Montag, Jänner 26, 2009

Andrea Bocelli sings "The Wheels on the Bus."



Thanks, Don. I laughed really hard.

Montag, Jänner 12, 2009

I Am Still Here

I got three boxes of harp parts out the door with FedEx around 9:00 a.m. today.

Shipping and repair are going to be free, except I asked for new strings . . . about 1/3 of them broke anyway when the harp disintegrated, and I cut the rest off with scissors and pruning shears.

Still feeling wimpy from having had the flu.

Early Music starting today. Whether to take the recorders in for repairs before class, or use them with messed up cork? That is the question.

The computer I do all my work on is in the shop. Will it come back in time to print all the materials I need for teaching starting at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning? When I called it was still disassembled on the bench.

My big debut on Largo al Factotem tonight at the Care Center. Chris is doing the singing, don't worry ("Figaro! Figaro!"). And I am playing my own simplified version of the piano reduction, in which at any given time I am leaving out from 1/2 to 2/3 of the notes.

I knitted three rows on my sweater while listening to recordings of Chris singing the Largo. I need to be able to hear when to change chords in the patter section because I can't count it for some reason.

See y'all later.

Montag, Jänner 05, 2009

Can We Fix It? Hey, Don't Look at Me.

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Where's Bob the Builder when I really need him?


click Bob









I haven't played any harps since Christmas Eve, when the family got together to play carols. I got the flu a couple of days after Christmas, and just started feeling normal yesterday. Chris went in there to practice yesterday and noticed this:

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I sent the pictures to the builder (Dave, not Bob) and he thinks a flaw in the wood grain at a key tension spot caused it to spontaneously deconstruct.

Definition: Chaos
Systems whose states evolve with time – that may exhibit dynamics that are highly sensitive to initial conditions (popularly referred to as the butterfly effect). As a result of this sensitivity, which manifests itself as an exponential growth of perturbations in the initial conditions, the behavior of chaotic systems appears to be random. This happens even though these systems are deterministic, meaning that their future dynamics are fully defined by their initial conditions, with no random elements involved. This behavior is known as deterministic chaos, or simply chaos.




And you wonder why I call my blog
Vortex of Chaos.




The harp is under warranty. I still have the shipping box. Of course I have to take off all the strings and remove the pillar before I pack it up to send it back, so that it won't damage the soundbox during shipping. I can hardly lift the shipping box. It weighs more than the harp.

I can think of one or two things I would rather do today.

Sonntag, Jänner 04, 2009

NaKniSweMoDoNoWay

NaKniSweMoDo stands for "National Knit a Sweater a Month Dodecathon." Or something like that. Just hearing that Susan and Margene were going to enter made me shiver with terror. But it did make me think I could knit one sweater in one month. Maybe it would be the only way I could knit a sweater that actually fits.

I bought this yarn from The Sanguine Gryphon.


Free Range sport weight in Montazah


I wound it into balls. I knitted a swatch.



I decided on a rotation scheme to prevent pooling, which can be a problem in multi-color yarns, even ones as subtle as this. Yarns that have more aqua are A, and yarns that have more plain blue are B.
A1 A2 A3
B1 B2 B3

A and B trade off every two rows throughout the sweater. In addition, after inch and a half or so, A2 replaces A1. After another inch, B2 replaces B1, and so forth, so that all six yarn cakes are used pretty much evenly. A pin on the knitting shows where I've changed balls, so I can figure out which change I'm on.

I will want to knit the sleeves simultaneously. Yikes! That could get messy.

About 3" into the project, the pattern said "Repeat rows 3 and 4 40 times." I had another shiver of terror. At the end of the forty repeats, I would only have knitted enough to join the sweater to knit in the round.


Don't say it . . . I know the sleeves look puffy . . .
and this color is not accurate, either


I appealed to sweater knitters I know for encouragement. Margene estimates that a worsted-weight sweater has only about 25% more stitches than a pair of socks, and AutumnBriars on Ravelry has read that a sweater has about as many stitches as three socks.

I can do this.

Donnerstag, Jänner 01, 2009

Happy New Year!

Welcome, 2009!

I have done pretty much all the things on yesterday's list.

  • Today's Scripture

  • Joshua 10:25
    Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage;
    for thus shall the LORD do to all your enemies against whom ye fight.

    Take that, evil carbohydrates!
    Take that, grumpy person in my ensemble who stresses me out!


  • Knit

  • still going on the scarf

  • Spin

  • I had some help with this one

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  • Visit with the family

  • Celia's lunch was fun; and now we are having fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches from the Elvis cookbook for dinner

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  • Got the new phone

  • $79 after mail-in rebate, and it replaced my dying Palm Pilot as well

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  • Put the recorders back in their cases.

  • That has to count for Playing Music. I will give myself a raincheck for starting practing after I don't have so many germs to spread on the musical equipment

    I am still not over the flu (or whatever it is) but today I feel hopeful. I consider that an improvement.

    How did your day go? Hope it was great!

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