Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
This pattern has been in my Ravelry queue since the first day it was released on Knitty. In fact, the first time I tried to queue it, it hadn't been put into Ravelry yet so I was out of luck. I like this wrap so much that if I wasn't on a yarn diet, I probably would have cast it on already. Turning it into a throw doesn't seem like it would be very difficult at all.
It is really nice to see something for sale that makes me think, "Hey, I could make that!" It is hard to describe what the actual feeling is, but I think empowered is the closest. It is probably only a fraction of what people who make their own patterns feel. Both times that I've had that feeling, I knew that there was a pattern waiting for me on the internet that would meet my needs. To be confident that you could make something knowing that there isn't a pattern or seeing something that isn't even knitwear and having it inspire a knit creation, that has got to feel great.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Tuesday we went to the Apollo for a seminar put on by the Made in NY program. Made in NY is a program from the mayor's office that is working to provide incentives that keep film and television producing in the city as well as increasing the community awareness and pride for the things that are made here. According to our MC for the evening, there have been some recent productions pretending to be be in New York city but they were actually filmed in places like Canada. The mayor is trying to take those productions back. They also announced a Production Assistant Program that the city is doing. It is a free 4-week training program and at the end there is job placement. Your first job may be asking pedestrians to wait so they don't walk though a shoot, but it would be a great experience for anyone interested. I live in New Jersey so I am not eligible. If you live in the city and are interested in film and television, check it out and let me know what you think.
So what's the longest running television show shot in NYC? No, it is not Law and Order, though at nineteen seasons they certainly have been around for awhile. The winner for longest running, coming in at just under four decades, is Sesame Street. Tuesday's seminar, How to Get to Sesame Street, was a panel discussion with Carol-Lynn Parente (Executive Producer), Dr. Rosemarie Truglio (Vice President, Education and Research), Joey Mazzario (Writer, puppeteer, director, "Murray"), Kevin Clash (Producer, puppeteer, "Elmo"), and Sonia Manzano (Performer, writer, "Maria"). It was moderated by Katherine Oliver (Commissioner, Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting). It was a great event. They talked about the process of making an episode and what a day in the life of each would be like. Elmo even made an appearance before the evening was done. Their unanimous suggestion for how to get to Sesame Street would be via internship. The executive producer herself started with the Children's Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) as an intern hauling film canisters.
Monday, November 17, 2008
I rescued some tadpoles from an evil giant lobster.
I went shark hunting.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Hearthstone Stitch Markers (I've got a set of these)
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The pattern I have paired it with is the Cleopatra Wrap (Ravelry Link) from Sensual Knits. There are two errors in the pattern. The errors are not really that hard to figure out, but this is my first lace project so I was reluctant to go forward without finding the errata.
I've only gotten around 30 rows done and I have hundreds more to go, but as a quick introduction, here is my Cleo:
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Hubby is still a little reluctant about the weather, so I am trying to get us as equipped as possible. I took a sock detour and knit myself some mittens. My thoughts are that this will help me make sure to take lots of pictures because my fingers will stay warm. Hubby is usually the camera man, but if his fingers get cold, I will be able to relieve him of his duties as he warms them back up.
These are Subway Mittens from Interweave Knits. I used some left over Andean Silk from my Francis. They knit up very quick. I think it only took a couple nights of watching tv. The pattern calls for a pocket on one mitten to hold your subway card so you can just swipe your hand in front of the card reader and keep your fingers toasty. I haven't put a pocket on for a couple reasons. First, I put pockets on some baby dresses that I did awhile back, and I did a horrible job. That is something that I am going to have to practice before incorporating it into anymore projects. (Ohh maybe I should practice by sewing my gauge swatches onto each other.) Second, I can just swipe my wallet in front of the card reader so my fingers don't have to be pulled out of the mittens anyway. In the spirit of the pattern being more than just mitts, I'd like to put something on them. I haven't decided what yet though. I'll have to go poke my head in my yarn basket and search for inspiration.
Monday, November 10, 2008
The last time I saw a documentary about Sesame Workshop, it meant a lot to me. I had heard whispers and rumors of a new documentary, but it was never anything that I could confirm or find any good information on. I was extremely excited to hear that I was going to get a sneak peak. Saturday was a soggy day, but we headed out anyway.
The World According to Sesame Street is the other documentary. It talks about the origins of Sesame Street and about some of the productions that Sesame Workshop is working in other parts of the world. One of the co-productions that they showed was in Kosovo. There they were starting two new shows that worked together to teach Albanian and Serbian children about each other to hopefully bring peace and tolerance to a younger generation. It was a difficult task especially because of the violence that was physically keeping everyone one apart. There is one scene that shows the whole group together brainstorming ideas for their first episodes. The first lesson they came up with to teach their kids was how to recognize a grenade and what to do if you find one. That scene changed my world view. I was teaching kids how to move stage right and stage left (I use to teach children's theater) at the same time that kids were being taught how to avoid explosives.
The new documentary When Muppets Dream of Peace is about a workshop project that is very similar to Kosovo. This project involved three productions. One for Israel, Palestine, and Jordan. Here is a video from a news segment about how one of the productions resulted in an actual Sesame Street:
At the JCC we got to see a few scenes and there was a panel discussion with Executive Produce Jane Coleman, filmmaker David Van Taylor, and Danny Labin from the Sesame Workshop (who you just saw in the news clip). It was a fascinating session about the challenges that the project faced and how they over came some of those issues. I am excited about seeing this documentary when it is finished. According to Mr. Van Taylor it was a growing experience for everyone and it sounds like they worked out some great solutions. I haven't found any official information about the documentary online, but here is what the postcard they passed out says:
When Muppets Dream of Peace
Coming to PBS 2009
from Highlander Pictures & Lumiere Productions
a documentary by David Van Taylor
Executive Producer Jane Coleman
Director of Photography Ramez Kazmouz
Co-Producer Noam Shalev
Editor Cindy Kaplan-Rooney
When Muppets Dream of Peace is made possible by support from The Ford Foundation, the Rokefeller Brothers Fund, and the Public Broadcasting Service.
We are currently seeking finishing funds.
For further information or to help, contact Jane Coleman: JDC@HighlanderPictures.com
While we were waiting for the discussion to start we found out that the JCC was having an evening discussion titled Planet of the Arabs about the view of Arabs portrayed by American media. Our plan was to find some food in between the two sessions and make it to them both. Unfortunately, we got caught up in some huge slices of pizza and we were too late getting back. My only excuse is that we must have lost a chunk of time in a carb induced daze. It all worked out though. We headed home early, and as soon as we got to our apartment, some Veteran's Day fireworks began on the river. It was a great day. I am loving living near all of this exciting stuff.
Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...
Non-conformist, Visionary, and Independent
12 Abstract, -9 Islamic, -2 Ukiyo-e, 3 Cubist, 2 Impressionist and -22 Renaissance!
Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which exists independently of what may appear to others as visual realities. Western had been underpinned by the logic of perspective and an attempt to reproduce an illusion of visible reality. It allowed the progressive thinking artists to show a different side to the world around them. By the end of the 19th century many artists felt a need to create a 'new kind of art' which would encompass the fundamental changes taking place in technology, science and philosophy. Abstract artists created art that was diverse and reflected the social and intellectual turmoil in all areas of Western culture.
People that chose abstract art as their preferred artform tend to be visionsaries. They see things in the world around them and in people that others may miss because they look beyond what is visual only with the eye. They rely on their inner thoughts and feelings in dealing with the world around them instead of on what they are told they should think and feel. They feel freed from the tendancy to be bound by traditional thought and experiences. They look more toward their own ideas and experiences than what they are told by their religious upbringing or from scientific evidence. They tend to like to prove theories themselves instead of relying on the insight or ideas of others. They are not bound by common and mundane, but like to travel and have new experiences. They value intelligence, but they also enjoy a challenge. They can be rather argumentative when they are being forced or feel as if they are being forced to conform.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
If you click on the image to make it bigger you can really see the stitch work in Macy's jacket. She really was a step ahead (which I guess you have to be if you're going to knit it in time to be stylish). The best part about this is that I don't have to justify $200 worth of yarn to anyone because Macy's is selling that jacket for $330.
Friday, November 7, 2008
These socks started 4 months ago. KnitPicks announced that they were releasing new sock yarn for fall. I still wasn't a successful sock knitter so I normally wouldn't be tempted, but this stuff is called Imagination and the colorways are named after all sorts of fun fairytale stuff. I knew I needed the yarn for the Christmas socks so I decided to wait and spoil myself with a little bit of this too. I was I picked up a couple skeins of Gingerbread House and Seven Dwarfs. Excited about my self indulgence, I started searching sock patterns and I came across Tuscany. I was full of inspiration!
With this yarn:
Filled my head with visions of cupcakes and sprinkles. My heart was set on some fantastically sweet socks.
I cast on as soon as I was done with the Earl Gray socks. Then, I immediately ripped it out and completely changed up the pattern. First, I didn't like the gauge of the pattern as much as the socks I've been working on lately so I upped the number of stitches to a variable of 8 that was closer to what I've been working with. Second, I realized that sprinkle placement is pretty chaotic and that I didn't want them to be quite as orderly as they are in the pattern picture. Every other pattern repeat I decided to offset by two stitches. It is not much, and it is far from orderly, but I'm happy with the results. Finally, since I have a completely different number of stitches than the pattern recommends, I had to improvise a heel from a different sock pattern. I'll probably have to do the same with the toe but I haven't gotten that far yet. (If you asked me four months ago, there is no way I could have predicted that I'd be improvising heels and toes!) Here is how all of my adjustments are turning out:
I am pretty smitten with them.
*Hubby's side of the family is visiting us for Thanksgiving, so we'll actually be celebrating Christmas this month instead of next. This is why I've been working so diligently on my Christmas knitting. I must admit it does feel kind of nice to be finishing mine up as everyone writes about beginning theirs.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
What she shared is a blog that has top ten lists of blogs. There you can easily check out the top 10 blogs on technology in education, top 10 mental health blogs, top 10 blogs for frugal living, top 10 celebrity blogs. Of course there are 10 popular knitting blogs, and 10 more popular knitting blogs (because knitters never really do fit into the same boxes as everyone else do they). I looked at blogs on a least a dozen different topics, and hours of my day vanished just like that. Unfortunately, I have set up my web browser so that I can easily click a button and subscribe to an rss feed. I lost track after the third top ten list how many blogs I subscribed to today. Now I have some how committed an unknown amount of my future time to this link even though I've vowed that I won't click on it again for at least a month. I imagine I'll get some great stuff out of it, but I predict a huge rss feed culling in the near future.
Check it out. Not because I want to condemn you to the same time sink, but because I want to hear what cool new blogs you found.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
- How I feel about Barack Obama
- How Barack Obama feels about Higher Education
- How Academics feel about the election
- How awful general chat was in WoW yesterday
- How distasteful it is to boo someone who has just been elected president
- How disappointed I am about Proposition 8
- How it was different to be in a blue state
- How I made my voting decisions as a Hillary supporter
- How uncomfortable I was with the rest of my ballot since I haven't been a part of this community for very long
- How knitters have shown support for their candidates
- How exciting the voter turn out was
- How beautiful it was to see people partying in the streets
- How it felt to vote for the winner for the first time
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Today we headed out to vote and had a wonderful experience. Everything was organized, everyone was friendly, and there was no line to wait in. Three cheers for West New York! Hopefully you've gotten your civic duty/responsibilities taken care of. If not there is still time. I'm not the motivational speaker Sam is though, so I'll let him reinvigorate your love for this country and inspire you to vote. (That, and I seem to be on a YouTube kick.)