Friday, November 21, 2008

Three-Month Checkup

Thursday afternoon I had my three-month checkup and an X-ray of my new shoulder. The socket, being plastic, is next-to-impossible to see. But I could see enough to understand how delicate the prosthetic is and why I'm being told never to hammer, box, fall on or anything else to that arm that would have "impact." It could much-to-easily be dislodged.

The humerus has a bone build up just below the stem of it's prosthetic where the bone flexed a little too much. The bone is more flexible than the titanium stem so this is a normal event just after surgery. It's all healed but the bulge is pretty obvious.

I still don't have the strength or range of motion I want but after only 3 months I think I'm doing quite well.

Just in case you wanted to know.

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Noro Scarf

As Stephanie Pearl-McPhee said, it's all about the scarf. Actually, it's not the lovely softer version of Noro here. It's the plain old itchy 100% wool Noro. I wore it for a couple hours this evening and just can't wait to give it away.

Friday, November 14, 2008

She likes it!

I knitted this scarf for my cousin Debbie in Georgia. It is made of Noro sock yarn (I forget the colorway, sorry).

The pattern is basically:
Cast on in multiples of 5.
Knit a couple rows in garter stitch (knit each row).
k5, *yo, k2tog, k3*, across, k5
k5, purl to last five sts, k5
Each successive pair of rows, move the pattern over one stitch to the right.

If you have questions, let me know.

Debbie, I'm so glad you like it. You deserve it.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Wish List

I understand completely. Considering that my gifts to others will be somewhat meager this year due to the added expense of my shoulder surgery, it would be tacky to post a wish list for Christmas gifts for myself. But, what the heck, I'm going to do it anyway.

I figure, it would save my friends and loved ones money if they just purchase gift certificates at a couple of my favorite yarn sites. When added together, I can easily add to my stash. And gosh, you could conceivably get it back in a year or so in knitted form.

Of course, if you already have something purchased, that's OK, too.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Hoffman Halloween

This is the part of the Hoffman Marketing team...the part that has serious fun. On the left is Rita dressed as the Devil. Next to her is Toni, as the perfect counterpoint, an Angel. Third from the left is Angie as a gorgeous Cruella de Vil. Then comes Greg as Captain Azora. Andy is dressed as Martha Stewart in her gardening garb. And last, on the right is the resident "tai chi master."

Another look at Captain Azora.

Click on Angie to embiggen.
David says my camera's ISO setting is wrong so the flash overpowers the photo but not to use the flash creates grainy stuff. Oh well. Next year.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Barbershop Harmony Society

Last weekend (October 24 and 25, 2008) was the Fall Competition of the Land o' Lakes Division of the Barbershop Harmony Society. It was held at the Performing Arts Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. Friday evening there were 17 quartets competing for the top 10 spots for the final competition Saturday evening. Saturday during the day 17 choruses competed for the district championship and the chance to travel to the International Competition this summer.

As usual, I went with Betty. She takes notes and I should. I didn't post this right away and wish I had because the details like names have faded. First Tony Hillerman passed away and I had to say something about it and then, because I sit at a computer all day every day, coming home to do more of that is, well, not appealing.

This first is of a chorus that did a great job in the costume and acting department as well as very good singing.

Our favorite, the Great Northern Union (GNU) won the contest with very high scores. I figured out how to turn off the lights that come on when I take photographs fairly late in the day, but I haven't yet figured out how to take good pictures on stage. The previous picture came out OK because they were closer to the front of the stage and multi-colored. The GNU were wearing black and so the white of their faces washed out. I could have zoomed in but wanted to show there were 70 men on stage.

The Midwest Vocal Express, Greendale, Wisconsin, gave the GNU a real "run for their money." They are known for their skits and this year was no exception. They were dressed as penguins and did a wonderful job.

This is the part of the skit where they were lamenting that having pizza delivered is just not a good idea.
What I want to know is why isn't the UPS guy covered with ice?

The quartet finals were also very close. There were 3 quartets I thought could have won. I'm glad I'm not a judge. Here's a photo of the judges. We were sitting in the second row because we registered at the spring contest.

I zoomed in on the GNU to show the twins. They don't look as much alike as they used to. They are the second and third from the right in front in this photo. One sings with the Happiness Emporium quartet and we think he's letting his hair show the gray so he'll fit it in the other three older fellows. He also weighs a bit more than his brother. At first I thought it was his brother who sang with the Happiness Emporium but that's because when I first heard that group, 12 or so years ago, he was thinner and didn't have gray hair. Betty set me straight on that one.

I put the yellow smiley face on this photo so as not to embarrass the singer. We thought maybe somebody should have told him about his hair and fixed it for him.

Considering this is barbershop music, you'd think there'd be more handlebar mustaches. Out of the 690 men on stage I counted 4 period-appropriate mustaches. I liked this fellow's.

The out-going quartet champions from 2007 were Vocality. They put on a great performance while the scores were being tallied.

When we weren't busy watching the stage, we knitted. It doesn't look like I accomplished much, but my stole is 20 inches wide. Betty went from the marker to the left up the ribbing of her sock.

At first, I thought going here would be a fun idea. But in the evening, there were many smokers hanging out on the sidewalk in front of the place and it stopped appealing to me.

Saturday night's restaurant was Victoria's. The food was plentiful and delicious. We each ordered a slab of ribeye steak and a platter of pasta. They have a list of maybe 20 different types of pasta you can choose from.
Here's Betty's:

This is my steak and seafood pasta.

Ordinarily you'd expect a couple cups of noodles but it was a platter of noodles. We brought half of it to put into the trunk of the car.
I only bought one skein of full-priced yarn. It is hand-dyed silk and yummy. I also scored some $3 skeins of feltable wool for ... something. I shopped the stores along College Ave and was really disappointed. There are tons of bars and empty storefronts and very few shops actually open, at least within walking distance of the hotel. The fall trip has more than once been Christmas shopping time. Oh well.

So, now I have to learn more about my camera. One thing it does if you use the flash is overpower the photo and wash it out. So I sometimes don't use it, as on the last few. As a result, they end up grainy. Gotta work on that.