Tuesday, February 21, 2012

In the Park for the Luminous Bean

Millenium Park, at the Bean, for the Luminous Field installation. 
A lot of people mentioned that they were disappointed that there were so many people
standing in the range of the lights, making it difficult to see 
the full effect of the lights. I didn't mind, it made it so much more interactive. 
Overall the whole thing was okay, but it was fun to get out to the park at night.

You can see a bit of the lights reflected on the bean.
I thought the skyline looked more interesting than the lights.
This is the theater at Millenium Park, the illumination really enhanced the different planes of the structure.
On the bridge in the park with a view of the theater and more!

Friday, February 17, 2012

I Had to Frog Them

The color difference was too great. They looked completely different. 
I am going to re-knit using alternate ends every couple of rows. 
Why yes, that IS a great pain in the .... but I still do like the color, 
and the pattern is so pretty.

Here I go again.

The color difference is not so apparent in the wound yarn.
The question is when will re-knitting re-commence?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Getting Ready

Getting ready for a performance, the first thing you do is put on your tabi, you know, the white split toe socks.
 After the tabi, and the change into kimono undergarments and a simple cotton kimono, you do the make up. Next is the kimono, then the wig, then the hands and arms (and sometimes legs) are painted white.

The make up table, showing some of the items and the beautiful wooden combs!
Y. almost ready for her wig.
Tying up her hem.
Tying her hem in place.
 This is a pretty heavy double layered kimono, and the hem gets tied up so that the line of the kimono isn't ruined from dragging around on the carpet, and it allows Y. to move more freely and sit easily.

Putting on a wig can be a 2 -3 person endeavor.
Touching up her lips.
A closer look at the hair ornaments.
This is what I wore.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Some sheep

I saw these sheep at The Art Institute, and thought they were adorable, and I really love the way their woolly coats are depicted.
Ayala Altarpiece, Northern Spain, 1396, Tempera on panel

Monday, February 6, 2012

This Blankie

About 3 years ago (right M.?), oh heck no, almost 5 years ago...

Here it is in progress...

wait I need to go sit down for a minute over that thought.

Bring me some smelling salts, please.

Oh dear.
Ahem. As I was saying, I knit this blankie for a dear friend who was expecting a baby girl and had just moved far away. I used Lorna's Laces Shepherd's Worsted since I loved the colors and it is machine washable. This blankie has been used, and from what I hear loved, and still looks pretty good.

These guys look pretty happy, all tucked in, as this little person loves to tuck everyone in.
My friend posted this on Facebook, and it made me so happy!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Through the Loops Mystery Socks

Spoiler Alert!!!

I'm doing this again. I love this mystery KAL, because it makes me get a pair of socks done for myself in about a month, and because Kirsten Kapur's designs are fabulous.

Lovely pattern!
Whoa! Seriously inconsistent dyeing there! I'm knitting from both ends of the yarn cake to do two at a time.
Love the pattern, would love the color is it were consistent.
 Pattern: Through the Loops Mystery Sock 2012
Yarn: Sandy's Palette, Merino Sox