Monday, April 02, 2007

Belts, Yarn, Baseball and The Third Time Isn't Always The Charm When It Comes To Sweaters

I've given up on getting the right number of stitches on SRSP. I have knit that section four times and frogged it three times (I know the one before has the correct number of stitches. I counted every time.), and I still keep ending up with an extra stitch. I looked at the back and realized it was the same place I'd had problems with on the back. So, I did the same thing as I did on the back. I fudged it. Eh.

Oh, and I kind of added to my stash a little, too. I used to have a pair of Jaywalkers in KnitPicks Dancing (Jig colorway). You might remember that I had major issues with the fit of them. Then with the heels of them. I did finish them, and I have worn them several times, but the heels (one afterthought and one short row) drove me nuts. So, today, I started frogging them. I'll have two more skeins of useable sock yarn once I get them washed and dried. I don't think I'm going to do do another pair of Jaywalkers with them. I think I'll do a twisted rib sock.

My Cubbies lost today =(

I tested and earned my yellow belt this afternoon. Sir had me do my form and one-steps, then the random self-defense moves, then the board break, and then he had me do my form and one-steps again. He also had me do some drills, which he didn't have me do last time. (Answers to some questions in the full post) I got to talk to Sir for a little bit afterwards before regular classes started. Testing eligibility is based on attendence, attitude, and knowledge of required techniques. Most of the time the reason people don't test is because they haven't attended enough classes regularly in the cycle. People who don't test or don't pass start the new cycle with everyone else. They just have to do an extra cycle. Sir said that the cycle blocks (white/orange/yellow, camo/green/purple/blue, red/brown/red&black) work for them because in Songahm the level of difficulty for the forms in those blocks isn't that different. Not sure I agree with that - Ma'am started teaching me Songahm 3, the yellow belt form, tonight and it's hard! Jump front kicks, and knife strikes and blocks...I found it difficult to remember! I wouldn't want to jump into it as a white belt. I do have to admit, though, that it seems to make class more organized and it frees the three instructors up to work with more people than having to look out for 18 different forms. Tonight was the last class I can go to until after the show is open, unfortunately, since the studio is closed for Spring Break next week. Luckily, after that, I will be able to start going twice a week until summer, which will be nice. We did some new (for me) kicks - an axe kick and a hook kick - our new forms, and the Killer Ab Drill tonight. I always think, "Hey, I'm not so bad at this stuff!" when I'm working by myself, and then when I'm in class I'm always thinking, "Wow, I can't kick that high or my kicks look so sloppy compared to everyone else's." (Particularly Brown Belt - he's really good at kicks!) So I can't wait to get into more than one class a week and get more real practice and drills in.

Paper tech tomorrow, tech this weekend. I just want to get this show open.


[Mat] said...

Congrats on your new belt.

I don't knit, so I can't comment on the rest, but keep it up!

Amanda said...

Congrats on the belt.

I do knit, but don't seem to anymore, so I don't have anything about that to comment on either. ^^