Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Not Blogging--Again

Not knitting (well, not knitting much) But I have been reading and doing a little bit of lots of other things. That about sums up the last month.

But I finally do have some progress to show...

Like these sweaters, that still need to be blocked, and a single pair of booties (another pair to come) A set for the twins, that finally, are close to be finished. I have already cast on the second booties, and they are quick work.

I have been experimenting with sewing, too, and designed a hat for the girls.. and after 3 tries, finally to it right—now I have to get sewing before they grow again and out grow the pattern! I am making them a little big—but hats, like socks are something where fit really matters. I still have a 2 piece set—skirt and jacket—for myself cut, but almost untouched–to sew up—and there is an every lasting supply of fabric for making other stuff. I did get the interfacing cut, and ironed on—but I never got beyond that.

As for reading—Mark Kurlansky's book Birdseye is currently on my night stand—or more accurately, active on my nook-- but I have also be reading history, (a history of Pythagoras) and essays, and even some knitting books and and magazines. I have a huge library on my nook (190 or so books)--of which I have read a good 50 (25%!) since I got my nook last year, and began collecting books to  read. (50 books in a year is not quite a book a week—but close!) Some of the selections I am having a hard time warming up to. But Kurlansky? Love him! Read his book Salt when it first came out (still haven't read Codfish) and his book The Big Oyster was an early entry on my nook. Birdseye is a relatively short book (Kurlansky books are almost always tomes!) but it is interesting all the same.  

If you haven't checked my web page recently, you haven't seen the improvements there.( An other activity that has occupied my time besides knitting. 6 new videos last week, better overall appearance and some ease of navigation tools too. There are now over 60 different cast on methods on the list! (And I thought the list was complete when I first started it.. at 38! boy oh boy was I wrong!)

And as the weather gets nicer.. more exercise. This past winter was exceptional cold, and I became house bound and sedentary. Yesterday a 3 mile walk (at leisurely paced ) just to get moving.   Next week—It's Memorial day (a week early) and the pool opens... The pool is heated, so those first days, when the weather isn't really summer yet, it's still a good pool day (provided you have a good towel to wrap yourself in.) I try to do a water aerobic work out every time I am in the pool—Running in place, lifting weights (or rather pushing the “floating” weights under and keeping them there) –Leg lifts too, for crunches. Not a perfect work out—but it keeps me moving..

One little sadness. My lovely view is being bi-bisected. I knew from the first it wouldn't last forever—my view was dependent on a parking lot remaining undeveloped. A real unlikelihood in NYC.

5 years ago, a shopping mall went up—which didn't really interfere with the view. Now an apartment building is being added.. by the end of the week, the 59th Street Bridge (aka Queensboro, aka Mayor Koch) will be lost to the rising structure.

Already a big chunk of the LIE is gone, and also the not very interesting local westward view (Queens Mall). I will miss the bridge though, and miles and miles of uptown. (from about 59th Street to the 80's) I won't lose my view of mid town—or of the Triborough Bridge... but really, any loss is a loss. Oh well. I am a victim of progress.

Tomorrow is another Nana day—The twins have an active social life... (More walking for me, too) so I might not post again for a few days.

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