Sunday, May 1, 2016

Pink Martini

I went to see Pink Martini last night with a friend.  They put on a great show.  It was enjoyable on so many different levels .... I love the eclectic music, I enjoy getting out, I haven't been to Orchestra Hall in decades ...

I used to go to Orchestra Hall pretty regularly, when I was in high school and actively playing flute, piccolo and oboe.  I got to see James Galway and Jean Pierre Rampal, among others.  That aspect of my life fell by the wayside at some point.  If I remember right, the last time I was at Orchestra Hall was to see the newly rediscovered score to the movie Battleship Potemkin played by the Minnesota Orchestra while the movie showed.  This was in the mid 1980s, before Perestroika.  It was a big event.


In other news, Yarnover was last weekend.  A good time was had and Rose the Gypsy helped me get all of my yarn cataloged into stash on Ravelry.  She also encouraged me to start my mink stole which would involve using the yarn I bought last year at Yarnover.


Cataloging stash is a reality check like no other.  I did not buy yarn at Yarnover this year.


Above is the Yarn Door at Needlework Unlimited, a favorite store I will try to resist visiting as I work on reducing that stash.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Blankie Update With Perspective

Rose the Gypsy was here for Yarnover this past weekend. We had a fiberliscious time with classes, good food and drink, a frenzy of cataloging in Ravelry and conversation.

When she saw the blankie she was surprised at how small the squares are.  As a result I asked Ben Franklin to help with perspective:


So that's the size of the squares:


She brought leftover sock yarn to add to the mix, so now it is a group effort with contributions from The Gypsy, Chelsea, Kris, Elizabeth and Karen at Needlework Unlimited.


I've also been working on socks.  One of the benefits is that as I work on socks I get more leftovers to add to the blankie :D


More later as I really should be working.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Cindy Lou Who is Two

I went to a two year old birthday party on Saturday.



It was quite the exciting event.


Turns out two year old birthday parties are at 10 in the morning ...


... so that a nap can be taken in the afternoon.


Which is great because Nana needed a nap after the party too :)


Saturday, April 2, 2016

NYC Other Stuff

Other things I did in NYC .... I met Rose the Gypsy and went to the Isaac Mizrahi exhibit at the Jewish Museum, saw some of the permanent collection and had lunch.





I wasn't sure what I liked best about this woman's style - the hair, the shoes or the fact that she had a pet carrier along with her other bags:


I love trains but the NY subway is hard to navigate :(



I do just love the city.  I went to the Tenement Museum too, but no photos are allowed.  You'll have to take my word for it - it's worth the visit.


I got a hank of souvenir yarn at Purl Soho (they have nice yarn but remember liking Knitty City more).


I also squeezed in the show Beautiful.  Unfortunately, I was forced to check my weapons (aka knitting needles) so I didn't get to finish my sock that night.


I thought about telling the kid I knit so I don't kill people in the hope that he wouldn't make me check them, but then I thought better of it.  Seriously, does he think a 55 year old woman seeing a Broadway show about Carole King's life is a threat to someone or something?

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Cooper Hewitt

The biggest discovery in the New York part of this trip was the Cooper Hewitt Museum (thank you Dorothy).

The museum is in Carnegie's house on the Upper East Side (which was not the usual fashionable spot at the time):



Here's a video of a super cool clock they have:

Clip6 from sajorenna on Vimeo.

It's a delightfully fun design museum.












There's a coffee shop and seating too; perfect for an after visit break.


I love New York ... there's always something to see that I've never been to in previous visits.