Saturday, April 30, 2005

Good ole Pecan Street Festival...always fun!

Today, Sean and I hit up the Pecan Street festival. Always good for people watching, talking to the vendors/artisans, and getting ideas.

We ran into Natalie just off of Red River. She had an awesome location for her booth - Ornamental Things. James was helping her out with her booth. We chatted for a while with two of her friends.

For the most part, it's the same type of vendors: jewelry, wind chimes, clothing, woodwork, paintings, photography prints, food, metalwork, etc. But it's always fun to go and to people watch. And of course, I have some of my favorites..like the person with the booth with the silly, goofy dog and cat paintings.

Sean at the silly pet painting booth Posted by Hello

Me at the silly pet paintng booth - dogs drinking Posted by Hello


There was a couple we were walking behind, and they were total rockabilly. The guy was dressed greaser 50's style to the T. Crazy greased big hair, tight shirt - his tits were bigger than mine. And she had some pale ass makeup on.

I'm tired, so that's about all I'm going to write about it. It was fun. :) And here are some more pics from Pecan Street...


Texas wind chime Posted by Hello

"No Farting" sign Posted by Hello

Sean trying to eat the huge spamburger Posted by Hello

Sean at the spam-mobile Posted by Hello

Me trying to heat the spamburger Posted by Hello

They might be giants...

So last night, I decided to start on another pair of climbing/athletic pants. I took out the pattern and was awed at how long the pattern was. Seriously. There's the pant leg, which goes all the way above my boobs. And there's a waistband that you attach to the top of the pant legs..which would make it about armpit level on me!!! Geez...I chopped off the bottoms by 7 inches, to start with. May have to adjust it more tho...

Pants pattern Posted by Hello

Friday, April 29, 2005

My new climbing pants!

I finally finished sewing a pair of climbing capri pants. I started the project a few weeks ago, but got really lazy and put it off. Now, it's all done :) Yay, I have new pants now!!!

Modelling my new pants with Bonnie Posted by Hello


I used New Look pattern #6763 (it's a really really old one, and they don't even have it on their website) as the base and altered the pattern to suit my needs. The original pattern calls for capri pants with a yoke, zipper closure with front fly and two buttons on the yoke.

Shadow striking a pose Posted by Hello


The fabric I used was one that I had bought yards and yards of for dirt cheap back when I was living in San Antonio (oh, it's been with me either in boxes or in a closet for...I'd say...about 6-8 years!). It's real shiny on the inside, soft and shimmery on the outside. I also used this fabric to make my dog a dragonfly costume for Halloween last year :p Also, I didn't have enough thread of the matching color, so I decided to use a light blue thread to contrast against the dark blue pants. Worked out great!

Me with Belle, who was trying to jump on my lap, and Shadow Posted by Hello


I sewed the legs and yoke on, tried the pants on and decided that with the yoke as the waistband, it was going to sit way high..and I don't like that! So I used the yoke, folded it in half, and created my own waistband. I had to snip the inside of the waistband/yoke because it was curving inward (original pattern). By clipping the inside, I was able to create an even waistband.

Bonnie, Belle sticking her tongue out, me, and Shadow Posted by Hello


I kept the original zippered fly. Rather than a button closure on the yoke/waistband, I sewed a velcro closure (just makes more sense when it comes to outdoor activities). I also made the slit up the side of the legs a lot higher than the pattern calls for - just bout mid-knee. Again, I'm thinking of a climbing perspective...making moves...need flexibility (the fabric is not stretchy). I'll protect my knees by having the capris go just below my knees. But the slit is critical for making moves! The pants are loose in the leg and unflattering in the ass. But I made em practical. Hopefully they'll hold up to the real test! Oh yeah, and speaking of practical...I do need to add one thing to these pants - a loop on the back of the waistband - a place to clip a chalk bag to my pants!

My pants - side view with slit Posted by Hello


And all this for..oh..materials and everything, about $2-$3!!! There's no way in hell I'm paying $60 for some Prana pants...I am no climbing fashionista!

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Gus Fruh


The trail to Gus Fruh wall Posted by Hello

Gus Fruh area Posted by Hello


Last Sunday, Sean and I decided to go climbing on the Greenbelt. We decided to try Gus Fruh, since the topos said there were some 5.5-5.7 climbs -- I thought, maybe I can do my first outdoor lead! Boy was I wrong...

Now I know what a pregnant woman feels like... Posted by Hello

At Gus Fruh - Sean's trying to figure out the topos Posted by Hello

The walking crash pad Posted by Hello

Posing with crashpad and daypack Posted by Hello


So we got to the walls, looked at the topos to try to figure out where we were and all. We got the walls figured out, went to the Guides Wall...and read the topo closer...Doh!!! All the low rated climbs are trad climbs...we've never done trad climbing and don't have the gear..sheeeoot! So we headed back to Thumb Dance Wall.
We bouldered a bit on Wyoming Women, for fun. It's a big crack, looked fun to climb. But didn't go up too high, as the crash pad was in an akward position.

Bouldering the Wyoming Women crack Posted by Hello

Bouldering the Wyoming Women crack Posted by Hello

Bouldering the Wyoming Women crack Posted by Hello

Sean bouldering the Wyoming Women crack Posted by Hello

Look, it's a headless climber! Posted by Hello

Sean bouldering the Wyoming Women crack Posted by Hello
We looked at Air-a-Parent, a 5.9. Looked fun! Er...well, Sean tried to lead it, and had lots of trouble. The crash pad took it's first fall!!! Well, he got to the first clip...and couldn't get past the crazy iron-cross mantle move (from Russel's beta afterwards...). So we gave up, called it a day at Gus Fruh, and moved on to Seismic Wall.

The crash pad took it's first fall...one of many to come! Posted by Hello

Sean cleaning his attempt at Air-a-parent, a sneaky 5.9 Posted by Hello


So we hit up Seismic wall. Much to our dismay, there was a big group of annoying climbers. They were taking up all the routes with their ropes (and no one climbing), so we went to the far left end...only to be followed by those annoying people with their annoying kids. Sean tried leading a route, ironically called Short People, a 5.9. There were only two bolts on the route, then the chains at the top. The run from the second bolt to the chains was long. Sean pretty much got the route, but didn't feel comfortable getting the chains because there's no good feet to reach them...so he climbed back down, rather than risking falling a far ways smack into the rock.


Since the annoying people were beside us, we went to check the main wall, thinking..oh, they've migrated...nope. All routes were roped. Fucking annoying! So we headed to the south gym for about 1.5 hours of climbing.