Pink Monkey Knits

Using my opposable thumbs to knit up a storm!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Hott Fun in the Summertime 

Business first: all of you comment guessers were right, the woman to my immediate left in the picture from my previous post is indeed my little mama. I do think, however, that if my aunt were smiling in that picture, it would have been a lot harder to figure out. This was also a little experiment for myself because in my own perception, I feel like I should look more like my aunt. I don't mean this as a dis to my mom, who I'm close with, but my aunt and I, we're cut from the same cloth, perhaps even sprung from the same mold. We're very similar in our passions, our interests, and our life and career goals. As I mentioned before, I strive to exhibit many of her qualities. Deep down, I thought that this maybe might be reflected in our looks. No big loss though, my mom looks great and I take it as a compliment to be told I look like her!

In the other cliffhanger from the previous, I mentioned my progress with Strawberry Swirls. As you may have guessed, the tank top, she is finished! Truly, knitting on this top became an addiction, I loved the combination of yarn and pattern THAT MUCH. The pattern had enough to it to keep me interested and the yarn (Phildar Clapotis), which I worried would be a little difficult to work with, was actually fun to knit. While it's so seemingly thin and delicate in the skein, it produces a fabric that's surprisingly sturdy and incredibly soft. Too bad it's not widely available in the US...I'd also like to mention that this item is for the Think Pink Knitalong, which I joined a few weeks back.

In trying to force myself to learn new techniques, I did my first 3 needle bind off on the shoulder seams. Man, why didn't anyone tell me how genius this technique is before?? The seam is tiny, perfect and strong - just like me, hehehe, yeah right.

Enough babbling already, here she is:

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(Please note that this is my first foray into bathroom mirror picture-taking. I'm joining an illustrious group). (Check out my little Radio CPR button! Even better, if you live in Adams Morgan, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia Heights or Shaw, listen to Radio CPR! It's totally awesome!)

Strawberry Swirls was premiered this past Sunday at the annual Mt. Pleasant Festival, an awesome street celebration in my newly-adopted neighborhood. The area is so diverse and has such great street life on a daily basis, I knew the festival would be even more fabulous.

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Look a little bit into the background on the left. There were a total of FOUR Bounce House-style amusements. You KNOW that's gonna make for a crapload of fun!!!

My friends and I decided that we would take a ride down the bouncy slide. We loved it but we got a few looks, as we were the only people older than 10 sliding down it. No matter, we had lots of fun.

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Here I am after actually saving a small child from her overwhelming fear of the slide by escorting her over to the ladder so that she could climb down. I would put up the shot of my actually sliding down, but no dice after I realized that you can see straight. up. my. skirt.

We had a lovely time wandering from booth to booth, checking out the various crafters, local organizations and nearby businesses. I bought a little sachet from the lovely ladies at Woolarina (I told you already, I don't got the cold ducats to buy yarn!). Of course, we took advantage of the best partof any festival - the food! To go along with the mostly Latin flavor of the neighborhood, we partook of some delicious Latin flavors. I ate 2 bean and cheese pupusas and quickly downed a large glass of lemonade. That drink was necessary because Sunday was the first day of real DC summer and, man, was it brutal! The combination of the heat with all of the people on the hot pavement and all the barbeque grills made me seriously feel like I was going to pass out the whole time we were out there. Poor Strawberry is soaked with sweat and needs to be washed already. And I got me a bit of sunburn on the ole shoulders...

My feeling of getting heatstroke was overcome, however, by my excitement over some minor celebrity sightings! Now, these may mean very little to those of you who aren't into indie or punk music but I was totally geeking out. I even honed my stalkerish tendencies by taking pictures to share with you all!

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On the left, you see Kathi Wilcox in a large straw hat that, unfortunately, obscures her fact. Kathi was a member of the band Bikini Kill in the early 90's. Bikini Kill was basically the original Riot Grrl band, and they brought attention to issues like abuse and sexism while empowering women in the punk scene. They let girls fully participate in the scene, let a new generation of women know it was ok for them to scream onstage and express themselves through music and writing.
Next to her is Guy Picciotto from Fugazi. In addition to be a formative band in creating the indie rock aesthetic, Fugazi was a principled band. They never charged more than $5 for a show or $10 for a CD, they didn't allow any violent moshing at their shows, and they never had set lists - one song just flowed into another based on their vibe and the audience vibe. They really tried to step into other's shoes and showcase different viewpoints in their music. Plus, they rock it. I count myself lucky to have seen them live before they broke up.

The thing to know before the next picture is that there are two big Ians in the DC rock scene. The first is Ian MacKaye, who was in the above-mentioned Fugazi as well as the Teen Idles, Embrace, Minor Threat, and the Evens and he started a record label to release all of these bands on, all of which you can find out about it here. The other Big Ian is Svenonius, from Make-Up, who have a really fun 60's vibe to them. They channeled the real rock shit, man.

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Look, I saw them talking to each other!! How often does that happen? Alright, I'll admit it sucks that I only got the back of Svenonius' head but you know it's him because who the hell else has hair like that?

Now, we shift from music to politics.
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That gentleman on the right is Adrian Fenty and he's going to be running for Mayor next year. Ladies and gents, let me tell you, he's already got my vote if you know what I'm saying!!!!!

(He's hot).
So much better than our current mayor who's found of bowties.

And speaking of DC politics, did you know that the 600,000 residents of DC, who are mostly young and minority, do NOT have equal voting rights to those in the rest of the country? I know that for those of you in this area, this issue is played out but very few people in the rest of the country know about this issue. And they should because ultimately, it is a grievious injustice to those almost 1 million of us who have no say in so many aspects of how our own city and country are run. Please read about it here.

A pleasant evening to you all.