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tad 2011-06: here’s the thing…

my TAD time is spent on other things lately and i have been lagging on the actual making of things that have more than the fleeting feeling of acomplishment. just in time since my neighbor, a fellow TADer, and I will be hosting a "Thing Today" on 2/13… for me, it was originally a mid-month renewal of my ThingADay "vow" (this is my 3rd year and this was a lesson learned from the previous 2 that I could really use one of these), but I have been so slack on my things all month (except for Ann Darrow) that this may just end up being more like a kick in the butt.

speaking of lagging… i'm not only about an hour behind and it's not so much a thing, but the plan for it, rather. finished the evite for our event this coming sunday and sent it out. if you live in san francisco and want to have an in person collective sprint day, come on over!

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tad 2011-05: today’s reflection


tad 2011-04: San Francisco Bike Party!

San Francisco Bike Party tonight and I had to spend my TAD time coloring in (ang glittering up) my spoke card (thanks for the glitter, Adrienne Lipoma! Finally used it on something). Now I just have to figure out how to put it on. I'd have posted this later with another thing I'm going to work on later, but posting now so anyone else in/near San Francisco can join the party. Meetup at Civic Center (at the Buddha Statue) at 7:30 PM, ride starts at 8 PM. I also took a picture of what I'm wearing, in case you want to say hello.

from karizmatic’s posterous, thing-a-day


tad 2011-03: Ready for her closeup (well, for her scene, at least)


tad 2011-02: RUN!!!

i actually spent my tad time making myself a marathon training calendar. nothing fancy – just one page calendar dates moving towards the SF marathon and target distances below them … my plan is to run and finish the half marathon. i can still train for the full one, but i don't know if i'm ready to make THAT kind of commitment (i really just wanted to cross the golden gate bridge). well, i've run out of time to do anything else and it's 2/3 already. maybe i can give ann darrow more features tomorrow.

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tad 2011-01: Ann Darrow

It's my first attempt at a crochet "sculpture" and I'm making it up as I go along, so I don't have a pattern (I will try to recreate that later). I'm trying to keep her limp for her upcoming scene, but I do feel like she needs a bit more body. I will finish up her legs, add some fullness to her arms the same way, give her hair and maybe a face and then make some kind of dress at some point. Meanwhile, here she is partially completed – I positioned her by my cappuccino cup and saucer for scale.

Without any specific number of stitches, the rough process:

– I'm using an unevenly spun flesh-toned yarn with some loose pinkish fiber "clumps", about an inch or two in length spun into it ever 3-4 inches or so
– Starting where a hip connects to one leg, I chained enough stitches to a leg length I wanted, then came back up the chain in stitches with increasing length (slip, single, half-double, double – slipped at the knee).
– When I reached the end of the chain, I slipped stiched along the last double crochet, to reach the beginning of the chain and made another identical chain as the first leg and came back up the chan the same way (ending up with 2 connected legs)
– I made several rows of single crochets along both posts of each leg's last double crochet for the hips – increasing with each rown, then decreasing to mark the waist.
– The torso is a continuation of the waist, beginning with a ch3 making 2 sets of 4-double crochet bobbles for boobs and ending with a double crochet.
– From there, I chained a length to my liking and just like for the legs, worked my way back up the chain for the arm, then doing a couple of dcs on top of the torso, then doing another chain-and-dc return for the second arm.
– The head is made much like the hips and torso, with several rows of single crochet, with increases and decreases at each row for rounded shaping.
– Slip stitching my way back to the neck area, I connected both sides of the head, to give it some dimension with a chain + slip stitch.
– To reinforce dimension on the body, I added 2 rows of double crochets to the back and joined the waist with another chain+ slip stitch.
– I wanted to have a more "rounded" shaping on the butt, so I added double crochets, connecting them to the chain at the waist.
– Finally, I've finished one leg by slip-stitching both sides to "round" out her shape.

from karizmatic’s posterous, thing-a-day


tad 2011-0: Warm Up, Test and Prep

Eek! I don't have a plan, but here's what I'm trying to do this month that may make its way to a TAD post (somehow):

  • Instructables Build With Yarn Contest – Like I need more yarn in my life (it's the contest prize), but the project sounded like fun and it will definitely challenge my 3-d thinking cap. I've already picked my inspiration – I just don't know if I can get it all done in the 2 weeks left to submit to this contest. More on it later, if I decide to do it.
  • SF Bike Party – Just about to pick up my new bike (yayy!) and just finished cleaning the old one (and it still runs – double yayy!). If I can coordinate with my schedule, hoping to help out and participate.
  • Mozarella + Pizza Dough Making Unclass – Taught a crochet class in January coordinated via unclasses and now I'm going to check it out as a learner! I may make some pizza dough at home yet!
  • Make SF – Looks like a project to make a small phone charger project and I haven't been to Make SF in a while … really need to get my geek on a bit more this year.

Questions for you, TADers:

  • Anyone out there doing a swap for 2011 TAD?
  • Anyone in the SF area want to have a mid-sprint TAD meetup? I'l be cohosting one with a fellow TADer on one of these dates (haven't decided which one yet): 2/12, 2/13, 2/19, 2/20. PM me with your date preference if you want to come over.

That's it. See you tomorrow!

from karizmatic’s posterous, thing-a-day


Outlook for 2011

After 2 years of intermittent blogging, I’ve noticed that I tend to blog more in the first half of the year and drop off somewhere just before June, with a couple of drafts that never make it to published status. This is mainly because I’ve been trying to keep this blog as a space for my creative pursuits and those pursuits are not as well organized as the rest of my life and I haven’t consciously decided to change that (although I have been thinking for a while – couple of years – that this might be a good idea).  This isn’t a pronouncement that I’m planning to change that, but sometimes saying it loud helps me make it happen … if a blog post is published and no one is around to read it, does it still make a sound when it collapses?

Last year I had some pretty lofty creative and fitness goals, most of them partially met:

  • I actually did make something EVERY DAY in February… I was a bit lagged on the posting towards the middle/end of the month, but I made it!
  • I did manage to work out pretty regularly between March and July. I even decided to run the SF Half Marathon, only to be thwarted by a lung infection 3 weeks before the marathon. Then, I left my sadness over not being able to run that marathon take over the rest of the year and I ran about 10 more times through the rest of the year after getting better. This year, I’ve got a running partner (sort of). She’ll be training in the East Coast while I get myself back in gear and we’ll be running that half marathon together. So now I really have to do it.
  • I did finish a lot of projects in 2010, but failed document most of what I made from May onwards. I’m working on this one again this year.

It was still a great year of lessons learned and understanding myself better (that one is always a good one). So, with that new knowledge in my pocket, my 2011 goals:

  • SF Half Marathon
  • 28 ThingADay Entries (one for each day of February)
  • 12 BLOG POSTS – I’d like to blog at least once a month. I hope to update this mid-year and if I already have 12, I’ll add 6 more for Jun-Dec.
  • Active ETSY Store – I’m a slow crafter and have been hesitant to add things to my Etsy store because I can really only sell 1 or 2 items at a time. This year I won’t care. I’ll be posting my stuff up shortly. One item at a time.
  • 4 New Designs
  • 12 Completed Projects (Complete when documented/blogged).

Wish me luck.


So Excited

This is motivation I’ve needed to reawaken my creativity.

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Brain Dump

It seems I can’t quite keep a good schedule for writing this stuff down (but I am still working on that) and I just checked and it’s been almost exactly a month since I last posted. A lot happens in a month, so here’s a laundry list:

IMG_1121I went to LA again! (Thanks, Mom & Dad!). Went to celebrate April birthday celebrants this time (Happy Birthday Dad!). Ate lots of great food, spent time with family, ate Korean Tofu AND favorite Ramen in the same day! (pic of Motoi and Satomi at Daikokuya).

IMG_1223Joined and completed my first Craftster swap. Craftster is a fantastic online craft community resource – great for trolling for inspiration and, if you are not as shy, also excellent for giving and receiving feedback. For those of you who don’t know, a swap is exactly what it sounds like: You exchanging things with another one of you (except you get to keep what you swapped, unlike the TV Show, Wife Swap). I participated in my first swap earlier this year with some ThingADay participants – we each got a name of someone to send something we made during the ThingADay sprint and that was the only rule.

This time, I joined the “Magic Yarn Ball” Swap. I filled out a questionnaire with questions about my preferred themes and colors; my skill level and preference between knitting and crocheting. The questionnaire responses were then sent to the swap partner and the rules were to send your swap partner a knitting or crochet pattern and the yarn to make that pattern out of along with goods (crafted or purchased) in the themes fitting your swap partner’s “personality” (based on the questionnaire and whatever other resources you have to “stalk” them). Then, you wrap the extra goods with the yarn you intend to send your swap partner and the idea is that these goods unravel as extra surprises as they are using up the yarn to make what you sent them the pattern for. IMG_1242It was surprisingly inspirational to learn what you know about someone solely through their web presence and try to make and find things for them that you think would appeal to them, based on what you’ve discovered. It certainly inspired me to craft some new items shown in the pic: modular headbands (embellishments are on their own clips so you can wear them on the headband or as individual clips) with flower and animal embellishments; spats; an owl eye mask; and a union jack cup cozy.

In return I, too, received a stash of goodies. (my swap partner gave me a knitting pattern for some bike panniers, which I’ve mostly finished making, but I’m still undecided about how much I like how they came out, so I might have to have a do-over on that one). I’ve already joined my next one in which I will need to make a purse for someone and fill it up with a couple of other items (again, based on what I think they’d like) and they will do the same. Maybe I’ll have pics by my next post.

IMG_1261 Then, last week, I went to the Disposable Film Festival by way of wanting to attend ForageSF‘s Underground Market. It was my first time riding my bike downtown (and really probably only my 4th time taking the bike out since I moved here) and it was surprisingly easy to get downtown without any major hills. (Going back home, I rode the bus with my neighbor, who i met up with at the festival, so it was a convenient excuse to avoid the late night bike walk up my street.)IMG_1259
The market had a lot of ready-made food you could buy and eat while waiting for the movies to start. I tried some home made cheeses; learned that I could ferment my kimchi faster if I leave it at room temperature until it sours; ate and oogled a whole bunch of other yummy dishes; and met found some new friends (that’s a pic of my “instant BFF” – for the fest, at least- Celeste and Clive with the camera behind us).
The festival itself was off to a late start, since the sun was still peeking through until nearly 9PM (I know, awesome, right?!), but was a blast to watch once we got started. Most everyone came prepared with their blankets and folding chairs and the show conveniently ended just before my limbs got too stiff from the cold. And BONUS: there was free bike parking, so even my bike got a bit of socializing at the sitter’s.

IMG_1275 Inspired to really go for it by the film festival (and recently urged by my recent general need to get some of these ideas formalized and working), I solicited some friends (new and not as new) to help me put together a cooking show. We shot our first trial run to get familiarized with the set, aka my kitchen, and give us some ideas about what we need to think about to really make a decent show, with our low-fi resources. Of course it didn’t hurt to then have a good serving of spaghetti after. I don’t even really have my ideas on this organized and collected yet, but thought I’d include it here as a teaser. So, more on this one later.

If all of that weren’t enough to get my mind really going, I also went to my first experience of Maker Faire today. I was thoroughly overstimulated in a good way with robots, musical instruments, crafty items, and all the people oozing of crafty- and geekiness. I knew the sugar-chocolate-whipped cream-topped funnel cake followed by a greasy serving of chicken strips and fries (life is short, so we ate dessert first) downed with a can of Coke would hurt later, but, hey – I’ve been running about 3 times a week for the last couple of weeks and I feel motivated to keep going, so it was worth it!



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