Because its not always about the hair and makeup.



What a week and a half. I’m late on the weekly photo and don’t have much to say. I finished the entrelac hat, but still need to block it.

Last weekend was the dance recital – the culmination of 10 months of very hard work which resulted in a beautiful show. As E gets older her involvement becomes greater. She’s getting to the age when she is going to have start choosing her level of commitment to her various activities. A point she has known was coming, but not one any of us thought would come so soon.

After the show we tried a new restaurant for dinner, and it was lovely.

So, for our fourth picture, we took a selfie:
Post recital dinner


Last week we took E to NYC for an afternoon to see the New York City Ballet at the David H. Koch theatre in Lincoln Center. It was a drippy, sometimes very rainy day, but we did have a lot of fun. We meandered around the city, visited the Apple Store and some high end stores as well as a fun reasonable store before we finally had some dinner and went to the show. Because it was such a grey day, the picture opportunities were few and far between, but E enjoyed the various architecture as well as the shopping.

The ballet was wonderful. It was an evening of four dances choreographed by Balanchine with music by Stravinsky, Tschaikovsky and Ives. It was great to see the different styles of dance and we all enjoyed the various pieces. It did make for a very late night, but well worth it. And it reminded us how very close the city is and that we should do things like this more often.
Trip to NYCB 5/24/2013

I even knit a bit on the way down, finally getting to the short rows in the Color Affection Shawl as well:
Color affection short rows

New skills

Well, I bit the bullet and cast on the Peak Brim Flare Crown Star Top Hat (link to ravelry) this weekend. I’d read the instructions and the tip sheets, started watching a Craftsy class, and had totally freaked myself out. So I decided to just start knitting and see what happened. Well, since the first 12 rows are garter, it wasn’t too hard. Then I just took a deep breath, and trusted my 20+ years of knitting. And so far so good!

The hat is knit in the round, and it’s a bit hard to get a picture while it’s still so early in the process, but I have to admit this is a lot of fun:
Entrelac Hat

I haven’t tried knitting backwards yet, while I can see where the flipping back and forth could get tedious, it’s not bothering me at the moment, so I’ll keep going as I am for now.

2/52 New Hats

The hats are done! It seemed like a good opportunity to take our second picture:

It was a grey day, so I didn’t get to take any other pictures, but wanted to get this taken!

It’s going to be a busy week around here, but we’ve got some fun stuff going on.

Next on the needles

I mentioned that I went to the Knitter’s Review Retreat last fall. In addition to the wonderful workshop I enjoyed visiting the vendors. It’s much smaller than any fiber festival, so you get a good chance to really talk to the vendors. One of them was Kathryn Alexander who designs some of the most colorful creative things I’ve seen. My mother in law loves her work. So I decided to get a kit for a hat for her for Christmas. As you can infer, by the date and title of this post, the hat was not ready for Christmas. Fortunately she was excited by the picture I printed from the website and was willing to wait. However, she isn’t willing to wait forever. So with each finished item she sees, or hat that I’m working on, she asks, “is mine done yet?” To which I have to answer honestly. So, I need to start this. I have to admit, I am stalling. It’s entrelac, which I’ve never done, and a LOT of little skeins that need to be wound up.

But I need to bite the bullet and get going. So this is what’s up next:


Last fall I went to a wonderful retreat with Clara Parkes – The Knitter’s Review Retreat. I’d never been to one before, and felt a lot of trepidation about the entire thing – I am rather shy, and as my blog names states, not one to join a lot of groups. Well, no surprise to anyone who’d ever been to one of these, I had a WONDERFUL time, and was welcomed by everyone I met. I should write an entire post about the weekend, but for this one my mind is elsewhere. I took Amy Herzog’s workshop “Knit to Fit.” Since then her book has been publishied (and I did indeed purchase it), but the class is a wonderful experience. One of the things she mentioned was participating in the flickr photo a day group, where you take a picture of yourself every day for a year, and how it helped her realize how critical she had been of herself, and that it was unfounded. I’ve seen these groups, and recently noticed a one a week group, where people take pictures of their children once a week. I don’t know if I could commit to a self portrait every day, so I thought what if I changed it up a bit – once a week, took a picture with my daughter?

So, in my effort to try more with less thought, I’m jumping in:

Week one