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Archive for August 29th, 2008

Headache Day

Friday, August 29th, 2008

I love summer, I love heat more than anyone I know… and am getting a little blue seeing nights cool off. We are supposed to have four warm days in a row, including Friday which just passed. This should be great news. But I woke up Friday with a headache. The kind that makes you want to shave your head, because maybe the weight of your hair is making it worse.

Somehow the allergy stuff in the air has changed in the last week and my body has to get used to the new breathing load. Ugh. It’s not a migraine, just sinus anger, and it will calm down soon enough. For now I’m all about Excedrin and vitamin C.

At the same time, I am doing a project for my mom which is just lasting longer than anyone imagined. Getting started was the hardest part and now it’s plugging along, slowly but plugging. Poor mom is eager to have the project in her hands, like a teen sitting by the phone waiting for a beau to call. And I’d be the same way if I were her. So I’m just plugging along, headache or not.

I have only 2 appointments this weekend and both are Saturday. Both involve knitters I love. One involves musicians, too. This could be good. It will be better if I can get mom a draft copy of her project before I disappear for most of the day…

…so for now, it’s back to Mom’s project until I can’t keep my eyes open any longer. The project is starting to really get moving and I can not afford to slow the momentum that has finally started building… send good vibes.

Stitch ‘n Pitch

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Hot Dog HatA week ago Irene Bon Thursday night, Rae’s Yarn Boutique and Woven Art yarn shops sponsored a Stitch ‘n Pitch event at the Lansing Lugnuts minor-league stadium. We played Fort Wayne, Indiana.
I am not a sports fan by any stretch of imagination. But the Lugnuts? I love ‘Rachelem!!! The games have as much crowd-pleasing, between-the-innings entertainment as they have baseball. We did the chicken dance (see photo at right of “Big Lug” in purple, doing theGroup of 3 Knitting chicken dance with a guy wearing an MSU Spartan flag as a superman cape), YMCA, and all sorts of other goofy and lowbrow fun dances in our seats.
They had a name-that-tune, and the girl playing got it right in under 2 seconds (photo bottom left). I didn’t know the song even when they played it at length. Yeah, I’m too old for rock ‘n roll these days, I guess.

StadiumSusan and NancyMy favorite part of a Lugnuts game is the hot-dog gun. I mean, really! I would not eat a hot dog if you paid me, but it still is my favorite.

They have an air gun, and they wrap up hot dogs, put them in this gun, and shoot them iChicken Dancento the air above the crowd while driving a golf cart in fRae and Nancy with T-Shirtsront of the stands. People scramble to catch the hot dog as if it were a fly ball. It’s too funny, too unbelievable to be anything but cool. (Yes, I failed in the “sophisticated” department, and I’m having more fun since I gave it all up.) They also do a T-Shirt gun, same idea but not as funny.

StadumI think the photos say it all. Click to see more detail, then click “back” to get back to this page. And yeah, they made the hot dog seller in the crowd wear a hot dog hat. I thought it was great, you sure can see him for a distance. Rae felt sorry for him (it was pretty warm out there). I like playingHot Dog Gun dress-up, so it didn’t occur to me he might not like his hat.

Knitting? Oh, yeah. I spent the time swatching for a Nanette Tee by White Lies Designs. It requires stretchy light summer yarn at 3.5 stitches/inch. That’s some serious fat yarn!

I tried one yarn, two yarns, a different set of two, and finally all three. That last try Name that Tunemade it. The yarn is so fat I only have to cast on 50 stitches for front and 50 for the back. It should be faster than many other projects, and I will enjoy that.

When we left, it was getting dark. The fountain outside where the kids had been playinFountaing to get cool, was relatively deserted. It sure made downtown Lansing look romantic and beautiful, though, don’t you think?