Sunday, February 06, 2011

Hibernation Hijinks

There's something about this time of year that makes me a little crazy and this year seems to be exceptional. I don't know if it's being cooped up or a recent events but I feel the need to bust out and do something completely out of my normal realm of possibilities. Everyone who knows my moderately well knows that I'm a big fan of pin-ups and burlesque. I've always looked at it as an art form and it's style and grace has always appealed to me. I've taken a couple of burlesque courses over the last couple of months and have met some interesting people from the local burlesque and pin up community. Maybe it's a pipe dream or it's somewhere on my bucket list but lately I've had thought of trying to get my foot in the door at some of these events. I even did some self portraits in the pin up style just to see if I could pull it off. We'll see, this could be fun! Welcome to my mid-life crisis ;-)

As for knitting and spinning, I've started Apo gifts round 2 as I'll be seeing them again at the beginning of March. I found a new pattern for fingerless gloves, some of the weirdest construction that I've ever done but....only 2 ends to weave in and NO gaps between the fingers to sew up. Yes, really! So hopefully these will fit Perttu, they're a little loose on me so they should work perfectly for him. The other guys will be getting cabled ski hats I haven't settled on pattern or colors yet. I don't think it's possible for me to top the "humping deer" hat.

I finished spinning the gold tencel blend it turned out shimmery and gorgeous. 500 yards of fingering/sport
weight. I also spun 360 yards of BFL tencel in "grapevine" which has deep purple, green and brown. Really lovely. The gold will most likely turn in to the "Pogona" scarf, I think it's one of those pattern karma moments where it's absolutely perfect for the intended project.

As for other things in life, not much else, still taking the kettlebell classes, Veronica really kicks my ass. She's tough but I have to say that over all I feel stronger and more toned. Work is work, I have been trying to go in, do the best I can with my patients and keep a low profile. Patient care is my priority not all of the politics and "processes". I mean, we are at the end of the day about people right? Other than that, I can't wait for winter to be over with. I am officially sick of the snow, sick of driving in it for sure. It was another white knuckle ride home yesterday. We had a surprise blizzard that dumped probably 3-4 inches of snow on us within a few hours. At least I have a couple of diversions scheduled, I have the Dirty Show on Valentines weekend and then Apocalyptica the first weekend in March. Can't wait! They should both be a really good time. Till next time keep warm and safe.


fluffybunnylover said...

Marj, I had no idea that there was such a thing as burlesque classes. That is so COOL! I am so pleased to find another woman with an appreciation for burlesque and pin up art. I've been fascinated with nose and pin up art since I was in my teens. Your pics are AWESOME.

2paw said...

I think you look fabulously burlesque: totally pulling it off!!!
I hate the holes between the fingers too.
Your spinning is so lovely, you are so clever.
We have milder Winters so I don't get sick of them, but I have seen the huge amount of snow this year on TV, so I hope Spring comes quickly!!

Anonymous said...

I just discovered your blog today and read the WHOLE thing. Love your knits and I'm glad to see you're blogging again after a hiatus :)