Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Dances with Happy

When someone finishes one of my projects and sends me a photo, I join in the dance!

Here's a shot of a beautiful woman at TNNA who gave me a hug and some kind words - and THEN I noticed she was from Maumee (I'm from Toledo - they're next to each other...)

And THEN I noticed her groovy skirt! Right off the cover of Romantic Hand Knits! I totally forgot the rule about not taking photos, and I snapped a shot of her in the skirt. It was the first one I'd seen except for the one I'd knit for the book - and, I shouldn't admit this - but until I actually SEE one of my patterns knit up I sort of only half believe that it's 'real' So this was a stellar moment for me!

The skirt has fondly become known as, "The Butt Skirt" around our house because I have the sense of humor of a 6 year old. You're all just lucky I don't go into the fart jokes on a regular basis.

The icing on the cake? This adorable little shot of a friend's daughter who is wearing a scaled down version of the skirt - and I've heard she's very happy! She wanted the same skirt mom made for herself - and I am so proud!

Along the same lines, I teach a Mitered Handbag Class and - because the class is only 3 hours long I'm generally long out of town before anyone is anywhere NEAR finished with their bag.

A student from a recent class in Virginia (Hi Joe!) sent me these shots that she took of her bag pre and post felted. She, too, has a 10 tweener daughter to model her stuff. This made me SO happy - I always wonder if folks actually continue on with the projects we start in class!

First of all - thank you SO MUCH for all the suggestions about local hotel pools. I hadn't even thought of that - but I will, now!

I'd thought the JCC pool would be good (the whirlpool) because it seems to be a small group that uses it - but on Friday Gerry has his first PT session and hopefully we'll find more info on theraputic pools in the STP area then. Thanks, also, for the Sister Kenny suggestions! There's so much I have to learn about this area!

You know, I got an email from one of the accountants I'd contacted and she mentioned that her fees for corporate clients average around $1,000 - and I think I panicked.

I've decided, however, after getting all of my tax ducks in a row that the best route is to do the Turbo Tax thing, which already seems rather intuitive to me (I'm a Quicken girl), then if I'm feeling iffy about the return I'll take it to an accountant for a review. I'm sort of a geek, anyway, I love math.

And I feel that for various reasons it would be good for me to get my mind wrapped around the whole tax situation (assets, etc.) of our family now rather than in an emergency situation later...

Today was spent mostly on a doctor visit up in Maplewood - Gerry's starting Zometa again (yay bones!) and tonight is the Hebrew School / Fencing marathon we call Wednesday Evenings. Then - yes - Project Runway. Ahhhhh. Gerry's pretty knocked out - Zometa does that - but it also strengthens him so we'll take the tiredness!

I'm working up that Yarn Place Bel Canto and I'm amazed at how quickly it's knitting up! It's probably the needles, but much of is the sheer beauty of the yarn.

We all know how much faster we work when we see lovely fabric coming off of our needles! (BTW, the needles in the previous post - as here - are Signature Needles. I also was using a Knit Picks wooden needle in the former image)


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OpenID kmkat said...

Oooh, thanks for pictures of the felted mitered purse. I've been mentally doodling something like that for a couple Christmas presents next year, but I was unsure whether mitered squares (or hexagons) would felt into smooth fabric. Looks like it just might work.

January 16, 2008 8:36 PM  
Blogger deb said...

Another pool possibility is the Courage Center. Though it's in Golden Valley, it's a really wonderful warm therapeutic pool. And I'm pretty sure with a doctor's prescription, the cost is nominal. More of a drive for you guys, but maybe worth checking it out.

January 16, 2008 11:04 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Yikes, Corporate? since when is small business called corporate? That seems a bit on the pricey side...even here in Maui it's not that much for a company with 5+ employees and an income over 700 I am sure that the time of year has something to do with the pricing. To add a new client now would mean lots of man hours that the accountants don't have this time of year. The company I work for has an early tax appt. in December to make sure all our ducks are in a row etc. Then I spent the next three weeks bringing our records into compliance. I cannot imagine how many hours it would be to add you as a new client this time of year.
Good luck with the taxes, I am looking into my own tax black hole with my new yarn thing....luckily I am breaking even +, not having to show a loss....I wish the + was bigger, but we all have to start somewhere!

January 17, 2008 1:10 AM  
Anonymous Marie said...

Ooooo 'love the shots of those beautiful long pointy needles!

January 17, 2008 7:08 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Like that yarn. Like those super pointy needles also. Love the bag.

Could some of the groups you belong to--even the kids' Hebrew class & fencing--share some of the free health club passes that members get? Very often they have theraputic tubs or whirlpools that they use for treatments and those guest coupons expire and get tossed out.

Hugs from NY.

January 17, 2008 7:43 AM  
Blogger Shevon said...

Wow, few people will admit to actually liking math, which is a shame when young girls don't get to see technical ladies doing their thing.

You go girl!

January 17, 2008 5:15 PM  
Anonymous Katherine said...

OK, I've finally worked up the courage to send you the pictures of my own Butt Skirt, then. I love this pattern and the book, thank you so much!

January 18, 2008 3:04 PM  
Blogger Milly said...

I love the design of your skirt and it looks lovely on the lady from TNNA. I think I have too much "butt" for it but it is lovely.
I just read your interview in the March edition of Creative Knitting.
And it sounds if Gerry is just getting better and better! whoohooo!

January 20, 2008 7:22 AM  

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