Sunday, September 27, 2009

Art Prize Part 3

Jason Hackenwerth showing at UICA and around town

Today I toured the ArtPrize venues in the Heartside District. Which included some of the most
whimsical Afterimage series by Betsy Stirratt at UICA
and emotionally charged art in the competition, in my opinion.

La Llorona by Mandy Burrow at 106 Gallery
I feel the need to see some of the pieces again just to see if it was the day, my mood, the large-noisy crowds or truly the art itself that made me so emotional today.

Art Church (The Sacred and Sacrilegious) by Sanctuary Folk Art Artists

There was no lack of historical/architectural sight-seeing today either...
the bottom tier of the fountain in the Civil War Memorial

and the buildings along South Division Ave are always of interest
Then this made me smile...Thank you for not mentioning my lack of knitting, hehehe, I'm knitting, just not knitting anything worth photographing right now.

click on photos to see more detail

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Art Prize Part 2

I am overfull with the amount of art I tried to take in today.

Open Water #24 by Ran Ortner w/ Field of Reeds by John Douglas Powers in the foreground
I started at the Old Federal Building shortly after noon and spent about an hour and a half looking at all the pieces there,stopped into the Waters Building to see St. Francis by Mic Carlson

and checked out Big Think on Calder Plaza.

There's a mural on the wall at City Hall that I've always wanted to get a photo of and today was my chance... A quick stop at The Press Building to see The Lawyer and Four Red Piranha by Martin Hueter then I was off on my journey north on Monroe Ave along the river.

I found a loft space I'd love to live in!

Eye See Tree by Marissa BeroTelos by Ray Katz
I've spent many nights standing on the Sixth Street Bridge (pictured above) with The Saint catfishin. It's truly a great time to be living in the Furniture City.

My feet are sore and my legs probably won't work in the morning but I'll have to get em going again by noon for sure. There's so much more to see!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Art Prize Part 1

Don't miss it...Vincent Van Rat by Roger King
The atmosphere downtown was nothing short of electric today when I went out at lunch. I couldn't believe what I saw when I walked out of the building.

The sight of this crowd coming up Monroe Center almost brought tears to my eyes.

Redball Project by Kurt Perschke
There's something everyone can appreciate no matter your age, education or background.

I'm loving that I can act like a tourist in my own city.

Petite Passe by Terrence Karpowicz
It's only day 2, I have this feeling that I won't be able to see everything. I'm sure I'm not alone...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

lots o' knitting and a little crochet too

Been crazy busy with the needles this week. I actually cast on the same sock 4 diff times before I got it the way I wanted it. First I couldn't decide what pattern to use, each needed a different # of stitches to cast on, then I couldn't get it to be the right # of stitches for who. knows. why. It's such a challenge sometimes.
So I have another Cookie A's Summer Sox cast on, finished the Belgian Chocolate one I was working on...

love this pattern and how the sock fits. The new sock is knit with Crystal Palace Mini Mochi color #103. My good friend Deb brought it to me from her vacation up north. It's sort of a bribe so I'll teach her how to knit socks, LOL. The yarn is so soft and beautiful it seems a shame to put it on feet but I'm gonna anyway!

There is also a little crochet project going on here...Little Button Loafers, for a friend's new baby. So cute I can't stand it, just the soles made me go awwww.I actually got to hang out at City Knitting most of the day yesterday...first time in a long time and I've really missed all of my CK peeps. I'm hoping for some interesting classes this year, I could use some more motivation and inspiration.

I've been hearing The Saint's Big Ass Sweater calling me. I'm hoping to have it out and rockin again by the end of this week. With Tuesday being the official first day of's time...

...and Happy Fall everybody, the trees here are already turning pretty colors and dropping their leaves.

What are you working on for Fall?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mystery of Life #13

cause it's my favorite #, that's why

Setting the scene:

It's noon-ish, Ally is sitting at her credenza with her back to her desk and anyone who would happen to enter her "area" aka "AletaLand". There is a yummy lunch of Massaman Tofu w/white rice spread out in front of her as well as a book propped on a stand. She is obviously on her lunch - which she is allowed to do every single day at about this same time.

Enter AE #1...can I just sit with you and have a couple bites of my lunch while I ask you some questions about client "so-&-so"? blah-blah-blah...five of my lunch minutes later...walks away with a promise of sending a follow-up email...

5 or so minutes passes then...

Enter AE #2...I know you're at lunch but - I'm leaving something on your keyboard and you'll see what needs to be done - when you're done with your lunch...blah, blah, blah...

It only takes a couple of days eating lunch in my "area" to remind me why I go home for lunch most days. By the time I get finished actually eating my lunch I'm so aggravated that it's difficult to find the creative juice to knit...and knit I must! I have just a few rows of a sock toe to finish and I want it done today!

Why can't they just leave me alone? sniff

Monday, September 14, 2009

Grace, You Rock!

There was a box on my porch when I got home from work today.

When I got all the tape off (snicker) opened it and unwrapped the pretty turquoise tissue to find these goodies!

Isn't this the sweetest cupcake you ever did see?

The tea smells great, I can't wait to try it out. And the little tin fits perfectly in the once-empty space between the Cajun and Mexican...

Thanks Grace, you're too kind.

ETA: linky

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Party Time! #53

First off, thank you for coming. I feel honored that you continue to visit my blog.

And thank you to Audra for making me this cute knitting themed birthday cake!

Yesterday we celebrated with friends and family...birthday celebration for me, old buddies get-together for James and the "old-heads" and James' rapidly approaching retirement - on the 25th. James fried many pounds of fish and it was awesome as usual, thanks Honey!Great fun but lots of work too.

And it was nice to see our friend Ronnie that you all so kindly sent good thoughts too during his time of the coma. He's doing great now...

It's such a nice day today and I can relax on the deck this afternoon, after the sun reaches the other side of the house, and do some serious knitting.

I've been doing a lot of knitting but not remembering to take pictures of my knitting. Since it's a beautiful, sunny day today here are a couple photos of the projects I'm working on lately.

I'm attempting to finish the first Cookie A Summer Sox this week so I can get started on the second Coquette sock for my little friend Ashley.

On Monday, last, we spent some time at Labor Fest and Boomer got to meet a bunch of peeps and get lots of pets...he was a happy little doggie.
May you get lots of pets this week and be happy peeps! Have a good one.

Please bare with me as I attempt to master this new's very frustrating but I think I'm getting there...

Saturday, September 5, 2009

on the water before dawn...

In case you were wondering, a full moon gives light but no warmth so we were freezing our butts off!

An hour trolling in the dark, navigating by the moon over Lake Michigan was amazing.
The sun rose and was spectacular. A light fog burned off and the landscape began to materialize.

The stack at the power plant at Port Sheldon appeared on the eastern horizon and made it a bit easier to navigate.

Like a fire in the sky the sun was climbing fast and we were looking forward to the heat it promised to bring.

The lines sang in the trolling-speed breeze

We had electronic evidence that there were actually fish swimming somewhere below us
(those two blips are supposed to be fish!)

but the net stayed idle this day

perhaps the salmon don't like to eat when the lake is like glass but it made for a nice boat ride

we had to high-tail-it back to the launch so we could get to MickyD's in time to still get breakfast, LOL

Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoy the photos and commentary. Please have a safe and happy Labor Day holiday.