Bashira CashMarino

From the desk of a knitting bellydancer (or bellydancing knitter)

Sunday, March 12, 2006

City of Brotherly Love

Our trip to Philly was last month, but I recently got the pictures back from my friend's camera. Here's a cute one of my hubby and me. We thought the guy taking the pic was just being nice. Turned out he wanted $5 for doing it. So much for brotherly love.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Fought for a bronze

You know, they say that bronze medal winners are generally happier and more satisfied with themselves than silver medal winners because they are just happy to have won anything at all. According to Stephanie, the Yarn Harlot, anyone who completed the Knitting Olympics is a gold medal winner. Being the self-depracating and critical person I am, I have decided to award myself the broze medal for the 2006 Team Boston Knitting Olympics. I completed the following projects:
3 pairs of mittens on straight needles- two in Queensland Llama seta and one in Misti Alpaca
1 giant hat in Misti Chunky Alpaca that will need to be felted in order to fit even my enormous head
About 8 pattern repeats of the Alterknits lace up scarf

Was it gold-medal worthy? No. Did I work hard to complete what I did? Yes. Therefore, bronze for me. Yipppeeee!

Now rise as we stand for the Canadian National anthem...

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

I'm a Winner!

So maybe knitting the shawl AND scarf from Alterknits was a bit ambititious for the Olympics, but I have completed a simple hat, my first pair of mittens (on straight needles), a creation which I spent about 4 hours on and then ripped out, and I have a few pattern repeats of the scarf done. Not bad, huh?

Valentine's Day was a nice surprise. We normally don't do anything, but this year our dear friends, Erika and TJ, joined us for a lovely intimate dinner and a super fun activity- building a stuffed animal! I made Maddy, the angel bunny, Sean made Sarah Bear (after me- altogether now- AAAAWWWWWWWWW!), Erika made Terence the Transgender monkey, and TJ made Jeff the Drunk. Yeah, maybe they shouldn't let a bunch of 20+ something's loose in a Build-A-Bear Workshop at 9:30 at night.

I'm doing my first bellydance performance in a restaurant tomorrow night. I'll let you know how it goes. I feel pretty confident, but I am also terrified. Hope I make some tips!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

My name is Bashira, and I am a yarnaholic

So while I was searching for the last four skeins of Classic Elite Lush in natural to complete my Olympic knitting project, I came across a remarkable find- 100% silk yarn by Adrienne Vitadinni (sp?) for 50% off! I scooped up all the natural and seriously pondered the 6 skeins of chocolate and umpteen skeins of light blue and light pink. I controlled myself and stuck to the natural thinking I could luxe up my Olympic wrap.

But I needed more- 6 skeins more to be exact. Where would I find them? I remembered seeing some at my favorite yarn store, Yarns at Lace Wings in Pawtucket. I'll go back and check what's leftover from the Super Bowl sale, I told myself. Sure enough, there were four skeins left, but I was still short two. Well, two are easier to find than 6, so I bought them (for full price, natch). I wandered up to the sale bins for giggles and came across two skeins of Jaeger cashmina- one in charcoal and one in a lighter gray. 40% off. Hello, shadow knitting anyone? I bought that, too.

I felt pretty satisfied with my purchases until I got home. Should I go back to the sale bins and buy up all the Artful Yarns 100% cashmere without a project in mind? What about the other colors of AV silk? Surely I can find something to do with something that beautiful and rich. Um, did I mention I just returned to work after being out with an injury for six months? And I haven't received a paycheck yet for my new job? Yeah, there's no money in the budget for a stash. But a stash I have. And it keeps growing. Sooner or later it will take over my back room and all the stuff I have snuck past my husband will come bursting out of the dresser drawers and plastic bags.

My name is Bashira Cashmarino, and I am a yarnaholic with a stash problem.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Is it only MONDAY?!?!?!

I feel like today is the longest day of my life! I can't believe I'm only one day into my week. I've been on the go since 7am with no breaks. Just wanted to say that I finished the back of Donna, a sweater designed by Caryn Lantz, and I'll post a pic when I figure that out. I'm almost ready to start the Knitting Olympics- I'm four skeins short of a completed project. No, that's not a euphemism for my insanity. Though it could be. And it might be. Ta for now!

Sunday, February 05, 2006


This is Chi after her first bath. She hates them! Posted by Picasa

Answers to questions that no one asked

OK, so here are a few things you may want to know about me. Or maybe not. If that's the case, why are you here?
1. Bashira is my bellydance name. It means "Brings joy and delight."
2. CashMarino is a play on my last name and the yummy Debbie Bliss yarn "cashmerino."
3. I've been bellydancing on and off for about three years. I absolutely love it, and I'm excited to be doing it again after back problems kept me away for half a year.
4. I've been knitting longer than bellydancing, but I love each craft equally for different reasons.
5. I'd say I'm advanced beginner to intermediate at both hobbies. I like a challenge, but I also know my emotional limits!
6. I have NO idea how to personalize this blog further, so any help would be appreciated. I am trying to put buttons on the side from my fave knitting blogs, pics of my hubby and baby dog, etc. with no luck. I'm not computer-dumb, just a little challenged.
7. I'll post a picture of the wrap I will attempt to complete during the 2006 Knitting Olympics. I am a member of Team Boston. No, I do not live in Boston currently, but I used to for years and I am within an hour's drive so there.
8. My husband and I bond and laugh over cheesy action movies from the 80's to early 90's. I never get as much joy watching them without him.
9. My dog is the second love of my life. We adopted her over a year ago after her owner decided to have her put to sleep. The vet asked to take her instead and rehabilitate her enough to be adopted by another family- us. Her name is Chi, and true to her name she brought balance and joy to our lives.
10. My husband tries to convince me on a weekly basis that Chi would benefit from having a cat around. I am not a cat person, though I am warming up them slowly. Plus, it may sound strange but I would rather pick up dog crap outside than have to clean a litter box inside. Blech!

OK, that's all for now. I'll try to have some of the logistical problems solved for next time so there's more to see.

In the beginning...

I'm joining the Team Boston Knitting Olympics, and I'm using that as an excuse to start my own blog. I'm a knitter, bellydancer, wife, mother to an adorable and occasionally naughty lhasa apso mix, and massage therapist on sabbatical among other things. I hope to keep this up fairly regularly, but we'll see how it goes. Until next time, may the force be with you!