April 18th, 2006

All I have left is a final presentation+paper! The second degree recital was in fact played yesterday. I was very happy to see the shiny supportive faces of those who were there, although after the whole thing, really my face was probably the shiniest because it was so hot on stage, I think I burned my hand on the music stand turning page three of the Karg-Elert. By the trio, my final selection, I could not take the heat. I could not. I took off my jacket, and I’m sorry for that informality, especially for Brahms, but I had to. I HAD TO. Polyster, you terrible thing. You really weren’t meant for clothing with any practical purpose, now were you? Sure, you drape. But you DO NOT BREATHE.
Ah me. Ah my. Well, now I’m catching up on some other things like petting Beanie and cleaning my room, as well as getting together a part for this weekend’s concert, which should be fun. FUN! funnnnnnn
Knitting soon! Knitting soon!

winding down

April 14th, 2006

My academic career is definitely in its concluding stages. I only have a degree recital to play (Sunday 1p Ford Hall, baby) and a final presentation/paper, and then…uhh still not sure. But hey! I’m finishing. And hey! I’m happy about that.
Has anyone else noticed the complete and utter lack of knitting content around here lately? Yes, this is both hack and sad. But hey! That will change in only a few short weeks. And hey! I’m definitely also happy about that.


April 8th, 2006

I am turning 24 today, and because this means I am entering my mid-20s and because this in turn means I am becoming an adult, I am delaying my birthday celebrations at least a week because I am playing the opera again tonight, I have a large exam Monday and a degree recital next Sunday - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szn3HXyQqKQ.
I did get a nice little package in the mail from Paul, though. He sent me three balls of Rowan Felted Tweed, which I immediately put away because otherwise I would want to start knitting something I’ve had in mind with it, and I CANNOT DO THAT RIGHT NOW! I will show you later. I’m not even going to tempt myself by posting a picture of it.
I also got some nice flowers from Mandy, which Beanie promptly knocked over. They have been recovered however, and they are definitely brightening my day. G.J., accompanist-extraordinaire, also bought me a birthday bagel and coffee, which I of course promptly snarfed, because I am a devoted disciple of Breakfast as a Way of Life, as well as completely dependent on carbohydrates, fatty dairy-based spreads, and caffeine.
I’ve also gotten some very thoughtful phone calls from various friends and brothers in various loci both near and far, and I surely do appreciate the well wishes, especially right now, so thanks for everything! It all means a lot.
Tomorrow is Paul’s birthday, and I hope it’s a happy one. Happy birthday in advance, Paul Miller.

DID YOU KNOW?? Taco Bell edition

March 29th, 2006

Do you, like me, occasionally (don’t be embarrassed) enjoy Taco Bell, especially late at night when calorie craving is at an incomparable high? Do you, like me, mourn the demise of the 1/2 lb. Bean Burrito Especial and wonder who the crap thought the Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito could even BEGIN to serve as a substitute? So paltry. Well, wonder no more, because
You can still approximate the glorious B.B.E. experience from days of yore by doing the following:
Order a bean burrito, but ask for an extra scoop of beans. Then, just ask for Jalapeno Quesadilla sauce, and you, my friend, are golden. They might charge you extra for the beans, but honestly, in your sad bedraggled state at 12:30 a.m., are you gonna care?

Many thanks to the helpful but sadly anonymous drive-thru employee who suggested this to me late one night on my secret detour home.

hoo wee

March 25th, 2006

It feels like there are quite a few major things coming up that I am frantically trying to get ready for. I also really need to take a couple of auditions that are coming up, because my audition chops are just sad beyond belief and that has to change. I have a recital hearing, recital, M.M. oral comprehensive exam, mock audition, final project for theory class, final presentation for theory class, the annotated bibliograpy to do related to the final theory project, and I have to figure out what I’m doing after I graduate. I’ve also been working quite a lot - usually just under 30 hours a week. So, this, in addition to personal crap, is largely why I am a mess. And ALL of this is why I took the day off of work tomorrow and I’m going to crash at my parents’ tonight, tomorrow study a little, practice, and generally collect my brain back up while my mom feeds me and my dad gives me more pep talks. I think, nay, I know I can do this in fewer than 24 hours because I have to or else I will fail at everything like I have been. I am feeling optimistic though, so see you after the weekend is over!


March 22nd, 2006

GJ, the accompanist who could, played a great recital tonight. Beautiful work, GJ. Unfortunately, I made a loud creaking sound when I entered, but this is typical of me. Anyway, it was a good recital despite my creakiness!

announcing a new feature on clariknittist dot com

March 22nd, 2006

I am announcing a new feature on clariknittist dot com that I anticipate will be highly useful and met with only the highest critical acclaim. This feature is called

This feature will consist of content accrued by me, culled from my own mundane personal experience but more importantly, hopefully from contributions by YOU my fearless readers via my email address (see sidebar).
And now, the first DID YOU KNOW???

On Monday, March 20, 2006, the contrabass clarinet was described in the New York Times as resembling a “giant paper clip” in an article reviewing a concert by Anthony Braxton titled “Finding Eternity in a Long Wash of Eighth Notes.” This term of endearment for the largest member of the clarinet family is apparently not exclusive to the studio of Kenneth Grant, which prior to my perusal of this article, I was firmly convinced it was.
So, DID YOU KNOW??? I got my paper copy of this newspaper for free that day. Fellow IU students, DID YOU KNOW??? You too can do this every single day for yourself. I think you can also get USA Today or something like that which will probably appeal to the demographic who wrinkles their collective nose at the NYT, namely, my accompanist GJ. I like the NYT as much as I do for the Arts section, OK?? Anyway.
DID YOU KNOW??? You can go into the main library and go into what I think is the East Tower - the part with all the computers and group meeting areas. Across from the front desk, there is a little kiosk where you can scan your student ID card and you can pull out the newspaper of your choice!! (One copy, honor system) I guess really this isn’t free since we all pay that nebulous “activity fee,” but it FEELS free when you’re doing it, and that’s the most important part.

Until next time, NOW YOU KNOW!!!


March 20th, 2006

Paul came out to visit for spring break and that was nice. We saw Roving Marsat the IMAX theater, which was exciting and loud. Sadly, Paul got very sick toward the end of his stay and I had to send him back on the bus anyway.
Did you know James Levine is kind of disabled right now? He is having surgery on a torn rotator cuff TODAY. According to the radio, he endured an “awkward and painful” fall from the podium a short while ago. Hm I know what those are like. Be careful, Jimmy.
Do you know who else is sick right now? Beanie Block. She is hacking and feels very hot and feverish. I lavished attention on her for a little while this afternoon, and her purr sounded very rattly while I was doing so. It’s probably been all the excitement of all these visitors, such as Paul Miller and Nutt Buddy. She just plumb wore out from it all.
So, here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for three of this world’s greatest.

caution: the entry you are about to enjoy is extremely hot

March 8th, 2006

I suppose I really shouldn’t be cranky about the fact that I thought I had a lesson at 8am today so I dragged my fat American butt out of bed at 6:15 only to warm up amply and go by the studio only to read on the door that my lesson is at 8am TOMORROW. I really should be happy about the fact that I now have more time to read my article for class this morning and got an early start to my day. I also unexpectedly found a Bob Marley CD in my bag (Why can I find this mysterious CD that I’m certain is not even mine because it contains a song titled “Easy Skanking” but I still have no idea where my car registration is? This is a prime example of where my absent-mindedness and mild disorganization is annoying, irresponsible, and illegal - sadly not at all cute and/or charming), but it’s difficult to be happy about any of these facts because I’m sleepy despite the coffee I drank rapidly to perk up (WHICH I DOUBT IS POSSIBLE - let’s face it, I’m a corpse) and now it is rainy and dangit! I didn’t know that and therefore am not wearing my new obnoxiously orange rain jacket that no clariknittist reader, loyal or disloyal, has yet seen, and today would have been a perfect debut.
Oh me.
Well, now that I’ve effectively spent the extra time the universe so generously gave me - but at what cost? WHAT COST?? Dark undereye circles, for one - I should do some work. Have a good day, everyone everywhere…

let me begin being frank

March 5th, 2006

I haven’t really written about anything really substantial on here for a long time, but I will change that right now.
Lately I have been feeling like CRAP. There. Substance.
My friends and foe alike, I have no idea what I’m doing after this degree and I don’t like that feeling at all. I know it’s stupid to complain about the reality of the situation since I signed up for this, but it is still frustrating as hell. Indulge me, please.
What am I doing about a career, a place to live, money, boyfriend, car, anything? I have no idea.
Friends and foe alike, please don’t think mean things about me, because I know some of you have and I guess I can’t really blame you. But I really just don’t know what I’m doing.


March 5th, 2006

I felt crappy about what I had up before this. But still, ARRRRRRGHHH.


February 27th, 2006

I’m briefly emerging from my hazy mental fog to tell you what happened with the rest of my weekend. The concert was ok but my reeds felt like CRAP, my teacher accidentally called me a CROCHETER, and my parents REFUSED to stay and see Curious George!! Arghh!!! They did treat my brothers and me to dinner however. But still. So to calm my nerves from all of this dramatic upset, I came home and succumbed to a deadly temptation. I did what anyone else would do in my situation and circumstance: I gorged myself on a lethal combination of Wild Berry Skittles ™ and knitting. Several hours and CDs later, I feel fuzzy, faint, and have only a few inches of rib+cable patterning to show for it. But knitting friends and foe alike, be forewarned - KnitPicks is not really kidding about the set-up row of this sweater being a doozy.
-If you are going to knit Amhra’n Gra, do yourself a gigantor favor and set aside the time to do the first round in ONE SITTING. Do not do what I did and assume you will remember where you are in the smaller divisions of the bigger repeats without making any kind of marking on any kind of surface anywhere. It’s extremely likely you will not, I repeat, will NOT, remember. It’s not difficult to go back and count up to where you are - sure, WiseGuy. But it IS a PAIN.
But ooo I love it so far! I won’t be showing any pictures because I want to overwhelm the recipient with ALLLLL of the squarshy cables at ONCE, and giving it away bit by bit will defeat this.
I hope you had a wonderful weekend that was not in any way dampened by bad reeds, crochet, or devastating voids where monkeys should have been.

i am having a fun weekend

February 26th, 2006

Ok I did have to work yesterday morning which was LAME, but then I had a rehearsal that was fun - ok funNY - and THEN I got to meet Julianne for dinner at a Japanese restaurant! It was so good to catch up with her. I really admire her in a lot of ways. She also gave me some music because I am playing a concert with her next weekend and it will be filled with fun! Julianne! Yeah!
I am playing in a concert this afternoon that my parents are talking about coming down to hear. If they do this, I am setting down the condition that they must stay to go see Curious George after the concert. They must! My parents! Yeah!
You know, only a couple of weeks until I see Paul Miller! Paul Miller! Yeah!

my favorite beverage

February 17th, 2006

a picture of a coffee
This is my favorite beverage. I drink mine with cream only. What is your favorite beverage?


February 15th, 2006

I am almost certain Curious George is the cutest movie I have seen.

i’m an example to the young ones

February 10th, 2006

This afternoon while out eating an Italian Ice Very Berry, a little girl came up behind me and continued a narrative she must have already begun with her mother. Pointing to my back, she said “…just like that person. Her name is Cindy Magnadoodle, and she can do whatever she wants.”

this weekend i:

February 6th, 2006

-Went to a concert, which was very good
-Turned a heel (WHY do I always type “hell” as in “hell-flap”? They’re not that bad)
-Made some soup
-Saw my parents
-Made some phone calls
-Cleaned my room
-Did not watch the SuperBowl!

What did you do this weekend?

it’s friiiii day

February 3rd, 2006

Ahh! Friday!
It’s been quite a week all around, so as you can guess, I’ve allocated some serious knit-time for myself to work toward finishing knit-gifts for others. Yes, still Christmas knitting. By the way, have you any idea how difficult it is to type “Christmas” when one has become so so so accustomed to typing “Christina” almost every single day? Argh impossible!
Also, I just want to give a big congratulations to Paul Miller for a highly successful degree recital last night! School and other obligations kept me from travelling out to hear it myself which makes me feel particularly crappy, but I cannot wait to hear the recording! Congratulations, Paul!!

Ok, do you want an example?

January 25th, 2006

Here, for proof AND for your viewing pleasure, is just one example of what is calling my name so softly, sweetly, tenderly…
The designer was even nice enough to send me a little email after leaving my comment here! I think it’s a beautiful design, and I have the yarn to knit it in pumpkin. Resisting this one is TOUGH!! Although, yes, it’s true, I did already swatch.


January 25th, 2006

Oh, I’ve got that itching, burning sensation that can only mean ONE kind of an infection: the uncontrollable infectious urge to update with knitty content!!
Well, what say you to my suggestion we start with the long-awaited images of my wonderfully blue and scrumptious sock pal socks??

sock pal socks from my sock pal!!

They are wonderful! The lovely and talented Joanne knit them for me just perfectly out of some Interlacements Toasty Toes - and man, do they keep my toes toasty! I have been wearing them quite a bit. They are delightful! Thank you!!

mountain colors wool

Oh but lest I forget, Joanne was also generous enough to send an entire skein of Mountain Colors Weaver’s Wool Quarters - which, coincidentally, is enough to make a pair of the Friday Harbor socks, a pair out of Nancy Bush’s Knitting on the Road book that have erstwhile been but a mere twinkle in my eye. Oh, but. This leads me to my next point, after I say another big THANK YOU to Joanne!!…My next point: I cannot, I repeat, cannot, knit for myself right now because the Christmas knitting is still languishing. Yes, it’s sad, true, and pathetic all at once. Aaa!!
Well, first in line is Peter’s Christmas sweater, a variation on the Sirdar sweater I knit for Paul last year. This version is out of KnitPicks’ Merino Style DK in moss.
Here is all I have done so far on the back:

peter\'s sweater

After this in no particular order are:
My mom’s scarf, in Silky Wool and mistake-stitch rib

mom\'s scarf

My dad’s socks, in Lorna’s Laces Seashore and 2×2 rib

dad\'s sock

And some Pop-up Paws for Peter and Daniel, which you’ll just have to imagine. They are cute fingerless gloves with the popover mitten cap.
My goal is to finish these before I start anything else, or even work on anything in progress for myself for that matter, but it’s HARD. Quite possibly the hardest thing I’ve had to do in a while - to resist the siren call of new projects while sitting through another sudden cold snap?? AAA!!!