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1  Re: "sounds like home" playlists & pictures in The Swap Gallery by acesulfamek on: August 31, 2005 07:30:38 PM
I got a great mostly Winnipeg/little bit Montreal mix from Kiera/Gink!

Playlist:

Winnipeg
1. "The Place at the Top of the Stairs", 60 Stories
2. "Holiday", Painted Thin
3. "Wellington Wednesdays", Weakerthans
4. "The New Occupation", The Plan
5. "Where He Goes I Will Follow", Fuckmorgue
6. "Age of Ice", Gruf the Druid
7. "Physics", Park Like Setting
8. "Cowboy", Christine Fellows
9. "Churchill", Greg MacPherson
10. "Three Days at Sea (The Lost Years)", Great Lake Swimmers
11. "Ballyhoo", Nathan
12. "So Complicated Was the Fall", Clan Zu

Montreal
13. "It's a Curse", Wolf Parade
14. "Neighborhood #3", Arcade Fire
15. "The Buildings They Are Sleeping Now", Godspeed You! Black Emperor
16. "Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven", Godspeed...



I am really impressed with all the music.  I have not had a chance to really listen and focus, but so far I really like the mix.  She also included really neat, hand-written notes about the songs, and included a short list of some noteable artists and filmmakers from 'the Peg' to check out.

I feel like I have learned a lot about Winnipeg music - there is clearly a lot going on there that I never had any notion of - and I am eager to investigate more!  So much diversity.

Thank you, Kiera
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2  Re: ABC cd Swap pics n playlists!!! in The Swap Gallery by acesulfamek on: August 08, 2005 08:58:17 PM
I got my cds from SpiderDust today.  Smiley



Her playlist for me:

1. "Aqualung", Morcheeba
2. "Been Around the World", Cracker
3. "Candy", Iggy Pop & Kate Pierson
4. "Do You Realize?", The Flaming Lips
5. "Every Day Is Like Sunday", Morrissey
6. "Father Figure", George Michael
7. "Going to California", Led Zepplin
8. "Harvest", Neil Young
9. "I Know", Fiona Apple
10. "Jesus, Etc", Wilco
11. "Kentucky Rain", Elvis Presley
12. "Late in the Evening", Paul Simon
13. "Mississippi", Bob Dylan
14. "Nightblindness", David Gray
15. "Once I Was", Tim Buckley
16. "Pipe Dreams", Travis
17. "The Quest", Donovan
18. "Ruby", Kenny Rogers & 1st Edition
19. "Spanish Bombs", The Clash
20. "Trouble in Mind", Nina Simone
21. "Under the Boardwalk", The Drifters
22. "Venus as a Boy", Bjork
23. "Wet Your Lips", Terrance Trent Darby
24. "X & Y", Coldplay
25. "Yard of Blonde Girls", Jeff Buckley
26. "Zimbabwe", Bob Marley

There are things I have not heard, some I haven't heard in a long time, and some that I already really like.  There are even two artists that appear on her list that I also put on my mix for her.  (Which ones?  Oh, the suspense is killing you...)

Thanks, SpiderDust!
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3  Re: Flip Flop Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by acesulfamek on: May 28, 2005 07:05:41 AM
last night I got my flip flops, sent by JustLease.




I really like them.  They are mostly black, with darkish iridescent beads.  Really nice-looking - nice enough that I plan to pass them off as 'fancy beaded sandals' the next time I go to the theatre or some other place where one is expected to wear proper shoes.  They just have that kind of fancy vibe.

Also, I am so impressed with the work on the flip flops.  Everything is so professional and seamless looking.  Great job, JustLease. 

Unrelated, these flip flops are so soft!  A suededy black material with padding and everything.  Fancy.

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4  Re: Wanna have a Spring Fling? in Knitalongs by acesulfamek on: May 15, 2005 09:40:13 AM
I thought I would post my first progress photo:



the green I am using is not nearly so yellow in person, but I just can't seem to get a good picture of it.  if you are curious, you can look here: http://debbieblissonline.com/yarn/cathay.htm

you may notice that I have decided to eschew the lace.  I did a few rows in pattern, but ultimately decided I just wasn't digging it so I ripped back to the ribbing and decided to do the lace parts in stockinette.  I am really happy with that choice, in the end.  I love the drape and stitch definition with this yarn, and the very plain block of knitting sort of emphasises that.  also, I can work on it in movies.

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5  Re: funky black purse swap - pictures! in The Swap Gallery by acesulfamek on: May 04, 2005 06:50:35 PM
so, on the one hand I feel a pang of guilt posting about recieving my bag when my partner's is stuck in a web of international intrigue. 
on the other hand I love it so much and her work is so fantastic it really deserves to be shown off!

here is the bag, with one of my schoolbooks for scale:


sort of a hands-free girl-about-town satchel, but not big like a full-blown messenger bag.

the outside is sleek, go-anywere black.  the inside has this lovely fabric:


Shotgun_Bettie even took the time to make this wonderful knitting needle case for me:


thanks so much!!  I really could not be more pleased.
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6  Re: Clapotis from Knitty in Knitalongs by acesulfamek on: March 23, 2005 11:10:18 AM
it has taken me over a month, but finally I am done.  I am so happy with the results, too.

in the end, I did 5 increases and 15 straight sets (13 + 1 to compensate for missing increase + 1 for length extension). 
it is about as long as my sofa:


here is a close up on the fabric:


I am very happy with the yarn I used, the Artyarns Royal Silk.  it is light and soft and pleasent.
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7  Re: Clapotis from Knitty in Knitalongs by acesulfamek on: February 10, 2005 08:34:50 PM
First, to answer questions about yarn subs, I posted already with a verbose little bit on the thread that was mentioned earlier (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=23343.0) as did some more creative, clever knitters, so I would check there.  Also, a ton of knitting bloggers have made this pattern, so you might browse around to see some of those results.

In other news, I got a chance to start my Clapotis today!

Not too much time to work on this today, just commuting between school and work, and during quiet moments at my shop, but here's what I was able to accomplish:



I'm 10 rows in to the second set of increase rows.  I am not planning on making it full-width - something 1/2 to 2/3 is more appealing to me. 

The yarn I am using is Artyarns Royal Silk, which is, like their Supermerino, all handpainted (and it comes in many of the same colorways), but it is 100% silk.  The hand is fantastic, smooth and soft.  My camera has a hard time getting good photos since the flash just reflects off, but the color I am using is mostly warm pinky-lavender shades, with a few spots of hot pink, some light blue, and some small neutral beigey bits. 

close up, to try to convey why I so heart this yarn:


p.s. abinka, is silk considered vegan or not?  I'm just curious.
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8  Re: arm warmers in Knitalongs by acesulfamek on: January 23, 2005 03:10:18 PM
I finally made a pair of armwarmers that I actually like and wear (though they aren't nearly as nice as some of the ones you all have made):



I used one skein of Koigu Kersti.
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9  Re: Basic Cable from...SNB Nation!!! in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by acesulfamek on: January 18, 2005 10:52:41 AM
I finished mine a little bit ago - and it has finally just gotten cold enough to wear it here!



I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, most of a ball of each color, which makes it soft and happy.  There are more rows to the inch than the gauge in the pattern, so I just did a couple more cable repeats, but the stitches across worked out about the same. 

In case you think that the Cashmerino is a little spendy for you, take note: the purple I used for this hat was the left-over from making the "Head Hugger" pattern (and there was still a little leftover), so it's like to SNBN projects for the price of one!
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10  Head Hugger (SNBN) in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by acesulfamek on: November 23, 2004 01:34:31 PM
I made one of the headband/neckwarmers from SNBN yesterday.  I started in the morning, and I got it nearly-done at my Stitch n' Bitch meeting last night - I just needed to do some finishing once I got home.  A nice little gift to me, in between all the gift-knitting!

This picture is of it being used as a choker-neckwarmer, but I think it looks better as a headband.  Unfortunately, I just couldn't get a good photo of my own head.


I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (as the pattern says) for the green and purple, and DB Baby Cashmerino, held double, for the red.



Once I had the whole thing done, I compared it to the big photo in the book and I think I sewed the flower on inside out!  The flower curls under in the picture, but my petals curl up.  I don't really mind though.  I certainly have plenty of yarn leftover to make a couple more if the mood strikes.
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