Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Army

I was asked recently if I might like to teach a class on making amigurumi at Stitch Your Art Out (my LYS/LQS) and I was totally excited! I'm really looking forward to sharing my obsession with cute crochet toys with other people. I just finished four samples for the class over the past week or two. Here they are in no particular order:

Perry the pear.

Owly the owl.

Leal the Lion.

Pipoca the puppy.

The Army of Amis relaxing in a rocking chair on my balcony. All patterns are from Amigurumi World, by Ana Paula Rimoli, the book we will be working out of for the class. I love this book and I think it truly has to be the best English-language amigurumi book out there (or, at least until Ana Paula releases her next book).

Friday, August 22, 2008

I want my Internet!

I certainly didn't intend to disappear from my blog (or the Internet in general) for so long! We lost our Internet more than a week ago and have been waiting impatiently until today when someone could come and look at our modem. I think that I knew I was Internet-dependent before this, but it became all too clear to me just how attached I am to it, whether it is to feel part of a crafting community, keep in touch by email, or just look things up. Lucas and I even resorted to driving to the grocery store so that we could use the free wireless Internet there and at least keep track of any urgent emails.

Now that I'm "plugged in" again, I thought I'd share some of what I've been doing of late. I had a couple of finishes from earlier this summer that I could not mention because they were gifts. Here we have our friend, Blue, the beagle I made for my father-in-law on the occasion of his birthday. The pattern is from PlanetJune and I have to say that I love her designs.

This is a little lamb I made using a free pattern.

I just finished my ESL teaching and now I start back teaching Spanish at the university next week. I'm looking forward to settling into a routine and getting back to my crafting--there hasn't been much time for it the past several weeks.

I had planned to get several projects completed over the last two months, but I just seem to keep starting them and not finishing any of the quilts and other things that are languishing around here. I guess I'll have to extend my goal to September as well!

Saturday, August 09, 2008

A Cup of Tea and More of D.C.

Here is my cute cup of tea from Sewing Stars at the craft fair in Silver Spring, MD. I love that he looks both happy and like he is so hot that he is about to explode!

After my adventure Saturday morning, we went to lunch with our friend Alison at Ching Ching Cha, a tea house that we love in the Georgetown part of D.C.

As always, the tea was lovely and so was the teaware. I love this teapot and cup.

These little bento boxes had delicious food in them: tofu, greens, peas, carrots, cabbage and rice. All in all, it was a lovely meal that made for a perfect day.

On Sunday, we walked down to the Eastern Market for lunch and shopping.

I loved this mural that we saw on the way. The leaves are made out of mirrors.

Charming colorful houses.

I did a lot of admiring.

I'm sure no one would be surprised that I was drawn in by all of the beautiful things we saw there. I confess that I could not resist buying a tea set (because, really, you can never have enough) and a sake serving set.

The Eastern Market was great and I would recommend it highly. You can purchase a variety of things outdoors and indoors, including enticing fruits, vegetables and other foods. There are also fruit and vegetable stands outdoors and unusual booths selling things like magic lantern slides, furniture from China, old cookware and bicycles.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Caught in the busy-ness of life

I didn't really imagine it would take me several weeks to have time to post on my blog! Teaching continues to keep me quite busy and I'm taking a few knitting classes here and there as well.

It feels like a long time since we took the trip I've been trying to share with you! After we traveled to Baltimore, we headed down to Washington, D.C. to visit a friend and stayed the weekend with her.We spied a very earnest segway tour as we were driving to dinner. Notice the guide in the red poncho. After seeing this, an animated discussion ensued about how serious you should be (or not!) when riding a segway.

Alison told us we would be a little disappointed by Chinatown but she drove us there to see it anyway. Chinatown in D.C. has no Chinese people and few Chinese restaurants, but it does have lots of signs in Chinese. Every store/restaurant has its name in English and Chinese (look just above the golden fish).


We had a lovely dinner that evening at an Ethiopian restaurant. The next morning, I drove out to Silver Springs, MD to see the Crafty Bastards fair. I love the cute plush that Sewing Stars makes and for some time, I had admired her cute plush tea cups. I read her blog and knew that she would be there so I thought that this was my chance: I went there in hopes of finding a tea cup to come home with me and I was not disappointed!

I wasn't able to get a good picture of the teacup so I will try again soon when I have sunlight. Also, more photos to come in my next post, including additional views of the sights around D.C.