Friday, September 15, 2006

take it all home

Gotta give some props to my buddy Liz Clark. Her video for "Who's Your Angel?" is going to be shown on the Logo Channel on thus upcoming Sunday night. If you have cable, check for what channel it is - it's an offshoot of MTV. My buddy Michelle directed it, and if you watch carefully my nose is in it for 2.5 seconds. We had a TON of fun making the video, and it came out just wonderfully.

Also, be sure to take a moment to hear some songs on Liz's myspace page. She's truely fantastic.

Next show is October 9th at Rockwood Music Hall, 9pm. It's free to get in with a 1 drink minimum.

Good stuff happening, kids. Lots of good stuff :)

Monday, September 11, 2006

fall knitty is up

loving these three patterns...

Cactus Flower by Fathom Harvill. I am IN LOVE with the color combination she used on the sample. Burgandy and red together = unexpected and beautiful.

Ivy by Glenna C. I could use a wrap sweater.

Serrano by Laura Chau. Who also designed the cardigan I just wrote about. I promise I'm not stalking. I just like cardigans.

I've managed to complete about 1/4 of the arms for the tunic. At least I'm knitting them simultaneously, so I won't suffer from second sleeve syndrome. I'm really looking forward to getting this portfolo work done so that I can get back to using my free time to knit (or do pretty much anything else) without guilt.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Link Library

Check out this cute cardigan pattern from over at the Cosmicpluto Knits! blog. It's a great basic cardigan that I could see wearing at the office to ward off freezer burn from the ever-present air conditioning. I absolutely LOVE the fit of the sleeves. They look just perfect without resorting to a bell sleeve or the supertight wrist opening (though obviously I've never learned to tweak patterns to customize my own sleeves yet). I'm putting it on my list "to knit."

Ysolda has just put out this pattern for the Cloud Bolero via the new British online knitting magazine Yarn Forward. Beautiful! I may just grow to like boleros. I'm keeping this one on the list too. And keep an eye on that magazine. If this pattern is any indication, it really looks like it's going to be great.

Ysolda has some other great patterns available through her blog. I first fell in love with the Apocolypse Tree Hoodie last winter, and this free pattern for some Stuffies is one of the few that I actually like, Stuffie-wise (or is that Stuffy-wise?).

Twisted Knitter is generous and is giving away her chart for keeping track of your needle inventory. She also gives a link to her spreadsheet template, for keeping track of the yarns in your stash and possible projects for them.

Last but not least, Yarnival launched this week. It's a great idea - a monthly roundup of interesting articles and posts from blogs covering various subjects in knitting - especially to help some of the smaller and less popular blogs gain some exposure AND better yet, introduce people to blogs they may not have stumbled across on their own. I think once I feel more established with Lekkercraft, I may just submit to be listed!

And a mini-celebration for me–I broke away from my work and knit a couple rows on my tunic sleeves. I was itching to make even just a little progress. But at the rate I'm going I may just fulfill my own prophecy of completing this summer sweater in December. Realistically I'll be planning to finish in October, as September will be used to sort out all the other life crap that's filling up my time right now.

BUT the biggest celebration is outside—someone is filming a Bollywood movie outside of my apartment building, complete with singing, chanting, dancing, bright lights, and about 10 million repeats of the same scene over and over. They've been filming since Monday.

Time to


Tuesday, September 05, 2006

not enough hours....

... in the day! I have no crafty content to share. i certainly wish i did, but life gets in the way, as they say.

I'll still try to post a few interesting tidbits in the interim.

Ryan Adams "Dear Chicago"
Lollapalooza 2006