the Washington Monument.
I also FINALLY got around to weaving in the ends from the Flower Meadow Shrug. I still don't know how I feel about shrugs, but this one certainly keeps me warm!
I've also been chugging away at the Mystery Stole. Clue 2 is pretty easy and it feels like I'm flying through it. I did about 10 rows Friday night and another 16 or so rows yesterday.
Tour de France!
Yes, it's that time again when I begin to obsessively watch the Tour de France (TdF). I've even joined the TdF Knit Along and I'll be knitting the Lara Pinwheel Sweater from elann. I got started yesterday with the Prologue:
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Design and construction. You must understand how to build it, come up with a design that fits your parameters, and then go. It can be a piece of clothing, or a house, or a beaded flower, or software. It doesn't matter. You need to see the vision and understand how it needs to be built first. Then, you can pass go and collect $200.
I've often times complained about a lack of talent in the 2D arts. I can't draw. I have no interest in flat peyote stitch. But you've all see the necklaces and flowers I'll design and make.
For me, it never really seems to be a slow understanding. When it clicks, it clicks and the light bulb turns on bright. That happened this week for me with the OS Commerce software I use on the shopping cart for the flower patterns and the use of CSS. CSS = Cascading Style Sheets.
I've known of this website for a long time. It's called Zen Garden. It's really quite amazing if you go in and dig around. The concept behind it is simple. You have a basic html page, with each section enclosed in a div with an identifier. Using a style sheet and some artistic talent, you can rearrange that page to your heart's desire. It's a call to graphic artists out in the world to learn to use style sheets to really make the technology work for you. You're no longer hardcoding. Today you feel happy, so we'll plug in the happy style sheet. Tomorrow, you feel like crap and you plug in the dark and dreary style sheet. The presentation is different but the contents is the same. We now return to the software model of model/view/controller.
Wow...I'm really having a moment here. I think I need to talk to some computer people a little more. Anyways, go check out Zen Garden. It's really amazing.
With the inspiration and the light bulb in the on position, I started the first step in the makeover of the websites at Judy Yiu Designs. The shop is based on a preexisting template. I hope to make the main website something that is modifiable with CSS, but that will take a little longer as I try to figure out what I want it to look like, and study the various Zen Garden examples some more.
Friday, July 06, 2007
- I'm sitting here wading through the 50 bazillion emails generated from Mystery Stole 3. I have also printed out Chart 2 twice. The first copy was taped together incorrectly...confirming my suspicions that I'm basically useless on a Friday night.
- I'm feeling very clean and exfoliated because I left early this afternoon and went to Sugarhouse Day Spa in Old Town Alexandria and got the Sugar House Scrub. It was my first time for a body scrub and it felt really nice. It's quite amazing that I'm staring at my arms and feel that I can see the difference! One of these days, I would love to go away for a weekend to some spa.
- After the scrub, I went to Bead Obsessions to pick up a couple of things and say hi to Loretta and found out that I've got 5 students in class tomorrow for the intro flowers class and one is even trekking down from Philadelphia! For all of you non east coasters, Philadelphia is something of a 3 hour drive away from DC...maybe 100-150 miles.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
I've got floor to ceiling windows in the living room. She's sitting on the back of the couch looking out one window and there's another one behind her.
I had a hard time working through the stole over the weekend but was better able to concentrate yesterday and today. I needed some rest. I finished Clue #1 tonight. Now I await Friday and Clue #2.