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  1. I'm actually just using some Lion Brand stuff I picked up at Joann's (its one of their newer, schmancier brands). I saw it and it was pretty, and so I just started. My own pattern - if you can call guessing at how many stitches to cast on for the thigh & then doing so a "pattern" :).
  2. I'll pull it out tonight and bring to the basketball game! And YES, FULL leg legwarmers. Like, up to mid-thigh? They are going to take me FOREVER, but I'll b thankful when I'm done....
  3. OMG, I have failed and got distracted by legwarmers (really, I saw a gal wear these beautiful, long full-leg legwarmers in class the other day, and immediately came home and cast on). However, I should just get it out and work on my blanket for 10 minutes while I do my SAD lamp in the morning....
  4. YAY! to getting that part of the sweater done! YAY! I finished the campaign I was working on tonight. My candidate lost, which was...not unexpected, but still disappointing. However, Now that it is over, and with the show behind me too, I am looking forward to new and good things.
  5. Ohh! Ohh! I have a zigzag blanket to finish, so I'll join! 🙂 I'm Corrie. I live in Omaha Nebraska (but I'm *from* DC ;)). I'll be hopefully finishing a zigzag blanket for ME/the house that I started a few years ago. The best book I've read this year is....The Invisible Library (which I gobbled up the whole series).
  6. Cute! Im hopeless at quilting so I haven’t done any, but this DOES inspire me to go to Lincoln, NE (down the road a bit from where I live) and go to the quilt museum! I love the look but lack that specific talent arena!
  7. @Sandi Wiseheart, that is BREATHTAKING! I love the colors and the weave and the whole look! Love love love!!! I haven't finished anything - SOMEONE (Timber, our 5 month old pup) drug two knitting projects out of their respective baskets and tore them apart. I've rescued one, but I'm not sure if the yarn will be rescued. The other I've yet to look at (but its a no-pattern legwarmer, so not hard to pick back up or even restart). We'll see how it goes. ;/
  8. First up, it is very hard for me to admit that I am strong. So, thank you both for saying it, because when someone remarks upon it in class, I have a tendency to downplay it, and rarely admit to training 6 days a week and mostly just focus on how far I have to go. 😉 Second, oh boy, @Sandi Wiseheart, can I relate! I don't track Rav stuff very well, but a look back at my instagram shows like, MAAAAYBE I did two scarves and a yarn last year. I've never been the fastest knitter/maker, and I'm SUPER good at getting distracted by shiny objects/new projects. I also had a habit back in the day (the 90s) when I was dancing that I'd enter a choreographers showcase, only to BLOW the number up a week before and come up with something else. In this case, I had to get approval to perform, and so had to submit my song 2 months before, my video 3 weeks before, and then could change elements, but not The Whole Damm Thing. I think it gave me a structure to say "I have to commit to making this idea workable or I am going to look like an asshat." It also got me thinking about how structure helps the creative process. Having an outside structure, with just a *few* rules (in this case, it had to have a Halloween theme, we couldn't opt for "pretty" and we had to have song & performance approval by certain dates), was really helpful in lighting a fire under my butt - kind of like the fact that I have Christmas knitting to start soon. The rules were *just enough* to make me do things, without resenting it, but also not throwing my hands up and going "This is impossible!" Sandi, it sounds like the one part of your fun Interweave Challenge (something I may have actually followed along at at some point because I NEVER use the right yarn) is the time constraint. Maybe there is a part of that you could redo (and turn into a writing AND making challenge?)
  9. Thanks! I really learned a LOT *and* it put some interesting thoughts in my brain about creating things that aren't products. I'll try to pull them together for a future post.
  10. Ok, I did it! It was great! costume turned out to be more “cutting” and less sewing but here is a look at the final result (in motion). and here is a video of the fully performance: https://youtu.be/rBhRNkdyvn4 Few things I learned: 1- I want to do it again! 2- I really had to struggle with some creative hurdles. I had times when I didn’t think I was good enough, when I thought about quitting and when I worried that I’d not have it come together. Lots of self doubt. Interestingly, it’s the stuff I struggle with in general (worries that I’m not good enough or that I never finish things). But seeing them through to the end has been a huge confidence boost. 3- as I said before, I didn’t think I’d enjoy the Making as much as the moving - I loved creating a character, figuring out how to stick to it, incorporating in the costume/hair/etc, and then tying it in with the movements (and problem solving a lot of bad ideas at the beginning). I also loved the part where I could change things when a better idea came along. the whole thing was a fabulous creative process from beginning to end and I cannot wait for the next show.
  11. Thanks Kim!!!! I did great! (I surprised even myself!!!) re: strength- it’s been a long work in progress, but I can finally admit that I kinda am 🤣🤣 I’ll post some photos in a bit!
  12. Thank you @Sandi Wiseheart! It was good practice too - I got a little stuck in the standing pose, and it was good practice on getting out while people are watching. tonight is the night! I’ll post some video & photos tomorrow!
  13. Hey gang! So we had dress rehearsal today and I got NO photos of my own performance. However, I did get a selfie with one of my best buds, and I thought I'd share to show the full effect. Also, I was invited to perform last night at a choreographers showcase. I did a "duet" with the studio owner - she and I handed off our choreography, and then after each dance (they did three - me, one other duet and a solo). I forgot that I liked TALKING about dance, and it was like a revelation to me to see that dance-dancers thought what we did was cool, and worth talking about (and uh, that I LIKE talking about it). Anyway, there is a link to that performance, and I'm gonna share it here (I'm the one in the blue hammock) and here is the photo of my finished makeup! I'll try to have a full photo of my costume next week (for the record again, I'm the one with the dark hair. :))
  14. So wondering if this really fits as "sewing" anymore because I'm only going to be "sewing" one thing. 😉 However, thought I'd share my full hair/makeup test. Will do a few more before the show because false eyelashes are HARD:
  15. A bumpit (mine are homemade) are basically like donut shaped net things you put in your hair to give it volume! I need three to build the height! but those gray streaks are actually mine 🤣🤣🤣! I do you think I need to get some white hairspray anyway so that it shows up in the actual show because I’m pretty high up there!
  16. Ok, my first hair run. I had no Bobby pins, and my hair was slightly damp. So next run will be fully dry, slightly dirty hair, with Bobby pins and I think ONE more bump-it (I’m wearing two stacked on top of the other). I wish I’d take one mid-put up, because it was very Amy Winehouse cool, and I kinda want to just wear it like this all the time. Also don’t know why it’s turned on it’s side but 🤷🏻‍♀️
  17. Ok, so I figured out the hair technique I"m going to use, and drafted a fellow dancer who is also a face painter to help with the makeup. Depending on whether or not we have a friend come over this afternoon I *MAY* do a hair test tonight for fun. So now I need to buy a nude leotard and nude tights (I was going to go with a unitard, but after looking at myself inverting, I'd prefer that its not a wide swath of nude fabric 🤣🤣). I've got a white pillow case that I'm going to craft into the "dress" (attaching it to the shoulders of the leotard, like @Sandi Wiseheart recommended). My goal is to have the costume done by Oct 1. The routine is coming along *OK* - I have the full sequence done, and the first time through to music, in front of a group, it went OK (evidently, I'm one of the first to have the whole thing choreographed). I have a few transitions I need to clean up, and then one move I need to either nail in the next 23 days, or find something else (the something else is also cool looking, but a bit easier).
  18. Nope! I would sort mine....if I didn't lose them so frequently!
  19. So very cool, Kim! (Also, love your overalls. :))
  20. Ooooh, this is a good one. I've never thought about it (I opt out of getting the new case at my optometrist - though they try, and have found that store-brand lens solution doesn't come with extras). However, a search shows that 1800 contacts has some ideas: https://www.1800contacts.com/connect/articles/24-reuses-contact-lens-cases
  21. Hahahah. @Sandi Wiseheart The big challenge for me is to not yell “I’m changing everything!” At the last minute!
  22. So I recently joined an aerial performance troupe, and our first show is a Halloween Themed show in October. My piece is going to be in a hammock (I shared some examples in this post). I thought it would be fun to do a thread about my costume - mostly because it has to be a surprise, so I can't post on Instagram, and I need a way to keep myself accountable. I'm going to go with the old-school Bride of Frankenstein: And while my costume has to be way shorter than that (think butt-length), I plan on keeping true to the form (minus some glitter on the costume, because performances demand glitter). I've already found the hair tutorial, which I will be trying in the next week or so. I'l share how that goes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE9naY2aLLk Next up (uh, besides actually working on the routine) is for me to sketch out my costume idea and draft out my supply list! I've got a little less than 2 months to get this done and between the hair, the costume and the actual routine, it's a lot, but I know I can do it!
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    I’m so sorry! Yesterday was our first day back from vacation and everything was chaos. 😕
  24. Oooooh, a manifesto! I wrote so many of those in my Riot Grrrl/Zine days!!!! I may have to jump on that train! and @Sandi Wiseheart, OF COURSE OF COURSE of course I’ll be your idea-helper!!!!
  25. I actually finally used fusible tape for those overalls! Looked great on first wear, but will see if I need to sew down after a washing!!!!!
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