Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The main entrance of The Rookery faces LaSalle Street. Rookery Court is a little one-block street off Adams Street, at the rear of the building.
Monday, March 28, 2011
At first I thought this would be a throw-away photo. But as I was looking through the shots I had hurriedly zipped off around the house in the hopes of getting something for today, I realized that this is the first pedicure I have given myself since my feet stopped hurting 24/7.
I have suffered (and I do mean suffered) from plantar fasciitis for nearly two years. I don't recommend it.
But finally - FINALLY I am pain-free in my right heel, and and 98% pain-free in my left. If you have never suffered from PF, it probably won't make any sense to you because you have probably never taken a step and felt like a hot knife was stabbing up through your heel - but when you finally have a day when at the end of it you realize you haven't thought about the pain in your heels except maybe for 1 minute when you first got out of bed, the happy dance of joy is a wonderful thing. Thinking about walking becomes something to look forward to again. And pedicures. And foot massages.
So, this is my left foot. Still some sock lines on it, a faded scar from a surgery many years ago, and Barbie doll toes. The polish is OPI's "I'm Not Really a Waitress," my current favorite.
This is my 98% pain-free foot. It's beautiful to me and I celebrate it . . . not a throw-away at all :-)
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
It's called "Loop Tattoo," and is on the side of 63 E. Lake Street, between Wabash and Michigan. It was designed by Johanna Poethig and painted in sections with a team of Chicago community artists.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
And for those of you keeping score, there is some Decadently Dark Sock Yarn from a 3-month sock club I was a member of for this first quarter of the year. Some Perfect Day Yarn that I snagged in a destash (Yay - I've been wanting to try it forever!) Some Wollmeise, some Opal and some Zen Yarn Garden. And there is a substantial amount of Socks That Rock tucked in there, as well as some Tempted and some Lorna's Laces.
I hit a really good destash. I couldn't help myself . . .
Now I just need to get the stuff photo'd and uploaded to Ravelry, and then PUT AWAY. Seems to be a common theme around here lately. All my good intentions with The Great Cleanup of 2010 got a bit side-tracked. My guest room still looks quite a bit like a staging area I'm afraid. And it's been easy to ignore it because I haven't had my customary gobs of company in the past few months. Probably that's a good thing.
Saturday's the day, though - my cousin, ME is coming over again and has promised to help me get it back into functional shape. My cleaning lady will be SO surprised ;-D
Any one else feeling a little blue today with the passing of Elizabeth Taylor? I am :-(
Of course, it didn't help that I woke up this morning with allergies. The kind that turn your nose into a waterfall and make your eyes feel like they belong to someone else. REALLY? I mean, it's been above freezing for what - a WEEK? And already I'm miserable. This usually doesn't happen to me this way. I'm hoping it's not a cold. That would be exceptionally inopportune . . . I've done what I can - I tried an Allegra this morning. Worthless (that's odd), and I took a couple of red sudafed (the original - the stuff you have to show your driver's license to get now at the pharmacy) before 6 p.m. I have to take them before 6 p.m. or I won't sleep at all. I also took some Airborne (I don't care what they say, I think the stuff works!) and had some green tea, and some water . . . clearly I will be up all night anyway - peeing. :-D
Oh God - my NOSE is running again . . .
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
This will likely be Aran to bulky weight once I ply it and finish it. It's beautiful fiber, though, and I'm learning alot about my new wheel.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
I'm glad the hard part is done, though - I was completely obsessed with it for two and a half weeks.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Bag of grain in one hand and sheaf of wheat in the other, Ceres has watched over LaSalle Street for more than 80 years. In 1930, when she was placed there (in 40 pieces), the CBOT was the tallest building in the City (609 feet) a title it held until 1965. She's made of solid aluminum, stands 32 feet tall and weighs 6,500 pounds. She was created in an Art Deco style called Streamline Moderne by sculptor John H. Storrs. In 1980 she was airlifted out by helicopter for some refurbishing. I happened to be on the 34th floor of the AT&T building and was able to catch her relatively close up.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
One of the greatest things about living in Chicagoland, is that when the first warm, spring-like day arrives, it's so gorgeous and so amazing that you forget it was ever cold here at all . . . it was 60 today . . . could it be, at long last, spring?
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
:-) It was really exciting to win in the silk class! The fiber was from Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks and is 100% Bombyx top. The colorway is "Embers."
What an awesome weekend. I started going to this event in 2008. I missed 2009, but now it has become an annual event for me. I cannot speak highly enough about it. I have wonderful friends there that I met in late 2007 when I was lucky enough to take a 3-day workshop taught by Anne Field. The Retreat is about the only time I get to see most of them, and so I look forward to it every year. Last year, two of my friends, Tammy and Christa came and met me there - and now I think it will be an annual event for them, too! Tammy and Christa also happen to be my co-moderators in the Year of Stash Socks group on Ravelry! This is us just before heading home yesterday. We were tired but happy - it was such a great weekend!
I taught my very first knitting class this weekend! I have taught a lot of people how to knit, but never in a classroom setting where they paid money to actually have me teach them something :-D
I was nervous . . . There's my name and my class - I was also very excited about it and have spent the last months getting ready and creating a handout with the assistance of my friend, KniftyRed. It was well-received, although I think I might have a technical booboo on the turning the heel section. I'll be checking that out once I recover from the 7+ hour drive home yesterday :-)
My class went pretty well - and I learned SO MUCH. I learned as much as my students did. I hope that I will get the opportunity to teach this again. It was really fun!
I was a better shopper this year - and I only bought two skeins of yarn - some Brown Sheep so I could do a little felting project that I've been thinking about.
That's not to say, however, that I didn't come home with a carload of stuff . . . just not very much yarn this year :-D
Mostly books for weaving and patterns for knitting. And some DPNs that I need for the Moroccan Backpack project. There are a couple of things missing from the photo (it was late - I was sleepy). I got two DVDs that correspond to Deb Chandler's Learning to Weave book that I have. Yay! Oh, there's a potholder loom and some loops - but mostly I got the loops because apparently I'm going to need them when I learn to warp my loom.
Oh - you're wondering about that bag that says Louet Victoria, aren't you? Well, in that little bag (which is small enough and light enough to carry on a plane [HOT DOG!!!]) is my newest spinning wheel, the Louet Victoria. I got a fabulous deal on it from Janet Wray, of JWRAYCO, and so it came home with me. I'll be spinning on it very soon :-)
Another highlight of the weekend was being a guest on The Proverbial Knitter video podcast! It's a long episode, but if you were wondering what I actually look like and sound like, you can watch :-) It's episode 14, available on The Proverbial Knitter website or through iTunes.
Last, but most certainly not least - I spent a substantial amount of free time glued to CNN as the earthquake and tsunami unfolded in Japan. 8.9 is a massive quake, and the continuing aftershocks and the tsunami . . . well, the images on CNN are almost unbelievable. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone there - and it is my fervent hope that they will be able to cool the nuclear rods in the affected nuclear reactors . . . however, from what I'm seeing on CNN, it's not looking good.
The Presbyterian Church USA is often one of the first organizations on the ground in disaster zones. There are many organizations to which you can donate, should you so choose, including Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, which is a member of actalliance, a multi-denomination alliance of churches and church-related organizations that work together in humanitarian assistance and development.
And now, it's time to figure out laundry and see about putting things away (something I'm not always great about after a trip) ;-)
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
And here is a photo of the BACK of this piece. I will be weaving in ends for days . . .
It's a Moroccan-inspired backpack. It's been years since I've done any colorwork. This has both intarsia and stranded colorwork. This mess of spaghetti looks worse than it is - nothing is knotted up. It will just take me a lot of time to weave in and trim the ends. There are some holes in the fabric that I will fix during this process. Holes - an occupation hazard that happens when you don't twist the yarns properly. It also can happen at the join of another piece of yarn.
I learned quickly that little balls of yarn are NOT the way to go - it's better to use billions of 1-2 yard pieces of yarn, hence the spaghetti.
More photos when I get the ends woven :-)
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Today I joined the Socks That Rock Rockin' Sock Club. I really like the STR yarn, and somehow the sock club came up on something I was reading today, and really, I have PayPal and am obviously not afraid to use it. And then another friend shared this link to Elann Peruvian Sierra Aran yarn, wanting assistance in picking a color for a cardi she wants to knit.
Do you see the green cardi on that linked page? I queued that sweater not three days ago - I had never seen it before. I clicked that link and there it was. And the yarn is less than three bucks a ball . . . In case you're wondering, I went with the Garnet because I'm always getting blue and green and decided I needed a change.
And I hit the Wollmeise grab bag yesterday.
I think this is better than eating - although I could have used those funds on vacation in a few weeks. Oh well.
After a few warmer days, it's snowing again here. Chicagoland in March . . .
I braved the mudpond that is my backyard this morning. Weekends are good for getting a shot uploaded early on. These remains of what I think was a birdbath have been here, tucked into the shrubbery since I moved in. I'm not up on saints, but I think he might have been St. Francis. I kinda like him :-)
Friday, March 4, 2011
Pretty typical scene - people hurrying along, a cab, a car, a bit of the bridge and the edge of an entrance to Lower Wacker. I wish I knew who was in the tender house . . . and what they were doing there . . .
Thursday, March 3, 2011
These guys were hanging out in the cold on Wabash Avenue, all puffed up to stay warm. You're not supposed to feed them, but people always do, and as I walked toward them, others that were on the ground walked towards me, thinking I had food. I didn't, and they walked back, waiting for someone else to bring them their breakfast.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The Wells Street bridge is a double decker bridge - the L runs on the upper deck, which is the red beam behind the bell. The bridges along the river go up at different times of the year to let the sailboats out on to the lake in the spring, back to dry dock in the fall - I believe the bridges are only tended now during these scheduled times.