Five hours in. Knitting a mitten. A Baby Alpaca yarn mitten. I looked at the clock. I knew what time I turned on the TV and what time I turned it off .Time to stop knitting and get to bed.
The Weekly Photo Challenge is relax but I remember some people found learning to knit stressful. Have to get past the possibly awkward part of learning the basics before you get to the Zen. Holding the needles. Finding the right place to stick the point.
My friend Ann texted (after a volley of texts about the miserable weather and whether we really NEEDED yarn) that she’d pick me up and we’d go to Oakmont to the Yarns by Design store. She brought a fingerless mitt and a matching cowl she’d completed and since I had the same pattern at home –Susan B. Anderson Waiting for Winter Mittens pattern– I felt inspired to knit mittens Thanks, Ann.
Now I Thought I’d start the new effort in the morning .. but the new yarn spoke to me and I started.
Ann said they worked up faster than socks. She’s right about that!
Hambone’s Saturday Night-Lawrenceville neighborhood on Butler Street.
Steve said, come on let’s go -so I put my book down and layered up in warm clothes and we headed down. Ordered a draft. Settled into a booth and listened to some great musicians take the chill off the almost winter night.
Christopher Mark Jones and the Roots Ensemble
Vince Camut on pedal steel
Mark Perna on Bass
Eric Kurtzrock on drums and vocals
And joined by Mr. Marc Reisman on harps in the third and final set
We ran into Mr. And Mrs. Claus on the sidewalk in front of Hambone’s as we went to our cars
There were a handful of us in the theater Friday night. When Steve and I walked in theater 7 we made four. Two more couples arrived before the show started. We saw the Amy Adams film Arrival which had a 94% positive rating in Tomatometers. I hadn’t been to the movies in awhile. Guess it’s the same for others. Home on the couch in front of the TV or out listening to music? They weren’t at the theater(s) lined up to buy tickets. Friday night used to be a big night out at the Movies.
Two people arriving on the right, reading the board. GThis week’s challenge is Relax. Show how you unwind. We went to the 6:30 show. It was desolate.
there were boxes and boxes of new chairs to be installed
Thursday, I was going to meet a new baby and wanted to take a gift.
Called around and found wooden milestone blocks/cubes and in the colors of the nursery!
A helpful man answered the phone and said there was one set at their store- Contemporary Concepts.
When I got there I took a look around. Found a couple of Christmas gifts to purchase, too. A very eclectic mix of gifts from elegant tableware to crazy socks .
The colorfully printed Pittsburgh dish towels caught my eye for those who have moved away. Lots of interesting toys and potential baby shower gifts, too. They feature cool Pittsburgh neighborhood t-shirts Neighbor Teaze designed by Julia DiNardo- an elementary school classmate of my son Matthew.
(I won’t go into how the store moved 6 months ago to the Trader Joe’s building, pretty close to my house-that’s another story. Of course, I drove to the old location in Squirrel Hill first. The new location has free parking)
But I finally arrived and was thrilled to find the right present waiting. And in the colors of his nursery, too. Yes, I said it twice cause it was a Serendipitous find!
“Would you like it gift wrapped? “
Now the thought of complimentary gift wrap evokes nostalgia for customer service of yesteryear- and what a lovely touch.
Meet Abby. She did the beautiful gift wrapping.
I asked her if she’d mind being included in my People at Work series And she agreed.
I’ve been taking my cars to Bastone Auto for 25 years. You want to go to an auto place you trust! Being located in a former church seems a nice touch.
Pennsylvania car inspection was due and the temporary registration I’d gotten online was about to expire Dec 2nd.
My goal’s to get a photo of the Bastone brothers in front of their place. I thought it would be a great addition to People at Work- Primarily Pittsburgh (show at Panza Gallery. July 2018)
As I was asking Bob about getting Jim and Frank to agree I said “here I’ll take a quick sample on the phone to remind you to ask them”
Bob is also an expert Amateur/Ham Radio operator (licensed call sign is WC3O) and here’s an article
If you need a speaker for your organization’s event, he’ll expound on all aspects of automotive service, repair and maintenance in his “I Hate Cars” tour. His flyer says “hear the straight scoop from an ASE certified Master Mechanic with a lifetime of experience in the automotive repair and maintenance field”
Bob has a great sense of humor, too.
Thanks for letting me take your photo, Bob.
Please ask your brothers to make a time and I’ll be over with my real camera.
Oh and my car is happy, too.
Meet Janice Schuler. Artist. Today there was an Artist’s Studio Tour in Lawrenceville. Her painting studio is in the basement of this repurposed church and was number one on the tour. I’d met Janice last night at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and she invited me to visit her studio during the Studio Tour. There was wine and beer, bottles of water and cheese and crackers and a tray of sweets, too. Other artists studios were open as well but I sat in a comfortable chair in Janice’s studio and watched people come and go as we talked.
Artist Janice Schuler at work in her artist studio.
There are several artist’s studios in this church- architects, fiber artist. photographers and painters.
Friday afternoon I was photographing senior portraits of two young women by the Cathedral of Learning at Pitt. ( no one actually says “University of Pittsburgh”)
In between their outfit changes, I photographed the tall tower in different lights.
see how the sun changes the color of the Indiana limestone? Magic
Then a bride and groom walked by, just married!
I asked if I might photograph them and they said, sure!
I even asked the groom to move a bit so his mouth wasn’t hidden. Sweet.
Those were some killer heels (in blue)
And then a woman walked by with balloons.
There was a beautiful tree
It was fun to see some different sights. And capture them, too.
All in all it was a magical afternoon, especially with the unexpected barefoot bride and the balloon woman.
Magic is the weekly photo challenge.
Imagine Audio Media President
Meet Dino Pandolfo who graciously consented to be part of my People at Work Series. He has a full recording studio and can create multiple copies of DVDs and CDs(see below) right here in Ingram a West End neighborhood in Pittsburgh.
The Quart Jar Poet: Dorothy Holley is a film I made in 2005. Dorothy was a good friend to me- an encourager. Dorothy Holley-Poet, Friend
Dino created the copies to be used as a fundraiser for Madwomen in the Attic-he was a pleasure to work with and they look wonderful. He even carted the boxes to my car.
The Madwomen Reading series presents the second annual Dorothy Louise Holley Memorial Reading featuring a poetry reading by Diane Gilliam
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Kresge Center, Carlow University
Reading at 7:30 p.m. (book table at 7 p.m.)
Reception and book signing following the reading
Free and open to the public
Sunday afternoon. Previous years posted below.