random reflection

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Does this ever happen to you? You’re going through your day and something randomly brings up a childhood memory and suddenly you can’t concentrate until you’re able to unearth whatever detail was missing? That happened to me when I randomly started thinking about ragtime music and the time I used to spend at Disneyland as a child.  It’s not often that I can trace back certain points of my life where I was truly inspired by something/someone and when I was in elementary school and still fairly new to learning piano, there came a point where it wasn’t something that I was being forced to do and rather something that I would come to enjoy to do.  Unfortunately it eventually became something that I wouldn’t enjoy as much, but that’s another story.

Anyways, as an impressionable youth I would spend a lot of free time at Disneyland whenever my parents would allow it since I had an annual pass.  One of the many things that I loved doing was to sit for hours at Coke Corner and just become mesmerized by Rod Miller.  He was a fixture at the piano playing ragtime, he brought Scott Joplin to life for me.  Before my only exposure to Joplin was the soundtrack to The Sting that my parents owned on record (yeah.. record, that’s how old I am). Watching someone not only play, but enjoy the piano like Rod was a revelation to me.  I would sit there entranced by the infectious energy and would sometimes work up the nerve to talk to him.  I learned that he had never taken a lesson before in life, instead learning how to play piano by ear. That he practiced an insane amount of hours each day until he perfected each song.  It made me feel ashamed that I was taking for granted the lessons my parents were paying for and made me want to do better.  Not long after I went to the local music shop to buy a book of Joplin to learn, I went to the library to pick up CD’s of his music so I could figure out which songs I would tackle. My piano teacher was excited that I was finally taking initiative and found something that I wanted to play! She even started spreading the ragtime love around to other students and soon our yearly recital would include at least one Joplin entry. I eventually started branching out and finding more music that I wanted to learn, a few are still on my “to do” list like Liszt La Campanella (although my hands are a bit too small to play all the octaves).

I still remember the first time that I finished learning The Entertainer, I felt like I was finally enjoying playing the piano and I couldn’t wait to tackle my next song.  For that feeling of accomplishment I have to thank Rod. I used to think that someday when I felt I was good enough, I would sit at Coke Corner and then ask to play for him, but I never worked up the nerve.  Unfortunately he has since retired and I’m sad that I missed his last day.  When I was trying to find information on him I came across another blogger’s post that you can read here that is also reminiscent about the nostalgia felt for Rod and Coke Corner.

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How long does it take you to craft?

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So I just realized that the reason why I’m not anxious to pick up my knitting needles to craft anything at the moment is because I’m burned out from crafting non-stop for the last month to gear up for the Handmade Holiday Shop. And I was pretty productive! Perhaps not the best way to keep track of how long it took to make all of these items, but an estimate as to how long it took to knit 3 lace scarves, 1 slip stitch scarf, 2 lace cowls, 1 knitted headband, 1 knitted earwarmers, and 1 knitted bracelet would be equivalent to 3 full seasons of Gossip Girl (thank you Netflix!).. so about 43+ hours of knitting. YIKES!

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sorry sandy.. guess I won’t be finishing your fingerless gloves just yet..

What I did yesterday!

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I am amazed everytime I get together with my uber talented friends because we were able to organize the most amazing craft sale! I was really nervous that the items that I made for the shop would stand out because everyone makes such professional looking items, but I’m so thankful that I actually sold some items!  Here are some photos of the day that I took with my phone :

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almost all of these adorable knits are made by two sisters who also have an etsy shop that you can find here

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special thanks to Mimi for helping me display my scarves! I’m still debating what to do with the items that didn’t sell, some will become gifts, some I might to try and sell again on etsy.

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I had to include this photo : PUMPKIN PIE IN A JAR!! it was as delicious as it sounds 🙂

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20111113-200140.jpgthe nursery was filled with incredible wooden toys/bookends. I absolutely love the sun/clouds bookends that you can find here

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for more photos of the day from a much more professional camera please check out Bethany’s blog (who also is the person who graciously organized and hosted the entire event!)

Come rain or shine!

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so it’s finally the day of the handmade holiday shop and I just finished my last two items for sale! I realized quite late that the onesies that I bought for baby palooza this past summer actually have a time limit since babies grow so fast! So to use my last two 0-3 month onesies I made these two stencils this morning. For it being a last minute addition I’m really happy with the results!

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I hope that many of you will brave the rain today to come check out all of the hard work that everyone has been creating for this sale, I am told that there will be free tea and coffee as a reward for those who make it out! And don’t forget about the live music and then free painting area for everyone to mingle and join in 🙂

updated knitting meme

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looking through old posts l realize it’s been almost 2 years since l first made this post and sort of a “bucket list” of knitting goals. so l just wanted to update this for myself, but l thought it would also be interesting if anyone else wanted to update theirs or even make one after reading through this list 🙂 so the crossed out items are from previous experience, the crossed out in bold is what l’ve since completed since the original post, and the bold is what remains of what l want to still someday accomplish.

Afghan
I-cord
Garter stitch

Knitting with metal wire
Shawl (this wasn’t originally on my to-do list but somehow l did it anyways)
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down (this is actually a currently in progress project)
Socks: toe-up

Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Hat
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL Sweater

Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn

Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn

Cardigan (l’m going to count the baby cardigan that l made for Nigella, this is also a bonus accomplisment)
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Slippers
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments

Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book
Scarf
Teaching a child to knit American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money (guess l should wait until after saturday to see if anything actually sells before crossing this one off)
Button holes (another nice bonus goal)
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting

Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Olympic knitting

Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting

Teaching a male how to knit
Bobbles
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Steeks
Knitting art
Knitting two socks (or other small tubular items) on 2 circulars simultaneously
Fulling/felting
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO

Purses/bags
Knitting with beads
Swatching
Long Tail CO
Entrelac Knitting and purling backwards

Machine knitting
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items

Knitting with cashmere
Darning
Jewelry
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Gloves
Intarsia
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers
Pillows
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Rug
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Shrug/bolero/poncho
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

always trying to win more stuff

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great recipe, and now a chance to win $100 visa gift card? totally counting myself in 🙂

http://bunsinmyoven.com/2011/11/10/chocolate-caramel-pecan-shortbread-bars-ge/

who wants free yarn??

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