Monday, August 27, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
A screened-in porch is absolutely essential in August to protect you from the mosquitos and yellow jackets. This allows you to sit outside without being molested, listening to the cicadas sing and sing and sing and darn it, sing some more because I don't think those cicadas in CANADA heard you.
When Ken Burns made his documentary of the Civil War, it was his use of the cicada sound loop that made me realize he *got* it. Summer has a sound and it is the cicada.
When the heat/humidity is 98/90, sitting is the best possible activity. And maybe because you've had two children your stomach is not as fine and toned as it once was, and pooches out a little when you sit down. That makes a little roll of fat that tends to get kinda sweaty, which leaches through your shirt leaving a little wet line of sweat. And if you look at it from far away and squint you can imagine it might resemble six pack abs but you know it really doesn't?
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I entered eight items this year (I know- crazy!): three hats, two scarves, a small afghan, a sweater, and a belt. The sweater nearly killed me. I was sewing seams two hours before the entry deadline.
I am proud to say that not only did I successfully attempt CABLES and BLOCKING, but the sweater actually fits me. Except for some weird arm shaping. I think I can fix that post-fair.
First, the losers.
Item 1: Knit scarf, in a 2x3 broken rib-type pattern. Prize: honorable mention.
Sorry about the poor detail photo. There's nothing particularly wrong with this scarf, although I admit it's not my best effort.
Item 2: Crochet baby afghan, half-double crochet surrounded by single crochet and a curly border. Prize: fourth place.The crochet afghan category is highly competitive. I thought the curly edge would catch the judge's attention. It's perfect for little hands to grab on to. Alas, the judges did not agree.
Item 3: Crochet adult hat with celtic border in tapestry crochet. Prize: third place.
Wha? Third? This was the hat I made for my father last Christmas and in my opinion, the most challenging piece for me. This design was incredibly difficult to execute. Third??
Next, the winners.
Item 4: Crochet scarf, overall curly. Prize: second.
I was into the curlicues last year. I actually wore this scarf in my passport photo. I look like I'm being strangled by a sea slug.
Item 5: Crochet infant hat. Prize: second.
More curlicues! Brewgal's standard baby hat design.
Item 7: Crochet belt. Prize: second.
I made this for Little Brewer #2 last year. I entered this on a whim just because there was a category for it. I couldn't tell if there was any competition in this category. Little Brewer #2 was very anxious when I entered this. He was afraid he would not get it back. Not that he ever wears the darn thing.
And finally, Item 8: Child's crochet hat with flower. Prize: first.
I made this the week before the fair. Little Brewer #1 chose the color scheme. I felt it was a winner. Faux hatband with two-tone crochet flower? How could the judges not love it?
In conclusion, I have no idea what the judges like. They typically do not provide comments, so I cannot tell what I did wrong or right. I'm plotting next year's entries. I may attempt a log cabin blanket from Mason-Dixon knitting.
Monday, August 13, 2007
On days such as today, there should be a small cactus next to the readout. Or perhaps a melting glacier?
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
My deepest condolences to the people of Minneapolis and Minnesotans everywhere.
I like Minneapolis. It will forever be etched in my memory as "the city that vacuums its sidewalks." Seriously! When visiting Minneapolis many years ago on the way to Duluth, I happened to be up very early. Looking out of my hotel window I could see a fellow carefully pushing an industrial vacuum down the sidewalk. "Wow," I thought to my 12 year old self, "they must really want the city to be clean."
Granted this was many, many years ago, but that's how I've thought of Minneapolis ever since. The city that really wanted to be clean.