I got a great mostly Winnipeg/little bit Montreal mix from Kiera/Gink!
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.
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...)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.