So, now that you guys know how I enjoy lights and slowly things I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I went to play performed completely in… Black Light!
I went to see Anasi, The Spider at TADA Theatre a few weeks back. It was amazing! Anasi, The Spider is a series of stories that come from West Africa. He’s considered to be the God of all stories and also is the village trickster. Anasi is one the most popularized and important figures in Caribbean and African folklore.
This play was particularly important for me because I grew up on this story. My best friend’s father is a writer and storyteller and would tell this story at all the birthday parties and family functions. This tale is the most vivid story of my entire childhood.
It was only fitting that the play was performed by children. (I know this sounds super corny but hear me out.) This was such a freeing night! Due to the fact that my friend and I were two of the only adults at the event (without children that is), we were completely uninhibited. The show was spectacular, the acting dancing and costumes were astounding. And the bet part was that afterwards, the kids played the drums onstage and we got to go onstage and dance.
This was a nice break from all the projects and tests I’ve been preparing for. I realized that the next time I need a break, I will be heading to the nearest kids theatre where we can all dance freely with no judgement. Finding new ways to take a break from school stress is exciting.
I love lights. There’s a certain mystic energy that lights emit that I connect with. And I’m always a fan of festivals, I appreciate the togetherness that they bring. So what could be better than a combination of the two?
The First Annual New York Festival of Lights (or NYFOL- New Yorkers love acronyms even if they are not helpful in deciphering what they are describing) in Dumbo! So this weekend a friend & I traveled down to Brooklyn to see what the hype was all about.
Light inspired events let me know that the holiday season is officially upon us. The experience was a bit nostalgic for me because as a child I would visit the Festival of Tree every year with my girl scout troupe. I even went to the festival of lights at the Botanical Gardens once (in Atlanta, I’m not sure if that’s an event here in New York.)
There were a number of light shows all three nights paired with music or poetry. There were a live performances. There was also a number of communal events for all to enjoy, take for the instance the heart filling station, where participants entered a tent and were submerged in love evoking images shown onto two of the walls of the tent. On the remaining walls were art pieces with similar messages.
Also, it’s always a pleasure to take part in the first of any event, (especially if it’s a free event, gotta get it before they start charging!) This event was successful, so I am sure that it will continue to happen for many years to come. I will be attendance for sure.
So in my last entry I told you I was learning how to crochet, it’s so easy to learn! I actually taught myself off of You Tube. If you follow the link below it is the exact one that I used. Crocheting for beginners
If you’re brand new to crocheting, the wide range of hooks, yarns, and patterns are definitely overwhelming. What I learned is that the hooks, do make a difference once you learn more, but starting out use whatever hook makes you feel comfortable( I started off with a hook called an H).To start off you’ll need about $15 dollars to get everything you need, or extra of whatever yarn you decide to use.
One thing I learned is that when starting on a project, I’m excited about how it will turn out and start to move too fast. Or I get thinking I have to get through this project quick as I have 20 other projects I want to complete. I get into a rush. And because of that, I start to get sloppy. Getting sloppy can change your entire project and make all that work not worth it in the end,. I still mess up all the time. I’ll get to the end of a project and see that I missed a loop or made a large hole, ugh! But give your work a little stretch this way or that, and it can often make it all work out, evening things up. This will keep happening until you get really good or you understand what your doing wrong.
Another thing that matters iswhere you position your yarn in your left hand . As you pull the yarn through each loop for each stitch with the right hand, you are holding on to the other end with your left hand. It matters how tight or loose you hold that yarn in your left hand and you need to have consistency. Otherwise you’ll get a piece that has 2 rows in the middle that are super tight or super stretched, depending on how tight or loose you were holding the yarn. You’ll start to get it and it will become natural.
The last tip i have is where you keep your yarns or projects! I’ve just been sticking them in my bag for school lately and then i get frustrated when they get messed up. So make sure you keep your crocheting things in one place it can be a little makeup bag inside your purse or back pack or just put it in a plastic bag after all this work you don’t want it to get messed up!
So I want to hear from you! What tips can you give me that might help my projects? Or what questions do you have while your beginning. Show me your projects I always love seeing what others are doing!