Pack, Unpack, Rinse, Repeat

Pack, unpack, rinse, repeat… Pack, unpack, rinse….  That has been the last couple of months for me and it has been glorious!!  I started packing Ellette for Burning Man while packing myself for the Aerial Dance Festival.  When I came home, I pulled out the extra goodies I had picked up on Pearl Street in Boulder and added them to her box.  Then, I went shopping for First Aid supplies and built an extensive kit for the Playa.  From there, I have been throwing my clothing and other things I think of into a pile in the corner, all to be packed over the coming days.  For now, I’m washing the stuff I took to Colorado, much of which will then go into the Burning Man Mountain.

In the meantime, I’m trying to wrap up projects on the needles.  I have a new project ready to take on the road with me, but I don’t want to abandon my summer knits.  I cast off the green socks (pictures still to be taken, sorry!) and committed myself whole heartedly to the green baby blanket (I seem to have a thing for green…).

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I’m on the border, and I think it’s a death trap.  I did not count how many stitches I picked up, but the blanket is fairly big, and all four sides are on my needles right now.  I feel like I’m man-handling a fuzzy jellyfish.  I have only managed 5 rounds for the border, with each round taking about 20 to 30 minutes.  I don’t know how wide I want the border, but right now it looks silly, so I’ll just keep going.  I still have 4 balls of yarn so it could last a while.  Unfortunately, none of the photos are really appealing because the magnitude and pattern aren’t really visible in it’s current state.  If I do two rounds a night, it should be done within a week.  I think.

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Aerial Dance Festival 2013

Oh boy, I was expecting to blog while I was away, but when I pulled out my laptop and charger to begin, I realized I packed the wrong charger.  *doh* So, I aimed to take a lot of pictures to share with you as soon as I got home.  Here is my photo dump update!

 

I got to Boulder on a rainy weekend.  There were clouds everywhere, it was drizzling, and I couldn’t really see much.  I kind of enjoyed how the mountain peaks (or foothill peaks) would poke their heads through the clouds.  The temperature was a little chilly, but I enjoyed walking around and exploring.

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Towards the end of Sunday, the weather picked up a little, so that I could see the mountains better.  I had found the green sock yarn I needed just before leaving, so I cast on my second sock for the trip.

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Monday morning dawned, and classes began.  I was enrolled in Duo Static Trapeze, Cyr Wheel, Advanced Static Trapeze, and Aerial Burlesque.  Each class had something new to offer me, and the energy and enthusiasm was infectious.

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The people were all interesting, supportive, and talented.  There was a significant amount of trust and camaraderie that was created in a short time, which is important when you are hanging off of someone’s feet.

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The Cyr Wheel – a large steel/aluminum circle (similar to a hula hoop, only huge) was a fantastic class.  Shayna, the instructor, did a fantastic job with teaching us, laughing with us, and encouraging us to keep going.  The last couple days were hard for me.  I felt myself getting the movement, which meant that I was throwing myself into it.  This worked wonderfully, until I fell.  I was so committed to getting right, that I frequently ended up on the floor.  I’m totally addicted, and very glad that Shayna teaches Cyr at Aloft here in Chicago.

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I think aerialists have a tendency to brag about the amount of abuse their bodies take during training.  My hands were especially sore and forming blisters and callouses, but my thighs, knees, and ankles were also getting bruised.  This is an indication of our commitment to training, and how hard we are working.  It is a matter of pride, in a way, that are so focused on training.  I really pushed myself beyond my limits, physically, mentally, creatively.

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But it wasn’t all training.  I had one girls’ night.  I was too tired for much more than that.  We went out for dinner and drinks, and found an absinthe bar on a rooftop and enjoyed the experience.

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I found a cute little yarn store where they dye their own yarns.  I love the advertisement!!

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On Saturday morning, before leaving Boulder, I wandered around the farmer’s market, had delicious chai, watching slack rope walkers and bubble blowers, and found a nice spot by the river to relax.

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There are so many faces of Boulder, I think, and they are all jumbled into a small space.  It was fantastic feeling the crush of people and socialization, while being able to walk a block and find silence and solitude when I needed it.

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I wrapped up my stay with a cold micro-brew at the Walnut Brewery and a bit of knitting. I would have had much more done than this, except that when I checked to see if the foot was long enough, I noticed that it was 4 stitches wider than the other one.  Being a perfectionist, I ripped it back to the toe and started over. A flight delay due to weather conditions gave me ample time to catch up, and I was on the cuff by the time I landed in Chicago.  Last night, I cast off the sock!

I met some really amazing people and learned many fantastic things.  I am looking ahead now with a shiny new perspective on what is possible for me, and I am eager to realize it.  The callouses and bruises are fading a bit, and it kind of makes me sad.  But the friendships and connections are still there, and that is the important part.  Thank you, all of my instructors and classmates, for all of the hard work and support you put into the week!  See you next year!

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