Catching up

All sorts of things get pushed off during November. Now it’s December (when did that happen? I’m not ready!).


I finished a pair of socks for Heather for Christmas, pattern is a modification of Monkey with a toe-up heel-flap and a rolled brim. Did some more work on a raspberry angora neck cozy, which is blissfully soft and fuzzy. Planning to finish Eris over the Christmas holiday. I have a nice chunk of time off and it would be great to wear. Still puzzled about how the back bottom edge is cast off and the pattern leaves me no wiser. The Flutter scarf is just over half done. I have a commission for a Jayne Hat from a fellow NaNo’er, this one will be in Lite Lopi.


My novel needs the final chapter and editing before I get the hard copy. I’m at 55k and like the story a lot. At some point I might have to edit one of these things up into a real novel and submit it somewhere.


Houston, we have a problem: I get nervous in front of other people. Not in group class, but doing my kata and techniques. My instructor’s solution to this? Put me in a TOURNAMENT doing Long 2 kata sometime in March/April. In front of 300 or so people in a school gymnasium. I need to practice.

I wore my belt to lesson and group class. Purple is my first "not a beginner anymore" belt and I love it. We’re learning blue belt techniques now, and there will be weapons kata.


  1. Hmmm… Could that be the next chapter in the “Karate Kid” saga? The bad guys figure out that the one sure way to stop the Kid from soundly defeating them with his/her awesome moves… is to bring along an extra 2000 people. As an audience.

    The climax of the movie is of course the point where the Kid finally overcomes his/her shyness and makes them all eat crashmat anyway. =:o}

  2. Don’t worry about the kata. If you choose to do it, it’s not going to be “300 people” watching you… Katas at tournaments are done first thing in the morning, which means fewer people are going to be there… and they are all going to be focusing on themselves. When you do your kata, you will have maybe 6 other people in your divison watching you, and the two or three judges. If anyone at Tracy’s is there they will come watch you to cheer you on, but like I said, few people will be there… it will just be like Karen and one other person.

    The one thing I know to do to not get nervous during the katas is just to focus really hard on what you are doing… really imagine someone standing there who you are chopping in the throat, or the attacker who you are kicking… once you’ve done the kata a thousand times it’s harder to get nervous.

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