On my way home from buying limes and bean sprouts to make pad Thai, I was drawn to a staircase that had a martial arts school at the top. I went up and peered through the glass like the Karate Kid. Last year I met new friends who could do balancing acts, and I’ve been thinking lately that I’d like to learn some art that helps me control and balance my body. (The fact that I even remember I have a body is an improvement on the way I thought before this newness project.) On today’s staircase I remembered that my Y membership includes classes. I checked the schedule and looked up a few clips on youtube to help me differentiate my kung fu from my tai chi. Tomorrow when I go to do the new workout I wrote about earlier here, I’ll make a decision. I’m leaning toward tai chi fan because it has only 30 moves instead of over a hundred. Because the Y is in Chinatown I’m envisioning myself as the only white woman in a sea of Asian students, like I was when I first came to Montreal and took a French class in that neighbourhood. Maybe I can get one of them to give me an informed tour of the Chinese supermarket I found so mystifying the other day.
But that’s tomorrow. Today, day 27 in my year of daily doing something I’ve never done before, I put the finishing touches on an infinity shawl, also called an infinity scarf, or snood, though a real snood is altogether different. I crocheted it out of alpaca from a Peruvian shop on Avenue Duluth where they have handmade shawls and blankets as well as ruined spoons and carved cups scavenged by the travel-worn owner who sits doing something mysterious in a tiny back room. The snood is a flat strip twisted once and joined to form a loop that can be worn many ways. This is the kind of thing I normally find annoying – get a normal scarf already – but this newness project is about stepping out of my normal ways of thinking, isn’t it?
So here are three ways one can wear a Peruvian alpaca infinity snood. As you can tell in the photos, I’m feeling foolishly pleased with myself. But the fool is my favourite card in the Tarot.
Beautiful! I am beyond impressed with your crocheting skills. The last time I tried to knit something (because I can't even get my head around knitting needles, never mind the crochet hook), it turned into something that wasn't quite a scarf and not quite a shawl. I started out with thirty stitches and ended up with fifty-seven, or something like that. My friend labelled it a "sharf" and then, mercifully, took it apart for me. :)