Sunday, May 23, 2010

May Trip Home

So at the beginning of the month, I took a week-long trip home. It was a really nice break from the stress of work, I got to spend time with my parents and see a few friends, and my parents and I got a bit of wedding planning done. I left Elijah at home with the cats, which seemed to help the boys bond with him a bit more, since I wasn't around and they had to rely on him exclusively. Of course, I still missed them all. The cats were very glad when I finally came home.

I also made it up to Wheaton for the Interfaith Alliance's fifth annual Holi, which is a Hindu holiday celebrating the coming of spring by throwing colored powder and water at each other.

I was hoping that I would get to see more friends at Wheaton, but I didn't see as many as I would have liked. I did get to talk to a few professors, though, and saw a couple other friends at home over the course of the week. One day, I drove up to visit a friend who transferred from Wheaton at his school, and I brought another friend with me. The two got along quite well, and the three of us, along with my friend's roommate, played Star Trek Trivia.

That Saturday was another annual event, headed by my elementary school music teacher, a maypole celebration. I've been playing recorder for it for... 13 years now. It used to be weaving the maypole, and two folk dances (and I played recorder for all of those), but for the past two years, she's had to cut it down to just the maypole. My cousin, her husband, and their 3-year-old son came down for it- my cousin and my mom helped to weave the maypole, and my little cousin, being too small, got to be one of the kids who sit on the base to stabilize the pole. Afterwards, we took him across the street to the fire station, as he looooves cars in general, and fire trucks in particular.

My parents and I met with the caterer for the wedding, which was good, as my parents had already met with them once, but I hadn't met them yet. We worked out most of the details, and they gave us a list of bands and photographers that my parents are starting to look at.

The last highlight of the trip was Mother's Day, and I gave my mom a Scotty (from Star Trek) action figure and a knitted sunhat, which she really seemed to like:

Monday, May 10, 2010

Carrying a Torch for You

My latest project has been to convert some of the crochet patterns I've developed into pretty PDF's, and list them on Ravelry to sell. My latest pattern is Carrying a Torch for You, which I made for a Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup class, Ancient Runes. I made an amigurumi torch with the rune that can mean torch, Kenaz, as a design in the flame.

I also have some of my finger puppet designs up, and I'm working on more, as well as amigurumi patterns. Making the patterns is a lot easier than trying to produce the product to sell!

In other news, for the past week, I've been in CT visiting my parents, and I will post more about that later.