Crafty Cathy

knitting.crocheting.sewing.photography.

  • Welcome

    I can be both crafty and crafty. Here you'll find most of the former and sometimes a little of the latter.

    I knit.
    I crochet amigurumi's.
    Sometimes I sew.
    Occasionally I cook.
    I always take pictures.

  • Recent FO’s

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    Baptismal Gown SYTYCD Hat

    Baby Blankie Baby Dragon

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    DSC04917 Modified Simple Shoes

    Hello Baby! Cable Jumper

    Ragland Ninja Baby Double Trouble Cable Hat

    Saarjte's Bootees Sk8er Booties

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    Bunny for Baby DSC04617

    DSC04619 (Large) For the Horde 3-25-08 1

    DSC04610 (Small) Bring Spring Bunnies

Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Nada Surf

Posted by 2ton Inspired on April 4, 2008

One of my new favorite bands, Nada Surf, played last night at First Avenue (yep the club made infamous by Prince and Purple Rain). As usual hearing the band, heck any band, live is is amazing. We were blessed by the addition of a 4th musician and friend of the band that was able to join them for the week. This 4th musician played trumpet, keyboard, sang vocals and probably many more things my untrained ears didn’t pick up.

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Being small Asian girls we squeezed our way up front and were lucky enough to get jostled (people pushing and then some people left in the middle!) into the 2nd row. Unfortunately behind a very tall guy (see him on the right side of the picture above?) and others kept trying to get in in front of us because we needed the space to look around him!

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I didn’t take a lot of pictures because not too many others were and I didn’t want to blind the band with my flash. We had a really great spot in front of Matthew though so it was fun to just watch, listen and enjoy.

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I thought it was cute how the bassist, Daniel, was just chilling out while he waited for his part. What amazed me the most about him though was his ability to sing while smoking. Literally, the cigarette was hanging out of his mouth while he sang!

Check em out at http://www.myspace.com/nadasurf to hear a few of their songs. They’ve a few more cities to play in, so check em out if you can!

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Spring Fever!

Posted by 2ton Inspired on March 14, 2008

It’s been super warm the last few days and it got me thinking about sunny days, beaches and our last vacation. To highlight our recent vacation I made a Scrapblog. Unfortunately I can’t embed the Scrapblog itself into my post because of WordPress limitations, but you can view it by clicking here.

For those of you who don’t know what scrapblog is, it is like an online scrapbook. You create it all on a webpage (no downloading of software) and can share it by embedding or linking. There are a lot of themes or you can create from scratch.

Some of the newer features I like are:

  • You can pull pictures down from Photobucket, Flickr, Webshots, Facebook, Picasa and Smugmug. You can also upload to Scrapblog but if you’re already posting photos somewhere else why hassle?
  • You can publish pages from your Scrapblog to Facebook as an album.
  • Youtube videos can be embedded.

Side note: It’s been a slow few weeks in the crafting realm since some of the things I’m working on are taking forever. I’ve been pretty good at daily posting but these days there’s not much to say (who wants to read about the same old project for days in a row?) so posts won’t be as regular but still a few times a week.

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Benny Watches the Sunrise

Posted by 2ton Inspired on January 24, 2008

Sunrises like these make it worthwhile on those mornings I have to get up early (so not a morning person and my work allows me to sleep in). Even though I have a few dozen photos of sunrises from this view I can’t stop taking them. I especially am drawn to the winter sunrises because of the frozen river (and steam that comes off of it) and how you can see the smoke coming from the buildings.

Benny hobbled over and snuck in on a few of the pictures…. No full body shots because he’s still missing a leg and I haven’t yet attached the arms. I wasn’t anticipating it taking so long to make him but he’s much taller then I expected.

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Cruising the Mexican Riviera

Posted by 2ton Inspired on January 14, 2008

It’s weird to say it but it’s good to be back! It was a week of eating, sleeping, sunbathing, reading, eating, sightseeing, eating, walking, and did I mention eating? There was also some motion sickness but lets not think about that!

We boarded the Golden Princess on a gloomy day in LA and set sail for the Mexican Riviera, specifically to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas. Surprisingly the weather was a bit chilly for me – mid 70’s to 80’s. Never having been to Mexico in January I was expecting the hot humid days of spring.

The first two days were aboard the ship. It was nice to sleep in, mozy on up to the buffet for breakfast, lay out in the sun for a few hours, grab some lunch, retire to the cabin for a nap before heading out for the evening shows and dinner. And repeat!

What a treat it was to have daily turn down and maid service! This photo is of the nightly chocolates and our breakfast room service form.

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This is our ship from the small boats that took us into Cabo San Lucas.
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The first stop was in Puerto Vallarta. Having been there a few times already we decided to skip any tours and walk around downtown and have lunch on the beach. I have to say that weekends are much more festive. There are more market and food vendors, live music and many more locals out and about with their families. I would highly recommend going into downtown (the Malcacon Strip) on a Saturday or Sunday.

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The next stop was in Mazatlan. The port area was beautiful with mountains in the background and colorful houses dotted along the hillsides. Here’s where we worked off the 24-hour buffet service by walking from the Golden Zone back to the ship, about 6 miles! It was a cloudy day and the walkway was located right next to the ocean so we had a great view. It was a little unfortunate that we were so tired by the time we reached Old Mazatlan because there is a church, market and some small shops that looked interesting.

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Last up was Cabo San Lucas. We decided to sign up for a beach tour and got to spend the day lounging around at one of the resorts. It was the perfect sunny day. The beach is probably the best of the three cities we visited. The sand was smooth and the water clear. We drove through downtown and it looked very modern and lively.

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These rocks are one of the highlights of Cabo. They call it Lovers Cove. We didn’t get to make it out there this time but I’m sure we will eventually. I love how this picture captures the rock formations and the many activities available.

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After disembarking the ship we spent a day in LA before heading home. It was a nice way to wind down after the trip. A few hours in Chinatown to satisfy our cravings for Pho (Vietnamese soup) and then off to Little Saigon for rice and Vietnamese coffee.

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Even with the motion sickness I will definitely cruise again (but will go see the doctor for the patch!). Next time maybe to the Caribbeans or even Europe!

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2007 Gallery and WIP Update

Posted by 2ton Inspired on November 30, 2007

Some of my recent FO’s have been added to the Gallery page. Is it odd that sometimes I really have fun taking pictures of my knits? I mean, there’s only so many ways a bootie/sweater/hat can pose.

WIP’s are coming along.

The Drops 103-1 has been put on hold since I ran out of yarn. I should be able to head to the store for some more this weekend. I’m about 1/2 done with both sleeves. And then all that will be left is the collar, seaming and blocking. Exciting! I’ve seen some amazing ones on Ralvery and Craftster. Here’s to hoping mine will be just as nice.

Double knitting has improved. I’m still working on getting the twists at the end/beginning of a row right so that the sides look “complete.” I did see some amazing scarves at Luette that seem double knitted but have different patterns on each side. I may attempt that shortly even though I haven’t even started on my nephews Transformers hat. (Bad auntie, I know!)

I also finally have (modeled) pictures of Hubbies Hoodie. Those will be up next week since I need some time to list out the “issues” I had while working on it.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the way it turned out but it was a learning experience.

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Recovered from Seattle

Posted by 2ton Inspired on November 20, 2007

It was a great trip to Seattle. I got to see Travis (one of my favorite bands), got in some girl time with my friends and hung out with my cousins. It was a bit short but I couldn’t have asked for a better trip. We were pretty busy and got to see some of the sights we probably would have missed (thanks to my favorite cousins!)

Travis. I love this band. They’re such sweet guys and real genuine. They have so much fun on stage with each other and the audience that it’s contagious. Plus they really take the time to talk to fans. We got a great spot near the stage, but many of my pictures were blurry… it’s a good thing I took a lot! I could go on and on, but I’ll let the pictures show for themselves.

Click here for the full Travis album

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The two days following the show we visited around the space needle, Pikes Place Market and did some shopping downtown. Mainly it was eat, shop, coffee and repeat! Such amazing food and coffee. I also went a little crazy with the scenic pictures.

Click here to view the full scenic album.

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My friend and I got so inspired by some of the shops we went in for knitting ideas. I can’t wait to get started on them!

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Escape

Posted by 2ton Inspired on November 15, 2007

It’s barely been cold enough for snow and we’re already planning our escape. At first we were planning to go back to the Grand Mayan but with no rooms available (in Los Cabos) and sky high prices (to Acapulco) we settled on a Cruise. It’ll be our first so it’s pretty exciting. Plus a great way to start off the new year.

I’m picturing it now… hearing the ocean waves, sandy beaches, sipping cocktails poolside…

You can picture it too, since now is a good time as any to put together the photos from our last vacation to Puerto Vallarta.

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