Friday, December 28, 2012

Hats Available on my Etsy Shop

Two crochet slouchy hats—one in Navy Blue and one in Mustard Yellow—are available on my Etsy shop, Class M.

It's actually my first listing! I'll get some more stuff on there soon. This spring I have an idea for an extracurricular project: making Abrams-style Star Trek costumes to sell before the new movie Star Trek: Into Darkness comes out. We'll see how that works. This is all a learning process for me; it may require me going back to sewing lessons to learn how to draft and grade patterns. I can make stuff that fits me, but I don't know yet about stuff that fits other people. I'm up for the challenge.

Here are the hats. Click here to go to the listing.

Slouchy Hat in Navy Blue, $10

Slouchy Hat in Mustard Yellow, $10

Did ya get the Class M reference? Maybe? Maybe not? Whether you did or didn't, I'm content with the name. It's classy enough to be a reference to fashion, and Star Trek lovers will understand that there's some Trek language there beneath the surface. Stay tuned for more listings!

My Current Reads

I've always loved to read. In fact, when my mom would ground me as a kid, she would take away my books because that's what would elicit the strongest reaction out of me. Reading is still a favorite pastime, and I don't think anyone should stop just because they've gotten older and busier.

So, see that tab at the top of the page that says Current Reads? I do try to keep that updated so that I can share with you what I'm reading. I'm also on Goodreads, so if you're connected with me on Facebook or Twitter, we should totally be friends and talk books.

Just felt like letting you know.

Have a book recommendation? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sarah Chang on Musicality


...music is so much more than great fingers. You have to be talented, of course, and you have to have some kind of gift musically to be able to do that, but I think after the fingers are there, nobody can teach you how to play musically. I've had some incredible teachers, and they have given me so much, but musically what I have learned is basically from experience, from being on stage, playing with the greatest orchestras and figuring it out for myself. That's when you slowly start to realize that there is a whole different level of music, and you're just peeking in the door because it's just a huge room and you need to learn it on your own. You're completely on your own from there. And I think the audience knows when they're just listening to notes and when they're truly listening to music.

-Sarah Chang (1998)

Wow. I need to go play some scales.