So Close, Yet So Far!

I have long believed that Etsy should have a gift certificate option. Sometimes you want someone to have something cool, but you maybe don’t know what colour they’d like something to be, or their taste is not what you think it is, or they would want something completely different to what you thought to give them. And finally, Etsy has Gift Cards, and some sellers accept them as payment.

Thing is, you can only buy an Etsy gift card if your billing address is from the US. Burn.

In other news, I hope to be on here more often. I have no reason as to why I haven’t been posting…too distracted by shiny things I guess. Well, we’ll see if I will post more often. Keep smiling!

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There Are Not Enough Hours in the Day

It has been months since I’ve posted. I’ve been working on my university classes, and hanging with friends, and working. So my knitting, spinning and photography have sort of taken a hit and I don’t have a lot to post. But not to worry, I’m fine. I’m really fundamentally happy right now too, which is pretty cool. I have been awakening to feelings of joyous possibility, despite the fact that I’ve been to more funerals this year than the last three years combined. I take the bad with the good – how else could one go on?

I was just looking at Mr. X-Stitch’s feed in my blog reader, and I saw so many great and inspiring things and realised how very much there is I want to make and do, and how very little time I have right now to do it. I’m grateful I’m so busy, but man, do I have a hankering for some non-work-related creativity!

But what I work on at work is pretty great too. Here’s the start of a shawl we’re weaving on the floor loom.

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Stress…What a Jerk

All knitting right now is for gifts, and although I doubt the people I’m knitting for actually read this blog (especially since I almost never post any more), I still won’t post pictures until they’re gifted. I’ve also given up on a gift and will pick up its replacement only after I’ve finished the other two…will have to think of something cute and little to do in the interim because I think I won’t get the time to make the replacement mittenettes (my grandmother’s hands are cold…purple cashmere mittenettes might help) before Christmas.

I’m not really stressed about knitting though, although my left elbow and shoulder may disagree with me. I’m stressed about homework. And the fact that I got a night-guard because I’ve been gritting my teeth so hard in my sleep but it’s not fitting properly and has woken me up with the most awful pain in the right side of my face twice now. The first time was Saturday morning at 3:00 and I didn’t get back to sleep again until 10:20 pm (well, I did have two 20 minute naps).

Did I mention I’m stressed about homework? Microeconomics is the bane of my existence right now, but it’s my own fault for procrastinating so badly. But I will have to get an extension on my Art History so I can balance it and my Psychology class better once Microeconomics is out of my hair. I didn’t want to do any more extensions but my planning skills have been lacking. This rush of completing the dreaded course should help me stay focused on the next two classes though, so it’s a bonus. Check one for the “school of hard knocks.”

I have an assignment due ASAP, and my midterm is on the 20th…wish me luck.

It’s Been Awhile (I should be doing microeconomics homework)

I took this shot from the parkade near my tailor’s shop.

This summer has been ridiculously busy; somehow I developed a social life, I gave up most of the processed sugar in my diet and lost 10 or so pounds, and then I decided to start taking belly dancing classes.  So I’ve extended my microeconomics…and should be doing it right now…which means, of course, that I’m going to write about music on my blog.  Specifically, my music addictions.

Very recently, while perusing the Twitter, one of the posters I read (okay, it was Erin Karpluk of Being Erica fame) posted a link to this video by The National and I had to immediately borrow the album from the library, and shortly thereafter I bought it on iTunes.  I absolutely adore the combination of the vocalist’s deep and mildly lazy-sounding voice with the busy-ness going on with the rest of the instruments.  Also, any song gently including the lyrics, “I was afraid that I’d eat your brains ’cause I am evil,” is okay with me.  A band that writes something like that is going to become an instant favourite.

And the day I bought the Muppets: The Green Album on iTunes, I was showing the OK Go video to a buddy when he said, “My brother introduced me to these guys, check out this video.”

Afterwards I went home and bought The Cave Singers‘ latest album, No Witch on iTunes.  I love the almost 60s Folk-Rock sound these guys have.  I have since chastised my buddy for distracting me from the Muppet covers.  But I forgave him instantly because The Cave Singers’ music is so awesome, I can’t get over it.  I have to listen to this album at least once a day, and it’s great for summer/autumn road-tripping.  I’m so addicted, I’ve bought more of their music because it’s just so…I can’t explain how much I love it.  It’s like, down in my core.  Love.  LOVELOVELOVE.

 

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week Day 7 – What a Yarn – knitcroblo7

My life will be a journey of searching for the perfect yarn, but it will be a journey without an end because there will be hundreds of yarns that I will meet that will be perfect for what I use them for.

And there are two categories in the search for the perfect yarn; the perfect yarn that is commercially made, and the perfect yarn that I will make.

To me, the perfect yarn will be a 100% natural fibre, and it won’t be superwash.

I have a weird hang-up when it comes to superwash.  I’ve heard rumours that it’s horrible for the environment, that it takes a ridiculous amount of water to do the process and that the chemicals used are not water soluble so they just float on the water and don’t break down (kind of like oil).  Whether or not these rumours are true, another reason I don’t like superwash is because I’m a bit of a purist…we went hundreds of thousands of years without it, but when they created dry-cleaners in the early twentieth century, our collective brain forgot how to wash wool so someone had to figure out how to make washable wool.  And don’t even get me started on the chemicals used in dry-cleaning.

However, I do like acid dyes better than natural dyes…

I digress.  The perfect yarn will be of natural fibres.  It will drape perfectly, it won’t agitate my skin, it will have a beautiful hand both in the skein and in the finished object, it won’t have any pattern affecting knots, and I may never find it.  I kind of hope I don’t because it’s the search that counts.

A real post will come in the future…

Just wanted to drop a note to say some things:

1) Congrats to Ravelry for getting out of the Beta Phase!  Woot!

2) I have a new band I LOVE.  They’re called Hellsongs and they do really beautiful covers of old favourites like ACDC’s “Thunderstruck” and Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”  Yes, I loved hairbands growing up.

3) Tomorrow the Vernal Equinox rings in Spring in my hemisphere.  Spring is my favourite season and I have been counting down the sleeps for it.  So far it has been an amazing March; last year we met up with temperatures of -30 C, this year the days have been hovering between 1 C and 9 C.  The snow is almost melted and soon there will be green grass growing all around, all around!  Huzzah!

4) I’m weaving a sash for work.  The warp has navy blue, royal blue, red, gold, yellow, white, dark green and a middling green as its colours, the weft is royal blue.  As I worked on it today it totally reminded me of Rainbow Brite.  So this sash will be known as the Rainbow Brite sash from now on.  Pictures will be coming, but it’s bedtime now, and I have to clean house tomorrow for a wee Spring celebration tomorrow night so it may be awhile…

Enjoy your Equinox, whichever one it is for you!

Waugh!

I’m going to the Edmonton Folk Festival!  Woot!  I was flirting with the notion of heading to the Calgary one; they’ve got Gomez going there and I’ve been a fan for some time, and Esthero and Sarah Harmer will be there too, but mostly I wanted to see Iron & Wine and he’s coming to Edmonton!

I also got the Wednesday night ticket, through which I will see Sarah McLachlan!

The artists I am most looking forward to seeing are Jill Barber (check out the dress she’s got on in her bio!), Neko Case, Iron and Wine (who is far more than his cover on the Garden State Soundtrack…), Old Man Luedecke, Danny Michel, and Souljah Fyah (who I once saw when I first moved into E-town and loved them).  I’m also interested in seeing Kathleen Edwards, Eivør (they’re from the Faroe Islands and there’s some knitting tradition there, although I don’t know how much knitting the artists of this group do), and I’m hopeful that I’ll enjoy Great Lake Swimmers live because I haven’t fallen in love with them on CD.  And I’ll be very un-Canadian and probably try to shy away from Joel Plaskett; I used to like him, but now his voice grates on my nerves something fierce.

The coolest thing about the Folk Fest is the workshops.  They have all of these mini-stages set up throughout the grounds and most of the artists don’t just do shows on the main stage, many of them collaborate on the workshops, so you get a really interesting intimate setting with them.  Oh my heart. The other cool thing about the workshops is you get to know and love some of the more obscure artsists.

There will of course be knitting, and potentially spinning, in public.

And as I was writing this post, my copy of Iron & Wine’s Around the Well arrived in the mail!

Waugh!