tuesday

well, there’s a lot going on.  next thursday is my birthday – the 16th.  and its one of those “banner” ones.  not saying which, but one of the ones that makes you look at life and say – WTF is up!

IMG_1206and that’s really the point of my life right now – still in limbo with disability (not appropriate for a public blog to say more) and thus life is a bit undirectional right now.  due to nature of malady days sometimes are dark and filled with anxiousness and sometimes with sadness.  struggling struggling …

 knitting is a good constant – as is practicing the piano – something that i have turned back to – actually was one of the primary reasons i made the move out of nyc last year .  my piano is currently in shop being rebuilt – quite an expensive proposition given my current situation, but a necessary one in order to have a decent instrument.  this is the first piano i have ever owned, bought from a singer friend, it needed a bunch of work to make it a “pianist’s piano”  but that is pretty standard for older pianos – i couldnt buy a new steinway if i had the kind of money to buy one – the older ones are built better and getting them rebuilt / reconditioned inside is the best way to go.  buying the piano and making the move was a conscious decision to put my music back in forefront of my life.   this is a HUGE leap for me as its been awhile since i was practicing regularly and will take some effort to get back to my former playing level.  its a frustrating process cause my brain is musically ready but my finger/hand/arm/back muscles have to get back in shape.  so i have to find music that is challenging enough intellectually but not so much technically for now.

Leap and the net will appear

A favorite saying of mine which i had read in The Artists Way a number of years ago and ironically received as a present last Christmas (a little tile that rests on a stand – its in my Music Room where I can see it while practicing).  

IMG_1211the hardest thing about living alone and being unwell is keeping energy up and keeping to a schedule.  for awhile this fall i was on a very weird sleeping schedule where i would be up most of the night then go to sleep around dawn and wake around noon but need a nap around dusk.   it was the hardest thing to break this – interestingly it magically cleared up the week AFTER the switch back to Standard Time.  actually i just realised that.  hmmm.   it played havoc with any kind of schedule – i would practice and then fall asleep and then it would be late night and not really the time to do chores, etc (i live in a four apt house).  but i am back on a regular schedule now and so that its one good thing!

yesterday was not such a good day physically -it was a painful day and so i knit and rested and cooked soup and make cornbread.  actually knit most of the first sleeve for Arian (part of the Red Sweater/Chic Knit Ariann KALs).  silly me this morning misread the pattern and ripped back most of the knitting to the WRONG version length – sigh.  but will replace those inches tonight watching the ELECTION RETURNS (GO Democrats!)

anyway, today a better day – was able to practice for a few hours– and it was good work – really intense work on the Allemande from Bach’s Partita #2 (lots of hand separate and slow together practice) and then read thru the Schubert Impromtus Op 142 and some of Op 90 to figure out some to work on .  i need some shorter pieces with technical issues to build up strength and get my “chops” back.  i had started on a Mozart sonata this summer but am finding its not what i really need right now – I love Schubert and these will do for now.  Also some Chopin – starting with some of the Nocturnes. 

knitting progress

am working on a Totem Jacket by EZ (for Zimmermania KAL too) for the elder nephew.  am working on the first sleeve right now – will probably use a black to do the borders . 

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this has been a bit of a challenge in that i am using a bulky yarn that i got in a buying spree years ago – its Brown Sheep Lambs Pride Buiky and i had to do a bit of fiddling with the pattern to figure out the stitches – finally figured out that its working out to about 2/3 of the written pattern figures.  i do find it a bit of a problem that there is no row gauge – i am using the pattern in The Opinionated Knitter – and since the actual boy is in the Berkshires and repeated requests for chest and length measurements have gone unanswered – i resorted to using figures from several sources to guestimate the length and chest.

 and an aran of my own design for the younger nephew.  i do have chest measurements – well a current fitting sweater – and as this if for this year wear – he is getting a baby brother in January so i know it will be worn again –  i am knitting to size and not for growth.  

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The other WIP is my Ariann (for the Ariann KAL and the Red Sweater KAL).  have finished the body up to the sleeve join and working on the first sleeve – almost done.  need more yarn for this – there are two EBAY auctions i am watching.

Other than these i am itching to start a new shawl and also am drooling over the cover sweater of the new Interweave Knits – which i have NOT read yet – am saving it for a special treat .  i just keep drooling over the cover!

Nantucket Jacket
design by Norah Gaughan
Yarn: Berroco Pure Merino (100% merino; 92 yd [84 m]/50 g): #8532 cinnamon stick, 12 (12, 14, 16, 18) balls.

 

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One Response to tuesday

  1. Macoco says:

    The Aran sweater for your nephew is beautiful. I adore the color.

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