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Archive for October 21st, 2006

A Pleasant Day

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

I did not push too hard today. I slept in, then made teff muffins and pumpkin bread. The muffins were for breakfast, the bread was intended to be frozen for later snacks on busy days.

The muffins were good though I baked them a little bit too long. The pumpkin bread… well, I put baking powder in it instead of baking soda and it did not rise. At all. We’re talking DENSE though flavorful. More like pudding than bread. I’m not tossing it quite yet but it’s intense. Win a few, lose a few, I guess.

I taught First-Time Toe-Up socks to one student at Little Red Schoolhouse this afternoon. Very fun. Then I bought beads (for stage costuming) and yarn (a skein of sockyarn and three balls of laceweight mohair for a shawl, to knit along with gift silk).

Usually my rule is “I don’t spend more than I earned that day” but I didn’t follow that rule today. It didn’t break the bank, and I’ll use the beads maybe as soon as tomorrow for our performance near Detroit. Maybe. The sockyarn is already well underway as the sample I’m using in the class I taught. I guess I wasn’t too bad.

Then I popped by Threadbear Fiberarts. It was a fun gathering there. I got Laurie to once more model yet another sample of the Goddess version of my Perfect Hug shawl. If she tried on three Goddess shawls, does that make her a Triple Goddess? (Sorry, bad joke.)

The new shawl (for Threadbear’s display use) is in a fuzzy, brushed and handpainted mohair by Colinette… blues and purples and greens. Really pretty. It will be on display at their shop starting tomorrow.

Diana knit this one for me originally, maybe a month ago. It grew somehow, though it did not feel heavy at all. With the same number of rows as the other two Goddess shawls, same needles, and same knitter as one of the others, it became humorously out of proportion. I had to rip out a bunch of it and re-bind off so that it was wearable (a shawl becomes more like a blanket when you can not get your hands out from under it as it is worn). It’s lovely now… light but still plenty of fabric to wrap around and drape over goddesses of all heights and dimensions.

From Threadbear I went to Altu’s restaurant to have dinner and listen to Dorothy Cooley sing. Last time she sang, I heard only three songs. This time I got over an hour and it was wonderful. She is jazzy, bluesy, a bit country, a bit nostalgic. She scats wonderfully. We all enjoyed it very much. I look forward to having her return there again.

Brian joined me at Altu’s for a meal and then we went back home when the restaurant closed. We rehearsed for our gig tomorrow and now I’m just left printing a few Fabulous Heftones brochures, some business cards, and a set list. I think we’re all set for a fun day on the town.

Now if I can just figure out how to finish that stole so I can wear it tomorrow… and still get enough sleep? Good thing we have 2 hours in the car, I guess. Nothing like a little last-minute knitting to get the creative juices started early!