Thursday, February 10, 2011

Catching it Up . . .

It's been all photos all the time, Chez A, lately. Well, photos - and snow. I truly love all four seasons, but I have to admit that I'm starting to lose my sense of humor about this . . . there are about two feet of snow still on the ground here, and nothing has melted because the temps dropped into the deep freeze right after the blizzard.

Today, we have a Wind Chill Advisory for temps reaching 30 below zero. I'm not excited to walk to and from the train in this. But it will be over soon enough - they are predicting temps above freezing on Saturday. That's only two days away! It's made for little in the way of photos for my 365 project. I'm lucky to have gotten the ones that I have this past week.

One of the most wonderful things about living in Chicagoland, however, is that first warm spring day. When that day arrives, you forget it was ever cold. Hurry up, dammit! :-D

Been working on a mystery knit-a-long for Tabitha's Heart. I have no idea what it is - but it's large :-D Knitting with cotton - not the easiest on the hands. It's a simple lace pattern that I managed to screw up by attempting to knit it and watch The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest at the same time - or should I say "read?" I was reading the subtitles and messing up yarn overs all over the place :-D Am I the only one who finds actor Michael Nyqvist strangely attractive for a kinda short guy?

Anyway - my inability to concentrate on subtitles and yarn overs at the same time entailed frogging back to the first clue. Oh well. I've started again - and since I mostly knit while watching telly, I'm watching only things in English that I don't have to pay much attention to.

Perhaps the other reason my sense of humor is a little dented right now, is that I was supposed to be in Egypt. Now. I was supposed to have left last Friday . . . It's very exciting to me to be watching what I believe to be history in the making happening in Egypt, but the selfish part of me wishes they would have waited about 3 weeks. My friends and I have rescheduled, but it remains to be seen if things will calm down enough to travel there any time soon. In my heart, I think not, but I'm crossing my fingers all the same.

Still - I have other trips on the horizon, so there is always something to look forward to! I'm finishing up my handout for my class at the Missouri Fiber Retreat. My class filled and actually has a waiting list - which is pretty amazing to me - I was worried that no one would sign up at all :-D My handout is going to be gorgeous, because I hired my friend, Knifty Red to help me with it. Besides being an awesome knitter, she is a graphic designer and art director at an agency here in the city. And she rocks. Hard. I'm nearly done with the text, and she already took all the photos - she's helping me get it into professional shape. She's the person who designed our YOSS icon (it's over there on the right) and banner, and she's done some work, too, for The Proverbial Knitter's website, among others. I highly recommend her if you need anything artistic - her freelance rates are very reasonable.

So, I'm getting ready to go to Missouri - and I'm really looking forward to it. I love when I can go there for this retreat. I have many friends there, now - that's me, over on the right, with the gang - and since they mostly live in Southwestern Missouri, this is pretty much the only time I get to see them each year. And I will also get to see my fellow YOSS moderators, Tammy and blogless Christa!! We have been having such a great time with Year of Stash Socks (YOSS) - both on Ravelry and on our blog. People come and go, but we have close to 700 members in the Ravelry group now - which just bowls us over :-D

Been getting more workout time in, and am back up to 30 minutes on the treadmill, and 15 to 20 minutes on the elliptical at the club. Not every day, but regularly again, and I can't tell you how much better I feel. It's been a rough time - I still have heel pain every day to some extent, though. In fact, a couple of days ago I was thinking that I can't really remember a day without pain for the past nearly two years. It's not very much fun to be in relatively constant low-grade pain, but at least it's getting better, albeit slowly. Amazing what we compensate for and learn to live with, isn't it? :-)

I think that's the update from The Third Coast. Stay warm :-)


Linda said...

I'm with you on Michael Nyqvist! I can't pinpoint why, but he's sexy. One of the things I like about the Swedish "Girl" movies is that the actors/actresses are so normal looking and *not* perfect. The actress who plays Erika, for goodness sake, looks her age. Yikes! That would never fly in Hollywood!

I've already fallen far behind on YOSS; I'm still only knitting the first of a plain pair of socks from January! But the point is that I'm knitting socks from my stash, right? And enjoying it, too.

Stay warm out there. My biggest pet peeve about this weather (snow and cold) has been that I have to walk in the right lane of a busy street to get to the train now since the sidwalks are full of plowed snowpiles. Grrr! Melt, damn you, melt!

A :-) said...

I'm wearing my industrial strength hat every day lately :-)

Just keep knitting, just keep knitting (channeling my inner Nemo :-D).

And yes - Michael Nyqvist - hot hot hot somehow. Robbie Coltrane in the old Cracker series on BBC was the same way - He's a giant man - no idea why he was so attractive, but he was - maybe not so much now, though.

We should make a list :-D

Knittinggarden said...

I can't comment on Michael since I shut off the first movie almost immediately, recognizing that I couldn't knit and read it at the same time. I had also just read the book and it was too familiar. Have to try and watch again when I have very easy knitting, I guess.

Have fun in Missouri and teaching your class. It sounds like it will be great. Looking forward to hearing all about it!

Michelle said...

I think you need to plan a trip to the LEFT Coast -- come see ME! :-)

åsa said...

Of course he is sexy -he is Swedish! ;-)

have you seen the other two movies abouth Lisbeth? Don´t know the name in English, but if you liked this one, you should see the other ones.

Hugs from a cold day in Luleå/ Sweden -26 celcius this morning...

A :-) said...

Laurie - watch them all in order. They are very good.

Which answers your question, Asa :-) Yes, I have seen them all. I thought the first one was the best of the three.

Michelle - you never know - I'd love to visit out your way sometime! :-)

åsa said...

When you are on your "coast to coast-trip" You are welcome to visit our coast to ;-)
Even if I live in the forest, It is only 30km to the coast.

It´s a bit far away, but the planes fly to Luleå as well ;-)

And if you want to see more of Mikael Nykvist, there is a movie, (still don´t know the english name), but in swedish "grabben i graven brevid"
You can make a google search on it.

A :-) said...

Asa - I would love to come to Sweden, too! One of these days . .. and thanks for the tip on the movie - I'll see if I can get it from Netflix!