First, the Bittersweet News...
Master Shim, the Korean Master of our Tae Kwon Do school, said his official goodbyes to all of us last night. After spending 7 years in Buffalo, he is leaving with his wife and young son, for the Atlanta, GA area, where he will soon be opening up his own dojang (tae kwon do school.) I am so thrilled for him to have this opportunity, and I am so heartbroken to lose him. I am not an athlete. I just found this sport, and this school, and have spent the past 3-1/2 years there, working my butt off, sweating, making wonderful friends, confronting my fears, learning and growing and stretching far beyond what I ever thought I would be capable of. All under the watchful eye of Master Shim. I have cried so many tears this week... wondering if I will ever reach as far, or work as hard, as I was able to under his direction. He told us this week that while his body will be down there, his energy will remain here with us. I hope so. And I realize that much of what he taught us was about our own strength and talents, our dedication and discipline and perseverence, and for each of us not to preserve his special energy would be to dishonor him. And there is no one, no person on earth, for whom respect means less or is less deserved.
On to more everyday things... I bought myself an ipod this week! I was semi-hysterical mid-week, when it became apparent that the address they were shipping to was "Bottomview Rd." not "Autumnview Rd." and I spent hours trying to negotiate the apple website and then UPS online. Eventually, I was able to read the online tracking report, which announced something like "Delivery Exception. Nonexistent street addresss. Address corrected. Delivery to proceed." I was doin' the happy dance! And it came. And I opened up the box, and carefully undid all the wrapping, and for the first two hours or so it did NOTHING! I was convinced I'd gotten a dud ipod, but miraculously, it self-corrected, and I am now "plugged in." I found Knitcast, and am listening to music, and I am a happy girl. (No I'm not, I'm still too sad about Master Shim leaving.)
I actually did some knitting this week, too, and since this is a knitting blog (mostly, is it still?) I should probably share that with you!
Here's the purse I knit for J-Daughter using Malabrigo. (Actually this is the BEFORE felting pic.) Malabrigo is alot like Manos, but maybe even better. It is soft and fat and it felted like a dream. Like buttah. I still have to sew on a button and make a little closure. AND, I will be sewing on the flower that got sewn onto my French Market Bag while it was at Karma Knitting. The colors actually work on J-Daughter's purple bag much, much better than on my pink FMB.
I guess they were trying to promote these little flower kits, which actually are very cute. You get a little pack with different scraps of knitted and felted fabrics and then it is up to you to cut and sew however you wish. Someone in the shop must have gotten a little crazy (what? crazy at Karma? never... haha) and sewed them onto a bunch of bags... including mine... so when I stopped in the other day to pick up some of the stuff that I had left there for eons, Becca just told me to keep it. Thank you, Becca! Now J-Daughter will have a flower on her purse.
I also finished knitting a Mountain Colors Treasure Bag.
I love the sage-y colors, and the Mountain Colors 4/8's was a nice yarn to work with. Soft, bouncy, not snaggy. I still have to thread the drapery cord through the holes at the top. I found cream, black, and a forest green at one of those local craft shops whose name I will NOT publish on my blog, 'cause I hate the crappy yarns they carry and I hate the damage they've done to some of the LYS's out there, but yes, they are handy when you need non-knitting crafty stuff. And it was CHEEP. No clue as to how I will use this little ditty, or whether or not it will be gifted to someone. No idea who. I actually thought I was making the bag without all the little boxes in the pattern, but I musta misread what I was doing and ended up with the patterny one. I really wasn't crazy about how that one looks in the photo on the pattern, but I do like mine. 2 pts. for Beth.
Oh, one more thing to share.... while I was over at Karma, even though my knitting cabinet is FULL, and my bedroom closet has bags of yarn stuffed into its nooks and crannies, and my bedroom floor is littered with knitting bags and boxes of yarn, oh dear, I bought some more! I saw this and couldn't help myself. The color is "Pink Grapefruit." Just irresistable on a 96-degree day!
And, did you happen to notice the little gem dangling from the label? *swoon swoon*
One more shot... here it is all balled up. Interesting how it already has changed character... so unpredictable as to how it will look knit up. Not sure at all what I will turn it into!