My first attempt at blogging: I knit and have started a crochet project as well. I'm a retired elementary school teacher who still subs occasionally. I have a married daughter and a son who just completed his masters degree and, hopefully, will find a good job soon! My husband and I are currently organizing a walk for pancreatic cancer research through the Lustgarten Foundation. I will attempt to write about these aspects of my life, as well as about political issues of the day.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

I finished my second crochet project!!!! Last summer I knitted a shawl with this red cotton yarn (no longer have the label, so cannot give details!) I was never really pleased with the results, and therefore never wore it.

Flash forward a year, and find me a much more confident needle artist. After making the white shawl with Rowan rope yarn, I thought, why not adapt the pattern and recycle the red shawl. Rip, rip, rip, think, think, think, revise the pattern by using a size 5 hook and adding rows to compensate for the thinner yarn, and here we are! Now I know that no yarn is ever wasted - any unsuccessful work can be made to disappear only to be replaced by a large ball of yarn yearning to be worked - and I am more confident in my ability to interchange knitting and crocheting to fit the project! Next up, a crochet bag using the remainder of this yarn - an ensemble is called for, and will be modeled by me for this blog in the very near future! After that, my set of Denise knitting needles look forlornly at a Rowan sweater pattern...

Saturday, June 10, 2006

shawl - back view

shawl - back view
Originally uploaded by sharipip.

I could not resist showing the rear view as well!

Next, I am going to recycle a thinner red cotton yarn to try the same pattern with a 5 mm hook. I had used the yarn for a knitted shawl, but never liked the way it turned out. Now I hope to have enough for this pattern ... though probably a shorter shawl this time.

Stay tuned!

shawl - front view

shawl - front view
Originally uploaded by sharipip.

I finished it!!!!! This is my first crochet project in 35+ years!!!!! Back in my college days...those wild late 60's... granny vests, scarves and hats were "in".

As previously mentioned, it is a pattern from Rowan Cotton Rope. The only modification made was that I bordered it with a row of single crochet. .

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Yes! I am not only feeling more confident about this crochet project, but for the first time, I uploaded photos from my digital camera to my PC and then into Flickr and finally onto my blog!!!! With no help from my family of techies!!!!!!!!!!

I am about 2/3 of the way finished with this "Morocco Shawl" - pattern from book entitled Rowan Cotton Rope Collection, made with 7mm hook. I can now work the pattern without looking at my cheat sheet for stitch definitions.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Have you ever had an experience that left you wanting to live every moment of your life?

This past year I watched my 50-year-old brother cope with terminal cancer. He always measured his worth in terms of his professional accomplishments - seeing his success in completion of tasks requiring weeks of 12-hour work days. To the frustration of his girlfriend and me, he used his last days of strength to finish a work project rather than to relish what we would consider to be the more important parts of our lives. But that was his way; it was what defined him as a person.

I also accompanied a very close female friend through her journey from "unhappy,but unwilling to admit it wife" to divorced, self-confident, dating, single, independent woman. She had long been the wife who kept peace by puffing-up her husband and having her own interests, needs, and accomplishments ignored. This past weekend, she gathered all those who helped her see herself through our eyes for a celebration. She is beginning to see what we see in her: a fantastic person!

What does define us as individuals? It should be more than our professional titles. Though they are vital parts of us that, hopefully, help us mold the world, they do not necessarily reflect our inner selves. We are friends, parents, siblings, children, lovers, spouses. We as individuals are the sum total of the many, many roles we fill each day, and of our interactions that come with each of these roles.

And, as the song says, "We Should Live Each Day as if We Were Dying". Maybe that explains why I have lately been so open to trying new (and for those who know me) unexpected things. This past year I have really become a knitter. I have been fearless in attempting a complicated first crochet project. And most unexpectedly just returned from a family vacation that included more outdoorsy activities than this Brooklyn-born woman ever imagined. Me in a log cabin? Me in a kayak? Go fiqure!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Lustgarten Walk for Pancreatic Cancer
This coming July 23, my husband and I are organizing an "In Your Neighborhood" Walk to raise much-needed money for pancreatic cancer research. My family has been deeply affected by the disease- my husband's mother, sister, and brother all lost their battles against it!
The Lustarten Foundation annually runs a huge walk in Westbury, Long Island. For the past few years the foundation has encouraged folks across the nation to add walks of their own. Please follow my link on the sidebar to get more information, and, hopefully, to join us in this worthy cause.