I’m Still Around

It has been a very long time since I posted.  Life has a habit of getting in the way.  Nothing bad’s been going on, but I’ve been busy with work and being a little social.

I finished my Level 4 homework to the best of my ability considering how badly I procrastinated on it.  I was so relieved, and have been celebrating by spinning some really lovely Merino/Yak roving from Wooly Wonka Fibers.  I have only spun half of the four ounces I bought and I already have about 258 yards of delicious plied yarn.  I haven’t measured it for grist yet as it’s still drying but I keep waffling between knitting myself socks (which will die quickly if I wear them in my ceramic-tiled apartment), or knitting or weaving a scarf with it.  Here are some photos, for which I apologize; it’s been raining and the light has been less than stellar so I had to touch them up.

It’s been very important to me to keep using my wheel.  The first reason is so that it knows that I love it; when I was supposed to be using it for my Level 4 workbook, I was attempting to ignore it like an albatross.  The second reason is so that I remember that I love it.  I really enjoyed taking the Master Spinner program through Olds College, but I often allowed myself to feel that spinning for the workbook was a chore.  Now I can spin for shits’n’giggles again and it’s so nice.  Although, I kept looking at the fibres I was spinning last night and thinking, “When will I get through you?!?”

School took a bit of a backburner moment while my team and I got the costumes ready at the Park for another season, and it’s taken me some time to get back into it.  But, with an extension, I’m looking forward to giving it the attention it needs.

I gave up sugar recently; about three weeks ago I started getting the jitters when I had it.  It’s still in a lot of things I eat, such as yogurt or Raisin Bran, but I’ve switched from desserts and iced tea (the powdered kind – it was my drink of choice where most people have coffee) to fruit and water (and fruit juices for treats) and I feel so much better!  And I lost 5 lbs since doing it, which is quite remarkable.

And I’m playing with knitting without guilt.  Yup, getting my Level 4 homework done was a good thing.

Edit: I was looking through my Ravelry queue this evening and I decided I’m going to make Ysolda Teague’s “The Orchid Thief Shawlette” from Brave New Knits out of my handspun yarn – if I’ve already got 250+ yards and still have more to spin, I’ll be laughing.  The gauge is about 15 wpi and it’s a little hairy so it will compact nicely enough to work with this shawl.

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30 Day Music Challenge Day 14

A Song No One Would Expect You to Love

I don’t really drink alcohol (just at Christmas or if I’ve got a tummy virus), and I know I’ve never done any drugs stronger than a Tylenol 3 (back when I had my wisdom teeth surgically removed).  Even so, I love I Don’t Like the Drugs but the Drugs Like Me by Marilyn Manson (but I do not like the video).  I like the beat and the backup vocals.

30 Day Music Challenge Day 13

A Song that is a Guilty Pleasure

I dated this fella for about five months.  He was what my brother would call a “hairbag.”  He was skinny, he had this gritty voice, and he was a bassist in a band.  The dude was a very nice kisser.

I didn’t much like his band.  I liked 90s hairbands, but his band featured an annoying lead vocalist who loved playing with his voice box (this link is probably not to the style he used, but it gets the point across) and it was all screamy, and though I knew there were lyrics in there, I could never hear them.

Regardless, the fella introduced me to Ween.  I still have a softspot for them, especially for the song Mutilated Lips.  It’s weird but I find it delicious.

Where are they now?

The February Lady Sweater.  It’s so cute on so many people, I had to start making one.  I found beautiful (and expensive) buttons to add to it, I got so much of it done and then I stopped for awhile.

I picked it up again a couple summers ago, but I had lost a fair amount of weight and realised it was too big so I paused.

I gained the weight back and thought, well, I may as well finish it.

I was working on it a couple of weeks ago, and realised, it doesn’t suit me.  I think I am not a girl for wearing worsted weight sweaters.  Where is it now?  Sitting in one of my yarn cubbies, waiting to be frogged (once I decide what else to do with all that Cascade 220).

30 Day Music Challenge Day 12

A song from a band you hate.

I’ll admit, I liked Nickelback’s first album.  I dug on the hair bands.  But after they said their success was from giving the fans what they liked instead of changing their sound after one album the way Seven Mary Three Did, I lost interest.  And then I was introduced to the CBC Radio 3 podcasts.  I have moved on from this groddy band who keep putting out the same old crap and seem to have a serious hate-on for women.

So here’s a song, if you can stomach it.  Guehh.

30 Day Music Challenge days 10 & 11

I didn’t get to this yesterday, so I’m combining the two.  Yesterday’s was A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep – after last night, I’ve come to realise that I can’t fall asleep with music playing any more.  I surface sleep and it makes me frown and think I should turn it off until I get frustrated enough to actually roll over and turn it off.

Today is A Song From Your Favourite Band.

I couldn’t find a non-live YouTube link, so I’ll send you directly to Mother Mother’s music page.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Stream tracks from Touch Up.”  The song I’d like you to listen to is “Train of Thought.”  It’s the first song I had heard by Mother Mother; it had been featured on CBC Radio 3’s podcast (which, if you don’t listen to, you really should, it features really great Canadian music) and the harmonies and clever guitar playing made it something I had to find immediately.

Two albums after that first, Mother Mother continue to make great music with unusual harmonies, impressive guitar- and drum-play, and hilarious lyrics.

30 Day Music Challenge Day 8

A Song You know the Lyrics To

I memorize songs and can sing along with them, but I couldn’t recite the lyrics without the singer for my life right now.  So I decided to think of a song that I can still sing along to, even though I listened to it years ago.  I chose “Kiss that Frog” by Peter Gabriel, and it’s the Secret World Live Tour because that’s the CD set that I have – I got those CDs because a college buddy introduced them to me.  Because of that, in the question of Phil Collins or Peter Gabriel?  Peter Gabriel all the way, baby!