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Archive for September 27th, 2007

Two Kinds of Luck

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

I am counting my blessings this morning. I got a call from Diana while I was barely awake and she had done the match to help me with re-sizing my BiggieZig Bag into a BurlyZig. That means I’ll have the final numbers and be able to massage the text for this pattern.

Once I get a first draft, Karen in Houston will be casting on for a BurlyZig to test my public pattern. Up until now, Diana and I have been knitting samples but it was more about design than writing, more about numbers and proportions than making sense to a reader. I’m getting there!

So the bag pattern is inching along. Diana is also going to knit a BiggieZig *and* a BurlyZig to test her numbers. So I’ll have a tech editor and a test knitter here, and a bunch of store samples. I am personally doing a test bag on the BabyZig for the first try at an actual pattern with real words rather than notes and numbers.

So there I go counting my good luck.

twistwristsm.jpgBut yesterday on my way to Charlotte to teach at Yarn Garden, the engine light of my car started blinking. Blinking. That means stop NOW. I looked at all my fluids and that wasn’t what was wrong. So I called Lindsay, cancelled my class for the day (she got me email addresses of the two students and we rescheduled later), and went directly to the shop.

Brian rides his bike on the Riverwalk to work. The shop took me home and I drove the Oldsmobile. Things could have been far messier. I missed one two-hour class session and the students are fine meeting me next week instead. Cool.

The repair is going to be $600 or so (and two days in the shop, one waiting for the part). I’d rather do that now than have trouble on the road in October (I’m going to Stitches East in Baltimore and then driving to Ravensdale to teach in NY state). Nobody loves repairs but I am glad the car notified me in time and only about a mile from my shop.

Meanwhile, back in the good luck department, I heart Diana. She is no longer only a test knitter. She’s a tester, tech editor, number cruncher and spirit-lifter.

She posted a free pattern at her blog Otterwise yesterday. Twist on the Wrist warmers. Cabled wristlets/pulsewarmers for bulky yarn (she used Arucania Alpaca). It’s beautiful. Do go check it out.

Foods for Living 10th Anniversary

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

fabheftonesfoodsforliving16b.jpgThere is a lovely locally-owned healthy food store at the very east edge of East Lansing, named Foods for Living. The folks who own it seem very fine and the people who work there seem rather happy to be there. (A good number of the folks working there are musicians.)

The store is well-organized, people smile and they have items I can not get elsewhere (pumpkin seed butter, whole grain teff, white buckwheat grains and a kind of cracker made with brown rice and nothing else, boring but useful on the road).

This month is the 10th anniversary of this store. They are having a lot of music this month because of it. Brian and I played there last Friday 4-6 and will be doing it again this week. Last week we got there a little early and got to hear Jen Sygit play banjo before we went on for our set. Jen always makes me smile (see photo).

jensygitatfoodsforliving.jpgIf you are in the Lansing area and inclined to find some very nice organic produce (they have some gorgeous root veggies right now), unusual healthy foods, and take-out from some of the finest restaurants in town (including New Aladdins and Altu’s Ethiopian Cuisine)… well, consider coming out this weekend. We are on Friday, but if you can’t make it then, you’ll find other good musicians filling the other slots all weekend.

For the record, Brian’s band Scarlet Runner Stringband is playing at Woldumar Nature Center for their fall public event on Sunday starting at 11. I’m not sure how long that goes. Then after that, Brian and I are playing for the RicStar Music Camp benefit at VanAtta’s Greenhouse in Haslett. There are a good number of acts playing Saturday and Sunday for that event. We are looking forward to that (we play just after Jen Sygit there, too). On Sunday we play at 2:30pm. I hope you can come out.