October 2006


Facial hair, that is. Because everyone knows facial hair is sexxay! And I was bored. In black and white because that is klassier.

alrighty

Fear the ‘stache.

chuffed

Frida Kahlo would be proud.

by golly

Where is the irony in this?

hmmm

I think I’ve found a new look.

 

I went to aikido camp last week! Kato Sensei was in town, holding his annual aikido seminar. It was a great experience, as usual. I’ve been to a number of seminars by Kato Sensei now, and I’m always amazed by how economical and fluid his movements are.

kato

Not showy at all, but extremely effective. During the seminar, we did a variety of techniques. There was an emphasis on kokyu, because “much of aikido is based on it.” Described thusly, ” move your arms up in a circular motion, like bringing a glass of beer to your lips.” What’s not to like about a teacher who uses analogies like that?

this is how you do it

Each time he would demonstrate a technique, or correct someone’s technique, everyone would halt their training to watch him. Sometimes, he would show off a bit and unleash some powerful throw or pin and then nonchantly look at us and say, “Now you try!” Sure, piece of cake!

group

There was a pretty good turnout, and there were people who drove in from Louisiana, and even Mexico. One of the more interesting observations I had about this year’s seminar was the dearth of female aikidoka. Apart from me, I think there were maybe three other women there. One aikido instructor from East Texas was so excited to find a female yudansha that he hustled his female student over to meet me. Heh. I don’t think I’m role model material.

heh

So yeah, at the end of the seminar I was sore (as I am sure many others were), tired and my knees hurt from sitting in seiza.  All very much worth it.

by day!

Jet by day, superhero-crimefighter by night!

Behold, a finished project! For Maria, who’s having her baby soon.

baby cardi

Pattern: Classic Cardigan, Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino book
Yarn: Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino #605 Periwinkle for the main color – about 2 balls and change, and some leftover baby cashmerino in a super light gray color from Lisa M. for the trim. Size 3 and 4 Clover bamboo straights.

periwinkleThe color above is not a very good representation of the color. Blasted indoor lighting. This is probably a closer match. At the time I started knitting this, I didn’t know whether her baby was going to be a boy or girl, so I tried to pick a gender-neutral color.

Because my gauge wasn’t quite spot on, the finished cardigan ended up between a size 3-6 months and 6-9 months. baby cardi detailI also had to rip out the sleeve cap a couple of times because I couldn’t understand the instructions (entirely my problem and not the pattern’s). At any rate, I think the cardigan turned out pretty cute. With this project, I learned to knit a neckband and button band, and also to make buttonholes. I found some cute buttons at a fabric store in Rice Village.

Here’s the Mouse modeling the cardigan. His proportions are all wrong of course, but he was the only one willing to step up.

baby cardi

 

buried in paper

Buried in work. Work has been very busy. It seems like I’m spending all my time trying to catch up with writing lectures, case studies and test questions. My brain hurts. It’s probably partly my own fault because I am the queen of procrastination. All hail the queen! This post, in fact, is an attempt at procrastination.

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