Aug. 16th, 2010 08:12 pm
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Just found the sewing calendar that's been missing for a week. Stuck to the front of the otherwise-blank fridge. Not the first time I've lost something there.
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World Tai Chi and Qigong Day in Vienna

Peaceable Dragon and Meadowlark Botanical Gardens invite you to watch demonstrations of Taijiquan (Tai Chi), Qigong (Chi Kung) and Yoga. You may also participate in miniclasses taught by some of the areas leading instructors from a variety of schools. World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is being celebrated in over 60 nations and is recognized by the United Nations World Health Organization.

Day: Saturday, April 24
Time: 10 AM
Place: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna VA.

For more details, download the flier here.


Aug. 21st, 2009 10:52 pm
woolmyth: (happy - kaylee)
I just completed (successfully!) the trickiest piece of sewing I've done since the last time I made a corset. Let it be known that Simplicity 2801 ( is not an easy pattern. Not that it claimed to be, but it's far more difficult than I've come to expect of Simplicity patterns. Getting the bodice attached to the skirt was quite a challenge. That spot right in the front where all those nice diagonal seam lines come together...yeah. The neckline was also difficult, but I did that last Monday.

Many thanks to my one sewing class in college, which taught me that it's perfectly fine to rip out the same 5 inches of stitches as many times as it takes to get it right. Many thanks also to Megasus, whose advice (originally on the subject of zippers, long ago) was that sometimes you just have to use a needle and thread and stitch it by hand first before going over it with the machine.

And on that note of triumph, I'm stopping for the evening.

I also finished my puzzle, and successfully ignored the dishes until it was too late to do them. And it's all thundery outside, which is delightful.
woolmyth: (happy - kaylee)
"Try harder."

Brought to you by: the Cryptic Note Fairy (CNF).


Apr. 11th, 2008 03:46 pm
woolmyth: (happy - kaylee)
For those of you who've expressed interest in my small obsession with money management and aspirations toward debt-free living, these are my top picks for philosophies and systems I've found so far:

1) Your Money or Your Life, by Dominguez (big picture). Get yourself dreaming in the right direction.

2) Mary Hunt's Debt-Proof Living, by Mary Hunt (smaller, day to day picture). Section 1 is the interesting part with the theory and philosophy. Section 2 is like all the other reduce-expenses guides out there.

3) The BudgetMap System, (nitty-gritty tracking/spending/saving planning - it meshes very well with Mary Hunt's "Freedom Account" concept). I create my own spreadsheets based on their layout, which gives me lots of flexibility. Perfect for the truly obsessive.

And no, you can't drop pennies in my purse to mess up my tracking. It's not nice. :p
woolmyth: (happy - kaylee)
I enjoyed my first picnic lunch of the season today at work. Delightful.
woolmyth: (quizzical owl)
I've been playing with the spiffy new serger and having lots of fun. However, I have an issue. I made Butterick 4807 - knit pants with a self-fabric knit waistband. Fresh out of the dryer, they fit beautifully. But the longer I wear them the more the fabric of the waistband stretches, until the pants are sitting a good 4 inches below where they should. They threaten to fall off me bum. And imagine where that puts the crotch seam. Not good.

So, is this:
a) a pattern problem?
b) a fabric problem?
c) got any other ideas?

I can't make them any smaller or the waistband won't stretch enough to get over my hips in the first place.
woolmyth: (happy - kaylee)
Life is really good. Full of wonderful people. Peace, intimacy, and quiet in my head - nothing to struggle over right now. I'm just letting life roll over me in a smooth rush. It's like being a stream bed on the side of a mountain. It's going so fast. I can't hold any of it still, but I can savor all of it. I am still and I am constant and bits of me are moved by the water as it touches and pulls at me everywhere. Joyful.


May. 16th, 2007 02:51 pm
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Hey folks!

Random question for you...I've noticed recently that I'm missing a couple of my favorite pieces of clothing for this time of year. I was hoping someone found them months ago and didn't know whose they were. One was a very lightweight grey twill jacket with a high collar and the other was a hoodie sweater in maroon and tan.

Ring a bell?

Just thought I'd try.
woolmyth: (strictly ballroom)
Lots happened this weekend, like Madicon, and an interesting scene. However, it was the tango lesson at the end which has needed lots of processing.

background )

Once again, we're reminded that tango is hard. I was the only one there who hadn't taken tango lessons with this teacher, so I got thoroughly picked on by the instructor and his partner, in that "we're not going to let you get the basics wrong" sort of way. Yeah, that's a good thing. I was pushed really hard for about 3 hours, and was impressed by how much time the instructors spent working just with me on what would have been remedial to the rest of the class, had they not been working on other things.

Processing this now, I'm becoming aware of something vitally important. Throughout the lesson I had both the instructor and a couple of other students repeatedly telling me to relax. By which I mean, in some cases, every single step. "Relax, relax, relax." Why? Here's what I've figured out. In ballroom, and just about everything in open position, in order to clear up the communication between partners you firm up your frame (the way you're holding your arms).

details )

Guess what happens in close embrace if you firm up the way your body and arms are held? You destroy the signal instead of making it clearer. So here I have this instructor telling me to relax with every step, while at the same time scolding me for waddling if my legs aren't close enough that my knees are brushing, scolding me if my feet aren't right next to each other between each step, scolding me if, in the process of leaning, my butt sticks out at all or my head leans forward, or I lift one foot as I'm swiveling on the other or turn an ankle to the side to make crossed ankles easier. Meanwhile, he's doing moves I've never followed before and scolding me every time a mistake or my own tension causes my upper body and arms to stiffen. Oh, and did I mention that when I wasn't being told to relax I was being told to reach farther backward for each step, and commit to each step without hesitation or doubt (including in those brand new moves), and getting my hand smacked for not laying flat on my partner's shoulder. I'd get my upper body relaxed for about two steps in a row if I was on a roll. That didn't happen much.

Yeah, I loved it. Well, when you ignore the fact that I was exhausted (from staying up until 5am the night before) when I started and near falling down when I finished. The instructor was very good, pushed me to the limit of my abilities, and was enthusiastic about working with me. He also told me that I was could be really good if I kept working at it, pointed out two women who I should be watching to the exclusion of others, and by mid-class was grabbing me to demonstrate relatively simple moves to other pairs. So I'll be going back on those Sunday afternoons when there aren't waltzes (waltzes are more aerobic, less stressful, and pure joy for me - no way I'm giving them up despite missing every other class in his two-month series). My next challenge. And I'm not even fabulous at Blues yet.


Nov. 27th, 2005 08:54 pm
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I finally took pictures of the cloak today:

No one's claimed it yet. Want it? )
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I went contra dancing last night, despite feeling lazy and wanting to stay home. I had a great time, but not because of the contra, though my body is definitely feeling better for the workout. A dance buddy introduced me to a new kind of dance that's danced to Blues music (I think it's called slow blues dancing)- which apparently happens at the park every other Sunday evening, but isn't on the website anywhere(??). Very sexy, very improvisational. We ended up talking until 2:30am about everything under the sun, which was delightful, but cold. I got home at 3:30am and slept until 1:30pm. Making good use of my last day of freedom, I guess!

Part of my problem getting to dances lately is that contra just doesn't challenge me anymore. It's fun, but no longer fills me with a fiery joy. New challenges would be good. Waltz is still a challenge, but I've been restricting myself to only going to the waltzes put on by Waltz Time (only on the 1st and 3rd Sundays) because I enjoy them more than the other two companies who put on Sunday afternoon waltzes. I think I may have to stop being so picky if I want to actually have time to dance. And I think I shall try this Blues thing. Besides, it's a lot easier to get out on a Sunday evening than a Friday evening lately.

The new job starts tomorrow. Time to go find out what I signed up for. You may start the countdown to I'm not sure how much internet time I'm going to get, so I may not be as much of an lj-presence in the future. We shall see.
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Finishing the cloak seems to have sapped my creative energy. *grumph* The only thing I really want to sew right now I can't start on until a discontinued Simplicity pattern arrives from Canada. At some point today while the basement is filled with gamers I'll pick up the Victorian and work on that. And then, I think I'll go dancing. Meanwhile, I think I'll read fairy tales in the sunlight with my kitty.


Oct. 22nd, 2005 02:53 pm
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I finished the cloak today. It's gorgeous! All it needs is a clasp - where can I find one outside of internet land, anyone? I think that my problem with making stuff for other people is that I'm too much of a perfectionist. I could have just made a nice, simple, easy, inexpensive cloak. But Nooo, I had to create something fabulous. *sigh* It's wonderful, and I'm very proud of it, but I'm impatient with myself over it. I'll be posting pictures soon...probably after I've found a clasp. If it were in my colors I'd be tempted to keep it.
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My body is finally realizing that this is a vacation instead of a long weekend. Yay. I've mostly been reading and sewing. I finished the Tricksters novels, read the new Octavia Butler (vampires!) - that woman does not disappoint. I just hope she keeps writing. Then I read Dead Until Dark: more vampires, but cheesier. Actually, everything was okay until we ran into "Bubba" - Elvis, the brain-damaged vampire. Jim, did you say there were more? I'm a sucker for a bad vampire novel. Teehee.

I finished Scott's shirt, made some migraine-soothing accessories, and I've been working on the cloak, which is coming quite well, and is turning out better than I thought it would. I wanted to jump into making dresses out of my batiked quilters cottons, but it seems the pattern that I used back in college is now significantly small on me, and Simplicity has discontinued it. So I grabbed it on ebay this morning, but I don't know how long it will take to get here, so who knows what I'll do next.

Per [ profile] loringil's request, I've scheduled another sewing weekend for December. Tonight I will chat with my mother and clean up the basement. Having three evenings at home this week has been almost as refreshing as a couple additional days off would be. I'm looking forward to starting the new job on Tuesday. I think when it gets here I'll be ready for it, though I'm sure I'll still have plenty of sewing I don't have time for.


Oct. 10th, 2005 05:45 pm
woolmyth: (cat & canary)
I have a bit of a conundrum. It seems that we have four (possibly more - the neighbor said last week he saw six) young kittens living in our backyard. I'm not good at judging kitten age, but they're very fluffy and about 8" long, not including tails. They're clean and look healthy. We have yet to see a mama-cat. My conundrum is this: were it not October, I'd probably leave them alone. But I really don't think feral kittens are going to last out the winter if they're still this young. I know of a no-kill shelter in Fredericksburg, but I am entirely unsure of my ability to catch people-shy kittens. [ profile] dreamhawk suggests setting out a saucer of milk, but isn't cow milk bad for cats? Or is that just older cats?

Should I even try to catch these kittens? Is it physically possible? Will they be fine or better off on their own? Last year there were several kittens growing up in the neighborhood, and one by one I saw them become road kill. I do not want to clean frozen kitten corpses out of my back yard in the spring.
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I’m cleaning out the cube at work. Here’s my pile of "word of the whenevers". They’re all pretty obscure, and all but the first one are useful. Libraries have such lovely dictionaries. Yes, I get excited when I run into new words.

Read more... )


Oct. 4th, 2005 03:40 pm
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Yes, incredulous IT guy, I can (and did) map a network drive.
"All by yourself?"


Sep. 21st, 2005 05:31 pm
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I have a dozen projects clambering in my brain right now. Sew me. Stitch me. I feel like I'll never have time for all the things I want to do, no matter how much time I'm given. Yeah, sometimes this leads to me being a little distractable. Next, I will sew this! No, wait, this first, and then that! Then, in between... But I simply must learn to make an X! Now! Remind me not to plan ahead. Or to enforce my planning ahead, either one. By the way, I'm getting the embroidery itch again. This is usually followed by the hand-stitching itch.

The muslin for Scott's shirt is ready for him to try it on tonight. We'll see how much work has to happen to get it fitting right then. I'm crossing my fingers. I still have to finish up the underskirt for the Victorian dress, but I'm ready to start on the overskirt as well. I'm looking into buying a quantity of solid black, dark green, or dark blue twill (and probably flannel too) from ebay for a cloak or two...maybe there's a place I can get large chunks of it for less than ~$2.70/yd including shipping...I'll look into that.

I've finally figured out what to do with 3 lengths of gorgeous batiked cottons that I seized at JoAnn a while ago. A formal dress pattern that I made up in brown velour 6 years ago taunts me. Mmm, long skirts. Now I'm itching to get started on that project/3 projects, but I must be strong! I will work on Scott's shirt, the Victorian dress, and then make a cloak. The rest of my planning ahead will probably be ditched for more shiny projects though. Like Ooo, batiked cottons. *drool*


Aug. 24th, 2005 09:01 am
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This summer has been too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry, too sunny, too grey, and full of people who are endlessly grumpy about the weather. This has been a wonderful summer. It feels like summer in Virginia, like home.

Oh, and just in case you're still confused, August is supposed to be warm. Deliciously warm, heat that soaks in through your skin until you can feel it pushing on your organs warm. Out of breath in a hot car feeling the first sweat slide between your breasts and crawl over your scalp warm. Cozy blanket across your shoulders holding your head in its lap warm. Heat so tangible that it fills your stomach and stands between your mind and your body, rendering you into a Being that is Now, that basks, that shimmers like blacktop, that fills and empties with sensation, time, mercury, light. Heat that makes a person into a sundial.

And by the way, it cold in the library.


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