So, what's been happening around here since the completion of Blogtoberfest? Let's see, I finished the body of my Tea Leaves Cardigan:
I turned the heel on my first Nutkin sock:
Meanwhile, the feline members of the household have been catching up on sleep:
And I'm still hopelessly addicted to Zumba. I'm particularly excited this morning, and hopeful that the work day will whiz by, because tonight I'm going to a Zumba party. One of the instructors has rented a local night club for two hours before they open tonight. Two hours of Zumba fun, complete with door prizes. Can't wait!
On that note, I'll end this post with one of my favourite Zumba videos to move along to, courtesy youtube.
From the archives, here's our jack o lantern from five years ago. We admittedly aren't big Halloween people here, I think when you don't have kids it's just hard to get into. We do have a big light up pumpkin from Canadian Tire that we have used the last few years, however tonight, we're in the midst of a wind and rain storm, and the thing keeps blowing over. Not many kids either.
And here marks the end of Blogtoberfest. It was hard but I made it. It was good getting back into regular blogging, but it was indeed difficult coming up with blog fodder on a daily basis. My life is just busier now than it has been in the past as I'm out pretty much every night for either bellydance or zumba classes. Life is pretty darn good though.
I'm going to take a bit of a blog break now, but hope to be back sometime in November. Talk to you then.
Okay, as promised, I'm not posting about Zumba tonight. It's hard though, I found some more great videos since my last post! And in the interest of full disclosure, I'm playing some Zumba music as I write this post.
I have some handspun to show you tonight. This is from the Crown Mountain Farm BFL that I showed you in process a week or so ago. I've spun up half the bump at this point, will get back to the wheel before long. Been spending some quality time knitting on my Tea Leaves Cardigan lately.
Here's a few shots of the handspun. It's soft and squooshy and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out, will look forward to knitting it.
and by the end of the week, I'm tired so once again taking the easy way out with today's blog post. Still obssessed with Zumba though, and looking forward to a fun class tomorrow morning at 9. You know I'm addicted when I'm willing to be at the gym that early on a Saturday. Anyhow, I'll try to write something of a little more substance for my last two Blogtoberfest posts (hopefully that shouldn't be too hard on the weekend), and I do have some handspun to show you if the skies are bright enough for decent photos tomorrow. In the meantime, today I have two Zumba youtube videos to share with you. I just tried moving to these, as well as the other two I posted this week, and from a shear fun to move around to perspective, these two, particularly the second, are now my favourite.
The first was found searching for the words "follow the leader Zumba" on youtube. We use this music at the class that I've been attending this week, which is actually way different music than is used at the original Zumba class I've attended.
And this one I really enjoyed, just because it incorporates bellydance, which you know I love. There are lots osf bellydance moves utilized in Zumba. And just for a little tidbit, this was choreographed by Beto, the founder of Zumba. If you're interested, you can read more about Zumba, including its history, on the Wikipedia page here.
Back tomorrow, and I promise to talk about something other than Zumba!
Welcome to Brenda's Zumba blog, all Zumba, all the time, ha! I did mention the addiction the other night, right? Anyhow, home from a great, energetic, and once again CROWDED Zumba class. It seems like it has really taken off in our town. I've mentioned my ecclectic taste in music before, and one of the many things I like about Zumba is that it has exposed me to different kinds of music. Tonight's class included a wide variety, including Michael Jackson's Thriller (with a Halloween bent to it), an African Song, and even some Bollywood. Predominantly Latin music of course, but the variety just makes it all fun.
I often have a new to me song in my head after a Zumba class, and will come home and type some of the lyrics along with the word Zumba into a search over at youtube. I did that tonight, and then it turned into a blog post. I had nothing else for you tonight anyway. And I do like this blog to reflect what is going on in my life in terms of interest and activities.
So here's tonight's video. Not quite as energetic or as professional as the video I shared the other night, but still fun, and hey, it's Zumba!
Tonight was bellydance class. Great class, and we happily made it to the end of the choreograph we have been learning the last 7 weeks. Apparently we will be performing it at some point, although I would imagine that won't be until the spring some time.
I've been wanting to share with you all information about an awesome audiobook that I listened to this past summer. I've been listening to audiobooks for a couple years now. My television watching has decreased incredibly, I'd much rather listen to books or podcasts while I knit, spin, or crochet. I also enjoyed listening during my walks and runs when I was doing that during the nicer weather. Now that the weather is worse and the days are longer, not to mention the fact that I'm out at either bellydance or zumba four nights of the week, most of this listening needs to occur during the weekend, and addmitedly, I can barely keep up with podcasts now (I think I might have to pare down my podcast selection).
In terms of audiobooks, I started by borrowing them online from my local library, however I found the selection to be poor and the download process to be very slow and cumbersome. A year or so ago, I joined Audible, and I love the selection they have as well as the easy process to get the books on my iPhone. Of course the narrator will make or break an audiobook, and when the combination of narrator and story works, it is great entertainment.
The best audiobook I've listened to yet by far is The Help by Kathryn Stockett. The combination of four excellent narrators as well as a fabulous storyline made for a great listen that I did not want to turn off. I'm not sure if you can view the information at Audible if you are not a member, but the link to the page is here. And for a great more detailed description of this awesome book, you can visit it's Wikipedia page. Although as mentioned, the storyline was excellent, I honestly think that to best experience it, you need to listen to the audio version, the narration was that good. Have you listened to or read this book? What did you think? I personally enjoyed it so much I'm going to eventually give it another listen, I'm sure there were things I missed the first time.
Okay, tonight I'm ready to wind down, Glee is starting in less than five minutes (it's now started since I began this post), and I don't feel like trying to put a coherent blog post together. That and Blogtoberfest is on it's last few days and I'm loosing steam.
I admittedly am now totally addicted to Zumba. My regular instructor has the nerve totally deserves to be on vacation for three weeks, and I really miss her classes. As a result I've had to look for other workout options. I found one teacher that I like almost as much as my regular instructor, and will continue with a class or two of hers on an ongoing basis. The class I went to tonight, with a still different instructor was somewhat chaotic, although a still good workout and I did have fun. I think the main issue is that these extra to me classes are at a larger gym and not as intimate a setting as I prefer. Still great to have workout options that I enjoy overall though.
Anyhow, in anticipation of tonight's blog post, I went to youtube and searched for Zumba. I normally have not found too much there, but lucked out tonight. I found this very high energy choreography to a song that we actually did tonight. Way more energetic and peppy than I will ever be, but fun nonetheless, and when I'm alone in the house, I just may play this on the laptop and move around myself. Don't tell anyone though, okay?
The last few days, the majority of my relaxation time has been spent working on the Tea Leaves Cardigan. I'm quite pleased with how it is coming along, even if I'm relieved to get past the point to dividing for the sleeves. The rows just prior to that point on a top down cardi always seem sooooo long!
Further info can be found on my Ravelry project page.
Back about ten years or more ago, crochet was my passion and I rarely knit. I was active in some online crochet communities through yahoo groups, and as a way of sharing my crochet work, because Ravelry or even Blogs were not around then, I had a little crochet website. At this website, I shared my projects as well as a few free patterns I had designed. This website, although not updated in many years, still exists, and you can visit it here if you want, and the patterns are available through Ravelry here.
Sometime last spring I believe, I received a PM on Ravelry from Jan, the Etsy shop owner of Friends in Fiber, who had come across my scrunchie pattern. She was going to be part of a Fall Phat Fiber box, and she thought that my pattern would be perfect to accompany her handspun. She was asking permission to use my pattern, and I was really quite thrilled that she wanted to do so. In the end, my pattern was part of this little kit (link to Friends in Fiber Flickr picture). To thank me for my pattern, she offered to send me a batt. I received two beautiful samples of fiber, and sure enjoyed spinning them. Unfortunately, I neglected to photograph both batts before spinning, but did find a picture of one batt on my computer today while preparing for this post:
I also neglected to photograph the singles that I spun, oops! At any rate, I ended up with some gorgeous yarn. I've never spun anything containing firestar before, nor do I have anything in my stash. I love how it turns out so sparkly though, and when I'm once again adding to my stash, I will certainly look for some. Anyway, here's what I ended up with:
Now go check out the Friends in Fiber Etsy shop, there's some gorgeous stuff there! And tell Jan that I sent you. :)