Friday, March 27, 2015

Fanny Pack


Fanny Pack 1
About 15 years ago, I got a fanny pack.  I was finally getting out of the diaper bag stage, and had realized that if I had a big purse, I filled it up.  If my purse was small I filled that, and no more.  I whittled down what I needed to carry to fit a small fanny pack, and was totally happy.

That was when fanny packs were pretty new, and, well, acceptable.

Eventually the buckle broke, and I had to get rid of it.  My daughters each bought me purses which I used until they broke.  Then, last summer when I was getting ready to go to Europe, I bought a new fanny pack. 

I wanted something small to carry my passport and credit card while I was riding the bike.  I loved it.  Since I have been back, I have used my fanny pack exclusively instead of a bigger purse.

My kids were not happy with this, but then, they are used to me not being cool.  At school, I carry extra pencils for my students in my pack.  I also carry a small pencil sharpener.  It is very handy.  Last week one of my girl students asked if I wear the pack when I go out.  When I said, "yes," she looked appalled, just like one of my kids.


Most of the Math Department at my school is doing a 3 week, "cleanse."  For the first week we can only eat vegetables, fruit, and nuts.  No caffeine, etc.  Only olive oil.  I have been eating this way since Monday, and am doing really well.  I made 2 pitchers of vegetable juice (5 cucumbers, a whole head of celery, 2 apples and 1 lemon) and bring 3 bottles each day to sip.  I have small salads with lemon for the dressing, and have been eating raw almonds and pecans.  Usually my breakfast is just fruit, like mixed berries.  Yum.

Cutting out caffeine was pretty hard as I had gotten very bad lately about drinking coffee, tea, and dokes (diet coke).  I stopped drinking those on the retreat because I was afraid that I would be horribly cranky at work, and didn't want to do that to the students.  I am still waking up with a headache every morning.  I don't think it is still the caffeine, though.  It might be that I'm not drinking enough fluids though I have my juice, and water once I get home.

On Monday, I will add fish and organic soy. 

Fanny Pack 2
So my back and legs have been aching a bit this week.  I was trying to decide if the cleanse was affecting my muscles somehow.  Like maybe the lack of protein was making them weak. Or maybe it was all the spinning I was doing. Finally, on Wednesday I realized it was my fanny pack.

I wear my pack in front, so it is more of a belly pack than a fanny pack.  And since I have been doing so much tutoring, I've had cash in the pack, not just a few cards.  I've been paying for stuff with the cash, and there is always change.  A lot of change.  This change was collecting in my pack.  The weight was pulling on the pack, and making my lower back ache.  Honestly. 

On Wednesday night, I tried an experiment.  I emptied all the change out of my pack, and have gone to work these last 2 days with a lighter pack.

No back ache.

shaping the planet in the fog.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Eastside Stitchers, Back at Crossroads


The Eastside Stitchers had our regular Wednesday meet up at Crossroads in Bellevue.

We had babies.
We had knitting.
BlueBerryMary struggled a bit with her new cabled sweater, and finally put it away to work on the textured sweater she is knitting from reclaimed yarn.
GwenS brought her two colored cowl.  It's in Malabrigo, of course!
ReadnitDream was also knitting a cowl.
Her Darling Daughter was wearing the socks ReadnitDream knit at the Eastside Stitchers Inaugural Knitting Retreat.
DarlingDaughter was doing a bit of her own knitting.
It's a headband!
WireKnitter was knitting another shawl.
Wajio was working on a Knitted Knocker.
NightOrchid is knitting a scarf made from reclaimed yarn.
We had a friend from the Eastside Knitters Guild drop by.  LindaB was knitting a nest for rescued baby birds.
Ok, it wasn't a house on the beach on Camano Island.  But, it was still knitting with friends.

shaping the planet with my knitting buddies.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

More of the Eastside Stitchers First Knitting Retreat

On Camano Island for our first Eastside Stitchers Knitting Retreat, we awoke to sunshine after a night of wind and rain.  The house was large enough that the early risers were able to get up, eat something and start knitting without disturbing the late sleepers.
The tide was on the way out, and it was fun to watch how quickly it receded.
The rest of our group arrived and got to knitting.

People found their own comfortable spots.
Some were at the diningroom table.  Some in the sitting room.

Some just looked for a good place in the light.
Lunch was a "do your own thing" meal, but for dinner we had a Taco Bar.  Everyone brought something to share,

Puzan was the best organizer!
Sunday morning was sunny, and the sunrise was lovely.  First there was this weird spot of rainbow on the mainland.
There must have been rain.  As the sun rose a bit more, the sky,and water, lit up.
Finally, it was bright enough to see the Cascades in the distance.
And then Mt. Baker was revealed in all it's glory.
There was more knitting.
And a bit of bird watching as we were visited by a young bald eagle.  Redbird1 was with us in spirit (and yarn.)
On the way home, we stopped by PinchKnitter's Yarn Shop in Stanwood for a bit of Stash Enhancement.  As a group, we finished over 11 projects during the retreat.

We have tagged them with ESSRetreatMar2015 if you want to check them out on Ravelry.

shaping the planet with a weekend of knitting.

Friday, March 20, 2015

First Annual Eastside Stitchers Knitting Retreat

Guess what we are doing at the First Annual Eastside Stitchers Knitting Retreat?


 Ok, ReadnitDream is spinning.

shaping the planet from Camano Island.
P.S. Everyone else, Hurry up and come!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Eastside Stitchers: Busted!

Tonight at Crossroads, the Mall Cops came by and made us move a table.  Honestly.  It happened like this:

We had a pretty good turn out for Knit Night, and needed a second table, but there were 2 people sitting at the other big round table.  Also, there was someone sitting at the nearest rectangle table.  So, we grabbed one of the tables in the middle area between the Italian Pasta restaurant, Ziti, and Bellevue Cafe, and moved it over so it was "attached" to our big round table.  About 5 minutes later, two, count them, two mall cops were standing next to us telling us that we couldn't have the table like that.

Well, we scoot tables together all the time.  However, we had put the square table on the end that stuck out into the "walkway" so I could see that we needed to move it.  I said we would be happy to move the table to the side, and as we got up, the Mall Cop said that we couldn't use that table at all and had to return it to the middle.


I had no idea that we couldn't move one of those tables.  Also, the guy was kind of a jerk in the way he said it.  He could have apologized, and said that he was sorry but the mall policy was, ... etc.   But he just said that we couldn't use that table and to move it back.

We moved it, and by that time, the people sitting at the rectangular table had left, so we were able to scoot that table over.
So who were the scofflaws knitting at Crossroads tonight?

 JitteryKnitter brought a cowl to frog and a shawl to knit...with the same yarn.

Puzan brought 3 different projects (all cowls, though she kept claiming they were hats), and as far as I could tell, she knit on all three of them simultaneously.
WireKnitter has returned from exotic locations, and brought a beautiful shawl, and a story of much frogging.
Tara1682 finally got off work early enough to make it to knitting.  She brought a new hat pattern.  I wasn't sure for a minute as I looked at my photos just whose knitting this is, then I noticed that color and knew it had to be Tara's.
BlueBerryMary was wearing her beautiful finished Linen Stitch Scarf.  She was knitting a Vintage vest with some of the yarn she reclaimed from a sweater she bought at a thrift shop.
Chockelet brought her There and Back again Scarf, but she mostly worked on her Hitchhiker.
CathieC brought the beginning/a swatch of an Intarsia Sheep Pillow.

She is taking a class on making the pillow at Tolt, and she was knitting the beginning of the pillow as the swath.  Unfortunately, her gauge was off, so she will have to frog and try again with another size needle.
ReadnitDream was wearing her No Swatch Hat (by VanesaPolo).  She brought some newly spun yarn to Show and Tell.
Her Daughter brought some knitting.
ReadnitDream, herself, was knitting a Nymphaledia.
DomesticShorthair brought her beautiful Petal Cowl.
Finally, guess who showed up with a new baby blanket on the needles?

Colleen!  We hadn't seen her in quite a while, so it was super fun to have her join us at the round (and rectangular) table.

shaping the planet from behind bars (not really)