Addi’s hornpipe

Tip and tip and rally hop back

Tip and tip and rally hop back

Hop up right heel down rally hop back

Tip left slide right, rally hop back

Tip (left) and tip and rally hop back

Heel and heel and rally hop back

Hop up left heel down rally hop back

Right tip and tip and rally hop back

(Then left foot)

 

Second step:

Rally hop back leap 2-3

Heel heel heel rally hop back

(Something you know) tip and tip and rally hop back

Tip right step up, tip left step up

(Hop up heel down rally hop back)?

(Something you knit) tip and tip and rally hop back

Click-Front click-front, rally hop back, rally hop back

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Book club boogie

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This year I joined one official book club and one kind of unofficial book club with my teaching program.  I thought it would be great way to gush over books that I love, live, and breathe and geek out with new friends.

It was.

Mostly.

But it was also a little isolating.  Like I often feel that my perspective is unique.  And not necessarily in a good way.

For instance, here

Me: I want to be Lyra’s friend.  I hate Mrs. Coulter, even more than Umbridge.

B: I don’t like Lyra or Mrs. Coulter.

E: I don’t like Lyra, but I like Mrs. Coulter in terms of the role she was able to craft for herself.

S: I like Lyra and I have to respect Mrs. Coulter’s rise to power as a woman in this world.

C: Lyra was me when I was younger, might be because my parents are Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter.

Holy cow.

I guess it’s good to push my horizons, meet all types of people, boom de yadda yadda.  But it’s starting to activate my social anxiety and reinforce my perspective as an outlier.

(September)

Ok, so I started this post in …July… and now I just got an email about setting up another series for the book club.  Someone introduced Chronicles of Narnia as a possibility.  Which was then shot down by a few key members of the book club since they said once was more than enough.   And now I kind of want to quit going to book club.

Guys, Chronicles of Narnia was the first book series I read multiple times.  It holds a special place in my heart: I love it, have strong opinions about it (Book #1 is always “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe), I have been trying to track down copies of the same publication version that I read in 3rd grade… there are sections that shaped who I am as a person.

I think Aslan has a line in “The Last Battle” saying that it does not matter whose banner you are under if you’re doing good: it is still good.  Same for evil.  And that has really been how I have tried to live my life.

I know Narnia is flawed.  My friends and I bond over the ridiculousness of it, especially “The Last Battle.” C.S. Lewis’ Christian overtones are more like a rock concert decibel in the book.  I consider myself an agnostic/atheist, but having this comparison in my life has helped me develop tolerance for different walks of life and religion.

And I don’t really want to bare this to people who talk over each other.  Or try to sound smart/nitpick things.  I’d rather celebrate things I enjoy.

First Irish Dance class of 2017

I had dance class the day after the 2016 election and Addi, our dance teacher sub and public school teacher, was like, “I have spent the whole day watching grown adults cry.  I am going to enjoy the heck out of dance class today because it will be the highlight of my week.”  So.  Yes.  Sounds like a good way to start the year.

We did receive my favorite presents ever for Christmas from our amazing friends in Alaska: duel-ready lightsabers!   Art & I totally wandered around the house whacking each other for at least a half hour.  Now all we need is a lightsaber dueling dojo and we will be set.

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Half a slip jig step from Janelle:

(Right foot) Point in-out-in kick butt back

Jump-switch jump-switch (right foot in back)

Step right foot front to point

Skip-1 Skip-1-2 Leap 2-3 Step front point

(Grapevine) Whip right 1-2-3-4-5 (Legs are uncrossed)

Gallop-right walk-turn

Step-right left-lift step-right kick-butt-left whip-left to turn (the last bit may be wrong footed)

New Treble Reel Step from Jessica:

Bang rally-right back-toe-right

Rally-left back-toe-left step-back-left whip right

(repeat)

Rally-back rally-back rally-back

(pause)

Charleston-whip right foot from back to front

Swivel feet 1-2-3-4 < > < >

(Then repeat on left)

Maggie’s Christmas step:

Step-right step-left

Swivel feet 1-2 <>

Rally back

(repeat on left)

R dance slip jig swingy:

Skip 1 skip 1 skip 1-2 leap-2-3 step en pointe kickbutt pause

Skip 1-2 switch skip leap 2-3 whip-up

Outfitting the Rebel Alliance

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My friend Ann informed me yesterday about Columbia’s collaboration with Star Wars to develop a new line of Rogue One inspired outerwear.  I thought that was oddly fortuitous as I was telling Art last week that I was in need of a new winter coat as a holiday present hint. (Mine is a decade old and is finally wearing holes in places.)   And, wow, the collection is impressive:

I took a gander and liked the Jyn Erso jacket, but thought I would probably prefer Cassian Andor’s insulated parka (Mm…Omni-tech).  I’m pretty much Rebel Alliance all the way, so the Imperial Deathtrooper jacket held no sway over me, but looks like a good waterproof rain repeller.  Art thought they were awesome as well, but was disturbed that there were no prices.  So I did a quick Google search and here is what I wrote to Ann:

“Found prices! They are totally out of my budget! Jyn’s jacket = $400 Time to whip out my sewing machine! I won’t have the awesome Omni tech fabrics, but I think I could do a decent Jyn’s jacket rendition.

Ah yes, $500 for Cassian’s parka is way too rich for my blood, though the construction looks like a lot of work and could represent the workers involved getting a fair wage (improbable, I know).  It’s times like these where I am super glad that I can sew and make almost exactly what I want.  In terms of labor, it is not cheaper if I had to pay myself in anything aside from satisfaction, but my projects tend to start from “I covet that desperately.”

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I actually have planned out & procured material to make a Rebel Alliance jacket very similar to Jyn’s that was supposed to be a birthday present for myself…6 months ago, but you know, life.  Since it’s been on my brain, I thought I would post possible patterns as launching pads to make my/your own versions of Rebel Alliance outerwear.  While I won’t have access to swanky Columbia Omni-tech and other technical fabrics, Seattle Fabrics in the next neighborhood sell Goretex and other specialty outerwear fabrics, so I might have some options. =)

Jyn Erso’s Jacket pattern ideas:

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Jyn jacket idea #1: Burdastyle 03/2012 115 (the pattern I picked)

I actually bought the March 2012 issue of Burdastyle when it came out specifically for this motocycle-style jacket pattern.  I didn’t know when or what fabric I was going to use, so I filed this away on my bookshelf and brain and I think it is perfect for my Rebel Alliance jacket.  I bought some grey cotton twill for my birthday, salvaged the zippers from the faux leather jacket I cut up for Zoe’s vest, add pleated strips to the arms, and am going to applique a Rebel Alliance emblem on the back.  The plan was to have this done for Rogue One, hahaha, sadly I don’t think I have the time to get it done.  Still, soon!

Other modifiable options:

Burdastyle “Larissa”: http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/larissa

StyleARC “Ziggi”

Burdastyle’s mens moto jacket: 

Cassian Andor’s Parka Pattern Ideas:

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Parka idea #1: Sewaholic’s Minoru Jacket

Sewaholic’s Minoru jacket has been bouncing around the sewing blogs for year and I’ve never felt compelled to make it…until now.  It’s a female parka that is amenable to a host of changes!  I liked Tasia’s original red Minoru, drooled over Four Square Wall’s blue minoru v2, and admired the customization that Cut & Sew used for her Olive Minoru.  I personally would add at least 2 zippered slant welt pockets to the front and pleated strips to the sleeves as a start.

I tend to mainly focus on indie pattern companies and I was surprised for find out that there quite a few parka/anorak patterns have come out recently in the indie pattern world.  For instance, I am a fan of NZ’s Papercut patterns and saw that Lladybird made up their Waver jacket:

Then there’s also Colette Patterns’ Albion, Closet Case Files’ Kelly Anorak, Grainline Studio’s Cascade Duffle, and the aptly named Hot Patterns “Mr. H.P. Hemmingway Windcheater! ” (I posted Thread Theory’s finished Windcheater below.)  There are other relevant coat patterns in addition to these, but I thought this was a good start.  Plus, many sewers have their own versions and its fun to surf through their finished projects for ideas!

And this is not related to Rogue One, but I was hopping through a bunch if indie sewing pattern designer sites and stumbled across Pauline Alice Patterns’ Quart Coat and fell in love with the military style with playful pleats….my style goal encapsulated in one coat pattern.  So I will probably end up making this coat too. =)

So when you add a Rebel Alliance jacket, a new parka, a cute Quart coat, and my long queued Alice jacket… I will have more jackets than I know what to do with!  I’m ok with that.  It was freezing in Seattle today I could totally have used that longer parka.

ETA: I just stumbled upon Waffle Patterns’ Tosti jacket, which looks like a brilliant pattern to use for a parka as well.  I like the plethora of pocket options.  Hm, I did buy Minoru already, but I may ponder this one as well.

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Waffle Patterns Tosti jacket

Cat hoodie

 

This technically counts as a “selfish sewing” project even though it was one of Art’s requests for his birthday a few months ago.  He’s been  asking for cat sweaters ever since we got them as kittens.  Not for them to wears constantly, just to see their expressions. (Alistair does have fine hair and gets cold during the winter, but I don’t think even he would willing wear a sweater.)

Yes, we are those people.

Alistair sweater

The pattern is the “Cat Hoodie” by Kristin Roach knit in some random wool/acrylic yarn that my French friend gifted me when she moved.  Unfortunately, I knit it a little too big and the the cats easily slip out of it when left to their own devices.  Rats.

So here is Art helping our cats model the sweater.  We got some great pictures.  Especially this last one of Morrigan expressing how she really feels.

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My friend said this is a textbook example of  a”baleful” look.