Carpe Diem

Rambling snobbery - books, music, food, knitting and sewing

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The truth

the truth is in the knitting . . . I know the Bible says the truth will set you free - but some times it takes the knitting to show you the truth. I can't explain it. But now I know what I know and it all makes sense and it's probaby going to get messy but it has to be done. And soon.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Crazy skirt

Kilt hoseStarted the project for my favorite piper - hope he likes them since it's probably one of the hardest things I've ever undertaken - but he's so totally worth it. Once I get the camera working I'll do some w.i.p. shots. I finished the crazy skirt for me -just need to be brave enough to wear it. It's made from the man's old torn work shirts and turned out so cool - sexy - wild. I look like the pixie of death - very interesting. Got the idea from the most awesome clothing deconstruction book ever - Generation T. This book has some of the most awesome ideas for taking ordinary tshirts and making them completely personal. Wish I'd had this book 10 years ago when I had a million tshirts to destroy.

Monday, June 19, 2006

It's starting to rain . . .

Don't rock the boat Noah!Just when you think your world is ending it's actually a whole new day beginning. It's amazing how a habit can begin in 3 weeks and take over in good and bad ways. And then clarity comes in and changes everything. Being vulnerable is a scary wild ride - sometimes worth it - sometimes not but a risk I have to take to feel what I have to feel. Being numb is next to death. I pick sad and scared over numb anyday. Happy is better - but that's a while off. I can wait.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Work shirt

Katie's BlogFinished my work shirt yesterday. I made the man one for Father's day - hope he likes it. Mine was a very personal thing - took forever to decide what to put on it and then once the idea came it just flowed. I snapped the picture of the angel about a million years ago while trolling through all of the cemeteries in Milwaukee. Love angels - love old angel statues battered and worn by the years even more. The Latin for those of you who aren't fluent (or have way too much time on your hands, or aren't an elitest snob) Basically says "shadows are fleeting but Light remains" and the bottom says "the Light shines in the darkness, but the darkness can't understand it." Can't believe it turned out as well as it did considering the source :D

The nightlights

firefliesThe kids and I spent the night chasing fireflies. They are so easy to catch - is that because they are so blinded looking for love they don't notice anything else? Made the kids release them. I explained that they were away from their loved ones and it would make them sad - they totally got that and happily let them go. Trinity said "bye - see you tomorrow." Fireflies - good, very very good.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The socks

The SocksSo I actually started what I've affectionately called the "Jailbird" socks since they are black and white. Was going to do knitty's pedicure socks but decided to do the full deal since I so rarely (ever) get pedicures and would rather have them to wear in the winter as well - though I burn through them so fast they may not make it to winter. If I like them I am going to make a knee sock version - but I already have cast on for a sweater I frogged that I made from my first homespun corridale. It's so soft that I want it next to my skin - but bulky so the pattern has to be very carefully thought out so I don't look like a pumpkin. Pictures to follow.

Monday, June 12, 2006

today is a new day!

todayOkay so today I for some reason have decided to do things differently. I have been reading this knitting book by the yarn harlot which literaly has me busting out laughing every 10 seconds. I want to be her. I want to write and make people laugh. I am going to do this some how. It's all just details now but it's going to happen. I love being a bit prophetic - when it works for me. I just need lottery numbers now and it's all good. So, what am I going to do differently? I am going to be myself all of the time and say what I think unless it's destructive (because nice as I am I do think murder sometimes) and make more people laugh. And knit more - waaaaaaaaaaay more. I love it even more than sewing and commit here and now to do it everyday. And to work no more than 3 projects at one time AND to finish said projects or frog them if they are not going to be given or worn. AH yes today is a new day.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Music to play at my funeral

Katie's BlogI just finished my compilation CD of songs that move and define me. It was a lot of fun - but the hardest thing to do was to narrow it down to 80 mins - apparently I am way longer winded than that. It runs the gammet from the Bodeans to EmmyLou Harris. I think everyone should figure out who they are and what music defines that. It's a cool thing to have and it will change as we change - songs will come and go but if it's a good song and it moves you today - chances are it will move you at a later date. Unless it was a really sappy breakup song and you were emtional at the time.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

I hate/love the internet

Katie's Blog Just have to say I have this thing now where I don't want to do anything but surf. Nothing else. I am just this information junkie lately. Like that stupid robot in Short Circuit - "Input!" Anyway - this clearly must stop! I've got crap to do. Stuff to sew, kids to educate and God knows a house to clean! But just 15 more minutes mom . . . .